Q&A on the coronavirus for newly admitted students
This information is for international and exchange students who have applied or been admitted for studies at Stockholm University.
This Q&A will be updated when there are new regulations and directives from the Swedish Government and when new decisions are taken by the University, please check back regularly for updates.
This Q&A was last updated: 13 September, 2021
Study form at Stockholm University
Will the studies be on-campus or distance based during the autumn semester 2021?
The Swedish Public Health Agency has withdrawn the recommendation on distance education for universities, from 1 June. This decision means that universities can return to campus-based teaching and examinations from this date, without any formal limitations regarding student numbers. As a consequence, the University President has decided to proceed with a gradual opening of the University from 1 June, regarding both teaching and examination. For Stockholm University, this means that each department may wish to assess the possibility of conducting certain activities on site, already during the summer. In this case, activities should be planned in such a way as to minimize the risk of contributing to the spread of covid-19.
From the autumn semester, most activities can be carried out on campus if the level of the spread of infection and vaccination coverage allow. Teaching for large groups of students on campus, for example in the form of large-scale lectures, should however be avoided, especially in early autumn.
The information about teaching and examination during the summer and autumn should be given by each department as soon as possible, for the autumn, however, no later than 2021-07-20. The information must be published on the departments' website: www.su.se/departments.
Migration and travel to Sweden
Will I be able to get a residence permit if my education is taught online due to Covid restrictions?
Assuming that all requirements are met, the Swedish Migration Agency can issue a residence permit for studies even if your education is conducted entirely or partially online due to national recommendations relating to the prevention of Covid-19.
This only applies to courses and programmes that were supposed to be taught on campus (students admitted to regular distance educations will still not be able to receive a residence permit for studies).
The Migration Agency has an FAQ for students and we suggest you check back for updates regularly: Frequently asked questions about studying and researching in Sweden
Are there any entry or travel restrictions to Sweden?
There is currently an entry ban in effect for travels to Sweden from other countries until 31 October 2021. The entry ban does however not apply to people who travel for the purpose of studying. Since February 2021 a requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result for entry into Sweden has been introduced. The test requirements vary depending on your current situation and country of departure, for more information please see the overview on the entry ban on the Swedish Police Authority website.
Health and insurance
Is it possible to get vaccinated on Campus?
Yes, on specific dates in September and October, a vaccination unit will come to the Frescati campus to offer drop-in vaccination against Covid-19 for students at Stockholm University and other universities in Stockholm. The service is mainly aimed at students who have difficulties booking vaccination due to not having a Swedish personal identity number.
Can I get vaccinated in Sweden?
Yes, everyone aged 16 or older, or who will turn 16 this year, will be offered vaccination. You do not have to be a Swedish citizen to get vaccinated. If you have a Swedish Personal Identity you can book an appointment through the Alltid öppet app or via phone. If you do not have a Swedish Personal Identity number you can contact a healthcare centre (vårdcentral) for an appointment. Use the map function on the search page for health care clinics in the Stockholm region to find your nearest health care clinic. You do not have to pay for vaccination against COVID-19.
Can I get tested for covid-19 in Sweden?
Yes, if you have a Swedish Personal Identity you can order a PCR test through the Alltid öppet app. If you do not have a Swedish Personal Identity number you can contact a healthcare centre (vårdcentral) and get help from them. Use the map function on the search page for health care clinics in the Stockholm region to find your nearest health care clinic. The tests are free of charge if you live, work or stay in Stockholm County.
Will I be covered by health insurance in Sweden?
Exchange students are covered by the insurance Student-IN which will cover all major health care expenses. Remember to keep all your original receipts to make an insurance claim. Note that the insurance only applies while in Sweden. If you study your exchange courses online from your home country please be advised to look for your own insurance coverage.
EU/EEA citizens and citizens from Switzerland should register for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in their home country before coming to Sweden. This card gives the right to medical care at the same cost as Swedes. Remember to always bring the card when seeking medical care.
Fee-paying international students are covered by FAS - The Swedish State’s Insurance for Fee-Paying Students. Note that the insurance only applies while in Sweden, or in the Schengen area (for Schengen visa holders).
All students who are staying in Sweden for more than one year should apply for a Swedish personal number, which will entitle them to the same healthcare services as other Swedish residents.
Postponement of your studies
What if I wish to defer/postpone my studies to a later semester?
If you are an exchange student: Contact your exchange coordinator at your home university if you would like to postpone or cancel your exchange. They can help with the details and depending on the format of the exchange agreement between your home university and Stockholm University, they can possibly nominate you for the next semester.
If you are an international student: There are specific guidelines in Sweden and at Stockholm University regarding the grounds for deferral. These grounds are related to medical situations, legal requirements, or other situations that make it impossible for you to start your studies as planned. As for the coronavirus pandemic, it is not in itself a ground for deferral. If you are unable to commence your studies you can apply for deferral and verify the reason for the deferral by providing documentation, for example, a doctor's certificate if you have fallen ill. When you apply for deferral a decision regarding your possibility to defer will be made on an individual basis. If you will not be able to commence your studies and you cannot be granted a deferral, you are instead recommended to decline the offered seat. You are much welcome to apply again next year and declining your offer will not affect your chances of being admitted again next year.
Suspension of studies (for programme students only)
What if I wish to suspend my studies?
International programme students who want to take a temporary break from their studies can apply for approved leave from studies (studieuppehåll). The application should be submitted to the responsible department directly. If you need a residence permit for studies in Sweden be sure to contact the Migration Agency regarding your specific situation, to see how approved leave from studies could affect your residence permit in Sweden: Contact Migrationsverket The Swedish Migration Agency for more information.
Tuition fee and reimbursements (for fee-paying students only)
Are there any changes in the deadlines for payment of tuition fees?
The deadline for payment of the tuition fee for the autumn semester 2021 has been extended. We want to underline that you should pay with due haste but as it will not be possible for some students to make the payment by the formal deadline of June 4th, payments will be accepted until the end of June. However, please note that if you pay any later than June 4th it will take longer to register payment in our educational database and thus for the Migration Agency to be notified.
Can the tuition fee be refunded if I am not able to commence my studies?
When prevented from commencing studies after the tuition fee has been paid (but before commencing studies) for reasons beyond the student’s control, the student is first offered deferment, not repayment. Repayment may only be made for verifiable, special reasons.
In the event an application for a residence permit is denied, the tuition fee may be repaid after the start of the term, as the student will not have been able to claim their place. No repayment is made for the part of the course or study programme already completed by the student.
If you register for the course/course within programme a non-completion of studies must be registered in the study documentation system (LADOK), no later than three weeks after the commencement of the course/course within programme, in order for you to be able to apply for a reimbursement of the tuition fee.
Will the tuition fee be reduced if part of the programme is taught online instead of on-Campus?
No, the tuition fee for the programme will remain at the same level regardless of whether the teaching form would be temporarily changed from on-Campus to distance based.
Information to the public from the responsible authorities about the outbreak of Covid-19 Official information on the Covid-19 pandemic
Information for students and staff about Covid-19 from Stockholm University: Information on covid-19
Last updated: September 13, 2021
Source: Student Services