Corona virus FAQ – newly admitted students

This page contains information for international students who have been admitted for studies starting in autumn 2020.There is no decision to delay the start of the autumn semester or the registration and introduction day at the end of August 2020 due to Covid-19, however some adjustments have and will be made with regards to the current situation.

The page will be updated regularly throughout spring and summer 2020. Due to new regulations and directives from the Swedish Government, the Public Health Agency and decisions taken by the University, many questions cannot be answered at this time and some answers will change before the start of the semester. Please keep yourself updated on this page and our pages for admitted students in case there should be any changes.

About the situation in Sweden

The Swedish Government and Swedish authorities are following the spread of the 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 temporary transitioning higher education studies to distance learning, a ban on visitors to homes for the elderly has also been implemented. In addition, public announcements are made daily, instructing the public how to stay safe and how to best protect the elderly and other risk groups. Those who can are asked to work from home. Swedish authorities are collaborating closely and working proactively to prepare our healthcare system to ensure that it will have the capacity to offer care to infected individuals who need it.

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.

Swedish Public Health Agencyexternal link

Emergency information from Swedish authoritiesexternal link

We also recommend that you follow the developments regarding the virus via the World Health Organization and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

WHO websiteexternal link

ECDC websiteexternal link

Measures taken by Halmstad University

Halmstad University has appointed a Crisis Management Group to continuously monitor the situation concerning Covid-19 and to manage overall issues connected with the virus outbreak.

Halmstad University is following the Government’s and Swedish Public Health Authority’s recommendations regarding measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, as they are announced.

Following the government’s recommendation, all education and examination is conducted via distance and our staff work remotely. Some of the premises are still open with limited access.

Information for our current students is available at our Student web, which is regularly updated.

Student web

Questions related to the education

I have been admitted but I will not be able to start my studies due to the Covid-19 outbreak, what can I do?

If you no longer wish to start your studies you should cancel your admission at University Admissions and notify Student Affairs department so that your place can be offered to someone on the waiting list.

University Admissionsexternal link, opens in new window

I am worried I will not be able to come in time for the start of the semester, what can I do?

If you cannot arrive in time for the start of the autumn semester, please contact the Student Affairs Department to discuss your situation. The programmes and courses have different deadlines for registration. Ask about the latest date possible to register and to show up for classes, or what options you have. Please keep in mind that it is still quite a long time until the semester starts, and a lot of things can change. If you intend to start your studies on time, you should wait with notifying us of late arrival until you are certain of the situation.

Student Affairs Department

What happens if the autumn semester 2020 is cancelled?

At this time, there are no indications that the autumn semester will be cancelled. We continue to follow the Covid-19 situation as it develops, as well as the Swedish governments recommendations. We will update this page if there is any change.

Will the studies be campus-based or online-based in the beginning of autumn semester 2020?

Halmstad University has made a temporary transition to online education during spring 2020. There are currently no indications from the Swedish government that higher education must continue online for the autumn semester. Hence, we are planning for campus-based studies in the autumn semester 2020 as normal. We continue to monitor and follow the Covid-19 situation and the governments recommendations. We will keep you updated, we recommend that you continue to check this page for new information.

Will I be able to start my programme or course online in the autumn semester 2020?

Education programmes starting this autumn are planned to take place on campus as normal. If you are unable to attend classes on campus due to restrictions connected to Covid-19, you will have the option to start your studies online in the beginning of the autumn semester.

The current programmes where online studies will be an option is as follows (the list will be updated):

  • Master's Programme (120 credits) in Embedded and Intelligent Systems
  • Master's Programme (60 credits) in Electronics Design
  • Master's Programme (120 credits) in Information Technology
  • Master's Programme (60 credits) in Network Forensics
  • Master's Programme (120 credits) in Digital Service Innovation
  • Master's Programme (60 credits) in Nordic Welfare
  • Master's Programme (120 credits) in Industrial Management and Innovation
  • Master's Programme (120 credits) in Strategic Entrepreneurship for International Growth
  • Master's programme (120 credits) in Energy Smart Innovation in the Built Environment
  • Master's Programme (60 credits) in Mechanical Engineering
  • Research and Applied Work in Sport and Exercise Psychology (60 credits)

If you have registered for the online courses, you cannot apply for refund of the tuition fee for these courses.

