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Coronavirus – Information for inbound exchange students

This page includes information for inbound exchange students to Stockholm University regarding the coronavirus.

This page was updated on 2 July 2020. New information is marked "NEW!". Updated information is marked "Updated!"


Spring Semester 2020

For students currently on, or those who planned, an exchange at Stockholm University during Spring Semester 2020.

Currently, students are not asked to return to their home countries. However, this may change. Exchange students who wish to return home should contact their department at Stockholm University to discuss how the spring semester can be completed, for example via distance learning. Please note that distance learning may be offered during a specific period and that the teaching at Stockholm University may resume at a later stage. 

  • If you have questions regarding your student housing find Housing Office FAQ and contact details here.
  • Communication with the Swedish Migration Agency: E-mail your decision of interrupting your stay in Sweden to GB-ORB-STUD@migrationsverket.se. Do not forget to state your name, date of birth and the date of your planned departure. The Swedish Migration Agency will give you further instructions.
     

New entry on 18 May 2020.

Registered students can:

Stockholm University will unfortunately not be able to accept any incoming students until further notice. New information may follow after 14 April when the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs may revise the decision according to the situation.
 

Autumn Semester 2020

For students planning an exchange at Stockholm University during the Autumn Semester 2020.

Updated on 29 May 2020.

Stockholm University is planning for the courses to be held on the university premises to the extent that is possible. However, following the developments of the coronavirus, COVID-19, there is a possibility that Stockholm University chooses to continue to offer its courses online or a mix of online and campus based teaching. Detailed planning will be carried out by departments of the university.

At the moment we do not know what the situation will be this autumn in terms of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's advice or the situation in your home country. The departments will inform students about whether courses will be given online or on campus via their website as soon as possible, and no later than 15 July.

See further information below under the headline: Will the studies be on-campus or distance based at the start of the autumn 2020 semester?
 

New entry 29 May 2020.

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.

The current situation in Sweden

You can find information about the measures taken and what the aim is on the webpage of the Government.

Strategy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Updated on 29 May 2020.

The authorities in Sweden are constantly working with the safety of Sweden's citizens as well as its residents. The situation and recommendations from the authorities can change rapidly. 

Information to the public from the responsible authorities about the coronavirus and the outbreak of Covid-19 is gathered on Krisinformation.se. We recommend that you frequently visit both this website and the WHO website for up to date information.

Migration and Travel to Sweden

Updated on 20 May 2020

The Swedish Migration Agency is the responsible authority for processing residence permit applications. At the moment, the Swedish Migration Agency will continue to process applications for residence permits and everything related to that work.

Note that the Swedish Migrations Agency do not grant residence permits for distance studies.

FAQ related to the coronavirus on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

However, depending on the local situation, several Swedish missions abroad may have limited capacity to process your application within the normal timeframe. Please refer to your national authorities for information regarding any restrictions to the freedom of movement that may prevent you from visiting a Swedish mission abroad.

Guidance for non-EU/EEA international students in relation to COVID-19

Updated on 2 July 2020.

There is currently a  temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden due to the situation related to the coronavirus. It applies up to and including 31 August. However as of 4 July persons who travel for the purpose of studying in Sweden belong to the exempted groups from the temporary entry ban. Note that regular residence permit protocols still apply.

Questions and answers – temporary entry ban to the European Union via Sweden

This page will be updated with the latest information regarding the entry ban.

New entry on 29 May 2020.

Neither Arlanda or Skavsta Airport are closed for flights. However, a temporary entry ban from all non-EU countries is in effect until June 15th. The entry ban has previously been extended and there is therefore a possibility that the ban will be extended beyond June 15th.

Please visit Krisinformation.se and Government.se for up-to-date information. 

New entry on 29 May 2020.

Given the situation, we recommend that you wait for as long as possible to buy you tickets as the recommendations and regulations can change day to day. We also recommend you to buy refundable or flexible tickets so that you can adjust your plans if necessary. 

Welcome Activities, start of studies

New entry on 15 May 2020.

There has not been any decision taken to delay the start of the autumn semester, but please keep yourself updated on this page in case there would be any changes.

Updated on 20 May 2020.

Yes. However, since Stockholm University wants to prevent the spread of the virus, we will not arrange physical meetings for new international and inbound exchange students. Many of our welcome activities will be supplemented by digital events. Stockholm University has well established routines for communicating with students digitally in a way that does not require a physical meeting.

We will finalize the welcome activities programme during the summer and keep you updated on the following page:

Welcome activities

Education related questions

Updated on 25 June 2020.

Stockholm University is following the Swedish Government and Public Health Authority recommendations regarding measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. From 18 March 2020, Stockholm University has temporarily switched to distance education.

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. Each department will take their own decision regarding study form for the autumn semester. This means that whether the courses you are going to study will be on-campus, distance based, or a mix of the two will be decided by the department. The departments that have not already decided should communicate their decision to students via the department's website as soon as possible, and no later than 15 July. 

Please find the department-specific information on each department’s website:

Find a list of all departments here.
Find all departmental coordinators here.

New entry on 29 May 2020.

It is up to each department at Stockholm University to decide whether they will teach their courses via distance learning or on-campus. If the courses are taught on-campus, students are generally expected to participate physically. This can however differ between departments. Your exchange coordinator at your home university should be able to get in contact with your department of study at our university and get more information regarding your specific education.

Student Health

New entry on 29 May.

All students are covered by the insurance Student-IN which will cover all major health care expenses (Generally, there is a base fee of between SEK 120-400 per health care visit, remember to keep your original receipt 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. 
Follow this link for more information about the insurance Student-IN and the Terms and Conditions.
 

New entry on 29 May.

Once you registered for your courses you can:

  • Book an appointment with Stockholm Student Health Services, including counselling:

Stockholm Student Health Services 

  • Get help arranging your digital work:

Academic Writing Service 

  • Participate in online activities organised by the Student Union:

Stockholm University Student Union calendar
 

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