Last updated on 27 March 2020 15:00.

Based on current conditions and responsible authorities’ recommendations, Stockholm University has adopted the following guidelines:

About the university's activities:

  • Information from the President
  • President's blog: Stockholm University during the corona crisis
  • Due to the difficult situation caused by the coronavirus infection in Sweden, the Swedish government has on 17 March asked all educational institutions (and upper secondary schools) to transition to distance learning from Wednesday. Stockholm University will follow this request, meaning that from 18 March 2020, and until further notice, no education or examinations shall be conducted in the University's premises. Our overall goal is that courses and programmes should, as far as possible, be implemented as planned, but run remotely.
  • It is the responsibility of the course teacher to find appropriate teaching and examination forms. To the extent that deviations from the syllabus need to be made, for example with regard to new examination forms or alternatives to compulsory elements, these must be decided by the Head of each department. In the first instance, the University's teachers and department heads are asked to find alternative forms of teaching and examination, and secondly, the department may need to decide to postpone certain elements. The University has today decided to give departments a mandate to extend the spring term to the extent deemed necessary, up to and including 30 August (the day before the autumn term begins). It may also be necessary to postpone mandatory elements longer than that. Questions about courses or examinations should be answered by the teacher responsible for the course or director of studies at the individual department.
  • From 18 March, the University’s premises on campus will be open only to employees, and all study areas will be closed until further notice. It will be possible to collect books ordered from the Stockholm University Library for a limited time each day, please see for more information.
  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden has 16 March announced that people in Stockholm who have the opportunity to work from home should do so, since there is now a spread of virus in the region. The University Senior Management Team encourages all departments and offices at the university to enable employees to work from home, after consultation with the responsible manager.
  • Everyone must take responsibility and help to minimize the spread of infection. The Public Health Authority urges everyone with symptoms of a respiratory infection, even a mild one, to avoid social contact, as they pose a risk of spreading infection. Everyone with symptoms of illness should stay at home. Staff should report sick using normal routines. The so-called qualifying period has now been removed to make it easier to stay at home during illness. Working at home can be an alternative if you have mild symptoms. Contact your course relevant head of department/office to discuss how this can be accomplished. 

About travels:

  • The University advises staff and students not to travel abroad according to the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ advice against non-necessary trips abroad, see Sweden Abroad (in Swedish).
  • All scheduled visits from partners/guests from other countries are cancelled until further notice. This also applies to student visits.
  • Stockholm University currently does not grant international business travel, and only business-critical trips within Sweden. What is considered business-critical travel is decided by the responsible manager.
  • All business trips must be booked with rebookable or refundable tickets. Trips should be booked through the University's procured travel agency Egencia.
  • Staff who have been abroad should work at home for two weeks after arriving in Sweden. Contact relevant head to agree on how this can be done.

About events:

  • Updated! Most events at the university in near time have been cancelled. Some are planned to be held online. The events calendar is updated continuously with information on each event. As of Sunday March 29, public gatherings and public events may have a maximum of 50 participants according to a decision by the Swedish government.

Stay updated

Students and staff are encouraged to stay updated via the websites of relevant authorities. These pages update information on developments and recommendations on an ongoing basis. Current information is also available on WHO’s website, see links below: