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Information for newly admitted students

We understand that the decision to study abroad is normally a big and stressful one. It can be even more so in these times of the Covid-19 pandemic. We would like you to know that we support you in every way we can. Here you will find frequently asked questions, for you as a newly admitted international student at Chalmers, regarding how Chalmers is handling the Covid-19 situation.

27 May 12:00

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​. 

As an exchange student, you must appear at Chalmers at the start of the autumn semester in order to participate in the exchange. It will not be possible to participate in the exchange remotely or to join later during the semester.

If you want to move your exchange to the spring semester 2021, you can do so in consultation with your home university, if it can be done without affecting the other students. For exchanges with a accommodation guarantee, housing cannot be guaranteed if the exchange is moved to another semester.

Incoming master students 2020
The master’s programmes at Chalmers will be open to incoming master’s students this autumn. The start of the autumn semester will be 31 August, just as planned. Both year 1 and year 2 students will be able to follow and take part in the teaching digitally if travel restrictions make it difficult or impossible to travel to Gothenburg.

Frequently asked questions

This FAQ will be updated regularly. Due to new regulations and directives from the Swedish Government, and new decisions are taken regularly at the University, many questions cannot be answered at this time and some answers will change before the start of the semester. Please check back regularly for updates!

General

How is the university managing the risks of the coronavirus outbreak?
Chalmers is continuously monitoring the development of the Covid-19 outbreak and following the recommendations and decisions from the Swedish governmental authorities​. As of 18 March, we have completely switched to online teaching and exams of our classes and courses. All education and exams at Chalmers are currently being conducted online and most of our employees are also performing their work from home.

The start of the autumn semester 2020

How will the education be conducted for master’s students this autumn?  
The teaching in the autumn will be carried out with a mixture of campus-based and remote education with some parts on campus and some parts online, in order to adapt to the current situation where social distancing has to be considered. International students that cannot travel to Gothenburg will be able to take part in the teaching, including the campus-based parts, digitally. Students that arrive in Gothenburg during the semester, enabled by eventually changed travel restriction, can join the campus-based parts of the courses immediately.

Does Chalmers expect me to be in Gothenburg when the semester begins?
Yes, but you will be able to take part of the education online if you are having difficulties arriving at Chalmers in time for the start of the semester. We encourage you to come to Chalmers at your earliest convenience.

Is it safe to come to Sweden in the autumn? 
Chalmers adheres to guidelines from the Swedish government and the Public Health Authorities. There is no lock-down in Sweden, but people are recommended to practice social distancing and work from home when possible. 

What will happen with the Welcome and Orientation Week? 
It might be difficult for you to arrive at Chalmers in time for the start of the semester, therefore most of the activities of the Welcome and Orientation Week will be conducted online. We will keep you updated with more detailed information about this. 

How will enrolment take place if I am still in my home country?
We have not yet decided how enrolment will take place for students who do not manage to come to Sweden in time. Once we have a procedure in place, we will let you know.

Will written examinations be conducted at campus or digitally during the autumn semester?
We have not yet decided how written exams will be conducted during the autumn semester, but plan to make a decision no later than August 25. We are taking into consideration that students with travel restrictions may not be able to arrive at Chalmers to take their exams and will ensure that they will be able to be examined on their courses regardless.

When will Chalmers resume with campus-only teaching?
Chalmers is continuously following the development of the Covid-19 pandemic. If the situation should change, our guidelines on how education should be held could change. During October, we will make an overall assessment in preparation for the spring semester.

Where can I ask current students questions about their student life at Chalmers?
You can get in touch with our digital student ambassadors through the Unibuddy platformWe are also hosting digital events for our admitted students. We will keep you informed by email about when these digital events are going to take place. You can also keep track of the events here

Tuition fees and refunds for fee-paying students


Can I pay my tuition fee after the deadline?
No. The deadline for tuition fee payment is on the 1 June 2020. We have already pushed back the deadline as far as possible due to the Corona pandemic. The latest date to apply for your residence permit for studies is 15 June. Therefore your tuition fee has to be paid by 1 June in order for you to be able to start your permit process.

If you are unable to start your studies at Chalmers as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak you can apply for a full refund.

