FAQ incoming students
(Updated 2020-10-13 10:33)
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.
- 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 still open. Distance mode was activated on 18 March 2020. This has meant that staff and students have been instructed to work remotely from their homes as much as possible. Classes, seminars and exams are now being conducted online instead of on campus. Some facilities are still open, but with limited opening hours. Precautions are in place to encourage social distancing. The Swedish government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden recommended on 29 May 2020 that distance education at institutions of higher education should be rescinded with effect from 15 June 2020. LiU, however, decided to remain essentially in distance mode until the start of the autumn semester 2020. LiU has begun the transition to on-campus operations by the start of the autumn semester, with certain restrictions to prevent the spread of infection of COVID-19.
Q: Will studies be campus-based or provided via distance learning at the start of the autumn semester 2020?
A: From the autumn semester, teaching new students on campus will be given priority. This still means that some of your courses and classes will be online, while others will be on campus. However, as the coronavirus situation can change quickly, decisions can be altered quickly and at short notice.
Read more details in the news article: Welcome back to campus this autumn
Q: What precautions has the university taken to keep staff and students safe?
A: The university is currently in distance mode. This means that staff and students have been instructed to work remotely from their homes as much as possible. Classes, seminars and exams are now being conducted online instead of on campus. Some facilities are still open, but with limited opening hours and precautions to encourage social distancing have been put in place.
- Social and physical distancing measures must be followed on LiU premises. This means that no more than half of the available area of the premises may be used, and that there must be a distance of two meters between people.
- Groups with more than 50 people may not gather, according to the recommendation of the Public Health Agency of Sweden. This means that meetings, events with overnight stays, conferences, seminars, trade fairs, and other events that gather more people than the limit must be cancelled, postponed or held using digital methods.
- Students who belong to a risk group or have a member of their household who belongs to a risk group should consult their study guidance counsellor for more information on adapted education.
- LiU employees will gradually increase the physical presence at the workplace, following a decision made in consultation with their immediate managers. Employees who belong to a risk group or have a member of their household who belongs to a risk group, however, will be given the opportunity of work via distance work as far as possible.
Q: If distance mode is activated during my studies at LiU, due to coronavirus, can LiU guarantee that I will still get a quality education?
A: We do not know how the COVID-19 situation will develop, but if LiU continues or needs to return to distance mode we promise that we will do everything in our power to provide quality education for all our students.
As of 4 July 2020, 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
On 29 May 2020, new information and a FAQ for students was provided by the agency. To avoid repetition and to keep information accurate we recommend you read the following links from the Swedish Migration Agency:
- Information for people who intend to apply for a residence permit to come to Sweden
- Frequently asked questions about studying and researching in Sweden
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 autumn semester, 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
- Frequently asked questions about studying and researching in Sweden
- Limited possibilities of obtaining a visa to Sweden
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: Can I defer and start my exchange studies in the spring of 2021?
A: Deferral of exchange studies in spring 2021 is possible but not guaranteed. Students are welcome to contact their respective LiU faculty coordinator and discuss the possibility of deferral. Please note the range of courses offered is more limited during the spring semester, so it is important to make sure that you find enough relevant courses during the spring semester before deciding to defer your studies.
If you find enough courses and would like to study in spring 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. Can I be accepted for courses at LiU even if I don’t fulfil the prerequisites for the course(s) 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. In order to be admitted for a course, you must satisfy the prerequisites. While you do not have to have completed all the courses before the summer, 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: Who can sign my Learning Agreement if LiU is in distance mode?
A: Your LiU faculty coordinator. You can contact them by email.
Students and incoming students are referred to the Info Center.
You are also welcome to ask questions by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: 2020-10-13