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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 Covid-19? We have put together a FAQ with some handy information for you.

      Are you an international student? In this F&Q you will find information if you are starting in spring 2021. 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

        Distance education if possible, campus education if needed. This will continue to be the University of Skövde's overall strategy throughout the rest of the autumn semester and whole spring semester 2021. The University's Vice-Chancellor has in early December decided on this overall strategy for the next semester and it will also apply if the Covid-19-the situation would improve in the spring.

        The amount of distance teaching will differ between different schools at the University, but also between different programmes and courses within the schools.

        There are also education and examination elements that cannot be performed remotely. Some education requires certain equipment that is on campus or that the legal certainty of an exam cannot be kept at a distance.

        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. 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 this spring. When should I come?

        Congratulations and welcome to our University!

        The Introduction Programme for all our international students starts on Wednesday, 13 January and you need to be present in Skövde by this date. Registration for admitted to a campus programme through UniversityAdmissions.se will take place between 11 and 15 January. You will register already by 11 Januray via zoom, but to do so you still need to be present in Sweden. 

        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 spring semester 2021 starts on 18 January, 2021.

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

        the amount of distance teaching will differ between different schools of the University, but also between different programmes and courses within the schools. There are also education and examination elements that cannot be performed remotely. Some education requires certain equipment that is on campus or that the legal certainty of an exam cannot be kept at a distance.

        For the spring semester 2021, the Bioinformatics master’s programme is a campus programme, but distance teaching will be offered temporarily during the whole spring semester 2021. Some examinations and other parts of the teaching may still be campus based. This means that your presence on campus will most probably be necessary. However, students are advised to apply for a residence permit as usual and try to reach Skövde in mid-January in order attend the Introduction Programme which starts on 13 January and for the registration for your courses which starts on 11 January. Note that students may use the facilities (labs, library, etc.) on campus even if they are having temporarily distance teaching.

        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. 

        International students admitted to the University will be kept informed of the situation.

         

      • I am a tuition-fee paying student, can I apply for a refund if I cannot start my studies as planned due to Covid-19?

        You will not to be allowed to start your studies after 1 February, 2021. If you cannot be on campus by 1 February, 2021, you should apply for tuition fee refund. As long as you have informed the University before 1 February, 2021  you will receive a full refund of your tuition fee. If you inform the University on 2 February, 2021 or later, there will be an administrative fee of SEK 8000.

      • Can I defer my studies due to Covid-19?

        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 spring 2022 for Bioinformatics Master’s Programme and for our other master’s programme, 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, you are not eligible for the deferment of studies.

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

        We can delay the start of your studies until 1 February 2021. 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.

        During Corona it might be possible to arrive after 1 February:

        • If you haven’t received any answer from the Migration board about your residence permit by 25 January please contact admission@his.se between 25 of January to 27 January to see if there is an individual solution for you.

        • If you have received a residence permit before 25 January, but are unable to get to Sweden by 1 February, please contact admisson@his.se to see if there is an individual solution for you.

        • If you are waiting for your residence permit card we recommend you to apply for a D-visa. Note that with a D-visa, you will be able to travel to Sweden without the residence permit card! Please ask for information at the local Swedish Embassy about the procedure and cost for the D-visa. You must also ask information about how to get the residence permit card if you travel to Sweden with a D-visa without waiting for the card. We believe it would be sent via post to your address in your home country and you would have to fix someone to send it to you in Sweden later on. Check it with the local Swedish Embassy.
      • 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 spring 2021. You will need to reapply for the scholarship again. The application period for the autumn 2021 is already open and the 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 is not or has not been closed at any time. Students and staff have been able to enter the premises as usual. Although the premises are open, all students have now, since 5 November, been encouraged to study from home if possible to reduce the spread of the infection.

         

         

         

         

         

      • 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 Corona virus on campus. The University’s management monitors the Covid-19 situation and inform students and staff on an ongoing basis.

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

        • Stay home if you feel unwell or go home if you start feeling sick during the day.
        • 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 Corona virus and the situation with Covid-19 in Sweden?

        You will find all information about the situation with Covid-19 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.

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      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