Stay Abroad News and Forthcoming Events

Stay Abroad News and Forthcoming Events

Compulsory stay abroad and Coronavirus / Covid-19

Updated 15.10.2020

Dear Students,

There is understandably a lot of confusion surrounding the virus and what this means for students working or studying abroad who had to interrupt their stay, or for those who were planning to go abroad in the near future and can no longer do so.

We envisage that students will not be disadvantaged due to this unprecedented situation. Individual cases will need to be discussed after students return and as/when the situation becomes a little clearer, but in line with university policy, we will do our best to find appropriate solutions!

Please keep the following advice in mind:

  • For the latest Coronavirus information from the university, please see the official site here.
  • Note that the federal government has issued a warning against most non-essential travel. (See here for further information.) As a result, you may want to rethink your plans if you were due to depart soon, especially as many popular destinations are currently Risikigebiete.
    • If you do go or remain abroad for whatever reason, you are strongly advised to register yourself with the local German embassy and to follow their instructions as well as the government regulations wherever you are. (Be aware that any travel insurance may not be valid under the circumstances.)
  • You do not need to ask for permission to leave your internship, job, or semester abroad if you do not feel safe- just make sure you let your overseas university, school or employer know, and make sure someone knows where you are!

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(A) If you have to interrupt your stay abroad...

For jobs/internships:

  • if possible, ask your employer for documentation over the period of time you were able to complete before returning home.
  • if you are cancelling or postponing a stay abroad that was due to start later this year, please do so directly rather than simply not show up, even if the reason for your absence is obvious. You want to leave a good impression!
    • Please keep any documents (eg. e-mail correspondence, learning agreements, unused plane tickets) that relate to your planned stay - we are in discussions over how to deal with cancelled internships, but we'll need confirmation that you had a concrete offer and not just vague plans.

For study abroad:

  • if you were studying abroad and your university offers the opportunity to complete your studies online, do take advantage of this! If you couldn't complete all the course requirements before the semester was interrupted, please keep any documentation you have (course outlines, reading lists) as well as all the work you submitted. 
  • if your semester is due to start later this year or in January, please check your e-mail regularly for information as the scheduled start date approaches. Some universities have started cancelling exchange plans for autumn/winter 2020 and even January 2021 in cases where borders are likely to remain closed - please note the following advice from the International Office:
    • Das International Office steht in engem Kontakt mit den weltweiten Partneruniversitäten, um möglichst aktuelle Informationen für Studierende und ihre Auslandsvorhaben bereitzuhalten. Da wir aufgrund der Corona-Krise täglich neue Informationen erhalten, sollten Studierende, die in 2020 einen Auslandsaufenthalt planen, regelmäßig ihren Uni-E-Mail-Account prüfen und die Webseiten des International Office besuchen.
    • Parallel stehen die jeweiligen Ansprechpartner*innen (Erasmus+/Europa: Andreas Männle | Nord- und Südamerika: Ann-Kristin Schuling | Afrika, Asien, Ozeanien & Russland: Roman Behrens) für Rückfragen per E-Mail unter zur Verfügung.

(B) If you can't start your stay abroad as planned...

For students who are due to finish their MEd degrees this semester (WiSe20-21), and who could not (or will not) be able to complete their stay abroad due to COVID-19, please see the information in the FAQ below - "COVID-19/Coronavirus and the compulsory stay abroad - temporary regulations for MEd students" - for the current emergency regulations.

BA students should stay calm and wait for the moment, unless you have an urgent question about cancelling an already-planned stay. (We are currently discussing alternatives with the Prüfungsamt and will make these public as soon as we can.) If you have further questions:

  1. Please contact the Fachstudienberatung via e-mail with Lauren Freede in CC.
  2. Sign up for the Stud.IP course 3.02.086 Übung: Organisation and Supervision of Compulsory Stay Abroad - we will be offering general stay abroad office hours via the course later in the semester once the situation is a bit clearer.

Take care, and stay safe!

NEW: COVID-19/Coronavirus and the compulsory stay abroad - temporary regulations for MEd students

Updated 15th October 2020

For students who are approaching the end of their Master of Education studies and have had their plans for completing the compulsory stay abroad interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic, the English department arranged with the Prüfungsamt to temporarily adapt the stay abroad criteria for SoSe20. The goal was to ensure that students were able to complete their studies as with as little disruption as possible.

Given the way the situation with COVD-19 has developed, we are currently in the process of extending these hardship regulations. Discussions with the Prüfungsamt are ongoing; however, we cannot confirm (m)any alternative arrangements at this stage. We will update this page as soon as we have legally binding information to pass on!

