COVID-19 | Information for International Students and 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 International Students and Incoming Exchange 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.

From 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). As of October 12th, this measure remains valid and so all foreigners are still denied entry to the region (news here).

On USJ’s side, we sincerely hope that the situation will improve soon and so, until further notice, we will continue with our application processes as normal.

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2020/2021 Academic Year

Please visit this page for a full breakdown of the special arrangements and measures for the opening of the 2020/2021 Academic Year.

The teaching modality for each course module will be defined on a case-by-case basis in one of the following ways:

  • Traditional face-to-face (F2F);
  • Fully online (i.e. Teachers and students all online from their homes);
  • Remote teaching with F2F students (i.e. Having the teacher remotely by video conferencing and/or a/synchronous content management system, but having the students face-to-face in the classroom);
  • F2F with class broadcast (i.e. Having a teacher and students in a face-to-face classroom while simultaneously broadcasting the class for online students that cannot be present due to the pandemic situation).

For your information, you may find USJ’s 2020/2021 Academic Year calendar here.

Travel Logistics

We strongly recommend that financial commitments (e.g., flight tickets, international medical insurance, accommodation, etc.) be made at the furthest date possible.

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.

Postponement of Mobility Period (Incoming Exchange Students)

USJ is flexible should current prospective or accepted Incoming Exchange Students wish to postpone their mobility period.

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 an email (global@usj.edu.mo) officially informing of the postponement and the intended new mobility period.

Useful Resources

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

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12/October  All travellers from overseas countries are still prohibited from entering Macao

12/August  Press Conference with Chief Executive of Macao: Macao Government is not yet planning the reopening of Macao borders to foreigners and non-resident workers without Chinese nationality

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

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What To Do When in Self-isolation

During these uncertain times, students may have to undergo self-isolation when travelling. 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, 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:

  • Incoming Exchange Students: Public and International Relations Office at global@usj.edu.mo or +853 8592 5645
  • International Students: Office for Student and Alumni Affairs at osaa@usj.edu.mo or +853 8592 5655

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.

Last Updated: October 14, 2020 at 5:29 pm