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Information to admitted and prospective students regarding COVID-19

In order to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, the University of Gothenburg is preparing for continued remote studies during the autumn semester of 2020. As a general rule, studies at the University of Gothenburg will be carried out remotely at least until 31 October 2020. Newly-admitted incoming international students will be offered temporary remote studies throughout the entire autumn semester, if necessary.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the development of the pandemic and restrictions, the University of Gothenburg required a policy for the autumn semester so that students and staff may plan their studies, their research and their work.

  • As a general rule, studies at the University of Gothenburg will be carried out remotely at least until 31 October 2020.
  • Incoming international first-year students will be offered the opportunity to conduct studies remotely for the entire autumn term. Please note that this is a general policy. More detailed information about your programme/course will be provided by the responsible faculty or department.
  • Exceptions may be made for course components that require physical presence. If your studies include such components, you will receive information from the coordinator of your studies.
  • Should the current restrictions change before 31 October, campus-based studies may resume, but only if necessary and possible for both students and teachers.
  • As a general rule the University will not allow any exchange studies or placement abroad during the autumn semester of 2020.

Please note that this is a general policy for the University. For example, students at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts will conduct parts of the education on site and are therefore required to be present during the autumn semester. More detailed information about your programme will be provided by the responsible faculty or department.

A new policy decision, for the second half of the autumn semester, will be taken by the Vice-Chancellor no later than 1 September.

  • About the situation in Sweden

    The Swedish Government and Swedish authorities are following the spread of the novel corona virus very carefully and are working hard to keep Sweden and its residents safe. New measures are taken on a daily basis. Examples of measures taken include forbidding gatherings of more than 50 people, introducing travel restrictions to Sweden, and transitioning higher education studies to distance learning. Public announcements are made daily, and give all citizens clear instructions on how to behave and how to stay safe.

    The Public Health Agency of Sweden plays a key role in the fight against COVID-19here.

    You should also follow the developments regarding the virus on WHO website and the ECDC website.

    How widespread is the Corona virus in Sweden?

    The total number of individuals who have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus in Sweden is being tracked at the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website, which is updated daily. 

    Will I be able to get healthcare in Sweden? Will I have to pay for it?

    Yes, international degree students and exchange students will have insurance provided by the Swedish Government. In addition, students who are staying in Sweden for more than one year, will be able to get a Swedish 'personal number' and with this they have the same access to the national healthcare system as other Swedish residents. Visits to a health clinic generally cost from SEK 120 to SEK 400.

    Read more about student insurance

  • Measures taken by the University of Gothenburg

    Already at the end of January 2020, the University appointed a crisis management team to monitor the situation continuously, and to manage and prepare University recommendations. This crisis management team consults with specialists as needed. In addition, there is a designated COVID-19 cross-team working group that provides operational support and information to the students and staff at the University.

    Following a mandate from the Swedish government the University has implemented remote studies for our current students and temporary remote work for our staff.

    Information for our current students is available at our Student Portal. These pages are frequently updated with new, relevant changes and information.

    Information about Covid-19 for current students

  • About autumn semester 2020 and preparations

    Will the corona crisis affect my application for a residence permit for studies?

    The Swedish Migration Agency is the responsible authority for processing residence permit applications. The University has ongoing discussions with the Agency to support our students in matters related to residence permits and entry visas.

    New updated information, 29 May:

    Will it be on campus or remote studies in the beginning of autumn semester 2020?

    As a general policy at the University, the first half of the autumn semester 2020 will be held as remote studies, until at least 31 October. More detailed information about your programme/course will be provided by the responsible faculty or department.

    Will I as an international student, be offered remote studies the entire autumn semester if necessary? 

    Yes, newly-admitted students will be offered temporary remote studies for the entire autumn term. Please note that this is a general policy. The responsible faculty or department will provide detailed information about your specific programme/course.  

    Can a course or programme be cancelled? 

    If, for any reason, a course or programme gets cancelled, the hosting faculty or department will let you know.

    I want to come to Gothenburg, even if it's remote studies. When should I buy my tickets?

