Information and FAQ about and in relation to COVID-19

Studenter, utomhus, Östersund

Spring semester 2021- Corona adapted campus education

We will continue to follow the guidelines issued by the Public Health Agency of Sweden and do everything we can to keep our students and staff members safe. Mid Sweden University will continue our corona adapted campus education during the Spring semester 2021. This means that teaching and examinations will primarily be carried out in digital formats; however, certain courses, course units and examinations may be prioritised to be given on campus. In terms of access to campus education, priority is given to compulsory course units crucial for students' progression which can only be completed on campus. Secondly, priority is given to course units for new students admitted to the campus programmes in the Spring semester 2021. Students who were given priority in the Autumn semester 2020 will be given continued priority also in the Spring. The Heads of Department decide on priorities in consultation with the scheduling managers of the departments.

If you have questions specifically about your education programme or course, you can turn to your course manager or programme coordinator. Your course director or programme coordinator will communicate to you directly how the corona-related restrictions will affect your education.

For general questions about your stay in Sweden, how the University is dealing with the situation, or for any other question, you are most welcome to turn to the International Relations Office via email: internationaloffice@miun.se

FAQ

Below you can find the answers to different questions regarding the Autumn semester 2020 and Spring semester 2021. 

 

General questions about Mid Sweden University

Is Mid Sweden University open? What precautions has Mid Sweden University taken to keep its students safe?

The University remains open, but is following the Government's and Public Health Authority’s recommendations regarding measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

During the Autumn semester 2020 and the Spring semester 2021,  Mid Sweden University will practice so called Corona adapted campus based teaching. This means that lectures, tutorials and labs will be adjusted to adhere to the current Covid-19 restrictions. For example, seminars will be scheduled in smaller groups to enable social distancing and some lectures may be taught online.

Mid Sweden University has formed a crisis management group that is meeting regularly in order to manage overall issues connected with the virus outbreak. They are monitoring other public authorities’ updates and following other higher education institutions’ handling of the matter. The university monitors the development closely and acts in accordance with the responsible authorities. It is of utmost importance that both staff members and students stay updated through the public authorities’ websites as they are updated regularly. 

General questions about Sweden

How widespread is the Corona virus in Sweden?

The total number of individuals who have tested positive for Corona virus in Sweden is being tracked at the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website, which is updated daily. Numbers change every day, as testing proceeds and new cases are reported.

Visit the Swedish Public Health Agency’s website for information about the spread of the Corona virus.

 

Will it be safe for me to come to Sweden?

Swedish authorities are closely monitoring the spread of the Corona virus and are working continuously to keep Sweden and its residents safe. The best way to follow the developments regarding Corona virus is to refer to the WHO website and ECDC website.

In response to the European Council and Commission’s recommendation, the Swedish Government has decided to temporarily stop unnecessary trips to Sweden from countries outside Europe from 19th March. This is to mitigate the effects on coronavirus outbreak and to reduce the spread of the Covid-19. 

Update 3rd July 2020: From the 4th July 2020 "people who travel for the purpose of studying" are exempt from the entry ban. 

Please also stay updated by checking emergency information from Swedish authorities.

The Swedish Government

Emergency information from Swedish authorities

The Swedish Police Authority

 

 

Autumn semester 2020

What happens if the autumn semester 2020 is cancelled?

During the autumn semester 2020, Mid Sweden University will practice so called Corona adapted campus based teaching for international degree students (non-exchange). This means that lectures, tutorials and labs will be adjusted to adhere to the current Covid-19 restrictions. For example, seminars will be scheduled in smaller groups to enable social distancing and some lectures may be taught online.  

The support functions as well as teaching and administrative staff will be available to help with your needs either online or on campus. Mid Sweden University has informed the Swedish Migration Agency that we will be practicing Corona adapted campus based teaching for the autumn of 2020.

The incoming exchange semester was cancelled Autumn 2020. Exchange students are welcome to apply for exchange studies Spring semester 2021.

Will the studies be classroom-based or distance learning in the beginning of autumn semester 2020?

Mid Sweden University will practice so called Corona adapted campus based teaching for international degree students (non-exchange). This means that lectures, tutorials and labs will be adjusted to adhere to the current Covid-19 restrictions. For example, seminars will be scheduled in smaller groups to enable social distancing and some lectures may be taught online.

Will the corona crisis affect my application for a residence permit for studies?

The Swedish Migration Agency is the responsible authority for processing residence permit applications. For more information about residence permit applications please contact the Swedish Migration Agency directly.
Mid Sweden University has informed the Swedish Migration Agency that we will be practicing Corona adapted campus based teaching for the Autumn of 2020 and Spring semester 2021.

Application and Admission

I am admitted to a course/programme at Mid Sweden University starting autumn term 2020. I am now unsure if I will be able to commence my studies as planned due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation (because of travel bans, delays in the residence permit pro

No, Covid-19 related issues such as those mentioned above are not accepted as grounds for deferment.

I am sick with Covid-19 and will therefore not be able to commence my studies as planned. Can I defer my education start to a later semester?

Medical circumstances, such as being infected with Covid-19, may be accepted as grounds for deferment. Please note that we cannot answer in advance if you can be granted deferment. More information is found on the application form. Please note that the reasons you claim must be motivated and proof of this must be enclosed with the application (e.g. doctor’s report).

 

Will the Covid-19 situation affect the key dates and deadlines as published on universityadmissions.se?

Currently we have no information that changes will be made to the key dates and deadlines. However, because of all the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, the situation might change. Please check University Admissions regularly for updates.

