2020-21 Global Mobility FAQs (COVID-19)

Please note the tuition fees below will still apply whether you:

  • are able to go abroad as planned
  • follow host university distance learning
  • undertake host employer distance working
  • undertake 'elective' modules
  • do a combination of the above

Where it is safe and practicable we will support your decision to attend an in-country placement whether that be for study or work abroad.  Advice issued by the Foreign Commonwealth Office will be used to inform this decision making: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

We are currently working to the assumption that semester one face to face, in-country teaching at a partner university or face to face, in-country work at an employer will not be available to students and where possible distance learning and distance working will be offered.  However the ongoing circumstances of each country and institution will be regularly reviewed.

Where an employer does not offer remote working we will support students to either postpone their placement until such a time as in-country working is possible or we will support students to source an alternative placement.  As work placements are not so tied to term date structures it may be possible to complete your placement requirements during the January 2021 to September 2021 period.

No, this is not a possibility. This has been given thorough consideration by the University of Exeter but for a number of reasons including logistics, student workload and partner agreements, you will not be able to defer your placement to the following year

If you wish to revert back to the 3 year (or 4 year equivalent) non-study abroad programme you will need to contact outbound@exeter.ac.uk to inform them of this decision by Monday 15th June 2020.  If you are on a programme where language learning is integral (e.g. Modern Languages) then your department will advise you about alternative provision.

If during the placement year you experience further disruption due to COVID 19 you can interrupt your placement and revert to the three year (or 4 year equivalent) non-study abroad programme variant starting your final year in September 2021.

Please note that for students of Modern Languages, for which the Year Abroad is a compulsory element of the degree, withdrawl can only be permitted in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Modern Languages department.

We are working directly with the Accommodation Team to identify the best solution for students that have found themselves in need of University accommodation for the 2020-21 academic year.  We are hoping to share information on this shortly.

It has been possible for accommodation to cover the graduation period in the past. However in some instances it has been necessary for students to move accommodation before the start of graduation period. If you have any questions regarding this please get in touch with the Accommodation Team. 

The Accommodation Team are currently reviewing the occupancy of University owned accommodation and will be able to provide information on available rooms by the end of July. 

If the University is unable to provide accommodation in University owned housing we will provide information about availability within purpose built student accommodation in the city and will run a Buddy Scheme for students looking for housemates for shared, private accommodation. 

The Buddy Scheme will be open to students who wish to secure accommodation for semester one and plan to go on placement in semester two, it will also be available to inbound study abroad students attending their placement at Exeter. 

For placements of a semester or year in length it will not be possible to take up a placement abroad if you have withdrawn from the programme.   

However we do support students to attend a wide range of Summer Schools and short placements with our exchange partners, and non-partner institutions, more information can be found here: www.exeter.ac.uk/studyabroad/outbound/studying/summerschool/  

This will not be possible due to the limited quota of spaces provided year on year at each partner university.   

If however your degree programme has a work placement variant we can support you to find a work placement either abroad or in the UK. You can find out more about the services on offer by visiting My Career Zone or contacting your placement team for information on changes to the support for your module. 

For Streatham and St Lukes based students: placements@exeter.ac.uk 

For Penryn based students: placements-penryn@exeter.ac.uk  

If you decide to remain on the four-year (or five year equivalent) programme your tuition fee will be as below. Please note this tuition fee will still apply regardless of whether you:

  • are able to go abroad as planned
  • follow host university distance learning
  • undertake host employer distance working
  • take 'elective' Exeter modules
  • do a combination of the above
Placement typeTuition fee

One semester study abroad
or
One semester work abroad

Your annual tuition fee to Exeter
One year study abroad*
or
One year work abroad (Europe)
15% of your annual tuition fee to Exeter

Combined placement: one semester study + one semester work abroad
or
Combined placement: two, one semester study abroad placements
or
Combined placement: two, one semester work abroad placements (Europe)

15% of your annual tuition fee to Exeter
One-year international work (rest of world) 20% of your annual tuition fee to Exeter
Combined placement: one semester European work or study + one semester international work or study 15% of your annual tuition fee to Exeter

If you revert to the three year (or four year equivalent) of your programme you will pay your usual tuition fee for that year.

*Students on the MPhysics with Study in Australia/New Zealand/North America programme should refer to College guidance for further details.

