Autumn semester 2020 regarding COVID-19

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

Last update July 15, 09:00 am

Latest updates:

  • 200715 09:00 am regarding computer rooms

On this page

  • KTH is opening for education on campus

  • Classes and exam

  • Campus

  • Support and help from KTH

  • Studies abroad

  • Insurance

  • Frequently asked questions

KTH is opening for education on campus

KTH is opening for education on campus in the autumn 2020 semester, with a strategy that aims to keep the spread of infection down. The university is working intensively this summer to adapt its classes and campus environment. 

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

Everyone at KTH is working hard to answer your questions and ensure a safe environment on campus when you return. 

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 in Swedish, will be replaced with English version)

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.

Re-exam period 10-22 August

The exam period 10-22 August (weeks 33-34) will be conducted remotely. Exams can take place in different formats and your examiner will decide and inform you about the form your exam will take.

Remote examination

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.

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 closed during the summer and opens again on 3 August. 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 open on 27 July. Contact information and opening hours can be found on the THS website.

THS homepage

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 ​​​​​​​