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Information for future students about COVID-19

We are pleased to see that you are considering applying to KTH. Due to the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, we do not yet know exactly how education at KTH will be conducted the upcoming autumn. But we are confident that we will be able to deliver a safe study environment and an excellent stepping-stone for your future career. Here is how the pandemic has affected KTH so far and our preparations for welcoming you this autumn. 

What studies at KTH look like right now

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 upcoming spring semester, we will continue with 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. If you want more up-to-date information about the spring semester in relations to COVID-19, it is found at the website section for current students .

COVID-19 in Sweden

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 and limited opening hours. Public gatherings and events have a maximum of 8 participants. 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 . Early December 2020 the Swedish Government announced that it had 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 during the first half of 2021.

Studies at KTH in autumn 2021

KTH is continuously adapting operations in regard to the pandemic and takes all necessary precautions to keep our students safe. We hope that the situation will improve to the extent where we can safely return most of our activities to our campuses for the autumn semester of 2021. Since we can not foresee how the pandemic will develop, we will continue to evolve our digital teaching and support for students. KTH staff is working hard to prepare for all scenarios to provide you with a rewarding study experience. We will keep all prospective students updated on the preparations for the autumn semester through our e-mail newsletters for future students.

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If you have any questions, you are always welcome to contact info@kth.se , and they will try to give you an answer as soon as possible.
 

We hope to see you at KTH in the autumn

Professor Stefan Östlund, Vice president for global relations, and Professor Leif Kari, Vice president for Education