If the virus strikes again next year the University will review the no-detriment policy to ensure it reflects the circumstances and duration of the disruption and remains fair for all students.  The policy will be communicated to students as the earliest opportunity if a no-detriment policy is required. 

If restrictions prevent you from undertaking your Study Abroad placement in person or via distance learning, then you will not be awarded a 'with Study Abroad' degree.

You will be awarded a different degree title that will reflect the academic work you have undertaken at the University of Exeter during the 2020/21 year.

If restrictions prevent you from undertaking your Work Abroad placement in person or via distance working, then you will not be awarded a 'with Work Abroad' degree.

You will be awarded a different degree title that will reflect the academic work you have undertaken at the University of Exeter during the 2020/21 year.

If you remain in the UK during term one (semester one) and then attend a placement abroad in terms two and three (semester two) you will receive the UK rate for term one and the abroad rate for terms two and three.  If you remain in the UK throughout the academic year and participate in distance learning you will receive the UK rate.

This will be the same for means tested and non-means tested students.

Please note that we are awaiting further information from the Department for Education and the Student Loans Company, when this is available we will update this page.

Biosciences (Exeter Campus) Dr Sam Stevens S.Stevens@exeter.ac.uk
Biosciences (Penryn Campus) Dr Chris Laing C.G.Laing@exeter.ac.uk
Business School Michelle Miller
David Boughey
M.M.Miller@exeter.ac.uk
D.S.Boughey@exeter.ac.uk
Engineering Dr Khurram Wadee M.K.Wadee@exeter.ac.uk
English    
Flexible Combined Honours Please contact the subject lead for the Study Abroad module you are enrolled on.

Geography (Exeter Campus) Dr Angela Gallego-Sala A.Gallego-Sala@exeter.ac.uk
Geography (Penryn Campus) Dr Chris Laing C.G.Laing@exeter.ac.uk
Humanities (Exeter Campus) Alice Farris A.Farris@exeter.ac.uk
Humanities (Penryn Campus) Natalie Pollard natalie.pollard@exeter.ac.uk
Law Dr. Swati Gola S.Gola@exeter.ac.uk
Mathematics Prof Pierre Friedlingstein P.Friedlingstein@exeter.ac.uk
Modern Languages Prof Chloe Paver C.Paver@exeter.ac.uk
Natural Sciences Prof Geoff Nash G.R.Nash@exeter.ac.uk
Physics Dr Charles Williams C.D.H.Williams@exeter.ac.uk
Psychology Dr Cris Burgess C.N.W.Burgess@exeter.ac.uk
Renewable Energy Dr Philipp Thies P.R.Thies@exeter.ac.uk
Social Sciences Dr Jack Griffiths J.Griffiths3@exeter.ac.uk
Sports and Health Sciences Dr Brad Metcalf B.Metcalf@exeter.ac.uk

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises against all but essential international travel globally. It’s important to note that even though you can purchase travel insurance, there would be no cover in place if the trip is cancelled while the government advice remains not to travel. To protect yourself from losses, please do not book until the travel restrictions have been lifted. We are monitoring the guidance, and will communicate when it’s ok to go ahead. Your insurance will not be able to provide cover for any losses due to travel cancellations in the meantime. 

We do not know when or if the FCO Advice will change before your planned period of mobility. This information combined with the University of Exeter travel advice and updates is being kept constantly under review.  

There may be situations where it will not be safe for you to travel when your mobility is due to commence. If this is the case, please get in touch with outbound@exeter.ac.uk and we can discuss your options for a virtual start.  

We are still not in a position to guarantee Erasmus+ funding for students going abroad in the 2020/21 academic year.

If this does change, we will be in touch with the students eligible for the grant to start the process.  

Every student will be in a different situation so there is no general advice. Please refer to this webpage in conjunction with advice from your host university when planning for your Year Abroad.  

A number of partners have cancelled semester one incoming exchange. However, some have offered online learning and the option to join the institution when it is safe to do so.  

If your placement has been cancelled in its entirety there may be an option for to work abroad, if this is something you would like to pursue please contact outbound@exeter.ac.uk  

We are working with colleagues from across the university to setup the systems needed for you to make your elective module choices and will be providing further information to you as soon as it is available.