International

Support

Advice and support available to you during your time abroad.

Disabled students

There are several ways that the University supports disabled students to complete global opportunities:

  1. Applications from disabled students for any of the University’s global opportunities will be prioritised in the application process.
  2. Additional financial support is available for disabled students who have additional requirements when travelling. This funding can cover up to 100% of the costs associated with such additional requirements. These may include, for example:
    1. Additional costs for adapted rooms
    2. Note takers
    3. Flights for treatment that cannot be taken overseas
    4. Adapted accommodation
    5. Travel assistance
    6. Supportive equipment
    7. Adaption of learning materials
  3. Disabled students will be connected with disability teams at the host institution prior to departure if desired, to provide guidance on moving to the host country and to support with the transition to living abroad.
  4. There are also a number of online resources available that provide practical guidance to disabled students travelling abroad:
    1. Mental Health and Travel: NHS
    2. Disability and Travel Abroad: UK FCO
  5. For students who use Brain in Hand, the system can be used while oversees and support is available on how to best adapt the system for studying abroad.
  1. The Global Mobility team is very happy to provide one-to-one support for disabled students who are interested in studying or working abroad to answer any questions regarding the opportunities available at the University. To set up a meeting, or to ask the team a question, please email goabroad@greenwich.ac.uk.

Care leavers

There are several ways that the Global Mobility Team supports care leavers and care experienced students to complete global opportunities:

  1. Applications from care leavers and care experienced students for any of the University’s global opportunities will be prioritised in the application process.
  2. For care leavers and care experienced students who stay in university accommodation for the full calendar year, accommodation is guaranteed on return from a global opportunity if deadlines are adhered to. Financial support may also be available on a case-by-case basis to store belongings while abroad if required.
  3. For opportunities with a duration of, or greater than, four weeks, additional financial support is available to care leavers and care experienced students through the Turing scheme. This funding covers at least 80% of travel costs, in addition to a monthly grant.
  4. Short-term global opportunities over the summer are available, which have a duration of one to four weeks and are often fully funded. This is a great option for any students who aren’t able to study abroad during term-time for a semester or year.
  5. The Global Mobility team is very happy to provide one-to-one support for care leavers and care experienced students who are interested in studying or working abroad to answer any questions regarding the opportunities available at the University. To set up a meeting, or to ask the team a question, please email goabroad@greenwich.ac.uk.

Healthcare and Insurance

Successful applicants will receive travel insurance from the University of Greenwich for the duration of their exchange. We also recommend that students apply for a 'Student EHIC', and read government guidance on healthcare abroad, by visiting the NHS website before travel.

Travel Advice and Safety

You can find country and territory specific travel advice on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office here. The advice includes safety and security, health and money.

Language

Most of our partners offer many courses in English, in which case you wouldn't need to be able to speak the language of your host country. All students accepted onto the Erasmus+ programme have access to the Online Linguistic Support system, which provides free language assessments and online courses.

Mental health while abroad

  • Student Wellbeing Service
    • The Student Wellbeing's counselling and mental health teams can support students remotely while abroad at a partner university.
    • They can also support students with developing plans to cope with stresses and mental health issues abroad prior to leaving the UK.
    • Appointments can be arranged by phoning 020 8331 7875 / emailing wellbeing@gre.ac.uk.
  • Samaritans
    • If you're struggling and want to talk to someone confidentially and without judgement, Samaritans can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • Call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.
  • London Nightline
    • Nightline is a listening service run by and for university students. They offer phone, text, live chat and email services. Visit their website here.
  • Big White Wall
    • Students can contact the BWW if they require mental health and wellbeing support at any time of the day or night, and is accessed from: https://www.bigwhitewall.co.uk/
    • The service is free, and students need to register using their university email address.  As part of registering they choose an anonymous username which is how they'll be known on the BWW.