Will I be able to choose if I wish to start my studies online or on campus?

You can choose between starting the studies or declining the offered place. If you have paid the tuition fee and not registered or attended classes, you can apply for full reimbursement of the fee (no administrative costs).

As we are offering both campus-based education and the option to start your studies online in the beginning of the autumn semester, you will have to decide if you wish to start your studies by 15 June. We will contact you when it is time to decide. We will update this page if any changes.

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

The University has decided not to make exemptions from the requirements for deferment of studies due to Covid-19.

If special grounds exist, you can apply for deferral of the admission to the next year. Students who are required to pay tuition fees have to pay the first installment of tuition fee before applying for deferment. If the deferment is granted, the fee will not be reimbursed.

Deferment of studies

Questions regarding payments and refunds (for non-EU/EEA students)

Will the payment deadline for tuition fees be changed?

We are monitoring the situation and we will extend the deadline for payment if necessary. The deadline is stated in the invoice. If you pay later, there is a risk that you will not have enough time to apply for and receive the residence permit before the start of the semester. We will update this page if there is any change.

Will I be reimbursed if the programme/course is cancelled?

The tuition fee will be fully repaid (no administrative costs) if the course or programme you have been admitted to is no longer offered.

Will I be reimbursed if the study form for the programme/course I have been admitted to changes from campus-based to online-based due to Covid-19?

If you already paid the fee and no longer want to start your studies due to the change of study form, you will be fully reimbursed (no administrative costs). This only applies if you have not registered and/or attended the classes. You must inform your decision to us as soon as possible or latest June 15.

If you have applied for the residence permit, you must also withdraw the application as you no longer meet the requirements for residence permit for studies.

Student Affairs Department

Will I be reimbursed if I am quarantined and/or cannot start my studies due to the Covid-19?

If you already paid the fee, you will be fully reimbursed (no administrative costs). This only applies if you have not registered and/or attended the classes. You must inform your decision to us as soon as possible or latest June 15.

If you have applied for the residence permit, you must also withdraw the application as you no longer meet the requirements for residence permit for studies.

Will I be reimbursed if I registered and/or attended online classes?

If you decided to register and attend online classes, you will not be reimbursed for these courses. You are only able to apply for refund for courses you have not registered for.

Student Affairs Department

Will the tuition fee be repaid if my application for a residence permit is rejected?

The tuition fee is reimbursed for students whose residence permit application is rejected by the Swedish Migration Agency (if you have not registered and/or attended any classes).

If your application is rejected for reasons not connected to the outbreak of Covid-19, the tution fee will be reimbursed except for the administrative costs of 5000 SEK.

Tuition fee payment and regulations

Will the tuition fee be less if the programme/course will be conducted online?

No, the fee is the same.

Questions regarding residence permit (for non-EU/EEA students)

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

As of now, the Swedish Migration Agency has not changed its policies with regards to international students applying for a residence permit for studies in Sweden. This means that these students are expected to continue to fulfil the requirements set by the Swedish Migration Agency. Due to limited availability at the embassys, the application process can be prolonged. Please contact the Migration Agency directly for questions regarding your application for residence permit.

Swedish Migration Agency websiteexternal link

What are the consequences of the current travel ban to Sweden?

On March 17, 2020, Sweden introduced a travel ban as a result of the ongoing spread of the coronavirus. Persons who have a residence permit or right of residence in Sweden, and who are to return home, are exempted from the ban. Thus, at present, we recommend that newly admitted third-country citizens, with new residence or work permits, not travel to Sweden, as they may be denied entry.

Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairsexternal link, opens in new window

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2020-05-14

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