COVID-19 facts and advice
KTH is continuously adapting our operations in regard to the global COVID-19 outbreak 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.
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 the start of the semester (24 August). 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 my studies due to the COVID-19 outbreak?
Maybe. Deferment of studies due to COVID-19 related issues may be granted if there are extenuating circumstances at the time of the start of your studies in August. Reasons for deferment of studies due to COVID-19 may entail extenuating circumstances such as travel ban or lockdown of country. Deferment of studies due to COVID-19 cannot be granted for reasons concerning your current economic situation or fear of traveling.
If you are required to pay tuition fees you must pay the first instalment of tuition before the deadline in order for your application on deferment to be assessed. If your application is accepted you will be able to defer your study start to the next time the programme is offered (for most master’s programme autumn 2021). If your application for deferment is rejected you can choose to withdraw from your studies and apply for a refund. You will receive a full reimbursement if you apply for a refund before the start of the semester (August 24). 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?
KTH can not yet predict exactly what the situation will be like in August. KTH is ready to begin the autumn semester according to plans and aims at conducting all education on campus as regular. Arrival and introduction activities are also planned to be organised as per usual. However, the development of the COVID-19 outbreak may affect these plans. We are closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 outbreak and follow the recommendations of Sweden's Public Health Agency to reduce the spread of the virus. All admitted students will be directly notified of any changes to the plans for the autumn semester introduction and the start of studies via email.
Can I arrive late to KTH?
Generally, students should have arrived by the start of the autumn semester on 24 August. If you encounter problems to do so, you should contact your programme director or coordinator at KTH to see if it is possible to arrive late. Programme contacts are found on this page .
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 in August?
At this time, it is not possible for us to predict how the global COVID-19 outbreak will affect the safety situation in August. 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?
Like most countries, Sweden is affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 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, staying at home when feeling sick and avoiding traveling within the country. 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 still open?
Yes, but as of 17 March, all education at KTH is conducted digitally and remotely. KTH has extensive tools for e-learning and gives priority to ensuring that students can complete their studies. All education facilities on campus are closed for students. However, this does not affect on-campus student accommodation, and student services are still available through its regular digital channels, phone and mail.
What is KTH doing to keep its students safe?
For the time being, teaching and examination are carried out digitally and remotely as the educational facilities on campus are closed in an effort to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. KTH is closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 outbreak and follows the recommendations of the Swedish Public Health Agency. General information from KTH about our COVID-19 measures and information for current students is found here .
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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