From 5 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will abolish the Travel Council for the EEA / Schengen and the United Kingdom, and the countries on the EU's third country list that NIPH considers safe.
The third step of the reopening plan thus opens up for more travel across national borders, and is in line with INN University goals of sending students on exchange to European partners.
Based on this recent development INN University has decided that student exchange within Europe will not be cancelled for fall 2021.
INN University students will be able to go on exchange to European Partner Universities in fall 2021, but due to uncertainty regarding the coronavirus situation, INN University must set a number of requirements and make certain reservations for carrying out exchanges in the fall of 2021.
- The Ministry of Education and Research has defined exchange as a necessary journey and thus opened up for exchange also to "red" countries in Europe. Note, however, that the country you are going on an exchange to must have open borders and the possibility of entry.
- The institution you have applied to must have a professional offer that can be approved by INN University and offer an almost normal teaching situation, where teaching is offered in whole or in part on campus.
- You must take out a valid insurance that applies to the entire exchange stay. The insurance must cover illness in case of COVID-19 and apply in "red" countries. Note that most insurances do not cover other expenses/losses as a result of COVID-19 related events. Familiarise yourself well with the exceptions and conditions that apply to the insurance you choose.
- Be sure to familiarise yourself with the offers from ANSA (the Association of Norwegian Students Abroad) before departure, including their insurance offers.
- INN University will not be able to provide financial support for losses or additional costs you may have as a result of new outbreaks, quarantines, cancellations, interrupted stays or the like, which your insurance does not cover, but the Erasmus+ program may cover some costs for travel home.
- INN University will not be able to guarantee your study progression in the event of a study interruption as a result of cancellation/closure at a partner institution abroad.
- You are responsible for all financial obligations you enter into in connection with the planning and implementation of the exchange stay, such as expenses for language testing, tickets, rent, deposit and/or school fees. INN University recommends postponing expenses in connection with planned exchanges as far as possible.
- You are responsible for familiarising yourself with, and following, current infection control measures and quarantine regulations in the country of study. Relevant links to local authorities' websites with more information can be found via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel information for your country of study. Please note that the regulations may change at short notice and that it is important that you stay up to date.
- Remember that you can expect a quarantine stay when arriving abroad and/or upon returning to Norway.
All students who have applied to travel on an exchange to Europe in the fall of 2021 will receive e-mails with additional information, including security abroad and the government's advice on travel and coronavirus.
The Norwegian government stated in a press conference on Friday 2 July that students from abroad will be exempted from the entry restrictions from 1 August.
This means that all foreign students with a study place at a Norwegian educational institution can travel to Norway as planned after this date.
Even if entry is facilitated, international exchange students will still be subject to the applicable rules for testing, entry registration, quarantine and possibly quarantine hotel.
Quarantine hotel upon arrival
INN University will cover the costs of quarantine hotel for all new exchange students in the autumn of 2021. Students will receive information by e-mail with further details and updated information about quarantine rules well in advance of arrival.
INN University is following the situation closely and will inform all applicants as soon as there is new information about entry regulations for international students.