University of Dundee student exchanges - suspended for semester 1 of 2020/21 academic year

Published on 21 May 2020

We have made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend inbound and outbound exchange for Semester 1 of 2020/21

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As you are aware, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and consequent government actions (including public health restrictions) continue to have an unprecedented impact on the University, life in Scotland and the world at large.

As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our staff and student community, on and off campus.

As you may be aware, on 5th May 2020 the UK Government released updated advice on travel which applies to the University’s staff and students.

Under that advice, travel for staff and students has been suspended for an indefinite period.

Given that the UK Government advice and the reasonable assumption that the effects of COVID-19 are likely to continue for some time, we have now made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend inbound and outbound exchange for Semester 1 of 2020/21 academic year (October – December 2020).

This decision was not made lightly but is necessary for the University to comply with government public health instructions which are outside of its control.

Obviously, no one can predict at this stage how long the effects of COVID-19 will last. However, the University is taking reasonable steps including liaising with the Scottish Government and others in the Higher Education Sector.

We therefore are keeping the option of Semester 2 exchange for 2020/21 academic year open at this stage, but please note that this will remain under review and may be suspended if the lockdown restrictions should continue for longer than currently expected.

The University will decide by 1st September on Semester 2 exchange based on circumstances relating to COVID-19 at that time.

With best wishes

Go Abroad Team

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