FAQ's: Learning Abroad Program Cancellations
At this stage, the Australian National University is progressing with applications for Semester 2 2021 Exchange programs. A decision regarding travel for both the Winter Session 2021 and Semester 2 2021 will be made in mid-February, 2021. It is our hope that things may improve, however, the decision will be made as early as possible in consideration of our partners, students and possibility to travel. For more information about Semester 2 Exchange programs, please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/careers-opportunities/global-programs/exchange
Semester 1, 2021
In light of the continuation of COVID-19, the University has made the difficult decision to cancel Summer programs and S1 2021 exchange programs to all destinations.
The Global Programs team are deeply disappointed by the news, however, the wellbeing of our staff and students is always our highest priority
We are in direct communication with all affected students and partner institutions. If you had applied to go on exchange in Semester 1, 2021, please check your emails for this update. We have also put together a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to assist you with some of your enquiries. If you have further concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
1. How does COVID-19 affect my exchange application for Semester 1, 2021?
We regret to advise you that the continuation of the ANU suspension of travel approvals has led to the decision to cancel incoming and outgoing programs for the Summer session and Semester 1, 2021.
This decision was not made lightly and we understand that this will be disappointing for many. The Global Programs team are deeply disappointed by the news, however, the wellbeing of our staff and students is always our highest priority.
2. Do I need to do anything with my exchange application?
We will update all exchange applications for Semester 1, 2021 to 'withdrawn'. You do not need to take any action on this.
3. Can I defer my application to Semester 2, 2021?
No, you will not be able to defer your application. If you would like to go on exchange in Semester 2, 2021 you will need to submit a new application and have your academic college/s complete a new RAID assessment on your behalf.
The reason we are unable to support deferrals is due to the reciprocity with partners, the availability of spaces, the volume of affected students and impact of deferral on individual students' academic progression.
4. I am willing to accept any risk associated with overseas travel and studies. Can I go anyway?
No; you are not approved to travel by the University. You do not have approval to undertake face-to-face learning abroad programs with the partner university and where relevant, the exchange spot has been cancelled for 2021 S1. You will not receive ANU academic credits and will not be covered by ANU Travel Insurance.
5. If I reapply for the Semester 2 2021 exchange round, will I be guaranteed a spot?
No. It is not possible to guarantee a placement at one of your 5 preferred institution; we are never able to make this guarantee. We will work with you closely to find alternatives if none of your preferred partners are available.
6. What if I cannot move my ANU courses around or do not have 24 units left in my degree to fit in exchange in Semester 2, 2021 but I really want to study overseas?
If you do not have 24 units available and can no longer fit in exchange, we would suggest you look at other international or domestic opportunities, like short courses or online options.
7. Are there any upcoming information session on applying for semester 2, 2021?
At this stage, we will be progressing with applications for Semester 2 2021. All of our information sessions are listed through the Global Programs Facebook page. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view our information session schedule. Please refer to this link:
Semester 2, 2020
1. I have made travel and accommodation bookings for my S2 2020 Exchange, what should I do?
Students have been advised NOT to book any overseas travel relating to this experience. If you have booked any flights intending to go on exchange in 2020 S2, you are responsible to cancel any bookings made relating to going on exchange and seek a refund where possible.
Please note that the university's Insurer (CHUBB) has confirmed that COVID-19 was a foreseen circumstance effective 4:00pm on March 2 2020. This means that new paid travel arrangements made after this date may not be eligible for expenses incurred that relate to COVID-19.
2. Do I need to contact my host institution?
No. Global Programs have contacted all our exchange partners and communicated the ANU decision to cancel the exchange programs for S2 2020. All students are automatically withdrawn from S2 2020 Exchange.
Some partners may require students to complete a form or other administrative processes for withdrawal. Please do so if applicable or required by the partner institution.
3. Do I need to withdraw my application on the Global Programs System?
We have updated all the students' statuses in the Global Program System automatically to 'withdrawn'. You will not be required to action this.
4. Can I defer my exchange place to the following semester?
Unfortunately, we are unable to support students to defer their current placement to another semester. This is due to the reciprocity with partners, the availability of spaces, the volume of affected students and impact of deferral on individual students' academic progression. Students are encouraged to reapply for future programming where they have flexibility in their degree to do so and will be prioritised in 2021 exchange rounds.
5. I have contacted my host institution and they have agreed to offer me a deferral, can I defer my exchange placement?
Unfortunately we are unable to support deferrals. If you had received any communications from the partner, the offer is no longer valid. Please contact Global Programs for clarification if you have received an offer from the partner for 2021.
6. I am willing to accept any risk associated with overseas travel and studies. Can I go anyway?
No. You are not approved to travel by the university. You do not have approval to undertake the exchange program with the partner university and the exchange spot has been cancelled for 2020 S2. You will not receive ANU academic credits and will not be covered by ANU Travel Insurance.
7. If I reapply for Semester 1 or 2 2021 exchange rounds, will I be guaranteed the same spot?
No. It is not possible to guarantee the same partner for students who had received exchange placements for S1 or S2 2020, for 2021 applications. Exchange spots per partner are limited. Students interested in going on exchange in 2021, must reapply for the exchange program and provide a new room available in your degree (RAID) approval to go on exchange in 2021, as decided by your academic college.
8. What if I cannot move my ANU courses around or do not have 24 units left in my degree to fit in exchange in 2021 but I really want to study overseas?
If you do not have 24 units available and can no longer fit in exchange, we would suggest you look at other opportunities, like short course options.
9. What other future program options do I have?
Student can apply for short course options where you only need to have 6 units available in your degree to participate. There are many short course options available to students, which are coordinated through Global Programs, academic colleges, exchange partners or through independent providers. Please visit: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/careers-opportunities/global-programs/short-course-options
10. I have received funding (I.e: NCP funding, NCP grant, Westpac Scholarship) for my exchange, do I need to repay this?
Students who have already received funding intended for S2 2020 will be contacted by Global Programs to discuss specific funding requirements.
11. Do you have any other support available for affected students?
Students can access support via the ANU Crisis Support line which is a 24/7 support service available to ANU students experiencing situational stress, emotional difficulties and mental health concerns. The best way for you to access this is to text them: SMS Text message service: +61 488 884 170.
ANU Counselling is offering services through digital mechanisms during this period of physical distancing and self-isolation. You can contact them directly to book an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
12. How can I contact ANU Global Programs?
ANU Global Programs are offering a range of virtual services, including virtual drop ins and a phone call back service. Please refer to our website for ways to get in touch - https://www.anu.edu.au/students/careers-opportunities/global-programs/understanding-overseas-study/get-in-touch-with-global