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.
Should I be 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?
Note! If the test shows that you have Covid-19, the physician will give you information on what to do.
You should also inform your teacher and the chair of the student union you belong to. That way, they can take measures to minimise the spread of the virus on campus.
Students in Alnarp
If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number you should call a health centre and ask for a test.
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.
Students 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.
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.
As a rule, a maximum of 50 people may be seated in a room at the same time and social distancing must be practiced in the room. Spaces that can seat 300 people or more are to be exempt from the requirement to allow a maximum of 50 people at the same time. This applies provided that there is a distance of at least 1.5 metres between visitors when people enter and leave the room.
How will the teaching be conducted this autumn?
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.
Will the corona crisis affect my application for a residence permit for studies?
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?
The Swedish Government decided on 26 August to extend the temporary entry ban on all non-essential travel from outside EU to Sweden until 31 October 2020.
Note! The entry ban does not apply if are going to study in Sweden.
If you live in a country outside the EU, you still need to apply for a residence permit for studies to enter Sweden. This means you should be able to travel to Sweden.
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 live in student accommodations and am afraid of being infected by my neighbours. What can I do?
It is generally important to follow the recommendations for good hand hygiene. We encourage all students to stay updated and carefully follow the recommendations on the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s FAQ web page/FAQ about COVID-19.
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.