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Page last updated: 23/07/2020

Placements and study abroad

Information for students currently abroad for study or personal reasons, those planning to study or take a placement abroad, and Erasmus-funded students.

2019/20: Placements and study abroad

Plus Icon I am a student currently studying abroad. What should I do?

Please be assured that should you fall ill with this virus and have to self-isolate, now, or at any time, we will make sure you do not suffer academic disadvantage.

The UK government updated its advice to advise that where commercial flight options are still available, all British travellers should return to the UK. International travel is becoming highly limited with the further closure of air routes, land borders and domestic restrictions introduced daily.

We urge you to follow the government’s advice and Leeds Beckett University will support your return. Due to the high demand on a limited number of flights, insurance companies are finding it very difficult to make reservations on your behalf. Therefore we advise that you book your own flights and we will reimburse the costs to you through our insurance company when you return.

You should also be in regular contact with the Study Abroad team who will be able to support and provide further guidance.

If you have no available funds to pay for your ticket, please email stafftravel@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. If there is a time difference or you need to contact someone immediately to return home, please call the university’s insurers Chubb Travel on +44(0) 2071737796 quoting Policy UKBBBO38106119 Leeds Beckett University. This can be done directly through the Chubb Travel Smart app.

Plus Icon I am an Erasmus-funded student. Will I have to refund my grant money?

In cases where a student has met the minimum duration for their Erasmus funding (two months for a work placement, three months for a study exchange) but has been repatriated early, students may be entitled to keep a larger share of the grant because of other costs which they may have incurred (typically travel and accommodation payments) or their specific circumstances.

In cases where students haven’t met the required minimum duration, students may also be entitled to keep a share of their grant (subject to approval by Erasmus+).

In cases where a student’s mobility is interrupted owing to university or host organisation closures, the Erasmus grant is still available for the duration of this closure.

Plus Icon I wish to complete my placement or study abroad, What shall I do?

The UK government updated its advice to advise that where commercial flight options are still available, all British travellers should return to the UK. International travel is becoming highly limited with the further closure of air routes, land borders and domestic restrictions introduced daily.

We urge you to follow the government’s advice and Leeds Beckett University will support your return.  Due to the high demand on a limited number of flights, insurance companies are finding it very difficult to make reservations on your behalf. Therefore we advise that you book your own flights and we will reimburse the costs to you through our insurance company when you return. 

If you have no available funds to pay for your ticket, please email stafftravel@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. If there is a time difference or you need to contact someone immediately to return home, please call the university’s insurers Chubb Travel on +44(0) 2071737796 quoting Policy UKBBBO38106119 Leeds Beckett University. This can be done directly through the Chubb Travel Smart app.

If you experience symptoms and need to self-isolate or are diagnosed with Covid-19 while overseas, please report this to student.coronavirus@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Plus Icon I am currently on placement abroad. What should I do?

The UK government has updated its advice to advise that where commercial flight options are still available, all British travellers should return to the UK.  International travel is becoming highly limited with the further closure of air routes, land borders and domestic restrictions introduced daily.

We urge you to follow the government’s advice and Leeds Beckett University will support your return.  Due to the high demand on a limited number of flights, insurance companies are finding it very difficult to make reservations on your behalf . Therefore we advise that you book your own flights and we will reimburse the costs to you through our insurance company when you return. 

If you have no available funds to pay for your ticket, please email stafftravel@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. If there is a time difference or you need to contact someone immediately to return home, please call the university’s insurers Chubb Travel on +44(0) 2071737796 quoting Policy UKBBBO38106119 Leeds Beckett University. This can be done directly through the Chubb Travel Smart app.

Plus Icon What will happen to my course, if I have not completed my placement or study abroad?

On your return to the university, please contact your Course Administrator to discuss alternative arrangements so you can meet the learning outcomes of your programme.

No student will be disadvantaged academically by taking a decision to cut short their stay abroad and return home due to Covid-19.

Plus Icon I am a student currently studying abroad and my host university has been closed - what should I do now? What will happen if I return early from my year abroad?

Please follow the local advice provided by your host institution and country. You should also be in regular contact with the Study Abroad team who will be able to support and provide further guidance.

Please be assured that should you fall ill with this virus and have to self-isolate, now, or at any time, we will make sure you do not suffer academic disadvantage.

Plus Icon I am abroad as part of my study and can’t get back to the UK – what should I do?

The health and wellbeing of all our students is our number one priority. We are continuing to monitor the situation and, at present, we are contacting students who are abroad, providing them with the information and guidance they need.

If you are in any of the affected areas and have not already been contacted by the university, please get in touch with the Study Abroad team / Outbound exchange: tel:+44 (0)113 812 3804.

The university’s insurers, Chubb, can be contacted on +44(0) 2071737796.

Plus Icon I am abroad for personal reasons and can’t get back to the UK – what should I do?

We encourage you to check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) website for up to date information about travelling to the UK and to follow their advice.

It is very important to let your Course Administrator know you are currently abroad, and not able to return to the UK to continue your studies.

2020/21: Placements and study abroad

Plus Icon Will I be able to study abroad in the 2020/21 academic year?
Our priority is to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all our students. As you know, the coronavirus pandemic has caused much uncertainty around overseas travel. Many countries have imposed strict travel restrictions and social distancing measures which may last for some time. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all study abroad exchanges for the 2020/21 academic year. This includes exchanges due to commence in both September and January.
Plus Icon Will there be any alternatives to study abroad for the academic year 20/21?

We are hopeful that we will be able to offer summer school opportunities for the summer of 2021. If you are interested in hearing about these opportunities, please get in touch with the Study Abroad team on studyabroad@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Plus Icon Will I be able to study abroad during the 2021/22 academic year?

We hope to have our full range of Study Abroad opportunities available in 2021/22, and encourage you to regularly check the Study Abroad website for more details later in the current academic year.

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