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Internships abroad and code orange: urgent advice by the Dean

students with plans for an internship abroad

Internships abroad and code orange

As of this moment Jan Smit, the dean of our faculty, gives the urgent advice not to travel to code orange areas. In doing so, he follows the policy of Radboud University, which in turn follows the example of the Dutch government’s policy.

If your foreign destination has a code orange travel advice from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and you still decide to travel there, you will be doing so at your own risk and Radboud University and the faculty cannot be held responsible for any financial and/or other consequences!

Radboud University has drawn up an extensive information letter in which, among other things, all risks are stated that you must take into account if you nevertheless want to travel to a code orange area at your own risk. Please read this enclosed text carefully!

Based on this information, you can make a well-considered decision regarding your internship abroad. 


With kind regards,

The BMS, Dentistry, Medicine and MMD study programs
the Radboudumc International Office for students


Information Letter Radboud University

Dear student,

Most likely you have already heard that the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel advice for (almost) all countries in the world is code orange. The reason for this is the number of infections with the coronavirus. Code orange means that there are health and safety risks, as well as travel restrictions and/or a quarantine obligation. Only travel to these countries if you absolutely have to.


We therefore strongly advise you, in line with the corona policy of Radboud University, not to carry out your plan to travel abroad and to stay in the Netherlands. Our advice is in line with the travel advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this email, we provide you with some more information. Please read it carefully and completely.


Study progress

Check if you can continue to do your internship remotely. If this is not possible, discuss your situation with the student advisor of your study programme. Together with you, they will be happy to look for further possibilities in these exceptional times. Maybe you can find an alternative in the Netherlands.



In case you foresee great difficulties with your accommodation in Nijmegen because you were planning to go abroad, we are happy to look for any possibilities together with the SSH&. We have a limited amount of rooms available. If you run into any housing problems, please send an email with your name, student number, desired start date, budget and any medical needs to We cannot guarantee any housing, but we will gladly look for solutions with you.


In the Netherlands

We advise you to keep a close eye on your health. As soon as you start to have any symptoms such as fever (38°C or more) and a cold, please immediately contactyour local GGD or call 0800-1202 to schedule an appointment for a Corona test, and stay at home. Please also actively stay up to date with the information from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).


Starting your stay abroad at a later moment

We sincerely hope you’ll follow our advice and won’t travel abroad. We can imagine that you’re considering travelling abroad to your host university/host institution at a later moment. Radboud University will only grant you permission to start your stay abroad when your situation meets the following criteria:

Please note: if you decide to travel to your host institution abroad, you always have to inform us of your plans!

Travelling abroad anyway?

We strongly advise all of our students not to travel abroad, especially taking into account the rapid and unpredictable developments of the travel and safety restrictions abroad. If you do decide to travel abroad, we urge you to keep us informed of your situation and to keep yourself updated with the latest information provided by the local authorities.

Should you, for any reason, decide to travel abroad anyway, please note that this is your own decision. For the recognition of your credits, you must first request approval from the Board of Examiners of your study programme. All (financial) consequences of your stay abroad are for your own account and risk. Code orange means that you are not eligible for the Erasmus+ grant or the Individual Travel Grant.


We would also like to point out that travel insurances will most likely not pay out in situations of code red and code orange. In addition, many countries currently have very specific requirements for entry, such as certain documentation (negative test results) or a quarantine obligation, which you have to take care of yourself. Also, we cannot predict what other new developments will make it even more difficult (or even impossible) for you to return to the Netherlands at a later date. If such a situation arises, we ask you to keep us informed about this as well.


We strongly advise you to stay updated on the health and safety risks during your stay abroad. Continue to monitor the current situation closely. Carefully follow the instructions of the local authorities as well as the instructions of the organization where you are conducting your programme abroad.


If you are planning to buy a ticket for your trip abroad, we recommend that you inform yourself well in advance about the (im)possibilities. Check the instructions of the airport/train station, the local authorities, and the chosen airline/train company for any extra check-in instructions and travel restrictions on transferring.


The Dutch basic health insurance provides coverage up to the rate that would be reimbursed for treatment in the Netherlands, even if there is an orange or red travel advice for the area. However, additional health insurance, travel insurance, and accident insurance do not apply to areas with an orange or red travel advice. We therefore advise you to check whether a special insurance can be taken out. Also check whether it is possible to get medical expenses covered on your travel insurance. Check whether COVID-related medical expenses are covered or can be covered at all.


You can use the  Aon Student Insurance QuickScan to quickly see whether you are adequately covered for your stay abroad. If you wish, you can also take out extra insurance directly after the check through Aon. Always make sure to carefully read the conditions.


As mentioned, we cannot predict what other new developments will come along that will make it more difficult (or even impossible) for you to return to the Netherlands at a later date. Are you sufficiently prepared for this? Do you have a social network in the country you are traveling to? Furthermore, it is essential that you gather knowledge in advance about access to health care and COVID prevention measures at your destination. Also consider (and arrange) options for repatriation if necessary.


Perhaps needless to say: should you decide to travel abroad, all the (financial) consequences will be at your expense and risk. This concerns not only the risk with respect to (costs of) e.g. hospitalization, but also with respect to possibly not being able to work if you, for example, contract the corona virus, problems with your place of residence (and associated costs) if you are unable to return home at a later date, as well as possible repatriation costs and study delays. The situations mentioned are examples and not a complete list. Should you not follow our urgent advice to stay in the Netherlands, this will be considered as an indemnification on your part from Radboud University for all possible damages (direct and indirect) resulting from your decision.


Important request: Stay in touch with us about your plans. Email us about your plans and any problems you encounter, and we will be happy to help you. We will continue to add information on our website.


Best regards,

Radboud University International Office