Coronavirus FAQ for newly admitted degree students

[Updated 2021-08-19] On this page you can find frequently asked questions on how your studies at Karolinska Institutet are affected by the Coronavirus. Please be aware that information can change from one day to the other. We may not always be able to post the latest information directly. It's therefore important that you refer back to the links we provide for the latest information at all times.

Please note! This page is no longer being updated. For up-to-date information on how your studies at Karolinska Institutet are affected by the Coronavirus, please visit the page Student information about education regarding corona.

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 overall strategy to combat Covid-19 in Sweden is to minimise mortality and morbidity in the entire population and to minimise other negative consequences for individual persons and society.

Read more about the strategy (The Public Health Agency's website).

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.

KI’s president has established various resource teams for support during the Covid-19 pandemic, including a specialist team providing support to KI’s management on preventive measures.

It is, however, important to stress that it's everyone’s responsibility to create and maintain a safe environment on university campuses and in society at large.

Read more about any education related measures on the page Student information about education regarding corona.

Questions related to education

Will lectures be given online or on campus when the semester starts? [2021-08-19 ]

On 23 April the president decided that campus-based education will resume on 30 August 2021, with the possibility of conducting certain theoretical educational elements online. The education form is decided by each department and adapted to the different needs of the educational programmes.

KI is following regulations and recommendations from the responsible authorities, and the above decision may be adjusted if recommendations change.

If you have questions regarding the education on your programme, please check your programme welcome letter for contact information. Programme welcome letters were sent out on 12 April. You received the letter to the email address you used when applying at universityadmissions.se.

Read more on the page Student information about education regarding corona.

Can Karolinska Institutet ensure quality education if studies are given online?

KI is working tirelessly to ensure that the education quality remains at the level that both students and society have the right to demand.

The default is that everything stated in the syllabus, e.g. existing examination forms and learning objectives, applies as usual.

This includes campus-based practical skills training and examination when necessary to ensure quality and control of knowledge levels - given that it is possible to arrange while ensuring a safe environment.

Sweden's excellent IT-infrastructure is providing for a good online learning experience.

Read more about examinations, syllabus and teaching on the page Student information about education regarding corona.

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.

Read more about valid reasons for deferral on the page How to apply for deferral.

Can I apply for disability support if the lectures are given online? 

Yes. Karolinska Institutet can provide students with disabilities with special support during their studies. The purpose of the support is to offer the same high level of education and the same good quality study environment for all students, regardless of disability.

Read more and apply on the page Targeted study support for students with disabilities

Entering Sweden

Is there any entry ban for travels to Sweden? [2021-06-30 ]

There is an entry ban in effect for travels to Sweden from other non-EEA countries until 31 August 2021. However, there are exemptions, for example for individuals entering Sweden for studies. Foreign citizens who hold a valid Swedish residence permit, are exempted from the entry ban and Covid-19 negative test requirement to enter Sweden. 

From another EEA country it is possible to enter Sweden with an EU covid certificate documenting that the holder has been vaccinated against Covid-19, received a negative test result or recovered from Covid-19. At present, this regulation applies until 31 August. However, students with a right of residence in Sweden are exempt from the requirement to present a negative Covid test, document vaccination or recovery to enter Sweden. 

There is no entry ban and no negative covid test is required when travelling directly from another Nordic country, meaning Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway. 

Read more about the travel ban (The Swedish Police's website)

Will I have to get tested and quarantine once I have entered Sweden? [2021-08-19]

From July 12 to August 31, all travellers who are entering Sweden from another EU country (except the Nordic countries) are recommended to take a PCR-test upon arrival in Sweden and to meet as few people as possible seven days after arrival. When you plan for your arrival to Sweden, please keep this in mind so that you arrive well in time before the course start.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to most countries outside the EU/EEA/Schengen area/the United Kingdom. If you have visited one of these countries in the past seven days before entering Sweden, you are recommended to get tested for Covid-19 upon entry to Sweden, and on day five following your arrival. Travellers are also recommended to self-isolate and avoid close contact with others for seven days.

Fully vaccinated people are exempted from the recommendation. That includes people who are vaccinated with two doses and two weeks have passed since the second dose, with vaccines approved by EMA or vaccines for emergency use (EUL) approved by the WHO.

Individuals who have traveled in EU countries and have been vaccinated with one dose at least three weeks before arrival in Sweden or those who have had COVID-19 during the past six months are exempted from the recommendation, but should get tested as usual if they feel symptoms of COVID-19. 

Recommendations for people entering Sweden from abroad (The Public Health Agency of Sweden's website.)

How do I get tested for Covid-19 upon arrival? [New: 2021-08-23]

To get tested for free upon arrival or after quarantine you can contact your closest healthcare centre (Vårdcentral) to make 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 testing, but they should be able to help you book an appointment at a testing site.

At Arlanda airport ExpressCare and Airport Sky Vårdcentral offer testing onsite for a fee.

Once you have received your Swedish personal number (if eligible) you can download the app "Alltid öppet" and order your test for free there if needed. More information on the page "Getting tested for Covid-19" (on 1177 Vårdguiden, a Swedish healthcare service.)

Will there be any support from KI in terms of grocery shopping and getting tested for Covid-19 during quarantine? [New: 2021-08-19]

KI is not offering any support during quarantine. Please self-isolate as far as you can, plan your grocery shopping for as few occasions as possible, avoid busy hours, wear a face mask, keep distance, and visit the shop on your own. For Covid-19 testing, please read more under “How do I get tested for Covid-19 upon arrival” above. Please also refer to the FAQ regarding Covid-19 on KI Housing’s website.

Will my application for residence permit (fee-paying students only) be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic?

No. Due to the pandemic, the previous requirement for on-campus attendance does not apply in 2021. Teaching can take place via distance learning during the permit period if needed. The basic idea of a residence permit is still that you intend to stay in Sweden to complete your education.

Read more about residence permit and Covid-19 (The Swedish Migration Agency's website).

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?

You can read more about refunds on the page Tuition fees and scholarship regulations at Karolinska Institutet.

If I pay the first instalment 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.

Will KI be offering any additional scholarships for students due to Covid-19?

KI is not offering any additional scholarships due to Covid-19 at this time, but we are continuously evaluating how we can fundraise more funds and use funds to help as many students as possible.

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? [2021-06-16 ]

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.

Read more about the FAS+ insurance (The  Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency's website).

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.)

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

Vaccination against Covid-19 will be 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.

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

Questions and answers about Covid-19 vaccines and vaccination in Sweden (on Krisinformation.se, presenting emergency information from Swedish authorities)

How do I get tested for Covid-19? [2021-08-23]

You should get tested if you have symptoms that could be caused by Covid-19 or if you are entering from abroad (read more under "Entering Sweden" above.)

If you do not have a Swedish personal number:
Contact your closest healthcare centre (Vårdcentral) to make 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 testing, but they should be able to help you book an appointment at a testing site.

If you have a Swedish personal number:
Download the app "Alltid öppet" and order your test there at any time. More information on the page "Getting tested for Covid-19" (on 1177 Vårdguiden, a Swedish healthcare service.)

Accommodation

Is accommodation offered by KI Housing safe and virus free?

KI Housing has an on-going communication with the Public Health Agency of Sweden and follow provided guidelines.

Read more about current guidelines in the FAQ regarding Covid-19 (KI Housing's website).