COVID-19 facts and advice
KTH is continuously adapting our operations in regard to the global COVID-19 pandemic and takes all necessary precautions to keep our students safe. Thousands of new international students join us every year and aside from providing you with a world-class education, we work hard to make your time at KTH as comfortable and safe as possible. Gathered on this page you will find the most commonly asked questions from admitted students regarding COVID-19 for studies starting in the autumn of 2020.
Payments and refunds for fee-paying students
Can I pay the tuition fee after the deadline?
No, the last day to pay the first instalment of the tuition fee is 31 May. This deadline remains, partly due to regulations of the Migration Agency and allowing time for students’ residence permits to be processed. If it turns out that you are not able to start your studies KTH as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak you can get a full refund, more information below.
Can I get a refund if I am not able to come to KTH due to the COVID-19 outbreak?
Yes. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak KTH has temporarily revised the rules regarding tuition fee reimbursement for newly admitted students. If you wish to withdraw from your studies and you have already paid your tuition fee, you will receive a reimbursement if you apply for a refund before 7 September, provided that you have not yet registered and started your studies. More information on tuition fee reimbursement .
If I pay the tuition fee and register for studies but then need to return home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, can I get a refund?
Yes. The tuition fee can be reimbursed if the cancellation of studies is caused by extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control, such as the COVID-19 outbreak. Reimbursement can be made up to the amount corresponding to the remaining ECTS credits for the current semester. For the upcoming semester the whole amount of the tuition fee, excluding transaction fees shall be reimbursed. More information on tuition fee reimbursement .
Can I defer the start of my studies if I can't begin due to the COVID-19 outbreak?
Deferment may be granted if there are extenuating circumstances preventing your attendance at the time of your start of studies. Extenuating circumstances may be reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples are a travel ban or lockdown in your country of residence. However, please note that all decisions on deferment are based on an individual evaluation of each application and made on a case-by-case basis.
If you are required to pay tuition fees you must pay the first instalment of tuition in order for your application on deferment to be assessed. If your application is accepted you will be able to defer the start of your studies to the next time the programme is offered (for most master’s programmes, this is the autumn semester 2021). If your application for deferment is rejected you can choose to withdraw from your studies and apply for a refund, see question above. Additional information on deferment of studies and how to apply
Arrival, introduction and start of studies
Will the autumn semester at KTH be postponed and/or conducted remotely?
No. As decided by the President of KTH on 4 June 2020, KTH is opening for on-campus education for the autumn semester 2020. Teaching that would normally gather a lot of students in one lecture hall will be replaced by alternative formats, for example digital teaching and teaching in smaller groups. The same applies to the welcoming and introduction of new students where some of the activities will be done digitally instead of physically on campus. All activities will follow the recommendations made by the Public Health Agency of Sweden. This decision will be valid until 15 January 2021, however, it is subject to change based on the information and recommendations made by the government and other public authorities. All admitted students will be directly notified of any changes to this decision via email. More information on the re-opening of our campuses autumn 2020
Can I arrive late to KTH?
Generally, students should have arrived by the start of the autumn semester on 24 August. However, since our international students may have difficulties in meeting this deadline due to the Covid-19 pandemic and circumstances that are beyond control, such as travel restrictions, KTH has decided to extend the deadline for arrival and registration to 7 September.
We strongly recommend you to arrive at KTH in time for the first day of the semester 24 August. If you are unable to meet this date, you must notify us as early as possible with due motivation of why your date of arrival is postponed and receive approval from KTH for late registration. Please note that no registrations will be made after 7 September. You will find a form under each programme in the list where you can notify KTH in case of late arrival .
Can I register remotely and start my studies on-line if I cannot arrive in time for the autumn semester?
No, the registration and studies require your presence on campus.
What should I do if I am not able to get my bachelor's degree certificate before the autumn semester starts at KTH?
You can start your studies at KTH before you have received your bachelor's degree certificate. Before 31 October you must upload your original degree certificate/diploma and your official transcript of records in the original language, with an English translation, to your University Admissions account. If you are unable to upload your documents before 31 October you will need to contact the KTH Admissions Office at email@example.com , as soon as you have received your documents.
Sweden’s actions on COVID-19
Is it safe to come to Sweden?
At this time, it is not possible for us to predict how the global COVID-19 outbreak will affect the situation in Sweden the coming months. We will keep all admitted students updated on the development in Sweden and policy and decisions from the Swedish Government that might affect you. Information will be sent to you in our e-mail newsletters that all admitted students automatically recieve.
Will I be able to get healthcare in Sweden?
Yes. If you have a residence permit for at least 12 months or are admitted to studies for 13 months or more you can get a Swedish personal identity number upon arrival and thereby access the national healthcare system at a standard patient fee (between SEK 200-400 for a visit to a doctor). Students staying less than a year of course also have access to healthcare, but it might become expensive if you don’t have insurance to cover the healthcare cost. KTH provides additional insurance to certain student groups, but not all. It is therefore important that you determine if you are covered by the insurance provided by KTH, which you can easily find out in our information on insurance . We advise students who are not covered by this insurance to make sure they are covered by other insurances before departing. In our information on insurance we specify what that insurance should cover .
How widespread is COVID-19 in Sweden?
The Public Health Agency of Sweden tracks the total number of individuals who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in Sweden. Up-to-date numbers and information is found on the website of the Agency .
What is the Swedish Government doing?
The Public Health Agency of Sweden has the national responsibility for public health issues and works to ensure that the population is protected against communicable diseases such as COVID-19. People living in Sweden are advised to follow the instructions from the Agency, for example adopting physical distancing, wash hands often and staying at home when feeling unwell. Up-to-date information is found on the website of the Public Health Agency of Sweden . Based on recommendations from experts at the Public Health Agency of Sweden and other government agencies the Swedish Government has presented a range of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19; the Government is, for example, canceling gatherings of more than 50 people, introducing travel restrictions to Sweden and transitioning high school and higher education studies to distance learning. In addition to the measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 the Government’s policy and decisions aim to ensure health care resources are available, limit the impact on critical services, alleviate the impact on people and companies and ensure that the right measures are taken at the right time. Up-to-date information on the Swedish Government’s work in response to COVID-19 is found on the Government's website
KTH’s actions on COVID-19
Is KTH open?
Yes. The campuses are re-opened from 1 August and KTH will offer a mix of on-campus and digital education during the autumn semester 2020.
About the re-opening of our campuses autumn 2020
What is KTH doing to keep its students safe?
KTH is closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 outbreak and follows the recommendations of the Swedish Public Health Agency. The campuses are opening up gradually for students in August after being closed since March 2020 and we are adapting our facilities and operations accordingly. More about our COVID-19 response .
What research and relief work is KTH doing related to COVID-19?
At KTH, there is a wide range of research on COVID-19 and the effects of the pandemic on society. For example, KTH researchers are developing an effective serological test for COVID-19 antibodies and KTH students have contributed by developing tools and solutions to help both students in schools and epidemiologists. KTH staff also coordinate relief efforts and assist the healthcare system by, among other things, coordinating production and collection of protective equipment such as hand sanitizer and protective visors. The following articles published on the KTH webiste cover our research and relief work related to COVID-19 :
- Researchers sending out home test kits to identify spread of COVID-19 antibodies in Stockholm
- Students attack pandemic with online monitoring tool
- Corona antibody test development drives forward
- Bacteria in the air visualised in hospitals
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