Coronavirus FAQ for newly admitted degree students

[Updated 2021-04-08] On this page you can find frequently asked questions on how your studies at Karolinska Institutet are affected by the Coronavirus.

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 on 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.

Measures involve, but are not limited to:

  • Introducing distance education and possibilities for distance examination as widely as possible
  • Special measures in the examination rooms
  • Limiting the number of students on KI's premises
  • Face masks are recommended where physical presence is necessary, and distancing is difficult to achieve.
  • Making sure that face masks and hand sanitisers are available on campus

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?

On 9 March 2021, KI’s president decided to extend the current decision on planning for on-campus and online teaching until 6 June. Meaning education is given online with the exception of practical activities and exams that cannot be done remotely without compromising quality.

The university is planning for a return to on-campus teaching this autumn, given such a decision is in line with recommendations from the responsible authorities. More information is to be expected during April.

For any education related up-dates please refer to the page Student information about education regarding corona.

Each study programme is facing different challenges regarding online and on-campus teaching. You will receive more information on what applies to you per email directly from your programme closer to the course start.

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

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 Studying with disabilities at KI. 

Entering Sweden

Is there any entry ban for travels to Sweden?

There is an entry ban in effect for travels to Sweden from other countries until 31 May 2021. However, there is an exemption for individuals entering Sweden for studies.

In general, foreigners also need to present a negative Covid-19 test result in order to be allowed entry into Sweden. The traveller must be able to present a certificate at the border showing a negative test result. The test can not be older than 48 hours.

Read more about the travel ban, exemptions and Covid-19-testing on the Swedish Police's website

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

At this time, the Swedish Migration Agency will grant a residence permit if the studies predominantly, meaning more than 50%, will be conducted on campus during the permit period even though there are parts or elements of remote studies.

KI is planning for on-campus education for prioritised groups such as international students this autumn.

Read more about residence permit and Covid-19 on 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 and accommodation

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. Read more about the insurance on the website of the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency.

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 on KI Housing's website.