When going abroad, we recommend you to always register in the DROZD application.

Coronavirus- Covid 19

Departures – autumn 2020

International Office of the Rectorate and CTU now generally allow studying abroad, traineeships as well as staff mobility. However, the situation may change in the future due to spread of the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19. Therefore, it is important to follow the official sources of information as well as the official CTU website.

If you are going to study abroad, follow the instructions of the foreign university or contact the local foreign coordinator.

Postponing your mobility to the next semester

Many universities allow the postponement of the mobility to the summer semester 2020. However, this needs to be agreed on and confirmed by the foreign university (due to capacities) and by the CTU (regarding the learning agreement, mobility options or nominations – contact the faculty coordinator and the CTU Rector’s Office).

EU

To get better information about what travel restrictions apply within the EU, we recommend checking the interactive EU tool – Re-open EU, where countries are color-coded according to entry restrictions (green without restrictions, orange with certain restrictions, red not allowing entry). The tool also lists national websites with information about travelling, services (hotels, restaurants) and health risks (mandatory face masks, public transport rules, etc.). We also recommend monitoring the websites of individual embassies/consulates.

You can find out if the given university offers the mobility to foreign exchange students at ERASMUS+ Covid – 19 Mobility Status

Mobility cancellation

In current situation the cancellation of the mobility to a foreign university is possible at any time. Preferably when it is still possible to enroll again in the semester at CTU and preferably before signing the grant (participation) agreement at the CTU Rector’s Office.
If the university where the student was selected cancels his/her mobility due to current situation, students will be notified by email. If the student cancels the mobility himself/herself, he/she must pay attention to posiible fees abroad (e.g. if the student has already arranged accommodation abroad, it is possible that the landlord will not want to return the deposit), however, there are no sanctions from CTU.

 

Students abroad

  • If the student has gone abroad, it is physical mobility, whether the studying is full-time, combined or fully online. The grant is left unchanged as long as the student is abroad. It is therefore necessary to fulfill without any change all the obligations arising from the Participation Agreement.
  • In case the requirement of min. 20 credits studied abroad is not fulfilled each case will be discussed individually.
  • Students are required to keep all the expense documents (receipts, contracts,…) for possible reimbursement and claiming additional costs due to force majeure.
Early termination of mobility due to force majeure
  • If the mobility is terminated (the student does not continue his studies or has returned to the Czech Republic and is therefore not entitled to grant), the consequences of force majeure are applied – it is necessary to contact the coordinator at the CTU Rector’s Office regarding the specific conditions. There will be same rules for everyone regarding the reimbursement of additional costs

  • In general, the following rules apply:

    • The student must behave economically and try to minimize additional costs

    • The student must keep all the expense documents

    • Only mobility participant’s costs (not other persons) may be claimed

    • The costs strictly necessary for the mobility realization may be claimed, in case it is not an expression of the participant’s free will, but an unplanned, predictable and uncontrollable event.

Virtual mobility

In justified cases, so-called virtual mobility is also possible (i.e. online, from home, not abroad). In this case, however, the reason for the impossibility of physical mobility must be clearly stated and the participant is not entitled to financial support for a stay abroad.

Costs of testing and ordered quarantine abroad

In case that a negative test for Covid 19 or an ordered quarantine is required during your departure abroad, contact us (the International Office of the CTU Rector’s Office). Increased costs related to testing and ordered quarantine/arrival at the destination before the beginning of the semester can be financially supported. There will be same rules for everyone regarding the reimbursement of such additional costs.

Information for students:

  • Students selected for the mobility during the autumn 2020 can postpone the mobility to the summer semester 2021 (provided that the receiving institution allows you to do so), or cancel the mobility. Please contact the faculty coordinator regarding the changes. 

    The home faculty must also agree to the mobility postponement, and it is important to verify that the mobility will fit into your study plan even a semester later.

  • Your mobility can also be initiated or carried out online, provided that the host institution allows it. However, these mobilities are not eligible for financial support.

  • If you travel abroad, read the terms and conditions of your health insurance carefully – if you fall ill, you may pay high treatment costs and the insurance company would not reimburse you these costs. For more information contact your insurance company.

  • Due to current situation, early mobility termination due to illness (including COVID-19) and incurred cost reimbursement are considered for the autumn semester 2020 only very exceptionally as costs caused by force majeure (costs that could not be prevented) and there is no automatic entitlement for the reimbursement. The situation must always be assessed individually by the International Office of the CTU Rector’s Office and the national agency. Therefore, consider strongly the necessity of these costs and the prevention of their loss (e.g. air ticket cancellation insurance).

  • Latest update: In case you have any unforeseen expenses (e.g. due to mandatory testing or ordered quarantine) that significantly increase your budget, please contact us. We will try to help you as much as possible.

Information for students:

  • Students selected for the mobility during the autumn 2020 can postpone the mobility to the summer semester 2021, provided that the receiving institution allows you to do so, or cancel the mobility. Please contact the faculty coordinator regarding the changes.
  • Your mobility can also be initiated or carried out online, provided that the host institution allows it. However, these mobilities are not eligible for financial support.
  • If you travel abroad, read the terms and conditions of your health insurance carefully – if you fall ill, you may pay high treatment costs and the insurance company would not reimburse you these costs. For more information contact your insurance company.
  • Due to current situation, early mobility termination due to illness (including COVID-19) and incurred cost reimbursement are considered for the autumn semester 2020 only very exceptionally as costs caused by force majeure (costs that could not be prevented) and there is no automatic entitlement for the reimbursement. The situation must always be assessed individually by the International Office of the CTU Rector’s Office and the national agency. Therefore, consider strongly the necessity of these costs and the prevention of their loss (e.g. air ticket cancellation insurance).

Keep a cool head and a smile on your face 🙂 and, if necessary, let us know of any difficulties you may encounter and you may need help with.

In case of any questions or problems, do not hesitate to contact us, we are here for you!
(you can also contact your faculty coordinators)

Contacts

PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING

If you are currently undertaking your mobility (as a student or a trainee) through CTU and you would need to talk to a psychologist or you would need other advise (e.g. in connection with a coronavirus pandemic), you can use an online counseling with a psychologist (via e-mail or Skype). If you are interested, please contact Mgr. and Mgr. Katarína Širancová, katarina.sirancova@cvut.cz.

More information about free counseling for CTU students can be found on the website of the
CTU Information and Consultancy Centre (CIPS).