FAQ incoming students
(Updated 2020-01-14 09:13)
Our newly admitted international students have many questions relating to the coronavirus and the impact it may have on their international studies. Here we present answers to the most frequently asked questions related to LiU and the situation in Sweden. The page will be updated with further questions as they arise. As the coronavirus situation is always changing and developing, there will be questions we cannot answer yet and existing answers that will change as the situation evolves. Bookmark this web page and check back here regularly as the situation evolves.
Stricter restrictions in force at LiU until 24 January
As a consequence of the national and local restrictions that are in force to prevent the spread of infection, the central crisis management group at Linköping University has decided to introduce several measures. The LiU measures are in force until 24 January 2021.
Check the website: coronavirus and measures taken by LiU for the latest information.
- Question about Sweden’s handling of the coronavirus
- Questions about Linköping University operations and teaching mode
- Questions about residence permits and migration
- Questions about LiU student accommodation and healthcare
- Questions about exchange studies: deferral, teaching mode and admission
Q: Why has Sweden not responded to the situation the same way as my home country?
A: Each country has its own specific conditions to consider in the battle against the coronavirus. The Swedish government follows recommendations from responsible authorities, such as the Public Health Agency of Sweden. These recommendations are adjusted specifically to the Swedish context. Linköping University follows the regulations and recommendations of the Swedish government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden.
Q: Is the university open?
A: The university is open. Distance mode was activated on 18 March 2020 and rescinded with effect on 15 June 2020. However, as a consequence of the national and local restrictions that are in force to prevent the spread of infection, the central crisis management group at Linköping University has decided to introduce several measures. The LiU measures have been in force since 23 November 2020, and LiU has decided for most co-workers and students to work/study remotely. Read more information on the entry page: Coronavirus – measures taken by LiU.
Q: What precautions has the university taken to keep staff and students safe?
A: The university’s co-workers and students are studying/working remotely. Some facilities are still open, but with very limited opening hours and precautions to encourage social distancing have been put in place.
It is only permitted to be physically present on university premises if this is necessary. The libraries at Campus Valla, University Hospital Campus and Campus Norrköping are closed for independent study until 24 January. However, it will still be possible to borrow and return books. The Info Centre will continue with its limited opening hours.
Meetings (including meetings with overnight accommodation), conferences, seminars, visits, etc., are to be carried out using remote methods, postponed or cancelled.
Access to the LiU premises has been restricted, which applies also to libraries, Info Centres and the registrar’s office. The opening times of these facilities have been published.
When it is necessary to be present on university premises, physical distancing must be observed. In such cases, no more than half of the capacity of the premises may be used. When sitting, a separation of an arm’s length must be kept. Otherwise, the minimum separation is two meters. Following consultation with the infectious diseases unit at Region Östergötland, the following group sizes apply to necessary physical presence on LiU premises.
– 50 students when exams are carried out in an exam hall
– 8-50 students for other exams and teaching
– 8 individuals for all other operations.
- A preparedness is to be held in case the Swedish government or Public Health Agency of Sweden recommend or stipulate that all on-campus operations must be reconfigured to distance mode.
A: We do not know how the COVID-19 situation will develop, but if LiU return to distance mode we promise that we will do everything in our power to provide quality education for all our students.
The temporary entry ban to the European Union via Sweden has been eased for some countries and a list of exemptions to the ban has been made. Importantly, the entry ban no longer applies to people who travel to Sweden for the purpose of studying. In addition, your close family members (spouse, cohabiting partner or children) are also exempt.
For further details on the temporary entry ban Sweden Abroad has written an article on the entry ban here:
Going to Sweden? Extension of temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden due to COVID-19
Please visit the Ministry of Justice website for its FAQ on the new rules and exemptions:
Questions and answers – temporary entry ban to the European Union via Sweden.
It is important that international students stay up to date with new decisions made by the Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket) that can impact their travel plans or right to reside in Sweden. Up-to-date information about the coronavirus and the regulations relating to residence permits is available on the website of the Swedish Migration Agency:
Information regarding the coronavirus
LiU also recommend you read the following information from the Swedish Migration Agency:
Q: What are the consequences for my residence permit if the teaching mode changes to distance?
A: If LiU, decides to go back to full distance mode during spring semester 2021, then according to current regulations the Swedish Migration Agency would not be able to grant a residence permit. Contact the Migration Agency if you are unsure what this would mean for you.
Q: The Swedish Embassy is closed and, therefore, I cannot provide my biometrical data or book an interview. Is there any other way to get a residence permit?
