Based upon the information currently available, the Management Board of HZ has decided to NOT cancel the study or internship abroad semester for the HZ-students. At the same time HZ, as a rule, follows the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Although currently most countries in the world have the ‘code orange or red’, indicating a negative travel advice, we are hopeful that this will change to ‘positive’ (yellow or green) over the coming time, at least for the Schengen countries in the EU.
If, at the time of your departure, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides a positive travel advice for the country where you will study or do the internship abroad you are allowed to go abroad.
You decide - uncertain circumstances
The above means that you are the person to decide whether you will go ahead with your plans and preparations to go abroad, taking this travel advice into account. Of course you should realize that this travel advice is subject to change AND that the development and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, remain unpredictable.
To take into account when making your decision:
- First of all: how realistic is it that you will be able to travel to your destination?
- Does the internship company offer you the opportunity to postpone your internship to the spring 2021 semester?
- If the internship company where you plan to go offers you to work remotely: will you get the intercultural experience you had expected? The latter is of course an essential part your semester abroad.
- If you postpone your internship abroad to the spring of 2021: is there an alternative available for the upcoming semester?
If you decide to go ahead with your plans to go abroad:
- Make a ‘plan B’ in case your internship semester is cancelled last minute
- Plan B: minor instead? Can you still register for a minor for the coming semester?
- As soon as your program coordinator / Study Coach (SLC) will have an overview of your plans, they will discuss with you whether there are alternatives.
We advise you to not buy a ticket yet, or to buy a ticket that you can cancel.