Additional information regarding COVID-19

Students may submit an Erasmus traineeship grant application regardless if the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, MFA, advises against travel to the host country by the time of the application. In the grant application students will indicate if they intend to conduct the traineeship remotely from another country than the host country partly or fully.

All students doing an Erasmus traineeship must adhere to the programme rules and regulations. Students will not receive any grant for remote days, but these days will count against the total number of Erasmus days (minimum 60 days and maximum 360 days). Students will only receive an Erasmus grant for the days that they are physically present in the host country. Students may receive and Erasmus grant for days spent in a mandatory quarantine before the traineeship.

Applications are processed and granted subject to the condition that there should not be advice against travel/a decision from Uppsala University prohibiting travel to the host country at the planned start date. As long as the Swedish MFA advises against travel to a specific country because of COVID-19, students will not receive an Erasmus grant for being physically present in those countries.

Exceptions can be made in the following cases:

  1. Students who belong administratively (for example, through citizenship or permanent residence permit) or have a similarly strong connection (for example, through their partner / spouse / children) to the Erasmus programme country where they intend to carry out their Erasmus traineeship and who have already returned / planned to return to this country, provided that the Erasmus grant will not result in any additional travel.
  2. Students who begin their traineeship remotely from a country other than the host country and who travel to the host country when or if the advice against travel has been cancelled, or who change their start date until after the advice against travel has been cancelled.

Due to COVID-19, students who have applied for the Erasmus traineeship grant are obliged to:

  • Immediately inform if there are any changes in your start date or the way you are conducting your traineeship (physically in the host country or remotely) after the grant has been granted and the Grant Agreement has been signed. The grant will then be recalculated.
  • Submit the mandatory documentation. This applies to all students who are participating in a traineeship within the Erasmus programme, regardless of how they conduct their traineeship (physically in the host country or online remotely, or a combination thereof) and grant sum.

Regarding COVID-19, students who have applied for an Erasmus grant are requested to:

  • Follow developments, via the UU web, the Swedish MFA, the host countries’ own official channels and Re-open EU. Students are recommended to download the mobile app called Resklar, by the Swedish MFA and sign up for the so called list of Swedes (or similar if the student holds a citizenship other than Swedish).
  • Be flexible in the planning of the exchange, especially with regard to the start date and the possibility of starting remotely, if travelling to the host country is not possible at the start of the exchange.
  • Look into the insurance coverage. The insurance provided by UU: Student OUT, is only valid in the host country for the exchange studies.