When assessing whether your stay abroad can take place as planned, the following points must be considered:
- In addition, most countries have sometimes very strict entry restrictions in place.
- The partner universities in the various countries are reacting to the pandemic in different ways. While a few have already canceled their mobility programs for the upcoming winter semester, other universities offer online alternatives or are planning a 'normal' winter semester. The partner universities are also ultimately dependent on the political decisions in their country.
The International Office (IO) of the KU is in constant contact with the partner universities where you are planning your stay abroad. As soon as we receive more information about whether the host university can already make statements about the course of the winter semester, we will pass these on to you immediately.
At this point in time, we advise you not to make any financial advance payments (e.g. flight tickets, deposits, etc.).
Furthermore, we recommend that you keep yourself informed about existing exit and entry restrictions as well as quarantine regulations in your host country. The pages of the German Foreign Office are always a good starting point for this: www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/deutsche-auslandsvertretungen
We are well aware that this lack of planning security, which is not least due to the political decisions in most countries that are always made at very short notice, is very frustrating for you and creates a great deal of uncertainty.
If, in view of the above-mentioned points, you are thinking about canceling or postponing your studies abroad yourself, we ask you to contact the KU International Office immediately (outgoing(at)ku.de). If you have any questions or doubts about your planned internship abroad, please also contact the KU International Office (praktika-international(at)ku.de). In any case, we will try to find a solution together with you. You can also contact us at any time with any other questions you may have, such as questions concerning funding possibilities for your stay abroad (Erasmus+, PROMOS, KU IntAid, etc.).
However, especially in the case of required stays abroad or double degree programs, we urgently request that you discuss with your study program coordinators what effects a cancellation of your stay abroad will have on your further studies and what alternatives are possible.