Questions and Answers in regard to Covid-19
What is the situation at the University of Skövde in regard to Covid-19 (May 26, 2020)
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.
The Vice-Chancellor made the decision on 17 March 2020 to switch the campus-based education to distance education. The decision applies from 18 March 2020. When it comes to exams on campus, i.e. written examination, a gradual transition will take place from 20 March 2020. By limiting campus operations, the University has the opportunity to contribute to the fight to reduce the rate of spreading the Coronavirus infection.
On April 29 the Vice-Chancellor, Lars Niklasson, decided that distance education will continue during the rest of the Spring semester as well as during the Summer semester.
On May 25 the Vice-Chancellor, Lars Niklasson, announced that the University's main alternative for the autumn semester 2020 is a scenario where the campus-based education will be given on Campus. If that should be possible some recommendations from the Government and the Public Health Agency must be changed. The University also plans for a scenario where the autumn semester has to begin with distance education.
On July 1 the Vice-Chancellor will make a decision regarding the autumn semester, if it is possible to go back to education on Campus or not.
Is the University closed?
The University is not closed. Premises will remain open, but with limited opening hours. Students and staff can enter the premises as usual. Although the premises are open, all students are encouraged to study from home if possible to reduce the spread of the infection.
Some teaching and examinations that cannot be conducted on a distance-basis will be conducted on campus. In these cases measures are taken to minimize the risk of transmission of Corona-virus between the students present.
How will I know if my course or programme will be given on campus or by distance in the autumn semester?
If all goes as planned campus teaching will resume by the autumn semester, but we do have little decision support for now to be able to make a final decision.
Before the end of June the Vice-Chancellor, Lars Niklasson, will make a decision regarding to continue with distance education or not during the autumn semester. International students admitted to the University will be kept informed of the situation.
What if I have to attend classes on campus?
In the few cases of on-campus teaching the students are divided in smaller groups and the teaching will be conducted in several rooms. Keeping the premises clean is a priority and extra measures have been put in to minimize the risk.
I am a tuition-fee paying student, what applies for my fees if I cannot start my studies as planned due to Covid-19?
As long as you have informed the University before the semester begins on August 31st you will receive a full refund of your tuition fee. If you inform the University from August 31st or later there will be an administrative fee of 8000 SEK.
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 always bases on if there are special circumstances that are out of your control that hinder you from beginning your studies. Special circumstances related to Covid-19 are closed borders or travel restrictions. Insufficient economic founds or campus studies temporarily offered by distance learning are not valid reasons for deferment. 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.
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.
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).