In any case, please keep in mind that the situation regarding international travel and in-person school, work and university study remains extremely uncertain and that alternative arrangements, once agreed, may still need to be revised again later!

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The following temporary regulations were valid for MEd students in SoSe20. We hope to be able to use them again in WiSe20-21 and beyond, but this still has to be confirmed!

  • New regulation 1: Masters students who have had to cancel or postpone their plans to go abroad later in 2020, or who had to interrupt a stay abroad that was already in progress, now have more time to meet the requirements. It is now possible to go abroad AFTER registering or even submitting your thesis. (The stay abroad previously had to be completed "bis zur Anmeldung der Masterarbeit".)
  • New regulation 2: Students can receive credit on a case by case basis for stays abroad that:
    • are shorter than twelve weeks in total. (The extent to which shorter stays are OK can only ever be determined on an individual basis, but it is extremely unlikely that two weeks can substitute for twelve!)
    • consist of two or more shorter periods, making up [approximately] twelve weeks in total. eg. 2 x 6 weeks; 3 x 4 weeks. Partially-completed stays from the period January-March 2020 will count towards the total in full.
    • are a combination of time spent abroad and an equivalent period of work experience in Germany or a neighbouring non-English speaking country. Eg. Five weeks internship in Ireland, seven weeks internship in an English-language school in Hamburg/Groningen etc. Again, partially-completed stays from the period January-March 2020 will count towards the total in full.
    • combine in-person study and online study.
      • Currently this only applies to students whose semester was disrupted before March 31st 2020 and/or students whose disrupted plans would otherwise prevent them graduating by October 2020; discussions about the acceptability of online study going forward are ongoing.
    • were completed before commencing a degree in Oldenburg, either in full or in combination with a shorter period outside or within Germany.. (This exemption currently only applies to students due to finish their MEd degrees this year!)

NOTE: Students who qualify for special consideration under the regular criteria (due to health issues or family/caring responsibilities) will continue to do so, but may also benefit from the extra time available to complete a local alternative to the stay abroad.

All requests for credit under these emergency regulations will be decided on an individual basis.

Please send your enquiry to the (Dr Anna Auguscik) with the (Lauren Freede) in CC!


Getting credit for your stay abroad - current information (06.04.2020)

Reminder: Please wait for the main credit transfer date (Blocktermine zur Anrechnung von im Ausland erbrachten Studienleistungen und Auslandsaufenthalten) to get credit for your stay abroad and do not contact individual lecturers directly unless you are within two months of graduation and need immediate confirmation. Due to the current "Notbetrieb", these are the only students whose stay abroad paperwork we are processing at the moment.

The last credit transfer slot took place on Monday, 17th February, from 13:00-15:00 Uhr in A6-2-212. Another is not currently scheduled due to the Coronavirus pandemic - please wait until later in SoSe20 for further information if at all possible.

See the main credit transfer page for further information.

Fristverlängerung Stipendien und Zuschüsse für Auslandsaufenthalte 2020

Wenn Sie in diesem Jahr einen Auslandsaufenthalt planen, bewerben Sie sich bis zum 30. April 2020 auf ein PROMOS-Stipendium, den Fernweh-Zuschuss  oder den Biava-Zuschuss. Dies gilt für alle, die im Ausland studieren oder an einem Sprach- oder Fachkurs teilnehmen werden oder ihre Abschlussarbeit im Ausland verfassen wollen.

  • Die PROMOS-Stipendien gelten nur für Auslandsaufenthalte, die nicht durch Erasmus+ gefördert werden können.
  • Der Fernweh-Zuschuss ist für Auslandsaufenthalte an außereuropäischen Partneruniversitäten der Universität Oldenburg bestimmt.
  • Der Biava-Zuschuss zielt primär auf Studierende und Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen ab, die Ihr Vorhaben in den USA absolvieren wollen.

Nähere Informationen zu der Ausschreibung und den Bewerbungsmodalitäten finden sich unter:

Opportunities to teach English or German as a Teaching Assistant at schools abroad

The following portal may be of interest to students looking for internships at schools abroad:

 Note that many of the opportunities involve teaching English (or German) in non-English speaking countries such as Spain or China – these will obviously not count towards the compulsory stay abroad, but could be an interesting way to extend your teaching experience.

 There are also some jobs available in countries with English as the official language, such as Ghana or India – read through the different advertisements ( carefully!

Please direct any further enquiries to the website (

(Changed: 2020-10-15)