 

Due to the Covid-19 situation I will probably not be able to complete my bachelor’s on time. Can I still start my master’s programme?

If you are conditionally admitted for a master´s programme, you must present your bachelor´s degree certificate by the start of the programme at the latest. Currently we have no information that exemptions will be made from this requirement because of the ongoing Covid-19 situation. However, because of all the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, the situation might change. Please check back to this website for updates.

I will not be 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?

No. However, if your applied programme is open for late applications by the time you receive your upper secondary school certificate you can reapply as a late applicant. Follow the instructions for reapplication at universityadmissions, "reapplying to courses and programmes".

I was planning to take a test in English (such as TOEFL/IELTS) to prove the required level of English language proficiency. However due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation the test has been cancelled. Can I be exempted from meeting with the English language

No. However, if you are able to take a test later and your applied programme is open for late applications you can reapply as a late applicant. Follow the instructions for reapplication at universityadmissions, "reapplying to courses and programmes".

Payments and refunds (for non-EU/EEA students)

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 pay later?

No, if you do not pay your tuition fee by the deadline stated on the invoice (5th June 2020) you will lose your place on the program and have to reapply.

 

Can I get a full refund if I am not able to come to Mid Sweden University due to the risks related to the virus?

You can apply for refund of tuition fees by filling in the reimbursement request form. For students who are prevented from starting their programme due to COVID19 no deduction for administrative costs will be made from the reimbursement.

Due to the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus, will Mid Sweden University be offering any additional scholarships for students who can no longer afford the tuition fee?

No, no additional scholarships will be available.

Due to the uncertain situation, is it possible to pay smaller tuition fee instalments now and not pay for the full semester?

The tuition fee has to be paid in full as stated on the invoice and cannot be paid in instalments.  

Fees

When is the deadline for payment of the tuition fee and is it affected by Covid-19?

The deadline for payment of tuition fees for the autumn semester 2020 is 5th of June. 

Medical healthcare

If I feel worried about my health. Can I get help from Student Health at the university?

You may contact Student Health Centre if you need help and support. 
Our chaplain is available to you regardless of what you need to talk about: studies, general worry or concerns about the Corona virus. You can contact them via phone and email to make an appointment. Please note that Student Centre cannot test you for coronavirus nor provide any other medical interventions.

 

Who should I contact if I think I might have been infected with COVID-19?

Most people who catch covid-19 do not need to seek medical assistance as the symptoms usually clear up on their own. Call 1177 if your condition worsens greatly or if you develop breathing difficulties even when at rest. A nurse will then guide you to the appropriate care at the appropriate place. Always call 112 for life-threatening conditions.
More information can be found at 1177.se and if you have general questions about covid-19, you can call 113 13

How can I get healthcare in Sweden if I get sick with COVID-19? Will I have to pay for it?

If you, as a registered student at Mid Sweden University, become acutely ill with the COVID-19 virus and require medical attention, your treatment will be covered by the University Insurance up to 90 days. There is no expense limit in cases of acute sickness. For full terms and conditions, please see STUDENT IN (exchange students and non-fee paying programme students) or FAS (fee paying students).

 

Insurance

Am I insured during my studies at Mid Sweden University?

All international students at Mid Sweden University are covered by an insurance provided by the Swedish Government. Depending on if you are a programme or exchange student, different regulations apply. Find more information here Health and insurance 

Practical Information (Introduction Days, travel, accommodation etc.)

Introduction Days

Introduction Days for international students will be arranged mostly digital, in order to follow the guidelines on social distancing. In order to make your first time at the university a little bit easier we have put together a digital Introduction Guide for you. In this guide you can find short film clips of what you need to know about your studies at Mid Sweden University. You can go through the material at your own leisure, before or upon your arrival to Sweden.

Spring semester Introduction consists of three parts:

  • a series of short films
  • live session on 18th January in Zoom, to better get an understanding of your coming student life at Mid Sweden University and how things work here.
  • social activities in small groups, organised by the student union


Please contact us should you have any questions: internationaloffice@miun.se

Will you arange Arrival Service for new international students?

In order to make it easier for you as new students to get to your accommodation, Mid Sweden University has organised an Arrival Service for you upon arrival.

If you sign up for the Arrival Service you will be welcomed by a university buddy upon arrival in Sundsvall and Östersund. They will hand out bus tickets for your onwards journey on public transport and make sure that you know how to get to your new home for the semester. This service is of course free of charge. The buddies in Sundsvall will also provide students with their key for their student accommodation (N.B. only for students who have signed up for the arrival service).

Arrival Days:
Östersund:15-17 January, 2021
Sundsvall: 16-17 January, 2021 (Sundsvall central train station only) 

Deadline to sign up: 3 January, 2021

More information about Arrival Service here!

When should I buy my tickets?

Due to uncertainty both globally and locally, we recommend that you wait as long as possible with booking your trip to Mid Sweden University. When booking any tickets, we encourage you to select rebookable/refundable tickets, as the situation may change rapidly.

 

I am worried I will not be able to get to Östersund/Sundsvall in time for the start of the studies due to the coronavirus outbreak, what can I do?

You should contact your specific department regarding the deadline for arrival and registration and to find out what options there are if you cannot arrive in time.

 

Is it safe to stay in a corridor room? How do you ensure that no student in the corridor has the virus?

As in all places where you are surrounded by other people, we recommend social distancing for as long as the virus continues to spread. It is important to follow all the recommendations from the Swedish Public Health Agency. Make sure to follow the recommendations for basic hygiene, i.e. regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with an alcoholic-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Information

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