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FAQ incoming students

(Updated 2020-07-13 11:10) 

The information on this page will be updated in the light of official decision 2020-06-04 about how operations at LiU will be conducted during the period 15 June to 31 October. This period will see a gradual transition from distance mode to on-campus operations.

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  

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. (2020-04-27 09:37) 

Questions about Linköping University operations and teaching mode  

Q: Is the university open?  
A: The university is still open but is currently in distance mode until the start of the autumn semester 2020. 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Agency of Sweden recommended on 29 May 2020 that distance education at institutions of higher education should be rescinded with effect from 15 June 2020.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, has decided to remain essentially in distance mode until the start of the autumn semester 2020. 
LiU will begin the transition to on-campus operations at the start of the autumn semester, with certain restrictions to prevent the spread of infection of COVID-19.

From the autumn semester, teaching new students on campus will be given priority. However, as the coronavirus situation can change quickly, decisions can be altered quickly and at short notice  (2020-06-09 16:00)

Q: Will studies be campus-based or provided via distance learning at the start of the autumn semester 2020? 
A: LiU is planning that the autumn semester 2020 will start and run with campus-based instruction for new incoming students. The decision to prolong or return to distance mode can happen at short notice, and this FAQ will be updated when necessary and when decisions have been made. (2020-06-09 16:00) 

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.

LiU will implement the following restrictions when it transitions back to campus mode this autumn semester to keep students and employees safe. These restrictions will be in place until 31 October 2020, or until advised otherwise:
  • 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. (2020-06-09 16:00)
Read more details in the news article: Restrictions during the autumn

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. (2020-05-07 11:08) 

Questions about residence permits and migration  

(2020-07-13 11:10) 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 have 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:

Q: I am not able to finalise my residence permit / I was denied a residence permit. What now?
A: If you cannot begin your studies due to residence permit issues and you are a fee-paying student you can apply to get a refund on the paid tuition fee before 17 August. Please read our refund policy to learn more. (2020-07-13 11:10) 

Q: Can I obtain a residence permit when LiU is in distance mode?
A: A temporary move to online teaching due to the risk of infection will not affect the residence permit. Fee-paying degree students are encouraged to pay the first instalment of the tuition fee before 10 June 2020 if they wish to keep their place at LiU and apply for a residence permit for studies. (2020-05-29 15:10)

Q: What are the consequences for my residence permit if the teaching mode changes to distance? 
A: If LiU, decides to conduct the entire autumn semester in distance mode, then according to current regulations the Swedish Migration Agency would not be able to grant a residence permit. At this stage, LiU is planning to open autumn semester in campus mode.

If you cannot begin your studies due to residence permit issues and you are a fee-paying student you can apply to get a refund on the paid tuition fee before 17 August. Please read our refund policy to learn more. (2020-05-29 15:10)

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. (2020-07-13 11:10) Please refer to:

Government Office of Sweden

Swedish Migration Agency

Questions about LiU student accommodation and healthcare  
LiU student accommodation  

Q: Am I able to cancel my accommodation rented through LiU at short notice if distance mode is extended and I want to return home?  
A: Yes, if LiU decides to continue the distance mode you can cancel your accommodation without a period of notice (normally the notice period is one calendar month). (2020-05-06 13:00) 

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. (2020-05-06 13:00) 

Health care 

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. (2020-05-06 13:00) 

Questions about degree studies: deferral, tuition-fees, refunds, teaching mode and admission

Q: Is it possible to start studies later than the planned date? 
A: LiU will not postpone the start of the autumn semester. The roll call for each programme is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, you must inform your Faculty coordinator in advance - otherwise, you will lose your place on your programme. See your programme admitted web page for details, see the drop-down list of each programme on liu.se/admitted. (2020-05-06 13:00) 

Q: Can I defer my admission to the autumn semester of 2021? 
A: The basic rule is that you start your education in the semester for which you have been admitted. You can, however, apply to delay the start of your education if special circumstances apply. “Special circumstances” for which a delay may be granted are, for example, medical or other reasons, such as compulsory military service. You must provide documentary evidence of special circumstances, such as a doctor’s certificate. A change in a student’s financial situation is not considered to be special circumstances. 

Fee-paying students can only be granted a deferral if the first instalment of tuition has been made to LiU.

Read more about deferment on the website: Deferment of degree studies (2020-07-02 10:05) 

Q: Can I defer to spring semester 2021?  

A: All our international master’s and bachelor’s programmes only start during the autumn semester. It is therefore not possible to start during the spring semester. (2020-04-27 09:37) 

Q: If it is decided that teaching will be given online and I do not want to study that way, can I request a refund of the tuition fee? 
A: LiU will have a generous policy regarding the refunds of tuition fees paid for autumn 2020. If you wish to withdraw from your studies after paying your tuition fee and apply for a refund before 17 August, you will receive a full refund. (2020-04-27 09:37) 

Q: If it becomes apparent after the 17 August that I cannot attend, will my fees be refunded? 
A: If your refund application reaches the university after the start of the semester (17 August), it will be assessed individually. A refund may be granted, provided that your circumstances are well documented. (2020-04-27 09:37) 

Q: If the teaching is given online, will the fees be reduced? 
A: Should a temporary move to online teaching become necessary due to the risk of infection, the courses will have equivalent contents and the same learning objectives. Tuition fees will not be reduced. (2020-04-27 09:37) 

Q: The first tuition fee is due on 10 June 2020. If I pay my tuition and then find out that I will not be able to travel to Sweden, can I get a refund? 
A: LiU will have a generous policy regarding refunds of tuition fees autumn 2020. If you wish to withdraw from your studies after paying your tuition fee, you will receive a full refund if you apply for a refund before 17 August. Please read our refund policy to learn more. (2020-05-28 14:00)  

Q: I would like to wait and pay the tuition fee later if the situation improves. Can I do that?  
A: It is still necessary to pay the tuition fee by 10 June 2020. Students who pay later will lose their place at LiU. (2020-05-28 14:00) 

Q: I was not able to complete my upper secondary studies due to the coronavirus. Can I get admitted to my bachelor’s programme anyway and provide the documents later?  
A: It is not possible for LiU to change the documentation deadline. Unfortunately, this most likely means you will not be able to get admitted this year. (2020-04-27 09:37) 

Questions about exchange studies: deferral, teaching mode and admission 

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. (2020-05-07 16:20) 

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. (2020-05-06 13:00) 

Q: Who can sign my Learning Agreement if LiU is in distance mode?  
A: Your LiU faculty coordinator. You can contact them by email. (2020-05-06 13:00) 

Question about the Intensive Beginner's Course in Swedish

Q: Will the Intensive Beginner's Course in Swedish be taught on campus or as distance teaching? 
A: As the Intensive Beginner's Course in Swedish begins in early August before the autumn semester starts, the decision has been made to have it taught in distance mode. (2020-05-06 13:00)



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Last updated: 2020-07-13