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Coronavirus: Information for students

During the autumn term 2020 teaching at Chalmers will be carried out with a mixture of remote and campus-based education. On campus we avoid gathering in large groups, we apply social distancing and pull together to avoid spreading infection and keep campuses safe. We all have a responsibility to keep ourselves healthy. From 29 October we all follow new regional guidelines. 
Information for Chalmers students

9 Nov 13​:00

At the start of the autumn term 2020 Chalmers has adjusted its operations and campus for teaching to be carried out with a mixture of remote and campus-based education, without increased risk for spreading infection at Chalmers campuses or in society at large. 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. 

At the same time, this entails a responsability for everyone who is on campus to show special consideration during the Covid-19 pandemic, and think about their own behavioral.

All students are urged to keep updated on this page for Chalmers general information about Chalmers' handling of the situation, consequences for the education, and how to best contribute as an individual. 

Chalmers is continuously monitoring the development of the coronavirus outbreak and following recommendations and decisions from the Swedish authorities. 

NEW. Increased caution on Chalmers campus 

On October 29, recommendations from Swedish authorities became stricter in the Västra Götaland region to limit the spread of infection​. The infection control practioners in VGR do not see that Chalmers’ way of conducting education is affected by the new advice. . If you have planned internships (VFU) or vessel-based education (FFU), it will continue as planned. However, as a student, you are encouraged to follow these regional guidelines, and not be on campus more than necessary during the coming three-week period. That is, come to campus for your scheduled activities and conduct other studies from home.

Read more about the education at Chalmers this autumn (The Student portal)​.

NEW. How teaching will be carried out during spring 2021 

During the spring semester, Chalmers will continue to conduct education in a mixed format, with some parts carried out on campus, and some parts remotely. Chalmers’ ambition is to increase the amount of campus-based education as much as possible in the spring semester while following the authorities' recommendations and risk assessments.

Avoiding spreading infection – our joint responsibility 

 To avoid becoming infected and infecting others:
  • Stay home if you are sick, even if it just a mild cold. See the list of common symptoms of Covid-19
  • Keep a distance from others, both indoors and out. When you are close to other people you do not live with, keep more than one arm's length. (at least 1.5 metres)
  • "Hang out with your gang​". To reduce the risk of possible spread of infection, it is good to limit your closer physical contacts to a small group of friends. 
  • Leave campus if you do not have classes or other planned activities. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. You can find more hygiene advice here.
  • Avoid using public transport especially during rush hour. When you must: Keep your distance from others on buses, trains, trams and other public transport. For longer journeys: Choose options where you can book a seat. Read more on journeys within Sweden here
  • Avoid visiting elderly relatives. People over 70 are most at risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19. 
  • Avoid parties, funerals, baptisms, and weddings.
  • Keep your distance from others in sporting locations, saunas, gyms, and avoid changing in public changing facilities. 
  • Keep yourself updated via and the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website.
  • Remind each other about which recommendations apply. 

Stay home in case of illness 

If you as a student have influenza-like symptoms, fever or respiratory difficulties but wish to continue studying – do it from home. Tell a classmate that you are ill so that you can get help with information that you miss, or with practical things. As a student you also should contact your programme director if you are sick. You should stay home for two days after you are completely symptomless. 

If you have influenza-like symptoms, fever or respiratory difficulties, you should follow the healthcare system’s advice: 1177 for Västra Götaland.

If you belong to a risk group for Covid-19 

In that case, you have the right to apply for adjusted education. Read more on how this can be done here. 
Information to students in risk group for Covid-19 

NEW. Examinations during the autumn semester 2020

Decisions about the autumn exams have now been made. Read about how the exams during the autumn semester 2020 will be conducted at the link below.

Chalmers is not closed – but is primarily open for employees and students
NEW. From October 29, premises and auditoriums will locked again, as a general rule, but accessible for students, employees and others with pass-cards. As a way of limiting the number of people present in the facilities. 

Chalmers offer primarily online library service and phone support for the time being, and the library has increased its digital presence. The three libraries (the main library, Kuggen, and the architectural library) offer limited service on site with opening hours of 10–14. 

Remember to keep a distance to others if you are on campus. When you are close to other people you do not live with, keep more than one arm's length.​

Student travel arranged by Chalmers

Study visits and other student travels arranged by Chalmers are cancelled until further notice. Students are encouraged to follow the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ travel advice for private journeys.

Do you have more questions on consequences of the pandemic?

Please, visit the Student portal for more specific information during the Covid-19 pandemic:
Worried, sick or unhealthy? The Student Health offer extra support: Read more here.

If you as a student have questions, you should turn to your programme director

Information from Chalmers Student Union

On the Chalmers Student Union website you can find more information about the coronavirus and the Student Union's activities, including a guide with tips on studying from home.

Information from Swedish authorities:

Published: Wed 11 Nov 2020.