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14/1/21

Dear partners,

Due to the COVID-19 situation in Greece and since we consider all of our students’ safety our top priority, we would like to inform you that following the health restrictions announced by the Ministry of Education, face to face courses as well as laboratory practices of both undergraduate and postgraduate level that include physical presence are now suspended. Research assignments and theses requiring physical presence, are suspended as well.

 As far as the spring semester courses are concerned, they will be conducted on line in the beginning (either from students’ Home country or from Athens) and later, hopefully, will be continued with physical presence with the exception of our Department of Medicine that has made the hard decision to cancel all -physical and online- incoming mobilities.

The exact length of each part (on-line courses and face-to-face tutoring) of this period of blended mobility cannot be presently announced. It will be decided in reference to the challenging situation of COVID-19 and always in compliance with the latest guidelines of our National Authorities. The starting date of the spring semester at the host School/Department will be considered as the starting date of the study period at NKUA.

Taking into consideration that during the last months internships carried out in health units and hospitals have been suspended, we consider further suspension regarding the spring term very likely. However in case that epidemiological indicators allow it, Erasmus+ for Traineeship requests will be examined individually on a departmental basis after March 2021. We sincerely hope that in the near future we’ll be able to resume all our academic activities without the current impediments.

6-7-2020

Dear Partners,

First of all, we wish that this message finds you and your families in good health.

We would like to thank you for keeping us informed about the situation in your Institutions and your countries.

Although the situation in Greece is quite safe now and we have tried to organize the Erasmus+ mobility for incoming students for winter semester 2020-2021 as usual, the estimation that there will be a new wave of pandemic in autumn, forces us to change our initial planning.

Therefore, the conduction of online courses for the first weeks/months of the next term seems inevitable.  The exact length of each part (on-line courses and  face-to-face tutoring) of this period of blended mobility cannot be presently announced.  It  will  be decided in reference to the  challenging situation of COVID-19 and always in compliance with the latest guidelines of our National Authorities. 

We do hope that most of incoming students’ mobility will be held by face-to-face tutoring since the importance of the physical presence of students and their integration in a different cultural and educational environment is the corner stone of the programme.

Please let us know if your students –under these circumstances- wish to cancel their participation or transfer it to the spring semester. We would like to underline though, that the change of semester cannot be accepted automatically, since the decision will be made after consultation with our Academic Coordinators.

Kindly be informed that all updates on the measures we have taken for  COVID-19 are available at our website: http://en.interel.uoa.gr/erasmus.html.   

Information on current regulations for travelers to Greece is available via the interactive tool that the European Union has established:  https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/GRC

We continue to monitor the situation and we will inform you and your students of any changes, based on new decisions that may be taken by the University’s governing bodies and/or our Νational Authorities.  

Kind regards,

Fotini Fryda
Head of the European and
International Relations Department
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
30, Panepistimiou str., 106 79 Athens
Tel.:+30 210 3689713,
E-mail: ffryda[at]uoa[dot]gr