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FAQs incoming students winter semester 20/21

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Last update: October 20, 2020, 12:15 pm

Which risks should I be aware of if I plan to spend my exchange semester?

With the global COVID-19 pandemic, there are several points that you should consider when studying at WU in winter semester 2020/21. If you pursue your exchange, you are welcome to do so and WU’s International Office will happily support you, but you should be aware of the risks involved.

The list below is not exhaustive but can give you assistance:

  • Keep in mind that travel restrictions can affect your plans. Further, it is possible that mandatory quarantines and/or airline route cancelations may be implemented.

  • Make yourself familiar with cancelation terms when booking flights and accommodation. Some policies may not cover cancelations due to COVID-19. If possible, we advise to complete such bookings on a short notice and not in advance.

  • In case of a sudden increase in COVID19 cases be prepared that appropriate measures will be taken in your host country/at your host university (temporary lockdowns and reduction of social/cultural activities, transition of lectures to online/distance learning formats, and similar).

  • Discuss your exchange plans with your family and friends. If you feel unsafe, talk with the exchange coordinator at your home university to find alternative solutions.

Is Covid-19 covered by medical insurance? Will I be able to receive medical treatment even though I’m a foreigner?

  • You can either purchase the Austrian National Health Insurance (ÖGK) or private health insurance for the duration of your stay in Austria. ÖGK covers medical treatments including COVID-19. If you purchase a private health insurance, please get in touch with the insurance provider to make sure it also covers COVID-19 related treatments.

Can I travel around Europe during my exchange semester?

The Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs recommends to avoid travelling unless absolutely necessary. Consider exploring what Vienna has to offer and immersing yourself in Austrian culture and learning German, rather than travelling around Europe. If you decide to travel during your exchange semester, please note that travelling in Europe, while technically still possible, increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and may require mandatory quarantine and expensive testing before and/or after your trips. Your travel experience may also be impacted by preventative measures affecting public places and tourist attractions.

FAQs Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (German)