It is the student’s responsibility to indicate at an early stage whether they have a disability which might impact on their study abroad experience. If a disability is identified then the student will normally work with the Student Disability Service, their School and the International Office to ensure that s/he is appropriately advised and supported.
Programme Handbooks must include a section on study abroad if such study is a compulsory part of the degree programme. The International Office provides guidance on study abroad arrangements on its web pages – see http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/international-office/exchanges/exchanges
Whilst students are abroad, the expected student support is still determined by the University of Edinburgh’s academic and pastoral support standards and guiding principles. http://www.docs.sasg.ed.ac.uk/AcademicServices/Policies/Academic_Pastoral_Support_Standards_Guiding_Principles.pdf
It is the responsibility of each School/Subject Area to ensure that the student is advised before the commencement of the Study Abroad Programme of:
The name of a Link Person (normally the Exchange Co-ordinator, but in some Schools this role might be undertaken by a Personal Tutor or Student Support Officer) at the University of Edinburgh who is responsible for managing the academic and pastoral aspects of the study abroad period.
The nature of the academic and pastoral support that can be expected.
The monitoring of student progress during the study abroad period is vital. As a minimum requirement Co-ordinators are expected to contact their students at least once per semester during the study abroad period.
Schools/Subject Areas are expected to pass on any information about subsequent study, dissertations or course application procedures and to ensure that Study Abroad students are not disadvantaged because of their distance from the Home University.
Students studying abroad should remain on all College/School/Subject Area distribution lists.
Students must provide details of their residential address and contact details at the host institution to the International Office or to the Co-ordinator managing their Study Abroad Programme. It is vital that students provide this information in a timely way.
Visits to Partner Universities are encouraged where possible and practical to ensure the validity of the Exchange and the welfare of participating students although it is recognised that the costs of visits make regular visiting unlikely. If a visit is planned then students should be advised in advance of the date and purpose of the visit.