Coronavirus FAQ - information for newly admitted students

Last changed: 13 August 2020

This information is for international students who have been admitted for studies commencing in autumn 2020.

SLU follows the recommendations of the Swedish government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

Important!

As of 15 June 2020 teaching and examination can take place on campus provided the format makes it possible to comply with the guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Sweden and SLU's own instructions related to the pandemic.

Campus teaching will be prioritised for courses given the first semester of our programmes so that you who are new to SLU get a good start on your studies.

  • Some instruction will still be delivered online to limit the number of students on campus at one time.
  • On-campus teaching will be organised in a way that means physical distance can be maintained.

Program students - More information about what applies to your program, welcome letter and schedule will be published on the programme pages.

Freestanding courses - More information about what applies to your course on the course page where you also find contact information for the course leader as well as your course schedule.

This FAQ will be updated whenever there are new directives from the Swedish government and when new decisions are taken by the university. Please check back regularly for updates.

Below you will find the most commonly asked questions and the answers that are available at the moment. 

The current situation in Sweden

What is the Swedish strategy in response to the pandemic?

You can find information about the measures taken and what the aim is on the Swedish government's web page: Strategy in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

Where can I find the latest information on how the situation is developing in Sweden?

Information to the public from the competent authorities on the coronavirus and the outbreak of Covid-19 is available at Krisinformation.se

Migration and travel to Sweden

The Swedish Migration Agency is the authority responsible for processing residence permit applications. Please see the following information on their website:

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

Will I be able to travel to Sweden to commence my studies?

Short answer: Yes

The Swedish Government decided on 2 July to extend the temporary entry ban on all non-essential travel from outside EU to Sweden until 31 August 2020. At the same time, the Government decided to ease the restrictions for more travellers, including people who travel to Sweden to study.

The new decision means that you should be able to travel to Sweden before 31 August and start your studies at SLU as planned.

If you live in a country outside the EU, you still need to apply for a residence permit for studies to enter Sweden, see information above.

Note! It is the responsibility of the enforcing authorities (primarily the Swedish Police Authority) to determine in each individual case about entry to Sweden.

More information

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

Welcome programme, start of studies, roll call

Will SLU be arranging a welcome programme as usual?

Read more about the welcome activities by choosing your campus at the web page for new students.

What if I can't submit the final documents from my university by the start of the semester?

If you have been conditionally admitted because you are in the final year of your Bachelor’s degree, you are offered a place on a degree programme on the condition that you have completed your Bachelor’s degree by the time the semester starts and can show the appropriate documents to prove it.

Show the documentation to your course coordinator. If you are not able to do so, your admission will be withdrawn.

Read more about conditional entry requirements for programmes at Master's level

Questions related to teaching

Following a government decision, as of 15 June 2020 teaching and examination can take place on campus provided the format makes it possible to comply with the guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Sweden and SLU's own instructions related to the pandemic.

Campus teaching will be prioritised for courses given the first semester of our programmes so that you who are new to SLU get a good start on your studies.

  • Some instruction will still be delivered online to limit the number of students on campus at one time.
  • On-campus teaching will be organised in a way that means physical distance can be maintained.

Program students - More information about what applies to your program, welcome letter and schedule will be published on the programme pages.

Freestanding courses - More information about what applies to your course on the course page where you also find contact information for the course leader as well as your course schedule.

Tuition fees and reimbursements

Are there any changes to the deadlines for paying tuition fees?

No, SLU will not extend the due date for the payment of Master's studies. This deadline remains, partly due to regulations of the Migration Agency and to allowing time for students’ residence permit applications to be processed.

Can the tuition fee be refunded if I am not able to start my studies?

A full refund will be made if you decline the study place on the programme before starting your studies, or if you do not have the possibility to come to Sweden.

Contact the Admissions Unit at SLU if you have questions on tuition fees: tuitionfees@slu.se

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 the same even if the form of instruction temporarily switches from on-campus teaching to distance-based.  
 

Deferment of studies

There are specific guidelines in Sweden and at SLU 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 situation, 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 a deferral, a decision will be made on an individual basis.

Read more about applying for a deferral: https://student.slu.se/en/study-support/study-planning/approved-leave-from-studies/#Deferment_of_studies

You are welcome to apply for admission again next year if your application for deferral is rejected.

Contact antagning@slu.se should you have any questions.

Student health

During study hours, all students and doctoral students are covered by the personal injury insurance for students via Kammarkollegiet (the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency).

If you are a foreign student or doctoral student, exchange student, fee-paying student or Erasmus Mundus student, SLU offers various supplementary insurance policies.
Read more about student insurance

If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland travelling to Sweden, you need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your home country. To obtain medical care at the same cost as Swedish residents, you need to register for an EHIC in your home country before coming to Sweden.

In addition, international students who have a residence permit for at least 12 months, or are admitted to studies for 13 months or more, can apply for a Swedish personal identity number from the Swedish Tax Agency, Skatteverket. The Swedish personal identity number will entitle you to the same healthcare services as other Swedish residents.
Read more about the Swedish personal identity number and how to apply

If you suspect that you have contracted the virus, read more at http://krisinformation.se/en (emergency information from Swedish authorities), or phone 113 13 (national information number for information on emergencies) and ask for advice.

Questions related to exchange studies

I am going on exchange studies this autumn. Will I be able to go? 

The SLU mobility team is continually following updates about the restrictions from our partner universities around the world.

Currently, SLU is planning to send students on their exchange for the autumn semester. As soon as we have any new information that can affect your exchange we will contact you.

Other frequently asked questions

A smooth start

You will find the information you need to get started with your studies, including how to activate your university account and other important steps, on our checklist for new students.

Corona - information for staff and students

Here you will find the latest updates on how the effects of the coronavirus are managed at SLU, gathered in one place.

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