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      Q&A for international students in regard to Covid-19

      Are you admitted or thinking about applying for studies at the University of Skövde? But are worried about the situation with the corona virus? We have put together a FAQ with some handy information for you.

      Information for international students starting in spring 2021 will be updated soon. Please check back regularly for updates.

      Questions and Answers in regard to Covid-19

      • What is the situation at the University of Skövde in regard to Covid-19

        The University of Skövde will, this autumn, mainly conduct campus education. However, some part of the courses may be conducted online. The summer courses will be given remotely. This after that  the Swedish Government, on May 29th, announced that higher education institutions can return to more regular activities during the summer and autumn. 

        Students admitted to programmes starting in the autumn 2020 must be present in Skövde. Therefore, they must apply for a residence permit as soon as possible.

        Once you have registered as a student, you will see on your schedule which parts of your course will be given on campus, or if so applies online. The parts which are given with digital support are marked with canvas on the schedule.

        If you are admitted to a distance programme, these programmes are not affected by the decision to return to campus and will be offered distance learning as planned.

        The University is constantly monitoring the situation because of the outbreak of the Covid-19, and follows recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

        Precautions taken to make campus as safe as possible

      • I am admitted to the University of Skövde. When should I come?

        Congratulations and welcome to our University!

        The Introduction Programme for all our international students starts on Monday, August 24th. If you are admitted to a campus programme you need to be present in Skövde by this date.
        Registration for your programme will take place during the introduction week. For some students, however, registration must be done between August 4 and August 16. Read the information and follow instructions on the registration webpage.

        It is important that you apply for residence permit and search for accommodation as soon as possible.

        The official autumn semester 2020 starts on August 31st.

      • How will I know if my course or programme will be given on campus or by distance in the autumn semester?

        The University of Skövde will conduct campus education with digital support this autumn. Once you have registered as a student you will see on your schedule which parts of your course are given on campus or with digital support. The parts which are given with digital support are marked canvas on the schedule. 

        The University aims to be able to conduct as much teaching on campus as possible this autumn, provided the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations, general advice and directives can be followed. International students admitted to the University will be kept informed of the situation.

      • I am a tuition-fee paying student, what applies for my fees if I cannot start my studies as planned due to Covid-19? (updated on August 28)

        You will not to be allowed to start your studies after September 14th. If you cannot be on campus by September 14th, you should apply for tuition fee refund. As long as you have informed the University before September 14th you will receive a full refund of your tuition fee. If you inform the University on September 15th or later, there will be an administrative fee of SEK 8000. (updated on August 28).

      • Can I defer my studies due to Covid-19? (updated on August 25)

        A deferral due to the Covid-19 pandemic is not automatically valid. Applications for deferment are assessed individually and are usually based on special circumstances that are out of your control that hinder you from beginning your studies, such as illness and parental leave. Special circumstances related to Covid-19 are closed borders or other travel restrictions only.

        The following reasons are, for example, not valid reasons for deferment:

        • Insufficient economic founds
        • Rejection or delay in D-visa processing
        • Rejection or delay in residence permit processing
        • Not receiving the residence permit card on time
        • Not finding available flights
        • Flight cancellations
        • Campus studies temporarily offered by distance learning

        Deferments are granted for the next time the programme starts, which will be Autumn 2021. Deferment of studies can only be approved if you have paid your tuition fees. Note that if you are conditionally accepted and cannot fulfill the entrance requirements before the beginning of the semester, your are not eligible for the deferment of studies. (updated on 25/08/2020)

      • What happens if I cannot get my residence permit in time to begin my studies?

        We can delay the start of your studies until September 14th. If you still have not received a residence permit in time or are rejected you can apply for a refund. This is not a valid reason for deferment.

      • Can I keep my University of Skövde - Masters scholarship if I get a deferment granted?

        The scholarship cannot be deferred due to the Corona epidemic or the deferment of studies. It is only valid for start of studies in the autumn 2020. You will need to reapply for the scholarship again when it opens in the end of 2020 and deadline for application is the 1 February, 2021. If you are not selected for a scholarship for the autumn 2021 you will need to pay the remaining tuition fee for your first semester.

      • Has the University been closed?

        The University has not been closed.

        Students and staff have been able to  enter the premises as usual. Although the premises are open, all students have during the spring semester been encouraged to study from home if possible to reduce the spread of the infection. Most of the staff have worked from home during the spring semester.

         

      • What preventive work does the University do to minimise the spread of Covid-19?

        The University follows the general advice and recommendations from the Swedish Government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden to minimise the spread of the novel corona virus on campus. The University’s management monitors the Covid-19 situation and inform students and staff on an ongoing basis.

        When returning to campus based education the University will continue taking all precautions to make the campus safe for both students and staff. When teaching large groups of students, lectures can be held with digital support to reduce the risk of spread of infection. The number of students in the classroom will be limited to allow for social distancing. Keeping the premises clean is a priority and extra measures have been put in to minimise the risk.

        It is important that you protect yourself and others from spread of infection:

        • Stay home if you feel unwell
        • Watch for symptoms of covid-19
        • Wash your hands often
        • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
        • Avoid touching your face
        • Keep your distance and take personal responsibility
      • Where can I read verified information about the novel corona virus and the situation with Covid-19 in Sweden?

        You will find all information about the corona outbreak in Sweden and the work to reduce the spread of the infection on krisinformation.se/en (Emergency information from Swedish authorities).

        On this website all information is collected from Swedish authorities, it is verified and it is always up to date.

        On the website you also find information about the corona virus/Covid-19 in 20 other languages besides English.

      • The Swedish embassy is closed – can the University help?

        The University cannot contact the Swedish embassy or Migration board as they work under secrecy policy. They are not allowed to disclose information to a third party. We are therefore not able to effect the embassy or the Migration Agency about your residence permit application or biometrics. The University does not receive information about when embassies open. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to help you. You will need to contact them yourself. Depending on the local situation the embassy may have limited capacity to process your application within the normal timeframe.
         
        We hope that the embassy can receive you as soon as the situation allows.

      Related information

      You will find more information regarding the current situation for students at the University of Skövde at student.his.se/en/coronavirus (Student Portal, no login required)  and at Precautions taken to make campus as safe as possible

      You will find all information about the corona outbreak in Sweden and the work to reduce the spread of the infection on krisinformation.se/en (Emergency information from Swedish authorities) and on The Public Health Agency of Sweden

      Anxiety about Covid-19

      The pandemic affects us all in different ways. It is not surprising if you feel insecure and worried. On the Student Portal (no login required) you will find advice on how to manage anxiety about Covid-19.

      Contact

      Director of Academic Affairs and Student Support

      Deputy Director of Academic Affairs and Student Support

      Published: 3/31/2020
      Edited: 8/26/2020
      Responsible: webmaster@his.se