UiA recommends all students and staff abroad to follow the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' request to return home as soon as possible. In addition, exchange students at UiA in Norway are recommended to return to their home countries.
Updated on 14 March 12:00:
The advice of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 14 March at 11.00 is as follows:
Students who are returning home and will not be able to complete the semester abroad must contact their faculty for questions about the structure of the programme. See https://www.uia.no/en/student/hjelp-og-veiledning/do-you-need-student-guidance
If students prefer to remain in the host university, they should consider:
Students returning to Norway must first explore the possibility of the airline changing its departure date. Many airlines are flexible, but if a change is impossible, this can be covered by personal travel insurance.
If the student cannot change the ticket and additional costs are not covered by personal travel insurance, UiA will cover additional costs in connection with the return journey. Remember to document these costs.
The facilities of UiA are currently closed and employees are working from home. Students with questions should contact the International Education Office at email@example.com
All UiA employees and research fellows who are abroad are advised to return home in accordance with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ request. They are asked to contact their immediate leader to clarify the situation. UiA is also trying to contact all employees who are currently abroad.
Travel expenses on business trips/research travel: The person should initially take this with G-travel, own travel agency or own travel insurance. Other issues related to travel and expenses are clarified with the immediate leader at UiA.
Due to the escalation of the coronavirus situation, the University of Agder recommends that all exchange students return home.
Many countries introduce strict travel regulations and borders are closing to prevent further contamination, which can make returning home very difficult at a later date. Italy, China, El Salvador, New Zealand, Poland, Ireland, and Denmark are countries that now (as of March 14) have imposed the largest and most extensive restrictions.
UiA recommends that all students contact their home university and follow their guidelines. Students who wish to be in Norway are welcome to do so and will be followed up by the International Education Office at UiA.
The University of Agder will make every effort to ensure that all students can complete the semester digitally. Specific information for each course will be published in the students' digital learning platform Canvas.
All students planning on returning home must inform the International Education Office at the University of Agder at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as the housing office.
The University of Agder recommends that international degree students remain in Norway and follow the guidelines on https://www.uia.no/no/about-uia/information-og-guiding-ab-the-coronavirus.
Any international students who have questions or need other information can contact the International Education Office at email@example.com.
Read more on uia.no/en/virus.