Student information about education regarding Covid-19
[Updated 2021-07-02] This information briefing to Karolinska Institutet’s students is updated continually as reports come in on the spread of the virus. Students are urged to keep themselves informed daily in order to find out about and act upon the latest recommendations.
Updated information about Covid-19 vaccine, see headline Covid-19 test and vaccine
Updated information under headline When travelling
Decision on return to campus-based education Autumn 2021.
Based on the assessment that the spread of COVID-19 is expected to decrease and that vaccinations will take place according to plan, KI is planning for a return to campus-based education. Read more under headline Information about the autumn 2021 and frequently asked questions.
- The President has decided to cancel exchange studies for incoming exchange students on clinical courses and clinical rotations during the autumn term of 2021. Read more under headline Student exchange.
Research and education will continue, keeping in mind the recommendations and guidelines below.
It is everyone’s responsibility to create and maintain a safe environment on university campuses and in society at large. Out of respect and concern for other persons and their well-being in society, it is important for everyone to be careful and follow the recommendations and guidelines.
Make sure to also keep up to date on the information on the page Information for staff and students regarding COVID-19.
For the latest updates on how the coronavirus/Covid-19 is affecting Sweden, please go to krisinformation.se for official emergency information.
The information on this page is general for what applies to the implementation of the educations at KI, regarding hygiene routines, etc. The departments inform about what applies specifically to each course. KI's premises are open for the purpose of providing students who do not have the opportunity to study remotely for individual work in airy environments with connection and access to computers. However, gathering in a group should not take place on KI's premises.
At KI, the following still applies:
- Karolinska Institutet (KI) has introduced distance education and possibilities for distance examination as widely as possible.
All activities done on campus are to comply with the official recommendations to help contain the transmission of the virus. It is everyone’s responsibility to create and maintain a safe environment on university campuses and in society at large. KI’s research and education continue with regard to the recommendations and guidelines below.
Recommendations at KI
These recommendations and guidelines are based on detailed recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden, Folkhälsomyndigheten (FOHM), and KI’s COVID-19 resource teams.
In some aspects, our recommendations complement those issued by FOHM, reflecting the special challenges faced by an internationally oriented medical university.
Each of the following elements must be in place in order to effectively limit the spread of COVID-19:
Stay home if you or someone in your household feel ill
- If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you must stay at home. Stay at home for as long as you feel unwell and seven days after the first symptoms, and wait at least 48 hours after recovery before returning to KI.
- If someone in your household has confirmed COVID-19, you should also stay at home. If you have training elements that are compulsory, contact the person responsible for the course about the possibility of completing the examination at another time or if it is possible to supplement for the absence.
- If someone in your household has cold symptoms, you should stay home when you do not have compulsory training.
- If someone in your household has received a positive test result that shows that he/she has COVID-19, everyone in the household will be given necessary measures to be taken from the Health Care. Stay at home, avoid contact with others and act as if you have tested positive for COVID-19. More information is available on the Public Health Agency of Sweden's website.
- If you have been tested for COVID-19, due to cold symptoms or on prompting due to the risk of being infected, you should follow the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and stay home while waiting for your test result and avoid close contact with others.
A vaccinated person who develops symptoms should stay home and get tested for COVID-19.
In the event of absence from compulsory educational elements, the student shall, if possible, be offered replacement assignments. Decisions are made by the examiner.
To prevent virus transmission, everyone should keep a physical distance at all times, and not gather in large groups or in crowded places.
Frequent washing of hands with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds is an effective method of removing and killing the virus. The use of a hand sanitizer is an alternative when hand washing is not possible. The university has introduced expanded cleaning and sanitizing procedures on campus.
Face masks when difficult to practice physical distancing
Face masks are recommended where physical presence is necessary and physical distancing hard to achieve, for example in clinical practical skills training, laboratories, and dissections. Disposable face masks and instructions on how to use them will be available at the relevant locations.
- Face masks should not be used as an alternative to other precautions, such as practicing physical distancing or staying at home if you have symptoms of illness.
- This shall not be construed as a recommendation to wear face masks on campus in general.
Information about the autumn of 2021
Based on the assessment that the spread of COVID-19 is expected to decrease and that vaccinations will take place according to plan, KI is planning for a return to campus-based education. On 23 April the president has decided that campus-based education will resume starting in the autumn term, 30 August 2021. KI follows the government authorities' regulations and recommendations. This decision may be adjusted if recommendations change due to the spread of infection.
The following applies to the planning of teaching on campus:
- Congestion in classrooms must be avoided; restrictions on the number of available spots in classrooms may be introduced into the booking system.
- Examination rooms may not be filled more than 50 percent.
More detailed recommendations regarding teaching during the autumn term will be available at a later time.
The President has decided to cancel exchange studies for incoming exchange students on clinical courses and clinical rotations during the autumn semester 2021. The background is the strained situation in health care due to covid-19 with a care debt, as well as work-based training elements from previous semesters for regular program students. Educational dental care on Campus South has been in a similar situation. Kl has complied with Regionen's request and has not accepted incoming exchange students for VFU during for the autumn term 2021, as the situation in healthcare is still very strained.
For information about studies abroad, visit the page Information about exchange studies and studies related to the coronavirus.
Exchange students from abroad who are at KI
- Same rules as for regular students
- The students who go home have the right to take part in teaching/examination etc. The same risks as for other international students (follow the link above)
Newly admitted students
Who is the first contact for international students?
- Exchange students on-site in Stockholm – contact the international coordinator
- Other international students – contact the study counsellors/programme
For information about testing, quarantine time, and more information when entering Sweden, please visit the page Coronavirus FAQ for newly admitted degree students
KI Housing has gathered information about the coronavirus for KI Housing tenants.
If you are entering or re-entering Sweden from abroad, please stay updated on the recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to a number of countries. If you have visited one of those countries in the past seven days before entering Sweden, you are recommended to self-isolate and avoid close contact with others for seven days upon entry. Keep in mind that you may have to take an additional Covid-19 test after arrival and to quarantine in Sweden prior to the course start.
There is an entry ban in effect for travels to Sweden from non-EEA countries until 31 August 2021. However, there is an exemption for individuals entering Sweden for studies. For travels to Sweden from another EEA country, a negative covid test is required until 30 June 2021. There is no entry ban and no negative covid test required when travelling directly from another within the EU, EES, Schengen, and the UK.
Information regarding examination, syllabus, and VFU
Examination on campus during the pandemic
In order to maintain the quality of education, KI assesses that not all campus-based educational activities can be avoided. This includes some examinations. In order to reduce the risk to spread the infection during examinations on campus KI has taken necessary measures in the examination rooms. These can be found in the document with instructions for admission to the examination room during the pandemic.
KI has also developed support documents for management regarding risk assessment when students with cold symptoms come to campus for teaching or an examination.
Risk assessments for all campus-based educational activities take place in accordance with the instructions for each level of education and the assessment must also consider other ongoing activities on campus.
The syllabus applies
The default is that everything stated in the syllabus, e.g. existing examination forms and learning objectives, applies as usual. However, how the syllabus and courses are implemented in practice may need to be modified if resources are needed elsewhere. For example, it may be necessary to give fewer lectures so that the teacher has time to work on doing more exams or otherwise adapt teaching and examinations to the new current situation.
Should the examiner assess there is a need, and possibility, to change the examination form, the examiner will make a specific decision on this. The department responsible for the course is also responsible for ensuring that risk assessments are made and that the recommendations are followed.
Find more information on digital examination in the document information to students regarding written digital examination via distance.
On-site training (VFU) and internships
For information about on-site training and internships in regards to corona, please visit the page Information about on-site training (VFU) and internships in regard to corona.
Covid-19 test and vaccine
Testing for COVID-19
KI encourages students and employees to get tested. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can make an appointment for testing (PCR test), which is free of charge, including those without a Swedish social security number. Individuals within Region Stockholm can also make an appointment for an antibody test via the website 1177.se. In order to do so, you must have been asymptomatic for more than 14 days.
For information about getting tested for COVID-19, please visit 1177’s website, Getting tested for COVID-19.
KI encourages students and employees to get vaccinated against Covid-19. KI does not offer vaccination for employees or students. Students are referred to the Public Health Agency's priority order and you will be able to book an appointment for a vaccine when your target group is being vaccinated. Please see Region Stockholm's information on vaccination planning.
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 personal identity number you can contact a healthcare centre (Vårdcentral) for an appointment.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
What should I do if I feel well, but someone in my household has symptoms / is infected with COVID-19?
If someone in your household has received a positive test result that shows that he/she has COVID-19, everyone in the household, both sick and healthy, except children who have not started preschool, will be contacted by the Swedish Health Care and be given instructions on necessary measures to be taken. You are obliged to follow the measures, stay at home, avoid contact with others, and act as if you have tested positive for COVID-19. More information is available on the Public Health Agency of Sweden's website. Contact the course/examiner if you have a compulsory part of your course that requires physical attendance.
I have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19, but have a compulsory part of the course/program, what should I do?
In both cases, you should not attend the exam/compulsory training but stay at home and contact the course/examinator.
If you have COVID-19 you must stay at home. Remain at home for as long as you feel sick and do not return to KI until seven days after the first symptoms and at least 48 hours after you have recovered. You who have been contacted by the Swedish Health Care and given necessary measures should follow them. Stay at home and avoid contact with others. Infection tracing is managed by the region and their instructions must be followed.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you must stay at home. Stay at home for as long as you feel unwell and seven days after the first symptoms and wait at least 48 hours after recovery before returning to KI.
I got tested for COVID-19 but have not received the result, what should I do?
If you have been tested for COVID-19, due to cold symptoms or on prompting due to the risk of being infected, you should follow the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and stay home while waiting for your test result and avoid close contact with others.
I am a student and in a risk group, do I have to write an exam on campus?
Talk to your examiner to come up with a solution.
Can I get extra help or support from the student health centre?
If you’re worried you can turn to the Student Health Centre for support. The centre is not, however, offering tests or taking any other medical action related to COVID-19.
Are support functions such as study counselors, libraries, and student health still available?
All support functions, such as study and career counselors, the Academic Writing Support, Studying with disabilities, and Student Health Center, are open, but most of their work is currently conducted remotely. Please contact them by phone or email. Instructions and contact information can be found on the respective support function's website.
I have been nominated for exchange studies; will I be able to go?
As the situation in the world remains uncertain as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, 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. Follow the link to find more information regarding studies abroad and exchange studies due to COVID-19.
What is meant by planned return to campus-based education during autumn 2021?
Based on the assessment that the spread of COVID-19 is expected to decrease and that vaccinations will take place according to plan, KI is planning for a return to campus-based education at all levels of education from August 30, 2021.
Students and employees at KI all share the responsibility to create and maintain a safe environment on the university campus. With respect for and care for others and their well-being, it is important that everyone is careful, follows recommendations and guidelines and ensures that crowding in classrooms is avoided.
Will I still be able to participate digitally and take part in lectures online?
Extensive digitization work has taken place during the time with distance learning. Theoretical education elements can continue to be given digitally if they are of good quality. This is decided by each department. For more information about this, contact your program/course.
What happens if I am sick but have a lecture on site on campus?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay at home. Stay home as long as you feel sick and wait at least seven days after the first symptoms and two days after you get well before returning to KI. Read more about what recommendations apply at KI when you or someone in your hosehold is sick in the above questions.
Contact the relevant teacher or course administrator to find out how you can catch up with missed lectures.
My program does not have as much digital learning as other programs during the autumn semester, why is that?
The return to campus-based education will take place from August 30, 2021, with the possibility of conducting certain theoretical educational elements digitally if they are of high quality. The form of education is decided by each department and adapted to the needs of the educational programmes; therefore, the form of education may differ. If you have questions about this contact your program/course.
Where can I turn with questions about the planned return to campus-based education?
If you have questions about your work environment as a student such as concerns about crowding in classrooms, you should contact your department. Questions about the premises and spaces on campus (such as marking of floors, hand sanitizer, air quality, etc.) can be directed to the property department.
More information about the education and the form of education on your program or course can be found on the course and program website and in e-mails from your program/course. Therefore, make sure to continuously check your e-mail that you have entered in Ladok and your student e-mail that you received when activating your student account.