When travelling abroad it is essential to be aware of and understand the necessary documents and procedures relevant to your host country. The information below has been divided into sections applicable to those who are travelling to EU countries and those going beyond.
UK passport holders can also find further information on visa requirements and specific country travel advice by visiting the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Travel Advice website.
Before you leave the UK, it is recommended that you check that your passport is up-to-date and will cover the time that you are away - some countries require a minimum amount of time still on your passport before you enter.
UWE Bristol travel insurance
UWE Bristol's insurance policy covers students who undertake a study exchange or work placement that is a compulsory and credit-bearing aspect of their UWE Bristol degree.
This insurance provides students travelling abroad with medical, personal property, personal injury and accident cover during term time. For work placements, an agreement will also be made with the employer on indemnity insurance as part of the placement agreement and health and safety form.
Further details will be made available to students who are successfully selected for exchange or confirm an appropriate work placement. Some partners or work placements may require you to purchase additional insurance. Please ensure that you also take a hard copy of this with you as well as leaving a copy with your family or friends at home.
UWE Bristol’s insurance providers give further information on visa requirements and specific country travel advice through the Global Security Centre (log in details: Username: umal70 Password: 28y64).
Please note: If you have a pre-existing medical condition and the doctor advises you not to travel, the UWE Bristol travel insurance policy is invalid.
Travelling to EU countries
UK passport holders travelling to a country within the European Union do not require a visa, only a passport valid for at least the duration of your stay. If you need to apply for a new passport before departure, check HM Passport Office’s processing times well in advance.
There will be no changes to the rights and status of UK nationals living in the EU while the UK remains in the EU. Government information on any changes to the rights and status of UK citizens studying or working in Europe after the UK leaves the EU will be published on the UK Government's website.
Travelling outside of EU countries
UK passport holders who will be participating in a non-EU international experience will most likely be required to obtain a visa for their time spent abroad. The university/company/voluntary organisation you will be with may be able to help you with the visa application – so do seek advice from them.
You should also look at the website of the Embassy/Consulate of your destination country for further information. Most countries will have an office in London which should be able to offer assistance. The Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has a helpful listing on its London Diplomatic List.
Non-UK passport holders
Non-UK passport holders should note that they may need a visa to study or work within or outside of the EU.
Students studying at UWE Bristol on a Tier 4 visa undertaking a work or study placement as part of their course should make the University aware of their visa status when applying for an international opportunity. This enables us to make appropriate arrangements for engagement and attendance monitoring whilst working or studying abroad.
For further information and advice, please speak to an UWE Bristol Immigration Adviser.
Staying safe abroad
While emergency situations are fairly rare, it is always good to remain prepared during your stay in your host country.
- Always keep both your host and home university’s contact information handy – not just saved on your mobile phone but also written down and kept with you at all times
- Familiarise yourself with any evacuation or emergency procedures at your host institution.
- Find out who should be your first point of contact in the event of an emergency.
- Stay up-to-date with the latest news and local events in your host country through the FCO travel advice website or the Global Security Centre (log in details: Username: umal70 Password: 28y64). Both provide options to email/phone alerts when as an emergency situation develops
- Think about different options and routes that might be possible should you urgently need to leave your host country
- Be flexible and remember that you cannot plan for everything
- Always think worst-case scenario, but think positively!