Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, currently identified in several countries across the globe, all current and prospective USJ Outgoing Exchange (OutEx) Students are strongly encouraged to closely follow the World Health Organisation’s safety measures and regularly check the Travel Alerts issued by the Macao SAR Government.
Current OutEx Students should strive to be informed of any guidelines or procedures put in place by their Host Institution, as well as advice from local health authorities and the protocol on who to contact should they feel any of the related symptoms.
Should OutEx Students encounter any issues or have any queries regarding the situation of their classes, they should contact the International Relations Office (or equivalent) of their Host Institution and update USJ’s Public and International Relations Office (PIRO) at firstname.lastname@example.org on any news that may affect the OutEx Student’s mobility period.
Similarly, OutEx Students should contact the PIRO Team at email@example.com should they like to discuss their options (e.g., potential withdrawal/postponement).
The application period for the Spring Semester 2020/2021 is from August 1st until September 10th.
When researching the options sent by our office, prospective OutEx Students should make sure to closely monitor and take into consideration any constraints currently affecting the city/country of the potential Host Institution(s), as well as any special guidelines being implemented by the potential Host Institution(s).
Although our office tries to regularly check if the programmes will accept exchange students in the Spring Semester despite the pandemic situation, prospective OutEx Students should confirm this information when researching their options.
We strongly recommend 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.
The PIRO Team is available to provide assistance in any way possible!
Useful online resources:
- World Health Organization’s Webpage on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic
- World Health Organization’s Real-time COVID-19 situation across the world
- Macao SAR Government’s Special Webpage Against Epidemics
- Macao SAR Government’s Tourism Crisis Management Office
- Macao SAR Government News
- USJ News on COVID-19 Measures
20/July – Announcement and instructions for application for face masks by Higher Education students currently studying overseas (Registration via DSES webpage from July 21st-30th at 5:00PM local time)
15/July – New rules for the entry and exit of people in Guangzhou Province (Guangdong) from 15 July
14/July – Quarantine-free travel to Guangdong for Macao people with certificate showing free from COVID-19
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
10/July – Announcement and instructions for application for face masks by Higher Education students currently studying overseas (Registration via DSES webpage from July 11th-20th at 5:00PM local time)
8/July – Functioning period of the Special Ferry from/to Hong Kong International Airport will not be extended (end date: July 16th)
10/June – Special Ferry from/to Hong Kong International Airport (June 17th – July 16th)
- PIRO has fully resumed work in campus (regular opening hours) from May 4th and is available to answer your queries via email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Pastoral Support: email@example.com
Social Welfare Bureau’s 24-hour counselling hotline: +853 2826 1126
If you have any queries, please contact the PIRO Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.