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How education will be carried out at Chalmers in autumn

In order to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus further, teaching in the autumn will be carried out with a mixture of remote and campus-based education. For educational and social reasons, Chalmers sees it important and necessary for certain parts of our education, for example laboratory exercises, simulations or group work, to be carried out on campus. Such teaching elements will therefore take place on campus, to the extent that the authorities’ recommendations allow. This applies to all Chalmers education, both undergraduate and master’s level.

”It is very important for us that our new students get a good start to their university studies! At Chalmers, we are now preparing our welcoming activities so that they can be carried out under the framework of recommendations from the authorities, without large gatherings and with social distancing,” says Stefan Bengtsson, Chalmers President. 

“At the same time, our teachers are working hard to design courses and teaching elements so that they can work in a combination of remote and campus-based education. In particular, we want to ensure that our new students feel welcome and become part of the Chalmers community,” says Anna Karlsson-Bengtsson, Vice President for Education and Lifelong Learning at Chalmers. 

During the spring term 2020, Chalmers quickly switched to remote education for all courses, due to the coronavirus outbreak. This rapid change taught us many lessons, and has improved Chalmers' capacity to conduct good teaching, even remotely. This experience will now be utilised for the planning of the autumn term 2020.

For the autumn term, the following applies to all Chalmers education:

  • Teaching elements and examinations that are considered important to carry out on campus may go ahead on campus. This could include laboratory exercises, simulations or projects, for example. The size of groups shall be judged in relationship to the size of the rooms being used, considering social distancing and the authorities’ recommendations. A risk analysis of those elements taking place on campus shall also be carried out. 
  • General teaching must be carried out remotely.
  • Students on a master's programme with English as the language of instruction who, due to restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, cannot participate in campus-based teaching from the beginning of the autumn term, will be able to participate in all education remotely, for as long as such restrictions remain in place.
  • Chalmers management will regularly review the extent to which teaching can be carried out on campus, based on the authorities' recommendations for the higher education sector.
  • Internships (VFU) and vessel-based education (FFU) can be carried out provided that the authorities' recommendations on social distancing are followed and a risk analysis is done.
  • Students who study at departments integrated between Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg will receive special advice on how to interpret instructions which differ between the two universities.
  • Courses at bachelor’s level with English as the language of instruction which have international students who cannot take part in campus-based education because of restrictions related to Covid 19 must be able to participate and be examined from a distance. 
Because the conditions and restrictions from the authorities can change quickly, Chalmers is ready to make new decisions later. 

Information for our master's students 

For master's degree programmes, the same basic conditions apply as for other courses at Chalmers, that is, teaching elements and examinations which are important to carry out physically may be carried out on campus, provided that the authorities' recommendations on social distancing are followed and a risk analysis is carried out.

Depending on the global situation in the autumn, it may be difficult or impossible for admitted students to travel to Sweden before the start of term, due to travel restrictions. It may also be difficult to get residence permits in time. Therefore, for international students who cannot be on campus from the beginning of the autumn term, all activities that take place on campus should also be possible to participate in remotely. 

International students will be able to take part remotely in campus-based education at any time.​

​Refund of tuition fees

Fee-paying International students who have paid tuition fees for the autumn semester 2020 but who, due to current circumstances, wish to resign their place of study can receive a refund. An application for reimbursement must be received by Chalmers no later than the beginning of the term, 31 August 2020. Second-year students are also covered by this if they do not want to continue their education during the autumn term.

New students on Chalmers bachelor’s programmes

For students beginning the first year of our undergraduate programmes, including the Technical Preparatory Year or Ships’ Officer and Engineering Officer training, Class VII, it is particularly important to be well-familiarised to studies and student life at Chalmers. Therefore, teaching for new students, including introductory teaching, will be given prominence in the planning and execution of campus-based elements.

Social student-welcoming activities on campus may only happen if they can be carried out with social distancing and following the restrictions from the authorities.​

Incoming exchange students 2020​

Students who have been admitted for exchange studies at Chalmers for the autumn semester 2020 can carry out their exchange at Chalmers, provided that their home university allows it and that there are no travel restrictions to Sweden from their home countries. 

Read more in the FAQ for newly admitted students​.

Upcoming decisions

  • Decisions on how the autumn term exams can be conducted will be made by 25 August.
  • A new decision for the spring term 2021 is planned to be made by 30 October at the latest.
As conditions and restrictions from the authorities can change quickly, Chalmers may have to make new decisions later. In case of eased or discontinued restrictions, tuition can be increasingly held on campus, with continued opportunity for international students to participate remotely, if they need to do so due to Covid-19 related restrictions.

Questions and more information

At chalmers.se/info​ you will find comprehensive information and instructions on the situation regarding Covid-19. The information is continuously updated.

Published: Mon 15 Jun 2020.