COVID-19 | Pertinent Information for Incoming Exchange Students

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Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, currently identified in several countries across the globe, all prospective and accepted USJ Incoming Exchange (InEx) Students for the 2020/2021 Academic Year are strongly encouraged to follow the World Health Organisation’s safety measures and closely monitor all travel-related information available in their city/country, as well as in the Macao SAR Government’s News Portal here.

As of March 18th, 2020, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Macao SAR Government banned the entry of all travellers from overseas countries until further notice (news here). We will update all exchange students and partners once more information is made available.

On USJ’s side, we sincerely hope that the situation improves until the end of August/beginning of September and so, until further notice, we will continue with our application processes as normal for the upcoming academic year.

We strongly recommend, however, that financial commitments (e.g., flight tickets, international medical insurance, etc.) be made at the furthest date possible, when we have a better understanding of the expected situation for the 2020/2021 Academic Year.

Please keep in mind that flights that can be postponed and/or cancelled are preferable given the uncertainty. Similarly, please be reminded to check if the selected medical insurance package covers the incidence of COVID-19 (medical observation, medical tests, hospitalisation, etc.). For reference, please find an example of extra coverage by AIA HK here: English / Chinese.

USJ is flexible should current prospective or accepted students wish to postpone their mobility period until our Spring Semester (scheduled for 11 January – 8 May 2021).

For this to happen, the International Affairs Office (or equivalent) of the student’s Home Institution must send USJ’s Public and International Relations Office (PIRO) an email (global@usj.edu.mo) officially informing our office of the postponement.

You can find USJ’s 2020/2021 Academic Year calendar here and we will be sure to share with you any new information regarding the functioning of the Academic Year.

It is essential that you continue following all safety precautions! Useful online resources:

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13/July  In addition to measure announced on 12/July, all travelling to Macao from Hong Kong via HKZM Bridge must present a Nucleic Acid Test Certificate with negative result and undergo a 14-day period of medical observation

12/July  From 6:00AM on July 14th, all departing from Macao via sea or air must present a Nucleic Acid Test Certificate with negative result

8/July – Functioning period of the Special Ferry from/to Hong Kong International Airport will not be extended (end date: July 16th)

17/June – All individuals who have visited Beijing 14 days prior to their arrival in Macao are required to undergo a 14-day period of medical observation in Macao

10/June – Special Ferry from/to Hong Kong International Airport (June 17th – July 16th)

18/March – All travellers from overseas countries are prohibited from entering Macao

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  • PIRO has fully resumed work in campus (regular opening hours) from May 4th and is available to answer your queries via email at global@usj.edu.mo or in person!
  • Please be reminded that to enter USJ’s Campuses, everyone is required to fill out the online Macao Health Code, register at the Security Office and have their temperature taken.

📌 What To Do When in Self-isolation 📌

During these uncertain times, when our exchange students may have to undergo self-isolation, here are some tips of what to do to keep yourself entertained and positive:

🏋️‍♀️🧘‍♂️ Exercise! Exercise is extremely important to keep your body and mind healthy. Why not do 3 rounds of 20 squats, sit-ups and push-ups every day? Easy to do from home and no equipment needed!

👩‍🏫👨‍💻 Follow online classes. Ensure that you continue learning – reach out to your professors or colleagues if you need additional support! If you are already caught up in your university classes, why not start a free online course in another subject you are interested?? There are lots of different resources online. For example, this website has a lot of courses to choose from: http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses.

📖📚 Read a book chapter. Why not take the time to catch up on that book you always meant to read and never got around to it for lack of time??

💬🎨 Try something new. Take this chance to try something new – attempting a new recipe, mastering the basics of a new language and creating art are a few examples!

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👯‍♀️ Spend quality time with family. Take this time to cherish and appreciate your loved ones – catch up, play a board game, exercise at home together… Anything goes! (If you are far away from your family and loved ones use video calls and even online games!) 


📌 Your Psychological Well-being is Just as Important as Your Physical Well-being! 📌

If you are feeling worried, stressed, upset or anxious with the situation, please reach out to a family member, friend, PIRO/USJ team member or one of the services below:

USJ Counselling Service:  — Online counselling is available! For more information, click here.

USJ Pastoral Support:  

Social Welfare Bureau’s 24-hour counselling hotline: +853 2826 1126


If you have any queries, please contact the PIRO Team at global@usj.edu.mo.

Last Updated: July 21, 2020 at 9:21 am