Erasmus University encourages its students to engage in an international experience in the framework of their studies. However, the Dutch government currently advices to only travel to countries with green or yellow travel advice. At this point, most countries and regions on the world map still have an orange travel advice.
Since we are hopeful that the situation will improve in the coming months, we are preparing a scenario in which study abroad activities can go ahead under certain conditions, while keeping the safety and health of our students in mind. Please note that students traveling abroad may have to deal with corona measures such as quarantine or a testing obligation, and the situation in a country can change quickly. Always keep an eye on the travel advice.
On this page you can find general guidelines regarding study abroad activities during the first semester of the next academic year. Further details and instructions will be provided by your faculty.
Students are allowed to start their internship/exchange/field work in countries or areas with a green or yellow colour code (according to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs), if the partner institution welcomes international students and if it is possible to meet the requirements to enter the country in question.
Travel to countries or areas with a red colour code according to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not allowed. Study abroad activities in countries or areas with an orange colour code are only allowed in the following exceptional cases:
- The country in question is your home country
- You are already residing in the country or region in question
- The study abroad activity is mandatory in the framework of your study
All students planning to embark on a study abroad adventure in de first semester of academic year 2021-2022 need to be aware of the fact that:
- It is highly recommended to prepare a plan B and to try to delay making costs relating to the planned travel and stay abroad.
- Colour codes can rapidly change, and a green or yellow country or region can suddenly change to orange, with a lock down and travel and/or education restrictions as a result.
- Travel insurances are often not valid in countries with an orange or red colour code.
- Erasmus University Rotterdam is not able to offer any (financial) assistance in case the situation deteriorates once students are abroad, and they need or wish to leave the country or region they are in.
- Students will travel at their own risk and will be responsible for all costs related to their travel and stay abroad.
- All students planning to go abroad need to fill out a release of liability form.
Students can apply for the Erasmus+ grant via the regular procedure. The International Office EUR will check the country or area colour on the day of application. Students can apply once they have been nominated and they received the application information (around June) until three weeks after the start of their exchange. In case they submit their application after the start of their exchange, the International Office will check the colour code on the start day of their exchange. If the situation changes in the country after arrival, the Force Majeure rules will apply as implemented by the European Commission during the corona crisis. The Erasmus+ grant can only be received for the period that the student is studying in the host country (either online or on campus).
The Holland Scholarship can also be requested for destinations with a green or yellow colour code.
For questions and additional information please contact the international office or exchange officer of your faculty.