The Ministry of Education and Research clarifies that educational exchange stays abroad are considered necessary travel for students. Thus, they do not violate the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel advice.
The Ministry pointed out that one of the main reasons behind the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel guidelines is to prevent travelers from bringing infection from abroad home to Norway.
“Students who leave for a longer stay abroad thus pose little risk. Shorter study stays abroad (e.g., internship mobility, fieldwork, etc.) are also considered necessary travel, provided that they are an integral and well-defined part of the education,” the ministry wrote in a letter.
The Ministry of Education and Research noted that the clarification should not be interpreted as an incentive or pressure for students to go on study exchanges.
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