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Autumn semester 2020 regarding COVID-19

Here is what you as a student need to know during the autumn 2020 semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last update October 13, 11:50 am

Latest updates:

  • 201013 11:50 am, headline "KTH is opening for education on campus" removed, headline "Guidelines for Autumn semester 2020" added, information added under subheading "Examination"
  • 201013 09:10 am, new link under subheading "If you live with someone that is sick"
  • 201002 12:40 pm, new subheading "If you live with someone that is sick" under headline "If you feel sick"
  • 200918 10:30 am, new information under headline "If you feel sick"
  • 200916 2:40 pm, headline "Reception" and subheading "Re-exam period 10-22 August" removed 

On this page

  • Guidelines for Autumn semester 2020

  • Classes and exam

  • Campus

  • If you feel sick

  • Support and help from KTH

  • Studies abroad

  • Insurance

  • Frequently asked questions

Guidelines for Autumn semester 2020

Measures taken by KTH

  • Determined which student groups can be taught on campus and which can be taught remotely using digital formats
  • Equipped campus with hand sanitizing agent, physical distancing signage, plexiglass screens at visiting centers, and expand cleaning routines
  • Decided to execute large lectures in other formats
  • Decided that exams will primarly be conducted in alternative formats, instead of written exams which gathers many students

KTH has made adaptions on classes and the campus environment that aims to keep the spread of infection down.

Help us to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keeping KTH’s campuses open by following the instructions given by KTH when you are on campus.

  • Keep a distance from others and avoid crowding
  • Do not move furniture around in classrooms and other rooms where arrangements have been made to create a safer environment. All rooms are open as usual, so feel free to spread out during reading and group work.
  • Stay at home if you feel the least bit sick and if you live in the same household as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you start to have symptoms when you are on campus it is important that you immediately go home.

KTH has adapted the campus environment based on the recommendations from the government and authorities. If the spread of infection increases and the Public Health Authority issues new recommendations, KTH could modify its decisions for the semester.

Classes and exams

KTH will be open for education on all of its campuses in the autumn. Large lectures will carried out in alternative formats.

A mix of digital and on-site

In order to provide conditions for new students to get the best possible start in their studies, those who are beginning their first year – at either preparatory, undergraduate or advanced level – will get priority and have a mix of digital and on-site education.

Studenter studerar med avstånd

For other students, education will be largely digital. Labs and workshops will be held on campus and adapted to reduce the risk of infection.

The computer rooms at KTH will also have a mix of digital and on-site education. 

Education in computer rooms

Information concerning your studies

When the planning and adaptation of courses is complete, you will receive information regarding your particular courses from your school's office of student affairs or on your programme website.

Examination

Exams will primarly be conducted in alternative formats than written exams that gathers a lot of students.

Remote examination

Supervised written examination conducted on campus will only be held in special cases and must be justified with pedagogical arguments. In cases where supervised written examination will occur, KTH has adapted based on the recommendations from the Swedish Public Health Agency.

Examination during Autumn semester 2020

Campus

KTH is reopening for the fall 2020 semester and students will get access to buildings beginning August 1. Students’ access credentials will be restored 1 August. From that date, students can use their access cards as usual to gain entrance to computer laboratories and common reading places.

KTH has rearranged the furniture in the teaching rooms so that students can keep a distance from each other. Therefore, we would like to remind you that it is not allowed for students to move the furniture. Help us to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following the instructions given by KTH, this will ensure that the premises at KTH can continue to stay open.

If you have a question about your access pass, such as changing your pin code or replacement of lost cards, please contact KTH Entré . For questions about student eligibility, contact kortexp@kth.se .

Access passes

Reduce the spread of the virus

  • Stay at home if you feel the least bit sick
  • Keep a distance from others and avoid crowding
  • Wash your hands often for at least 30 seconds with soap and warm water
  • Opt for means of transport other than public transit if possible and avoid rush hours

KTH Entré

KTH Entré is open again to students as usual. A number of measures have been taken to make it easier for visitors to keep their distance and reduce the risk of infection, including plexiglass barriers at the counters. You can find more information and opening hours on the KTH Entré page.

KTH Entré

KTH Library

The KTH Library is open again to students. In order to reduce the risk of contagion and facilitate physical distancing, the number of study places will be reduced. You can find more information and opening hours on the KTH Library page.

KTH Library

Student union THS

THS Nymble och Kårexpeditionen are open again as usual. Contact information and opening hours can be found on the THS website.

