Universities take precautions against Covid-19 as students travel abroad to study and work

SINGAPORE – Students undertaking overseas programs provided by their universities in Singapore must be fully immunized and have parental consent.

Local institutions said that students going abroad are covered by student travel insurance policies and that the coverage includes the cost of Covid-19 medical treatment.

A spokesperson for the National University of Singapore (NUS) said it is holding pre-departure briefings for students to ensure they are up to date with current developments in the country and the world. partner university to which they are heading.

“They must also complete and pass a mandatory travel preparation module and submit an acknowledgment of risk and consent form signed by their parent or guardian,” she said.

“Before their departure, they will need to register online with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and upload their travel itinerary to the International SOS portal so that assistance can be provided quickly if needed,” she added. .

The overseas programs of all universities in Singapore have been suspended from March 2020 due to Covid-19. NUS resumed student exchanges in January this year and some 1,000 students will travel this semester.

The spokesperson said NUS will continue to closely monitor the Covid-19 pandemic situation around the world as it remains volatile. The programs will be adjusted accordingly, in accordance with the directives in force and the travel advisories of the authorities.

A spokesperson for Singapore Management University (SMU) said the health and safety of its students is its top priority and they are only allowed to travel to countries deemed safe by the Department of Health at the time. travel.

“The university has made provision for all students who undertake trips abroad to be able to use the International SOS Global Assistance Program,” she said.

About 450 SMU students are going on exchange this semester, some leaving last December.

Professor Tan Ooi Kiang, vice-rector for education at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), said students are required to attend pre-departure briefings and complete training modules. Risk Assessment.

NTU will gradually resume its exchange programs in the new academic year beginning in August.

A spokesperson for the Singapore Institute of Technology said it was working with its overseas university partners to ensure contingency measures were in place to meet the needs of students in case they were infected abroad. These include quarantine and hospitalization protocols, as well as course continuity through virtual platforms.

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