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

Last updated on 29 May 2020. Updated information marked with "New!"

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  • New! Lifted requirement for distance learning in Sweden: 

    The Swedish Government announced on 29 May that the Public Health Agency of Sweden's distance learning recommendation will be removed on 15 June. The message is in line with Stockholm University’s President’s decision to return to campus-based teaching in the autumn as much as possible. Parts of the teaching will need to be given remotely to reduce the spread of infection. Recommendations on physical distancing and the requirement to limit the number of people gathered to a maximum of 50 persons remain. The University continues to follow the recommendations of the Public Health Authority.
    Further clarification and decisions regarding Stockholm University will be discussed by the University management team and relevant bodies shortly. Information on the University's position will be updated on an ongoing basis.
    Read the President’s blog, "New message from the Government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden" (Swedish)
    More information at the Public Health Agency of Sweden website (Swedish).
    More information at the Swedish Ministry of Education website (Swedish)

  • Distance learning: 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.
  • New! Web-based education until 30 August 2020: The University plans to make a partial return to campus-based teaching from 31 August 2020, provided the authorities' recommendations and rules allow for this change. For the first part of the autumn semester, a combination of online and campus-based education is envisaged. Detailed planning for the autumn term will be carried out by departments. Plans shall be communicated to students via the department's website as soon as possible, and no later than 15 July. Consideration must be taken to the time it takes to make changes in teaching routines. For example, courses that start in an online format will need to be completed in the same way. In some cases, it may be justified in planning for online education during the first part of the autumn semester, for example, in cases where it is too recourse intensive to plan for both online and campus-based alternatives.
  • Courses, examination and syllabus: 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. Questions about courses or examinations should be answered by the teacher responsible for the course or director of studies at the individual department.
  • Exceptiona to distance teaching: On 28 April the President made an exception to the rule on distance teaching in conjunction with the Public Health Agency’s recommendations. Teaching and testing at SU and other appropriate places for labs, field courses and other hands-on activities can be allowed through a specific decision by the appropriate dean. An exception should only be approved if there are extraordinary reasons and with the condition that risk of viral transmission can be minimised. A separate risk assessment should be done for each case. The decision should not be referred further than the level of the faculty board. Any questions can be addressed to each dean.
  • Premises: 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 https://www.su.se/english/library/ for more information.
  • Work from home: The Public Health Agency of Sweden’ general advice to employers is that they should ensure that personnel and visitors maintain physical distance and that employees avoid unnecessary travel. The University follows the Agency’s recommendations which means that any employees who can work from home should, after consulting with their supervisor.
  • Minimize the spread of infection: 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. 

Travels

  • Advice against travels abroad: The University advises staff and students not to travel abroad according to the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ advice against non-necessary trips abroad. On 14 May, this advice has been extended until July 15, 2020. See Sweden Abroad (in Swedish).
  • Return to Sweden: Stockholm University recommends students abroad to look into the possibilities to complete their exchange studies at the host university from Sweden through distance education. Please contact your home department at Stockholm University if you have any questions. It may become more complicated to travel. Stockholm University therefore urges students abroad to look into their possibilities to return to Sweden. Click here for more information regarding exchange/MFS.

  • Visits cancelled: All scheduled visits from partners/guests from other countries are cancelled until further notice. This also applies to student visits.
  • Business travel: 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.
  • Bookings: All business trips must be booked with rebookable or refundable tickets. Trips should be booked through the University's procured travel agency Egencia.

Events

  • The events calendar is updated continuously with information on each event. Most events at the university are planned to be held online or are cancelled. 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.

President's blog and information from the president

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: