Information about exchange studies and studies abroad related to the corona virus during the Fall semester 2020 and Spring semester 2021

Information regarding exchange studies and studies abroad

Spring semester 2021

We know that there is some concern among our students at the moment in view of the spread of Coronavirus.  We would therefore like to inform you that we at Karolinska Institutet are continuously keeping up to date on the situation and developments, not only in Sweden, but also abroad.

As the situation in the world remains uncertain as a result of the Corona pandemic, Karolinska Institutet (KI) advises you not to go on exchange during the Spring semester 2021 in line with travel restrictions issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sweden and with reference to the fact that conditions may change at short notice. If the situation worsens, KI may decide to immediately revoke the decision to suspend studies abroad due to compelling security reasons.

What happens if your exchange is cancelled by the hosting institution

If you are unable to carry out your exchange studies as planned – because the hosting institution cancels your exchange on short notice or you yourself decide not to go – a consequence may be that you lose the guaranteed study place on course(s) that you should have taken at KI and have to resume your studies later. KI cannot reimburse for expenses you incurred related to your exchange studies if for any reason the exchange is not carried out or cancelled.

These are a few reasons to why your exchange studies might not be able to be carried out as planned:

  • the hosting institution suspends or cancels exchange studies at short notice
  • quarantine regulations in the host country
  • closed country borders
  • travel restrictions/recommendations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • canceled or delayed flight or train travel
  • changed terms and conditions for insurance (Student OUT)

If you still plan to carry out your exchange studies, we ask you to contact your International coordinator. Please also contact your student counselor to inquire about the possibility of being offered a study place at KI in case of a late drop out from exchange studies. It is also of highest importance that you keep yourself informed of the latest terms and conditions for Kammarkollegiet’s insurance Student OUT and inform your International coordinator before departure to your study destination.

If the exchange is canceled, contact your International coordinator.

You are welcome to contact your International coordinator if you have any questions.

University management is on high alert and working proactively, and our web (see below) is continuously updated. It is important that you stay up to date as the situation can change quickly:

Fall semester 2020

To you who have been nominated and/or accepted for exchange studies during the autumn semester 2020  

As the situation in the world remains uncertain as a result of the Corona pandemic, Karolinska Institutet advises you not to go on exchange during the autumn semester 2020.  

What happens if your exchange is cancelled by the hosting institution

If you are unable to carry out your exchange studies as planned – because the hosting institution cancels your exchange on short notice or you yourself decide not to go - a consequence may be that you lose the guaranteed study place on course(s) that you should have taken at KI and have to take the studies later. We cannot guarantee you compensation for expenses you have had related to you exchange study period if it is canceled at short notice or cannot be conducted due to other reasons. 

These are a few reasons to why your exchange studies might not be able to be carried out as planned: 

  • quarantine regulations in the host country 
  • closed country borders 
  • travel restrictions/recommendations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • canceled or delayed flight or train travel 
  • the hosting institution suspends or cancels exchange studies at short notice 
  • reimbursement of costs related to your exchange studies cannot be guaranteed (from either Kammarkollegiet/the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency or KI) 

If you still plan to carry out your exchange studies, we ask you to contact your international coordinator to inquire about the possibility of being offered a study place at KI in the case of a late drop out from exchange studies. We also encourage you to contact Kammarkollegiet to inquire about the current terms for the insurance for studies abroad (Student UT).  

We regret this inconvenience and the current situation as a whole but will do our best under the circumstances to facilitate your continuing studies. 

General information about Covid-19 and exchange studies

Information regarding Covid-19 and exchange studies and studies abroad during the Fall semester 2020 can be found here.