    As a general rule, the University of Gothenburg does not recommend pursuing this option until travel restrictions have been lifted and the situation has stabilized. In the event you do book travel, we recommend waiting as long as possible and making refundable/rebookable arrangements. National and international travel restrictions continue to change rapidly.

    Will you be offering the Welcome Programme as usual?

    In light of the autumn term 2020 policy, Welcome Services is currently discussing the format of the Welcome Programme. More information will be published as soon as possible.

    Welcome Programme pages

  • Tuition, refunds and scholarships

    Will the payment deadline for tuition fees be changed?

    No. As of today, there are no plans to change the payment deadline for the autumn term 2020. We consider your tuition fee instalment to be paid on time if the payment is made before the deadline.


    Will I get a tuition refund if my programme/course is cancelled or if I decide not to register for studies?

    Yes, you are entitled to a refund. Students who have paid the tuition fee and who do not register for and/or attend classes are entitled to a tuition refund.

    About tuition refunds


    Will the tuition fee be reduced if the programme/course will be conducted through distance learning? 

    It is too early for us to give you any information about this. As soon as we have more information, we will publish it here.


    I have been granted an Axel Adler Scholarship but I cannot come because I'm quarantined/borders are closed/etc. What will happen with my scholarship?

    Deferring admissions and deferring a scholarship follow the same rules. If you get a deferment of your studies, you will most likely be granted a deferment of your scholarship. If you are not granted a deferment of studies, your scholarship will be withdrawn. You are, however, welcome to apply for the scholarship again in the future.

    Information about deferment of studies

  • Deferring studies or cancelling admission

    Can I defer my studies if I cannot attend the University in autumn 2020, due to Covid-19?

    Applications for deferment are assessed individually and is always based on the reason for the application (e.g. closed borders, illness or restrictions travel or other reasons due to the pandemic). A deferral due to the Covid19 pandemic is not automatically valid.

    How to apply for deferment of studies


    If I have no other option than to to decline the offer of acceptance to the University, what do I need to do?  

    We understand that this would be a difficult decision to reach, and we would sincerely regret it if it came to that for you. If you do need to cancel your plans, though, you have to decline your offer at universityadmissions.se. Certain programmes might ask you to confirm your place via e-mail. It is important that you let them know your decision, too.

    My pages universityadmissions.se

  • Specific information for incoming exchange students

    Will the University of Gothenburg accept incoming exchange students for the autumn semester 2020?

    As a general rule, there will be no physical exchanges during the autumn term 2020 for incoming or outgoing exchanges. Further information about this is being sent to exchange applicants and partner universities. Please contact the international office at your home university to discuss whether distance mobility or deferring studies are options for you. Please also contact the relevant International Coordinator at the University of Gothenburg.

    Information about our admission

    Will there be on-campus or remote studies in the beginning of autumn semester 2020 for exchange students?

    As a general rule, there will be no physical study exchanges during the autumn semester. To the extent possible and appropriate, arrangements are being made for classes available to international students, including exchange students, to be able to be completed remotely for the full semester. Departments are reviewing their course offerings. More information about how this affects study options for incoming exchange students is being communicated to admitted incoming exchange students and their home universities.

    I'm not sure what I should do. I need more time to think about it. Can I decide later?

    If relevant, we still strongly recommend that you submit your online application before the deadline. If you later need to cancel or want to postpone the exchange, make sure to inform your International Coordinator contact at the University of Gothenburg and at your home university. Note to non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals: if you are required to apply for a residence permit, you must first have applied to and received a letter of acceptance from the University of Gothenburg.

    Contact pages for International Coordinators

    Can I defer/delay my studies to the spring term 2021 instead?

    Contact the exchange coordinator at your home university and ask them if it is possible to change your nomination to the spring semester. The relevant GU international coordinator will work with your university’s contact to discuss options available to students during the autumn 2020 term.

  • I have more questions. Who should I contact?

    Questions about admissions, scholarships or tuitions

    You can contact our Admission unit via e-mail or phone. 
    Contact Admissions

    If you want to get in touch with your department, study counsellor or programme coordinator

    Contact our Servicecenter and they will guide you.
    Contact Servicecenter

    Questions about exchange studies

    Contact our International Coordinators

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