A: It depends on whether you need a visa to travel to Sweden or not. Please refer to:
Government Office of Sweden:
Swedish Migration Agency:
Questions about LiU student accommodation and healthcare
LiU student accommodation
Q: Are the student corridor rooms safe to stay in? How can you ensure no other student who stays in the same shared corridor accommodation has the coronavirus?
A: Anyone with any symptoms such as a cold, fever, cough, body aches and so on should self-quarantine. Social distancing is to be observed when you are around other people, regardless of the location.
Q: How can I get health care in Sweden if I get sick with COVID-19?
A: Fee-paying degree students are covered by the FAS+ insurance. Please read more about the insurance on Kammarkollegiets website. Non-fee-paying degree students must have their own insurance.
Students from outside of the EU/EEA on exchange studies must have arranged private insurance for exchange studies before departure.
All students who are from the EU/EEA, make sure you do not forget your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving for Sweden, as you will then be charged the same amount as a Swedish citizen for healthcare services. If you need to visit a healthcare centre or go to the emergency, please bring your EHIC with you.
If you become sick, but it is not an emergency, call the Healthcare Guide 1177 before going to the hospital. They have English-speaking nurses that can guide you further.
Q: Will LiU accept incoming exchange students for spring 2021?
A: Yes, all faculties will accept incoming students, however exchange involving clinical placements and/or laboratory work is unfortunately suspended for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Q: What happens if I cannot come to LiU on time at the start of the spring semester?
A: If you cannot arrive in time, please contact your LiU faculty coordinator as soon as possible and they will advise you correctly.
Q: I am not sure if I want to come to Sweden now due to the risks. I need more time to think about it, can I decide later?
A: It is always possible to cancel your mobility. If you wish to cancel your planned mobility, please contact your LiU faculty coordinator as soon as possible.
Q: Will the courses I apply for start as planned in spring 2021 and will studies be classroom-based or distance learning at the start of the spring semester?
A: Yes, the courses will start as planned and will be classroom-based with some elements held digitally. If this change, you will be informed by your LiU faculty coordinator.
Q: I don’t feel safe to travel to Sweden and LiU yet, can I start my exchange via distance education?
A: No arrangements have been made for distance education at the time being. However, this decision can be altered quickly if deemed necessary.
Q: Can I defer and start my studies in autumn 2021?
A: Deferral of exchange studies in autumn 2021 is possible but not guaranteed. Students are welcome to contact their respective LiU faculty coordinator and discuss the possibility of deferral. If you find suitable courses and would like to study in autumn 2021 instead, your home university simply needs to send an updated nomination letter.
Q: Due to the coronavirus, I will not be/was not able to complete all my courses on time. Can I be accepted to courses at LiU even if I don’t fulfil prerequisites for the courses I am interested in taking?
A: The prerequisites for each course are there to ensure students can follow the course effectively, and to ensure the fairness of the admission process. To be admitted for a course, you must satisfy the prerequisites. While you do not have to have completed all the courses, you must have completed the relevant courses by the time of your arrival, or by the time the course in question starts. If you are missing courses from your home university and do not fulfil the prerequisites for the courses at LiU you cannot be admitted.
Q: Will you be arranging the Arrival Days and Orientation Weeks as per normal?
A: Yes, LiU will arrange Arrival Days on 11 and 18 January 2021 in Studenthuset, Campus Valla. Several safety measures are taken to ensure your health and well-being, such as protective plexiglass, hand sanitiser dispensers and floor marking. The Arrival Day 4 January is cancelled and the opening hours are 09:00-16:30. If you had planned to arrive after (from 16.30 until 20.00) please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for your arrival to LiU. There will be no bus pick-up/drop-off service on 4 January.
Read more: Upon arrival for exchange studies
Q: Who can sign my Learning Agreement if LiU is in distance mode?
A: Your LiU faculty coordinator. You can contact them by email.
Q: Will the Beginners’ Course in Swedish course be taught digitally?
A: Yes, the Beginners’ Course in Swedish will be taught digitally.
Students and incoming students are referred to the Info Center.
You are also welcome to ask questions by sending an email to email@example.com.
Swedish Government Links
Study in Sweden:
Swedish Migration Agency:
Swedish Council for Higher Education:
Public Health Agency of Sweden:
Krisinformation.se (Emergency Information from Swedish Authorities):
Ministry for Foreign Affairs:
Last updated: 2021-01-14