Coronavirus FAQ for newly admitted degree students

[Updated 2022-08-18] On this page you can find frequently asked questions on how your studies at Karolinska Institutet may be affected by the Coronavirus. COVID-19 restrictions in Sweden were removed on 9 February 2022. Please refer back to the links to the relevant authorities for the latest information at all times.

General questions

Is it safe to come to Sweden?

The Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish authorities have presented a range of different measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. The phasing out of measures in response to COVID-19 began on 9 February 2022. As of that date, measures such as the participant limit for public gatherings and events and the possibility to demand vaccination certificates upon entry was removed. The same is applied to other restrictions, such as the requirement of social distancing between groups and cap on group sizes.

Information on the Swedish Government’s work in response to COVID-19.

Information about COVID-19 from the Swedish Public Health Agency.

What measures are KI taking to keep students safe?

KI is following the recommendations and advice of the responsible authorities: primarily the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The Swedish Public Health Agency and the government started to phase out most measures against COVID-19 on 9 February 2022.

In terms of teaching, this means that the president’s request to conduct digital teaching is removed.The Swedish government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden recommend that universities and institutes of higher learning that have conducted their teaching partly remotely, gradually return to onsite teaching.

KI emphasises the importance of staying at home if you have symptoms and following the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations.

Information for staff and students at Karolinska Institutet regarding COVID-19.

Questions related to education

Will lectures be given online or on campus when the semester starts?

The Swedish Public Health Agency and the government started to phase out most measures against COVID-19 on 9 February.

In terms of teaching, this means that the president’s request to conduct digital teaching is removed.The Swedish government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden recommend that universities and institutes of higher learning that have conducted their teaching partly remotely, gradually return to onsite teaching.

Information for staff and students at Karolinska Institutet regarding COVID-19.

Some of my exams have been postponed due to COVID-19, meaning my studies may be disrupted and graduation delayed. Will I still be able to start my studies at KI?

KI will be in touch with students currently completing their Bachelor’s degrees.

Can I apply for deferral due to circumstances related to COVID-19?

A deferral can only be granted if you are currently admitted, have accepted your offer, and paid the first installment of the tuition fee (if applicable). You must also demonstrate a valid reason.

Information on valid reasons to apply for deferral.

Entering Sweden

Is there any entry ban for travels to Sweden?

The ban on entry to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EEA ceased to apply on 1 April 2022. This also means that the requirement to present vaccination and test certificates when entering Sweden was removed.

Information on the Swedish Government’s work in response to COVID-19.

Information on Travel to Sweden during the corona pandemic.

Will I have to get tested and quarantine once I have entered Sweden?

The ban on entry to Sweden from countries outside the EU/EEA ceased to apply on 1 April 2022. This also means that the requirement to present vaccination and test certificates or quarantine when entering Sweden was removed.

Recommendations for people entering Sweden from abroad from the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

Payment and funding

Is it possible to get a full refund if I am not able to come to Karolinska Institutet due to risks related to COVID-19?

Read more about refunds on the pageTuition fees and scholarship regulations at Karolinska Institutet.

If I pay the first installment of the tuition fee and then is granted deferral, will you repay the payment?

Yes. Read more about refunds on the page Tuition fees and scholarship regulations at Karolinska Institutet.

Is it possible to pay smaller tuition fee instalments and not pay for the full semester?

To receive a residence permit for studies in Sweden, you must pay the tuition fee for your first semester in one instalment.

Healthcare

Will I have access to healthcare in Sweden?

Students from EU/EEA countries should register with their social insurance office in their home country, to obtain the European Health Insurance card (EHIC). With the European Health Insurance card, you are entitled to health care in Sweden on the same conditions as Swedish citizens. Remember to always bring the card when seeking medical care.

If you are an EU/EEA citizen but have never lived in an EU/EEA country, you are not entitled to the European Health Insurance card and must arrange with your own insurance.

Fee-paying students are covered by the FAS+ insurance.

Information about the FAS+ insurance from the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency.

If you have general questions about Covid-19 you can call telephone number 113 13. You will be able to speak through an interpreter if needed. The telephone line is staffed 24 hours a day and is operated on commission by the Swedish government.

Telephone services (COVID-19) on 1177 Vårdguiden, a service provided by Sweden’s healthcare regions.

Can I get tested for COVID-19?

Most members of the general public are no longer tested when experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Stay home and avoid close contact with others if you are ill and have symptoms that could be due to Covid-19. This also applies if you have taken an antigen self-test, regardless of the test result.

Information about COVID-19 from the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

Will I be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Sweden?

Vaccination against COVID-19 is offered to all people who are 18 and older. You do not have to be a Swedish citizen to get the vaccine and everyone who lives or is permanently staying in Sweden will be offered the vaccine. The vaccination against Covid-19 is free of cost.

If you do not have a personal identity number you can contact a healthcare centre (Vårdcentral) for an appointment. You can either use the search tool "Hitta vård" (in Swedish) to find your closest healthcare centre or you can call the Swedish healthcare service 1177 directly (available in English) for contact details.  Please note that the healthcare centres not necessarily offer vaccination, but they should be able to help you book an appointment at a vaccination site.

Stockholm region is responsible for the vaccine rollout it Stockholm.

Information about the vaccine rollout in Stockholm on 1177 Vårdguiden, a service provided by Sweden’s healthcare regions.