COVID-19 and Suspended Programs

Updates on Study Abroad Programs



18 Aug 2020 – Undergraduate exchange program (inbound and outbound) for Spring 2021 is suspended

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose serious health risks for global communities. International travel remains restrictive and much of university teaching around the world continues the online arrangement. We do not yet see the conditions that assure us meaningful student experiences and student health and safety can be provided in Spring 2021 exchange programs. As students preparing for study abroad make arrangements many months in advance, in the best interest of students, the University announces the decision at this time. Exchange partners and affected students have been notified.

Affected HKUST students should contact their program organizing units for follow-up.

Inbound exchange students should contact their home universities for follow-up.

 

6 Apr 2020 – Undergraduate exchange program (inbound and outbound) for Fall 2020 is suspended

The COVID-19 pandemic is posing serious health risks for our communities and continues to restrict travel and face-to-face interactions. Universities and students around the world are facing exceptional challenges with the running of student exchange programs. At the moment, we cannot preclude that COVID-19 will still be lingering and affecting university campuses in 6 months’ time. We do not yet see the conditions that assure us meaningful student experiences and student health and safety can be provided in Fall 2020 exchange programs. As students preparing for study abroad make arrangements many months in advance, in the best interest of students, the University announces the decision at this time.

Affected HKUST students should contact their program organizing units for follow-up.

Inbound exchange students should contact their home universities for follow-up.

 

17 Mar 2020 – HKSAR Government issued Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) towards all overseas countries/territories

 

15 Mar 2020 - HKSAR Government issued Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) towards Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States

 

13 Mar 2020 - HKSAR Government issued Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) towards Schengen countries

The Schengen countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Principality of Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Republic of Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

 

11 Mar 2020 - The University announced that with immediate effect, all university-supported travels to destinations outside of Hong Kong are suspended until further notice

The University advise UG exchange students to consider leaving their exchange programs and return home.
Funding applications for upcoming study abroad programs are on hold.

 

10 Mar 2020 - UG exchange programs bound for the affected areas in France, Germany and Spain are suspended

On 10 Mar 2020, HKSAR Government issued Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) towards France (Bourgogne-Franche-Comte and Grand Est regions), Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia region), and Spain (La Rioja, Madrid and Pais Vasco regions).

 

10 Mar 2020 - All outbound student activities in 2019/20 Summer are suspended

On 6 Mar 2020, the HKSAR Government Department of Health issued advice for the public to consider delaying all non-essential travel outside of Hong Kong.
In response to the rapidly evolving global health situation surrounding COVID-19, and with the highest importance placed on the health, safety, and best interests of our students, on 10 Mar 2020, the University decided to suspend all outbound student activities to take place outside of Hong Kong during the Summer Term, whether the student participation is organized, nominated and/or funded by the University. Affected students should contact their program organizing units for follow-up.

 

6 Mar 2020 – The inbound “International Summer Exchange Program” (ISP) for Summer 2020 is suspended

On 6 Mar 2020, The decision was made after considering the continuous development of COVID-19 across the globe and the increasing international travel restrictions imposed, which bring uncertainties to program delivery. For details, please refer to ISP website.

 

28 Feb 2020 – UG exchange programs bound for Italy are suspended

On 28 Feb 2020, HKSAR Government issued Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) towards Italy (Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto regions).

 

24 Feb 2020 – UG exchange programs bound for South Korea are suspended

On 24 Feb 2020, HKSAR Government issued Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) towards Korea.

 

24 Jan 2020 – UG exchange programs bound for Mainland China are suspended

On 24 Jan 2020, the University announced suspension of all outbound activities to Mainland China until further notice.

 

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