Study during the Coronavirus outbreak

Last changed: 07 July 2021
Student attending a Zoom meeting

On this page you will find advice and guidelines as well as tips and tools for studies during the corona pandemic. Here you will also find information about what to do if you are unwell and how to get tested for Covid-19.

Travel to Sweden during the corona pandemic

If you live in a country outside the EU, you need to apply for a residence permit for studies to enter Sweden. The Swedish Migration Agency is the authority responsible for processing residence permit applications.

Read more about the requirements and how to apply for a permit on the links below.

Latest updates

8 June 2021

For the 2021 autumn semester, teaching and examination may take place on campus. To prevent the spread of infection, not everyone will be allowed to return at the same time. The guidelines from the Public Health Agency apply and measures will be taken to reduce the spread of infection.
Read more under the heading "Study-related information".

Some important points!

  • If possible, walk or cycle to campus.
  • If you travel by public transport to campus, book a seat if possible, travel if possible at times when few people travel and use a mask if it is difficult to keep your distance.
  • Stay at home if you are unwell, even if you only experience mild symptoms.
  • If you are unwell, you should get tested for covid-19. Read more about the test in our FAQ below.
  • Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face before you’ve washed your hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm or elbow, or use a paper tissue.

Testing for covid-19 and vaccination

How do I get vaccinated against covid-19?

Should I stay at home when I am sick or have a cold?

Yes! If you feel symptoms of illness, even mild colds, stay home to reduce the spread of the virus. Contact 1177 if you are ill and need counseling.

If you feel unwell, you should also be tested for covid-19.

How do I get tested for covid-19?

If the test shows that you have Covid-19, the physician will give you information on what to do.

You should notify your course leader and fill out this form. This way, we can take measures to minimize the spread of infection on campus.

Covid-19 test for students in Alnarp

If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number you should call a health centre and ask for a test.

Covid-19 test for students in Uppsala

If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number and an e-ID, you can book an appointment for a covid-19 test by calling telephone number 018-617 35 64. The test takes place at the clinic Kungsgärdets vårdcentral. Remember to book an appointment before you go there. The test is free och charge.
If you would like to get testet closer to Ultuna, you can make an appointment at Gottsunda vårdcentral by calling 018-611 78 10.

Covid-19 test for student in Umeå

Students in Umeå can pick up a kit for self testing for covid-19. The kit is free of charge.

What should I do if a person in my household or student corridor has covid-19?

If a person in your household (household contact) has covid-19, you will be contacted by the health services for further instructions. This may mean that you need to stay home and study from home for a certain period of time. You should also take a test for covid-19 to see if you are infected, read more about testing in the headings above.

Persons living in student corridors does not count as household contacts. If a person in your student corridor is infected with covid-19, you do not need to stay at home if you feel well. But if you have had close contact with the person that is infected, you should be tested for covid-19.

Do you belong to a risk group?

Contact your course leader to find out how you can follow the course or make up for missed teaching. Contact information can be found on the course page.

Study-related information

New instructions for teaching and examination 2021 autumn semester

The chair of the Board of Education has decided on Instructions for teaching and examination in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 autumn semester.

  • The previously adopted instructions for the 2021 summer semester remain.
  • For resits and other types of renewed assessment that take place before the autumn semester starts, the lighter restrictions set out in this decision may be applied where possible.
  • For the 2021 autumn semester, teaching and examination may take place on campus. However, to prevent the spread of infection, not everyone will be allowed to return at the same time. The guidelines from the Public Health Agency apply and measures must be taken to reduce the spread of infection.
  • Pool teaching rooms cannot be used to their full extent. The instructions contain an order of priority for classrooms as long as restrictions are still in place. The aim is for students on all degree programmes to have teaching on campus approximately one day a week.

You find the decision here: Instructions for teaching and examination in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 autumn semester

You find information about what applies to your course on your course page or in Canvas.


Yes. If you live in a country outside the EU, you need to apply for a residence permit for studies to enter Sweden. The Swedish Migration Agency is the authority responsible for processing residence permit applications.

You don’t need to worry about your residence permit application if your courses will be moved online due to Covid-19. The Swedish Migration Agency does not have requirements for minimum amount of on-campus attendance for the academic year 2021/2022.

Note! You need to be at your place of study before the semester starts to be able to go to campus at short notice if the roll call takes place on site due to changed restrictions.

Read more here

Read more about whats is required to be able to enter Sweden at The Swedish Police Authority.