THS homepage

If you feel sick

If you start to have symptoms indicating a possible COVID-19 infection it is important that you immediately go home, avoiding contact with other people.

It is important for everyone with symptoms to be tested to verify if there is an ongoing infection or not. This is not only for your own sake, but it gives the people you might have infected a possibility to also be tested. This way you contribute to lowering the infection rate. You are not obliged to have a test, but you need to be careful not to infect others, and therefore it is important to know if you are infected or not.

Call 1177 for advice if you have symptoms.

More information on COVID-19 testing in Stockholm (Swedish only)

If a student who has participated in campus-based teaching has tested COVID-19 positive, then all courses that the student is registered for will revert to 100 % distance-based teaching for a period of two weeks. If there are laboratory exercises or similar planned within such a course during this period, they will resume after these two weeks.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you should contact the corresponding study counselor (who is bound by professional secrecy) or course leader/examiner, who in turn will report to the school’s educational administration manager. Note that KTH faculty and staff shall treat such cases as confidential.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you need to participate in contact tracing. You will get the necessary instructions in the event of a positive test result.

More information on testing positive for COVID-19 (Swedish only)

If you live with someone that is sick 

If you live in the same household as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should avoid contact with other people, and if possible, study at home.

More information for those who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 (Swedish only; 1177/Region Stockholm)

Support and help from KTH

You can always turn to KTH to discuss your situation or get help if you feel bad.

Support with studies

It can be hard to find routines with digital learning. KTH has gathered expert tips and advice about how to get set up.

Study tips and skills for distance learning

If you need to discuss your study situation you can turn to your programme study counsellor or master coordinator.

Study counselling for programme students

Help if you’re sick or don’t feel well

Stay at home if you experience any symptoms. If your condition worsens dial 1177 or visit 1177.se  for healthcare advice. The nurse at Vårdguiden 1177 will also be able to help you find the healthcare that you need. For emergency assistance, dial 112.

Healthcare in Sweden

If you need psychiatric services you can turn to 1177.se  or Stockholm Student Health Services. The service is staffed by occupational nurses, psychologists and counselors.

Stockholm Student Health Services

Studies abroad

KTH will offer exchange studies during the autumn 2020 semester for universities that accept exchange students, and which are located in countries to which Sweden’s Foreign Ministry permits travel. Those unable to travel to Sweden and claim their exchange placement will be offered regular education opportunities when it becomes possible. Contact your university’s international coordinator if you have questions.

International coordinators

Insurance

All enrolled KTH students are covered by a personal injury insurance during the time you are on university premises and on journeys to and from the university. As of 16 April, this insurance now extends to those enrolled in distance study.

​​​​​​​Personal injury insurance at KTH

Frequently asked questions

When and how will I be notified of what applies to me and my course and programme for the autumn 2020 semester?

When the planning and adaptation of courses is complete, you will receive information from the education office or on the programme website concerning your courses.

What happens if there is a second wave of contagion?

If the spread of infection increases and the Public Health Authority makes new recommendations, KTH will quickly adapt its operations and education just as it did during the spring semester.

I belong to a risk group. What should I do?

If you are worried and do not want to participate in campus education, you should contact your education office as soon as possible.

If I am infected, will I be delayed in terms of compulsory parts of the course or program?

If you are ill and cannot participate in compulsory parts, you need to contact your education office as soon as possible.

I have my own work/self-study, and I study better on campus than at home. Can I come to campus?

The campus is open to all students and you are welcome to study on campus. Remember to avoid congestion and keep away from others to reduce the spread of infection.

KTH makes adjustments on campus to make it easier to keep distance from each other. This means, among other things, that there will be fewer study places at the KTH Library.

I have no other means of traveling than public transportation. What should I do?

Plan to try and avoid peak hour traffic, when there is a lot of congestion. For example, you can leave an hour earlier or an hour later to avoid congestion.

I heard about an entry ban for non-essential travel to Sweden until 31 August. Will I be able to enter Sweden if I come back before 31 August? 

Yes, you will be able to enter Sweden. The Government decided on a temporarily ban for non-essential travel to Sweden, but on 2 July the Government decided to ease the restrictions for people who travel for the purpose of studying.

Questions and answers – temporary entry ban to the European Union via Sweden

More information

The President’s decision and information for employees (intranet)

COVID-19 facts and advice for new international degree programme students ​​​​​​​

COVID-19 facts and advice for exchange students ​​​​​​​