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 a lot of countries in the world have a code orange (only neccessary travels) or red (negative advice), this can change to code yellow or green (positive advice) over the coming time, or vice versa.
If, at the time of your departure, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides a positive travel advice -yellow or green- for the country where you will study or do the internship abroad you are allowed to go abroad. However, when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assigns a country code orange, you decide.
Code orange: you decide
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. The moment your destination has the code orange, the decision to leave is yours. However, when you make this decision we will ask you to fill in and sign a disclaimer, the so-called Own Risk Declaration. The HZ-International Office staff will send this to you by email.
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?
- What is the quality of health care in the country of destination?
- Should something happen, will you be able to travel home? Some destinations can be reached by train and car when airspaces are closed down, others are not.
- If the internship company where you plan to go offers you to work remotely or if courses are offered fully on-line during your Study Abroad minor: will you get the intercultural experience you had expected? The latter is of course an essential part your semester abroad.
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.
For the Study Abroad minor: this will be a minor at HZ.
For an internship abroad: contact your program coordinator / Study Coach (SLC) to discuss the alternatives (internship in the Netherlands?).
- Always discuss your plans with your Study Coach (SLC)
- 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.
- Make sure you have taken out an insurance policy that covers, among other things, medical expenses related to covid-19, and if yes, is 100% of the actual incurred cost covered (especially outside EU).
- Contact your travel insurance to check which costs – also those related to covid-19 are covered.
We advise you to not yet make any investments, not buy a ticket yet, or to buy a ticket that you can cancel.