Will I be able to travel to Sweden to commence my studies for the academic year 2021/2022
Yes. But if you live in a country outside the EU, you still 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.
But you do still need to meet their other requirements and be at your place of study even if your courses take place online as certain elements of the education may take place on campus.
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Frequently asked questions about studying and researching in Sweden
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.
Tightened restrictions for teaching and examinations extended until 1 November 2021
This means that teaching and examination will, for the most part, take place online during the beginning of the autumn semester. If the spread of infection changes, there may be changes in the decision below.
The decision clarifies that there may at times be a need for different rules for different SLU campuses due to regional variations in the spread of infection.
The decision includes a priority to apply when more campus-based activities can be allowed, but there are still restrictions in place that limit the use of our premises.
Summative assessments should, as far as possible, be done online. If an exam must take place on campus, students must be informed of this in good time to enable them to travel to campus safely, avoiding the risk of infection.
You must check what applies to your particular course or programme as some key components and exams will still take place on campus, with the necessary arrangements made to reduce the risk of infection.
Most teaching will take place online, including for year 1 students. Face-to-face teaching is allowed if absolutely necessary, but only in small groups (approximately 10 people).
Seminars, exercises and other components with a high degree of interactivity need to be redesigned for online delivery to the extent possible or given in small groups (approximately 10 people).
You will find information on what applies to your course on the course page and in Canvas.
Examinations must, as far as possible, be done online. For examinations that cannot be done online, the number of seats in examination halls will be further reduced. Your course coordinator or examiner will let you know what applies to your exam.
Independent studies at home and on campus
You are encouraged to opt for independent studies at home as your first choice. SLU offers several digital tools for studies and doing group assignments online. However, you need to check updates from your examiners about course components that need to take place on campus.
If you need to be present on campus for your independent studies, you must be symtom free and respect the restrictions in force by not meeting in groups of more than 8 people and keeping your distance to minimise the risk of infection.
Fieldwork and study trips can take place provided that the Public Health Agency’s guidelines are applied and measures taken to reduce the spread of the virus.
Students doing degree projects that involve experiments at a department or in the field can do so provided that the Public Health Agency’s guidelines are applied and measures taken to reduce the spread of the virus.
Placements and clinical-practical training can take place provided that the Public Health Agency’s guidelines are applied and measures taken to reduce the spread of the virus.
If there is a shortage at other clinics, placements at UDS are allowed to the extent the UDS can manage.
Students belonging to an at-risk group
If you belong to a Covid 19-related at-risk group, or live with someone who does, you should, wherever possible, be offered alternative teaching arrangements for compulsory components, and to take exams in a room adapted for this purpose.
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.