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 2021.
Payments and refunds for fee-paying students
Will KTH postpone the tuition fee 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 autumn term, 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 2022). 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 be conducted remotely?
No. Most teaching and examination will be conducted on campus and the campus will be fully open. Teaching and examination that benefit, or are equally beneficial, from being conducted in the digital environment, continue to be conducted digitally. Large group activities should be avoided. 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. This decision applies until further notice. More information about teaching and examination during the autumn semester 2021
Can I arrive late to KTH?
Generally, students should have arrived by the start of the autumn semester on 30 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 3 September.
We strongly recommend you to arrive at KTH in time for the first day of the semester 30 August and to leave time for self-isolation if that is recommended by the time of your arrival. 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 3 September. You can 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 regulations apply when travelling to Sweden?
There is currently an entry ban for travels to Sweden from most countries. EU/EEA citizens and foreign citizens with a valid residence permit are exempted from the entry ban. Information can be found on the website of the Swedish Police Authority .
Everyone entering Sweden has to follow the recommendations regarding Covid-19 test and self-isolation. The recommendations vary for different groups. More information can be found on the website of the Public Health Authority of Sweden .
KTH follows the development and will update all admitted international students on the Swedish regulations and how this is likely to affect operations the coming semester.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org , as soon as you have received your documents.
Should I get vaccinated before arriving in Sweden?
KTH recommends that you get vaccinated as soon as possible in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, if you have the possibility of getting vaccinated in your home country before travelling to Sweden it is recommended to do so.
Can I get vaccinated in Sweden?
If you live in Sweden and aged 18 or above you will be offered free vaccination against COVID-19 according to the Swedish vaccination plan. By the end of June 2021, approximately 60 % of the Swedish population aged 18 years or above had received the first dose of vaccine and 40 % were fully vaccinated. You do not need to be a Swedish citizen or have a Swedish personal identity number to get the vaccine.
Can I get my second dose in Sweden if I have already gotten the first one in another country?
There is no official decision regarding cross-border vaccine at the moment. Keep yourself updated at the Public Health Agency of Sweden .
Sweden’s actions on COVID-19
Is it safe to come to Sweden?
At this time, the situation in Sweden is fairly stable even though the spread of COVID-19 is still ongoing. 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 receive.
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 to ensure that the population is protected against COVID-19. There have not been any hard lock-downs in Sweden. Instead, personal responsibility is urged, and people are advised to work from home, avoid public transport, keep distance and stay at home when ill. Restaurants and stores are generally open, and public transports are running. However, new legislation applies to prevent the spread, for example, adjusted seating, limited number of people in public gatherings and limited opening hours. The number of active COVID-19 cases in Sweden vary over time. If you want to know more about the current situation, we advise you to take part in the statistics from the Public Health Agency. The Swedish Government has secured the vaccine supply for the entire population through agreements with the EU. Vaccination started late December and all adults over the age of 18 are expected to be offered vaccine by mid-August 2021. Up-to-date information is found on the website of the Public Health Agency of Sweden
KTH’s actions on COVID-19
Is KTH open?
Yes. The campuses are open with a range of modifications implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19. At this moment KTH offers a mix of on-campus and digital education.
What is KTH doing to keep its students safe?
As for all universities worldwide, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our operations during the last year. Our aim throughout this pandemic has been to keep our students safe whilst continuing to provide world-leading education. To accomplish this, we have continuously made temporary changes to the way we educate. In the last year, we transitioned to blended learning, combining on-campus education with digital teaching. KTH welcomed 1500 new international students for the autumn semester, and priority to on-campus education was given to these students, to provide them with a smooth start at KTH and an opportunity to get to know their classmates. This spring semester, we have continued offering blended learning with most teaching conducted digitally and some elements on campus. Even though studying from home is advised, the KTH's campuses are open for those who need it, with regulated opening hours. The student health services, providing nurse, therapist and counsellor services, have been available as usual but transitioned to telephone meetings instead of physical visits. In December, we also launched financial measures to relieve the economic strain for students during the pandemic. 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. Articles published on the KTH webiste covering research related to COVID-19.
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