Go Global Placement Advice

Information concerning your placement during the 2020-21 academic year.


Ulster University and the mutual (UMAL) providing travel cover will comply with FCO guidance which currently advises against all but essential international travel. We are advising you to continue preparations but to avoid making any financial commitments to cover flights, accommodation, insurances or payments to internship providers.

Confirmation has been given that mobility placements in Republic of Ireland will be treated the same as UK placements and can go ahead as planned. If your placement is not in the Republic of Ireland, please get in touch with Global Mobility team.

European Commission guidelines currently state that funding through Erasmus+ requires physical mobility, i.e. you would not be eligible for the Erasmus grant whilst you are working/studying remotely. We would therefore only be able to reward you your Erasmus grant once you are on-site.

We are also in the process of renewing the University's insurance over the summer; UMAL have indicated that there will be travel cover but it may exclude any claims relating to Coronavirus; such a situation might expect separate health/medical cover either arranged personally or as part of employee benefits for students on placement.

All students hoping to work/study abroad this academic year will also be responsible for filling out a risk assessment form prior to the start of their mobility. This form will help us and your studies advisor/placement tutor assess the potential risks of your mobility.

20-21 General Placement Advice

Erasmus+ 20-21

  • Will my Erasmus+ placement be going ahead for Semester 1?

    Confirmation has been given that mobility placements in Republic of Ireland will be treated the same as UK placements and can go ahead as planned. If your placement is not in the Republic of Ireland, please get in touch with Global Mobility team.

  • Can I start my Erasmus+ work/study placement remotely?

    If this has been approved by both your studies advisor/placement tutor, as well as your host institution, you may be able to start your placement remotely. You will be required to submit an Erasmus+ application to provide details of when you expect to commence your placement.
    The European Commission guidelines currently state that funding through Erasmus+ requires physical mobility, i.e. you would not be eligible for the Erasmus+ grant whilst you are working/studying remotely. We would therefore only be able to reward you your Erasmus+ grant once you are on-site.

  • What paperwork do I need to fill out?

    You should first complete an Erasmus+ application; further details on the application and paperwork can be found on the Erasmus+ webpages.

  • Will the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) be valid for my placement in Europe?

    At present, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country.

    At the moment, when you travel to an EU country you should have both:

    • a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
    • travel insurance with healthcare cover

    You must contact your National Health Care provider to apply via the National Health Services (NHS) or Ireland's Health Services.

    Important – the European Health Insurance Card:

    • is not an alternative to travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs such as a return flight to your home country or lost/stolen property,
    • does not cover your costs if you are travelling for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment,
    • does not guarantee free services. As each country’s healthcare system is different services that cost nothing at home might not be free in another country.
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    Using EHIC from 1 January 2021:

    You’ll still be able to access healthcare using a UK-issued EHIC for visits that begin from 1 January 2021 if you’re a UK student studying in the EU before the end of 2020 until your course finishes.

  • What is the University's insurance cover?

    The Travel Cover is due to be renewed on 1st August for the year 2020/21 and terms are still being finalised, but we can confirm that there will be no cover for disruption, cancellations or rearrangements as a result of Covid-19 and certain other named pandemic illnesses, but there will still be cover for medical expenses. Any further changes to the Travel Cover will be confirmed in the next few weeks.

Study USA 20-21

  • What is the latest update on the Study USA programme?

    Currently, the Department for Economy and British Council are still consulting with students whether you will be able to study abroad during Semester 1. They will have reached out to you individually, and you may wish to speak to your studies advisor regarding any decision made by the British Council and how it might impact your course degree. If you have further questions, please email the Global Mobility team.

ISEP 20-21

  • What is the latest update from ISEP?

    ISEP have decided to suspend all mobility to the United States for the Autumn semester due to the availability of visa processing facilities in current COVID-19 conditions. ISEP have been closely monitoring the situation as well as the status of US Embassies around the world, and though some are beginning to reopen their doors, many of these are only accepting emergency appointments. The Global Mobility team will have been in touch to discuss your options; if you wish to discuss this further, please contact the Global Mobility team.