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Autumn semester 2021: teaching, examination and study abroad

Here is information that you as a student need to know about the spring semester 2021 in regards to COVID-19.

The President of KTH has made a decision about the autumn semester 2021. From 2021-08-29 and onwards, most teaching and examination will be conducted on campus, since campus will be open. Teaching and examination that benefit, or are equally beneficial, from being conducted in the digital environment, continue to be conducted digitally. The decision applies until further notice.

Teaching and examination

Teaching and examination will be carried out on campus with a focus on physical as well as digital presence. This decision includes the introduction weeks for new students, 16-28 August. All re-examinations during the period 16-20 and 23-28 August will be conducted remotely in accordance to the previous decision.

KTH follows the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Government's directive to reduce the spread of COVID-19 where one of the most important is to avoid overcrowding.

For the beginning of the autumn, this means that for KTH's auditoriums, 1/3 of all seats per room can be used. In the lecture rooms, the exam sitting is used. Practical and laboratory campus activities may be carried out and the following applies:

  • it is carried out in smaller groups of students
  • the activity is adapted to minimise the spread of infection
  • congestion is avoided
  • it is carried out using adequate protective equipment, washing and disinfection.

Introduction weeks

Some of the welcome activities in the introduction weeks for new students 16-28 August 2021 will take place on campus. For instance, KTH account details and access cards will be distributed on campus. Portions of the introduction weeks such as information meetings that previously took place in auditoriums will be carried out digitally. Large group activities should be avoided until the restrictions from the government authorities are gradually lifted. This also includes social activities.

Studies abroad

KTH students can participate in exchange studies within the framework of their education at KTH provided that the host university is receiving exchange students and that the country permits incoming travel. In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must not have any active travel restrictions towards the destination country (for necessary and un-necessary travel). The same applies to students who are planning to do their degree project or internship abroad. Outgoing exchange students will follow the partner university’s academic calendar for the autumn semester 2021.

Outgoing exchange students from KTH that are unable to take their exchange places as a result of cancellation of travel restrictions will be offered a place in their programme at KTH.

KTH is accepting incoming students for exchange studies, degree projects or internships autumn semester 2021. Exchange studies require physical presence at KTH. Incoming exchange students should be present in Sweden for the exchange unless otherwise agreed. Students within a joint programme should also be present in Sweden for the studies at KTH according to the study plan, unless otherwise agreed within the framework of the agreement.

Tuition fee paying students

Due to COVID-19 KTH has temporarily changed our 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 full reimbursement if you apply for a refund before the start of the autumn term, provided that you have not yet registered and started your studies. There will not be any extended payment plans accepted.

Doctoral thesis/dissertations

The defense of doctoral theses/dissertations may be held on campus and digitally. Doctoral thesis and licentiate seminars are open to the public and are, where applicable, subject to the Government's restrictions on public gatherings. Digital defense of doctoral thesis/dissertation and licentiate seminars are encouraged partly for quality reasons (increased opportunities for international participation in the grading committee and as an opponent), and partly for sustainability reasons (reduced travel). All doctoral thesis/dissertations and licentiate seminars must be digitally accessible for spectators.