Travel policy for students

Are you planning to travel abroad in the context of your studies at Wageningen University & Research? You need permission from WUR for international trips.

Are you planning to travel abroad in the context of your studies at Wageningen University? You need permission from WUR for your travel abroad.

This permission is based, among other things, on the travel advice of the Dutch government

  • Travel to green or yellow areas is allowed.
  • In certain cases travel to orange areas is allowed.
  • Travel to red areas is not allowed.

You can find more detailed information below.

Permission ‘green’ areas

Study-related travel to green areas is permitted.  

Free electives are allowed if you take them as an exchange student in the context of an exchange programme of Wageningen University, or as a free mover with the permission of your Examining Board. 

Permission ‘yellow’ areas

Study-related travel to yellow areas is permitted. You have to request permission before you travel to a yellow area. Please, complete the Questionnaire risk area Yellow

Free electives are only allowed in the context of an exchange programme. As an exchange student, you implicitly have permission through the selection letter by the Exchange Coordinator and do not need to submit a request. For free movers, free electives are only allowed in code green areas. 

Permission ‘orange’ areas

Study-related travel to orange areas is not permitted, but there are some exceptions:

  • A hardship clause for orange areas applies to students participating in an MSc Disaster Studies internship or thesis. For them an exception may be made.
  • International students are allowed to travel to an orange area if it is their home country and the security risks are entirely Corona-related.

Temporary exception: In periods 2 and 3 of the Academic Year 2021/22 (25-10-2021 until 28-1-2022), WUR conducts a pilot to allow students enrolled in the following MSc programmes to do their thesis/internship (no other education elements) in a particular selection of orange areas:

  • MSc Development and Rural Innovation (MDR);
  • MSc International Development Studies (MID);
  • MSc International Land and Water Management (MIL).

Two conditions apply to the pilot: First, the orange area must have been rated one of the three lowest risk levels according to the SOS International risk maps of both Security and Medical. Second, the student must follow the half-day Safety course  to prepare for safety risks in yellow areas. 

You have to request permission before you travel to an orange area. Please, complete the Questionnaire risk area Orange. For all student travel to code orange areas, unanimous, positive advice from the advisory group (‘student triarchy’) is required.

Registration and preparation

It is essential to register your stay abroad in Osiris before you leave, so that we know where you are staying and how to reach you for help in case of emergency.

After registering and filling out your contact information in Osiris you are covered by the collective travel insurance of WUR for the study-related part of your foreign travel.

You can find more information about the registration and preparation for your travel abroad here.

General information

The approval procedure may take some time, be sure you start with this well in advance!

Do you travel without permission? Then your travel abroad is considered a private activity at your own risk and financial responsibility, and you will not receive any credits.

Check the Travel policy WUR for more information.

For further information, please contact your supervisor, study adviser, or exchange coordinator.