Linnaeus University follows the recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden and from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has a crisis management group that works with these questions and closely monitors the development. This FAQ will be updated regularly throughout spring and summer 2020 so please check in regularly for updates. More FAQ related to the coronavirus can be found here.
The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs: Due to the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 pandemic we work closely with relevant Swedish agencies to provide appropriate guidance to international students. There is currently a temporary ban on all non-essential travel to Sweden due to Covid-19. In addition, several Swedish missions abroad may be limited in their capacity to assist in the processing of applications within normal timeframes. This may change as the situation evolves and we ask all concerned to seek information both locally and from the university that you have applied to. As soon as we have more answers, we will update this information
Frequently asked questions
How does the university management face the virus issue?
Linnaeus University has a crisis management group that works with questions relating to the coronavirus and this group closely monitors the development. The university follows the recommendations from The Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs concerning the coronavirus and the disease Covid-19.
The crisis management group consists of the university director and the departmental managers from the HR Office, the Communications Office, the Office of Student Affairs and the Executive Office. The group primarily keeps track of the latest recommendations from The Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and continuously updates this FAQ.
Will I be able to come to Sweden and Linnaeus University at the start of the fall semester?
Given the need to respond to multiple scenarios and travel restrictions, our international students will need to take travel arrangements and visa restrictions into careful consideration.
Non-EU students admitted to one-year programs should note that they will not be eligible for residence permit(s) given the fact that courses will be offered in distance learning format during the autumn semester. More detailed information from the Migration Agency can be found here.
The Migration Agency has announced to us that it might still be possible to get a two-year residence permit from the Swedish Migration Agency, even though the autumn semester will be offered in distance learning format only. This only applies for students admitted to a two- or three-year programme.
We hope that students will be able to attend in-person activities on campus as soon as possible, even if the studies are conducted through digital platforms. EU-students are most welcome to come to Kalmar or Växjö to conduct their studies on campus (though in distance learning format). The university facilities will still be open and accessible, including the university library. Student support services will be offered online or through alternative modalities.
Will the studies be classroom-based or distance learning via digital tools at the start of the fall 2020 semester?
All programmes and courses offered to international students, including incoming exchange students, will be offered in distance learning format (through digital platforms) during autumn 2020.
Can I fly to Copenhagen airport in Denmark or Arlanda airport, Stockholm?
On 17 March 2020, all Schengen Area Member States (including Denmark) approved a plan proposed by the EU Commission which foresaw the closure of the external borders of the territory, as the most extreme measure taken by the block to limit the further spreading of Covid-19.
The Government decided on 2 July to extend the entry ban until 31 August 2020. At the same time, the Government decided to ease the restrictions for more travellers. This decision is in line with new recommendations from the Council of the European Union. The amendments apply as of 4 July.
From 4 July, the entry ban does not apply to people who travel for the purpose of studying. However, it is the responsibility of the enforcing authorities (primarily the Swedish Police Authority) to determine in each individual case how the exemptions are to be interpreted and which decisions are to be made.
Swedish Police cannot guarantee that it will be possible to enter Sweden at a specific future date, as the situation is changing and regulations will be adjusted according to the current state. Updates will be published continuously at the Swedish government’s website in English and their Questions and answers – temporary entry ban to the European Union via Sweden.
The website of the Danish police, politi.dk, states that you can travel through Denmark (transit) if you have a worthy purpose outside Denmark or you are going on holiday. This applies regardless of your habitual residence, and regardless of your vehicle. Studies seem to count as a worthy purpose, but it is best to confirm this by calling the arrival hotline of the Danish police: +45 7020 6044.
What about Arrival Days and Orientation Days?
The arrival day on August 25 is canceled. We will arrange the mandatory Orientation Days through digital platforms. It is though too early to provide a schedule at this time, but we’ll finalize details during the summer and keep you updated.
Will I be able to get healthcare in Sweden?
Yes, incoming international students and exchange students will have insurance provided by the Swedish Government.For fee-paying students
For fee-paying students
Can I get a full refund if I am not able to come to Linnaeus University due to the risks related to the virus?
Yes. If you change your mind before the start of your program and the reimbursement application reaches Linnaeus University before the start of the semester, you can get a full refund, excluding fees for work carried out. Please see the local regulations for details.
Due to the uncertain situation, is it possible to pay smaller tuition fee instalments now and not pay for the full semester?
No. In order to receive a residence permit for studies in Sweden, you must first have paid the tuition fee for your entire first semester. Therefore, it is not possible to pay a smaller instalment before arriving to Sweden.
Due to the financial crisis in my country after the coronavirus outbreak, my family can no longer afford the tuition fee payment. Can I keep my place and start in 2021 instead?
In general, we do not approve deferrals based on financial difficulties.