On this page:
- Calls for applications for student exchange 1 – 15 Sept (updated 21 July)
- The coronavirus pandemic and safety
- Brexit and student exchanges
1. Calls for applications for student exchange 1 – 15 Sept – Last Call for Spring 2022!
(updated 21 July)
We will be opening one more call for applications for student exchange in the spring semester 2022 in September. The application period is 1-15 Sept. We will have a limited amount of host universities available and we will be processing applications on a first come, first served principle. By processing applications on a first come, first served basis, we hope to ensure every successful applicant will have enough time for their second stage application, which is applying to the host university.
We will post more information about the application period by the end of August, the week before the application period begins at the latest. We will post Calls for Applications on Kamu, where you can see the available host universities and other practical information about this round of applications. We will post information about the application period in the following Yammer groups:
Internationalisation offers for students
UEF outgoing exchange students
NB! This is the last call for applications for exchanges in the spring semester 2022. In the following application periods (in November and February), you may apply for exchanges during the academic year 2022-2023. So, if you want to go for exchange studies in the spring semester 2022, act fast!
2. The coronavirus pandemic and safety
- Follow reliable media in Finland and in the host country
- Follow instructions given by UEF and your host university – if you are not sure about something, ask!
- Follow your email and check your SPAM regularly.
- Use the same email account before, during, and after exchange!
- Observe current travel guidelines in Finland and in the host country, sudden changes in country-specific guidelines and restrictions are possible.
- Keep all exchange-related info (documents, contact info) safe at all times.
- Keep your ICE contact up-to-date, safe, and easily accessible at all times.
- Give updates to your home and host university coordinators about any (significant) changes during exchange.
- Outgoing students must have an up-to-date, comprehensive travel insurance (see FAQ on student exchange on Kamu).
- Make sure your insurance will cover situations caused by the coronavirus!
- Remember: even if your insurance will cover unexpected expenses, the processing period for compensation claims can be long.
- Make a travel notification about all your trips.
- Cancellation and changing tickets: we recommend you buy tickets that are as flexible as possible regarding cancellations and changes.
- If you buy tickets from 3rd parties such as travel agencies instead of directly from the airline, make sure to check booking and cancellation terms.
- Pay for flights and other charges with a credit card if possible (find out what your credit company will compensate).
- When booking new flights to replace cancelled ones, check the airline’s website to see the most up-to-date information about which flights are operated.
- Take into account any possible quarantine mandates: a 14-day quarantine may be required, and it may affect your accommodation arrangements.
- Also consider guidelines about arriving to your host country: a layover in a risk country may make entering your host country more difficult.
Everyday life at your host country
- Terms of accommodation if renting: what happens if your exchange is cut short, ie. deposit refunds, rent for the remaining time?
- Remember to register with the local authorities.
- Language proficiency: learn some basics of the local language, take advantage of translation applications on mobile devices, is there a local you can ask for help (e.g. a tutor student)?
- The European Health Insurance Card (if applicable) and/or other insurance information is good to keep with you at all times.
- Follow local coronavirus safety guidelines, mobility restrictions etc.
- Make sure you know where you can get healthcare from and where you can be in contact with.
Studying at your host country
- Consider guidelines from your host university: lectures may be paused or cancelled, education may be partially or entirely online, etc. Mobility restrictions in the campus area and in the host country are also possible. Follow instructions!
3. Brexit and student exchanges
(Updated 22 Jan 2021.)
Since the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union came into effect 1 January 2021, the current situation and future of student mobility to the UK has been uncertain. The UK is withdrawing from the Erasmus+ student mobility programme (as it’s funded by the European Commission) as well once the ongoing programme is completed.
However, student mobility to the UK is still possible until the end of spring 2022: due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ongoing Erasmus+ programme has been extended until spring 22.
This means that you may apply for Erasmus+ exchanges in the UK for the academic year 2021-2022 during the next application period in February, 1 to 15 Feb 2021.
Those interested in exchanges in the UK should look into possible visa requirements, and it is also recommended that students take into account the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and changes it may cause when considering an exchange period, whether in the UK or anywhere else.