Tightened restrictions for teaching and examinations extended till the end of the semester
The situation is still critical and we need to do everything we can to reduce the spread of infection.
- This means that teaching and examination will, for the most part, take place online also during the spring semester.
- Independent study should primarily take place at home.
However, 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.
Exchanges during the 2021 spring 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 spring 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 spring.
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.
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 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.