Will there be a reduction of the tuition fee?
We do not plan for a reduction of the tuition fee. The teaching in the autumn will be carried out with a mixture of remote and campus-based education, with parts of the education on campus and other parts held online. We are making great efforts to ensure that also the online education will be of high quality. The university puts increased resources into adapting the education for distance learning, especially for the master programmes. We will run the campus parts for students present at Chalmers in parallel with distance learning for students not able to come to Sweden due to travel restrictions. To this background we see no possibility or reason to decrease the tuition fee.​
 
Can I get a refund of my tuition fee?
If you pay the tuition fee for the autumn semester but later decide that you do not want to study at Chalmers you can get a refund of that tuition fee if you request it no later than August 31, 2020. You can find more information about reimbursement here. 

Can I defer the start of my studies until the next academic year if I can't begin my studies due to the Covid-19 outbreak?
The Covid-19 outbreak is not a valid reason for deferment of studies to the next academic year. Read more about postponed or deferred enrolment here. 

Residence permit, Travel and Accommodation

When should I apply for my residence permit? 
We strongly advise you to apply for a residence permit as soon as possible. Please note that the tuition fee has to be paid before applying for a residence permit and that you are applying for a residence permit and not for a visa. 

The processing time for a residence permit at Swedish authorities may be delayed, so to make sure that you can travel to Gothenburg as soon as possible, even if you currently see difficulties in arriving to Gothenburg at the start of the semester. Read more about applying for a residence permit here. 

Information regarding the residence permit is also available on the Swedish Migration Agency's website.

Can I come to Chalmers once my home country no longer applies travel restrictions?
If you are having difficulties arriving at Chalmers in time for the start of the semester you will be able to take part of the education online, but we encourage you to come to Chalmers at your earliest convenience. 

What are Chalmers’ recommendations for newly admitted students travelling to Sweden in autumn 2020?
Chalmers recommendations are the same as the travel recommendations set out by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We will keep this page updated and recommend that you visit it regularly for updates in addition to checking the page for your country on Sweden Abroad by inserting the country you currently live in. 

Will my chances to find accommodation be affected by Covid-19?
No. Your chances to find accommodation will not be affected by Covid-19. The process for finding accommodation remains the same for both fee-paying and non-fee-paying students.
Fee-paying students will receive information regarding accommodation by email in June after you have paid the tuition fees. Non-fee-paying students can start looking for accommodation right now. 

What happens to my housing offer if I can't arrive at Chalmers in time for the beginning of the semester?
If you are a tuition paying student and have a housing offer it remains valid for the duration of the autumn semester, provided that you let us know when you will arrive at least one month in advance.

Scholarships

Will the scholarship results from Chalmers be affected by Covid-19?
No. The scholarship offer notifications from Chalmers will not be affected by Covid-19. They will be announced in March to early May 2020 as planned. If you have been offered a 100% scholarship, you have to confirm that you accept the offered scholarship. Instructions will follow in your scholarship offer notification. Make sure to confirm by the specified deadline.

Will my scholarship still be valid if I defer the start of my studies?
No. You cannot be granted a scholarship deferral. If you apply for Chalmers again next year (even with a deferral), you must apply for a scholarship again, in competition with the applicants who are applying then.

Will the Swedish Institute Scholarships be affected by Covid-19?
No. The list of scholarship recipients has been announced on the Swedish Institute’s website on 24 April 2020. You can find the list of Swedish Institute scholarship recipients 2020/2021​ here​.

Medical healthcare and Insurance

Will I be able to get healthcare in Sweden? 
Yes. If you are a student and you become registered in Sweden, you are entitled to medical care subject to the same terms and conditions as other people who are resident in the country. To become registered in the country, you must study for more than one year. A standard patient fee to visit the doctor in Gothenburg costs between 100-300 SEK. 


Can I get medical help from the student health organisation in Sweden?
Yes. Registered students at Chalmers who experience problems with a study-related illness can turn to the Student Health organisation - Feelgood Gothenburg City, for support. As a complement to physical visits, there are opportunities to get a web-based virtual visit to all care categories within Feelgood. Read more about the healthcare we provide for our registered students here. 

Am I insured when I study at Chalmers?
Yes. This means that as a registered student at Chalmers you are covered by the Personal injury insurance during school hours and internships in Sweden. The insurance does not apply outside of the university and internships. Therefore, Chalmers always recommends our students to obtain a home and general accident insurance. Read more about the insurance we offer here.

L​ist of contacts

Do you still have a question to someone at Chalmers? Here you will find a list of contact points at our university.

Information about Covid-19 from Swedish authorities

Keep yourself updated about the current Covid-19 situation in Sweden with information from the Government Offices of Sweden​​, Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) and Emergency information from Swedish authorities (Krisinformation).
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Published: Wed 27 May 2020.