We appreciate this is a challenging time for our students and colleagues - please don't hesitate to contact the Go Global team if you have specific queries but please also refer to the information below for advice on how the Coronavirus is currently affecting study, work and summer placements abroad. General information and guidance issued by Swansea University can be found on the dedicated section of this website.
Swansea University students
Students currently abroad on a semester or year abroad programme have been contacted by the University with further guidance about returning home. For specific queries, students are encouraged to contact the Go Global Team
Information for students whose year / semester abroad has been affected by the Covid 19 outbreak.
Please note: All students are advised to budget for the cost of one return journey to their host country.
1. The Go Global team provide funding for students towards the costs of travelling. This is paid in 2 instalments, you should by now have received this first instalment which equate to approx. 75% of the total bursary awarded. We will be in touch with students shortly about receiving the final instalment. The following bursaries can be awarded:
For Countries outside the EU:-
Go Global £1000
Texas Strategic Partnership £1200
WP supplement £500
For EU countries
Erasmus programme provides funding (amounts depend on country and duration of placement)
2. If you currently receive finance through the student loan company, you may able to apply for a reimbursement of your travel expenses for your time abroad. Please follow the relevant links below for further information and application details.
Student Finance Wales
Student Finance England
Student Awards Agency Scotland
Student Finance Northern Ireland
3. Swansea University’s Travel Insurance may consider additional travel costs that students have incurred (as a result of the Covid 19 outbreak and updated FCO advice on travel to their placement country) in the following example situations:
- Where a student had booked a return flight for the end of their placement, but this flight has had to be rearranged. If there are additional costs incurred in rearranging the flight, these costs may be covered by SU’s insurance policy. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Where a student had booked a return flight for the end of the placement, but there was no option to cancel or rearrange the original flight and the student has had to book a new flight. Students should contact email@example.com for more information.
- Where a student has incurred additional travel costs such as additional public transport fares or excess baggage fares. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
PLEASE NOTE: where no return flight had been booked, the insurers have advised that there is no cover for the cost of the flight home.
4. The Money Advice team at Swansea University can provide advice and support to students who are facing financial hardship. Please contact email@example.com
The insurers have confirmed that there is no cover for ongoing accommodation costs.
- If you are housed in accommodation organised by one of our exchange partner universities, and you are being asked to continue to pay for your accommodation, despite having returned home, please contact the Go Global. The team will contact the partner university and find out what options are available for our students in this situation.
- If you had accommodation through the private sector, we advise you to contact your accommodation provider directly to discuss your options.
The Money Advice team at Swansea University can provide advice and support to students who are facing financial hardship. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Go Global summer programmes taking place in 2020 have been cancelled. Funding awarded for any programmes taking place in summer 2020 has been cancelled and will not be automatically rolled over to next summer. You will need to reapply in the next academic year. We will support you through that process. If your programme is run by a third party provider, please check with them if the programme is still running. They will be able to advise if any deposits you have paid are refundable. All third party providers have been informed that Go Global funding is no longer available for programmes this summer.
Semester or Year Abroad 2020/21
As a precautionary measure, the University has stopped all student and staff travel abroad for the time being for study and work purposes. We will continue to monitor the situation. Students planning to go abroad for a semester or year in 2020/21 should continue with their applications, however we would advise against making any financial commitments in relation to your placement at this time. Students are advised to keep all options open, including those where they may need to remain in the UK. This includes discussing potential Swansea University modules for 20/21 with your home department as a backup option. We will continue to work closely with colleges, partner universities and students during this time to keep you updated and informed. Please consult the Go Global team if you have any specific queries.
Inbound visiting and exchange students
AT SWANSEA UNIVERSITY IN 2019/20
- Contact Corinne Rees in the Go Global Team to confirm your plans to stay in Swansea
- Inform your home university of your plans to stay in Swansea
- Continue with your studies online
- Keep up to date with the latest information via the dedicated Coronavirus section of the website paying particular attention to the section for International students
There will be no in-person exams before the end of August.
All alternative assessments will be delivered in a format suitable for delivery remotely and the time given to complete the work will normally be extended. We expect that all remote exams will take place within the usual four-week University exam period and we are working hard to produce a timetable for each programme that best suits students’ needs.
Your College will provide you with further communication in due course in respect of the nature and forms of these alternative assessments and students are asked to wait for further notification at the current time.
The University is committed to treating students with fairness and compassion and our decisions take full account of the unique circumstances in which we are currently operating. We have therefore implemented a ‘safety net’ policy to ensure students are not disadvantaged by the Covid-19 outbreak.
- For students undertaking a period of study abroad at Swansea University during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, any Safety Net Policy will be applied by the student’s home institution.
- Where possible, students will continue with any alternative assessment provisions, haves access to the revised Extenuating Circumstances Policy and will be offered supplementary assessment for any failed modules.
- Where students are unable to complete their planned period of study due to travel restrictions, their home institution should provide information about how these circumstances will be taken into account.
COMING TO SWANSEA IN 2020/21