How to apply for a residence permit for studies in higher education.

Frequently asked questions about studying and researching in Sweden

Information for students who apply to extend their residence permit for studies, or if have components of their studies left to complete

Exchanges during the 2021 autumn semester

The SLU Mobility Team monitors the information on Covid-19 developments issued by Swedish public authorities; we also monitor international developments through our partner universities around the world. At the moment, we are planning for exchanges to take place. As soon as we have any new information that may affect your exchange, we will let you know.

If you are planning to study abroad during the autumn semester but need to cancel your exchange due to the pandemic, you will be able to submit a late application to ensure that you have a place on a course at SLU in the autumn.


How is SLU handling the Coronavirus outbreak? 

The university is continually dealing with the coronavirus through a special group tasked with handling general issues related to the outbreak. It monitors the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s and the Ministry for Foreign Affair’s (in Swedish) updates and observes how other universities are handling the issue.

How are students informed about the current situation? 

We encourage all students to stay updated on the student web page about the coronavirus. Important information can also be sent to your student email or posted in Canvas.

If you have any questions that are not answered below, degree programme students can contact their programme director of studies. Students on freestanding courses should contact their course coordinator.

Can I still contact the study guidance service? 

Yes, the study and career counsellors are available as usual via telephone and e-mail, or via digital meetings. 

I am supposed to conduct exchange studies this autumn. Will I be able to go? 

It is currently difficult to know what the situation will be this autumn in countries with our partner universities. Stay updated on the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' travel recommendations. Your international supervisor will keep in touch with the partner university and provide you with information. 

Measures on campus

What can I do to prevent spreading the virus or becoming infected while on campus?

  • Stay at home if you are unwell, even if you only experience mild symptoms.
  • Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face before you’ve washed your hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm or elbow, or use a paper tissue.
  • Do not greet by touching or hugging.
  • Keep a distance from each other.

How do I get to campus safely?

  • If possible, walk or cycle to campus.
  • If you have to use public transport, keep your distance to others.

What measures have been taken on campus to reduce the spread of the virus?

To minimise the risk of the virus spreading on campus, we have adapted the study environment in several ways. This includes rearranging furniture in classrooms and other spaces to allow social distancing, signs and stickers on the floor to remind people to keep their distance and hand sanitiser stations in shared spaces.

What measures have been taken in the examination halls

SLU has adapted the examination halls to enable distance between students and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. SLU will provide face masks for students who would like to wear one in the examination hall. If you choose to wear a mask, you will need to remove it temporarily for the ID check.

Measures taken:

  • Increased distance between seats in halls.
  • Footprints that mark the flow in to the hall.
  • Access to hand disinfection in the entrances of the building.
  • Surface disinfection in the halls if someone wants to wipe their table.
  • Students must only use their own pen to sign lists.
  • Plexiglass screens between students and invigilators.
  • Doors to the halls open extra early to minimise queueing.
  • Entry from several doors where possible.
  • Only pre-registered students may take the exam.
  • WCs close to examination halls are cleaned more often.
  • Computers for students with alternative exam arrangements are carefully cleaned after use.

Digital tools for studies and distance teaching

SLU has access to several digital tools for online distance learning and distance studies, for example when you have group work or want to study with a friend.


With Zoom, you can study with your classmates over video, for example when you have group work. Zoom will also be used for distance lectures so it is good if you are familiar with the tool.

Please remember to always sign in to Zoom with your AD account through Single Sign-On (SSO) when you are using Zoom. Type "slu-se" in the SSO box.

How do I get access to Zoom?

If you have an SLU-computer you can find the Zoom-client for PC in Software Center, or if you use Mac you find it in Self Service. If you are a student, you can find it here: studentsharet.

The first time you sign in, you will need to install the Zoom Client on your computer.

Activate Zoom

The first time you want to invite to your own meeting in ZOOM, you need to activate your Zoom account. You only do this once by following the steps below.

  1. Go to
  2. Select Sign-in 
  3. You will come to the page for the university's joint web login where you log in (Sign In with SSO). You have now activated your Zoom account.
  4. To use Zoom, you also need to install the client. Go to and select the Download Client option at the bottom of the page.

Zoom the client

  1. Start the program.
    Zoom client log in
  2. Zoom client log in Click the Sign in with SSO button.
    Sign in SSo
  3. Type "slu-se" in the Company Domain.
    Sign in SSO
  4. Log in with AD account; your username and password.
  5. The zoom client looks like below. If you want to start a meeting directly click on "New meeting", or if you want to plan a meeting in advance click on "Schedule".

