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Covid-19 Information 2020/2021

Last updated: 16 December 2020

Newcastle University Students Going Abroad

Newcastle University is allowing mandatory physical mobility to go ahead in semester 2 of Academic Year 2020-21. If your international placement falls within this category, you will have received an update from Global Opportunities.

The situation remains under review and we will confirm later in 2021 if mandatory and optional international placements can go ahead in Academic Year 2021-22.

If you are planning to go abroad in 2021-22, please continue to follow our normal application processes.

Exchanges and Studying Abroad at Newcastle University in 2020/2021

International mobility is a significant part of our student experience; it supports our aim to be a globally inclusive institution and foster an environment that places international ambition and activities as central to our everyday thinking and working. We deeply value the diversity that incoming exchange students bring to our campus.

We are therefore pleased to confirm that we are accepting incoming exchange and study abroad students in semester 2 of Academic Year 2020-21.

Further Support

If you have any questions, please contact the Global Opportunities Team or your home institution as appropriate. We are unable to answer calls as we are working from home, and are currently dealing with high email traffic, but we will get back to you as soon as we can. Your patience is appreciated.

Further information about COVID-19, including health guidance, is available at


Last updated: 6 January 2021

Newcastle University values and is committed to student mobility to Europe and to continued co-operation with European partners and with partners from across the world.

New Turing Scheme

The UK government has confirmed that students will be able to study and do work placements across the world through a brand new scheme that replaces the UK’s participation in Erasmus+.

The Turing Scheme, named after British mathematician Alan Turing, will provide similar opportunities for students to study and work abroad as the Erasmus+ programme but it will include countries across the world.

Current Erasmus+ project

The European Commission has confirmed that UK institutions which have successfully applied for an Erasmus+ grant in 2020 can extend their Erasmus+ project to 31 May 2023. Newcastle University will therefore be able to participate in Erasmus+ until this date, despite the UK not participating in the new Erasmus+ Programme.

Partner institutions in Europe

Our partnerships with some European institutions may be affected, as all our Erasmus+ agreements need to be renegotiated. However, most of our European partners have already confirmed that they would like to continue working with us in Academic Year 2021-22 and we are seeking to extend those agreements to 2022-23 as well.

Newcastle University will aim to continue its cooperation with partner institutions in Europe outside of the Erasmus+ framework from 2023-24 onwards. 

Changes to immigration requirements

There is currently no dedicated visa route for study or work placements between the UK and the EU, and UK students going abroad have to follow the entry requirements for non-EU nationals as set by each member state.

Incoming exchange students to the UK fall under the new Visitor Route (for placements of up to 6 months/one semester) or the new points-based system (for placements over 6 months/full-year exchange).

UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC)

The UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) continues to be valid in the EU and will soon be replaced with a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This new card will provide cover in EU countries, but not in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland. Further information is available on the NHS website.