NUIG law students are being deprived of the opportunity to complete the study abroad component of their degree. Due to the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, NUIG students are being forced to forfeit the study abroad aspect of their degree, meaning that certain students will not be given the opportunity to receive an international degree.
NUIG made the executive decision in June/July, that students would remain in their home countries whilst completing their first semester abroad remotely, and would then carry on to complete their second semester abroad. The NUIG school of law made this decision with two months forecast of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the case of civil law, students were given the option to complete their Erasmus remotely, and if they did not wish to were compelled to proceed to the final year of their programme. Meaning these students were not only devoid from receiving an international degree but also the irreplaceable experience of an erasmus. Now, with four to six months forecast of the pandemic the school of law have decided to cancel our second semester without any consultation with the any of the students.
This behaviour is appalling and extremely inconsiderate. An Erasmus is an incomparable experience that is highly acclaimed by many students across the entire university annually. Now we are forced to forgo this once in a lifetime opportunity without any prior consultation. We demand thorough reconsideration and a better alternative. We believe students we should be given the opportunity to decide what we want to do whilst being made aware of the risks. This decision should not be in the hands of the school of law alone. We need your help to make a difference, please sign the petition in the hopes of a change for the NUIG law erasmus students.