You should also check your personal settings. In the web browser, you will land on the settings page when you sign in. From the Zoom Client you will reach the settings page under Settings-Advanced Features-Edit My Profile.

Make your Zoom meeting more secure

The Security icon in the meeting controls allows the host or co-host of a meeting to enable or disable options during a meeting to secure the meeting and minimize disruption during the meeting.

Zoom help

Canvas learning platform

Canvas is a learning platform consisting of course rooms. Canvas has four features:

  • Distributes materials, instructions, links and learning goals.
  • Submission of work safely.
  • Communication with your teacher and other students in the course.
  • Tools for evaluations and examns.

Office 365

 You have free access to Microsofts service Office 365. It includes:

  • 1 Tb storage in onedrive.
  • Access to the Microsoft Office suite, which you can install on up to 5 devices.
  • Log in to Office 365 >> Use your SLU account when logging in.


There are many apps with free experiences for you to build your skills in photo and video editing, graphic design, UI prototyping, and more:

Affinity suite

We would also like to recommend the Affinity suite of software for graphics editiing, available for installation at the Program share or via My Desktop.

My Desktop

By connecting to the My Desktop, you get access to SLU's standard programs and the documents and files that you have stored on a SLU computer.

  • More information about My Desktop and how to connect.

Tips for home study - take breaks and meet digitally

Structure your study day

Try to follow normal study times and routines as much as possible, even when studying from home. Include recuperation such as coffee breaks, lunch and other breaks. Try finding new routines at home that correspond to those at campus. It is recommended to have virtual coffee breaks with your classmates.

Move/take a walk

It can be physically or psychologically strenuous to study from home for a longer period. Make sure that it works in the long-term. For example, set reminders on your phone a few times per day to remind you to take proper breaks and allow the mind to rest and maintain concentration for the rest of the day.

It is also important to do ergonomic exercises in order to reduce the risk of strain injuries. Take a walk or two during the day. Other ways of incorporating physical exercise is moving the arms and legs, stretching the back, etc. Another tip is standing up and looking out the window, as far as you can, for a minute or two, before returning to your studies. This allows more blood to travel to the brain and rests the eyes. Perhaps it is possible to take part in a phone conversation with a classmate while getting some fresh air?

Ensure social contact

Study at campus provides most of us with a social community that is important for our well-being. Study from home separates us from or social fellowship during a longer period. It is therefore important to find ways to compensate this need. Make an effort to establish social contact in other ways.

A few tips

  • Coffee breaks on Skype – meet classmates online and talk about the day.
  • Also keep a chat window open in Skype or in messenger - this allows continual contact with your classmates throughout the study day.
  • Meet your friends in a video session through Zoom. Read more about Zoom in the header above.
  • Create an efficient and peaceful workspace

Another tip is creating a clear work station in the home. This may involve being able to close a physical door. If this is not possible, close a mental door by asking any family members or friends to respect your working hours and new study situation.

A clean and tidy kitchen table is also a good option. Signal that you are busy by closing the door, putting on headphones, turning your back or something else that shows intention. Notify your surroundings of when you take breaks and when you are done for the day. And perhaps most important of all: stick to the plan.

Give yourself time to structure any technical tools to make things easier and practical. Where should the computer be? Where do I sit best? Which chair should I use?

Stay updated!

We want all students and staff at SLU to feel safe on campus. We are all responsible for respecting and keeping ourselves updated on the guidelines issued by the Public Health Agency of Sweden and SLU to minimise the spread of the virus.



SLU IT-Servicedesk


Tel: 018-67 66 00

(+46-18-67 66 00 when calling from outside Sweden)

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

Staff who have questions about how this issue is handled at SLU, or who need practical advice in case they become infected, should contact their immediate superior.

Students should contact their programme director of studies, contact details can be found on the programme web pages.

Study and career guidance: The study and career cousellors offers guidance via digital calls, telephone or email. Welcome to book an appointment or visit us during the digital drop in hours. More information is available on the study and career guidance website.

Studying when you have a disability: If you have a long-term disability that affect your studies, you can apply for support online. 

The Student health Centre offers study-related healthcare. Contact the Student healtth centre.

The SLU university library - Information about the library services due to the Corona virus. 

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