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Ministry advises against exchange trips and internships abroad

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Until February 7, exchange trips and internships abroad are being discouraged. Before January 21, it was among the few legitimate reasons to travel. The Ministry of Higher Education and Science stresses that the period may be extended.

News |   26. Jan 2021

Anne Thora Lykkegaard

Journalist

The travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark is simple: do not travel. But whereas before January 21, 2021, it was viewed as a legitimate purpose to travel in connection with studies or internships, the ministry is now advising against it.

So far, the travel advice is in effect until February 7, but the deadline may be extended.

“If you decide to go on a so-called ‘mobility stay’ in a country in the red category, you should always look up the most recent information about that specific country. It may relate to the restrictions upon arrival or other initiatives from the local authority initiated to stop the virus spreading,” the press release on the Ministry of Higher Education and Science says.

Niels Henrik Larsen, Director of International Programs at CBS, explains that it is “very important” to follow the authorities’ recommendations when it comes to handling the pandemic and preventing the infection from spreading.

“Right now, the entire world is glowing red, and the Danish authorities advise against it. At some point, the situation will improve and the possibilities for traveling and receiving teaching on campus will return, but for now it’s impossible to say how fast it will happen and in what countries it will happen first,” he says.

In the press release from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science, everyone who enters the country from abroad is encouraged to take a test upon arrival, and is urged to self-isolate for 10 days. The self-isolation can be shortened with a negative PCR test on the fourth day after arrival.

CBS trusts the students to follow Danish and local recommendations, and they can make up their own minds about whether they want to travel.

“I have confidence in the students and that they can decide whether they want to continue their stay in Denmark or abroad. What we can say for certain is that during the lockdown, we can offer online teaching of a quality that will prepare the students well for the exams ahead. Like everyone else, we hope that things will brighten up in the coming weeks and months. Meanwhile, I can assure you that at the International Office and CBS, we are doing what we can to help all of our students to get the best possible start to the semester,” says Niels Henrik Larsen.

You can read more about the Ministry’s recommendations here.

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