Corona virus FAQ – newly admitted students

This page contains answers to frequently asked questions concerning international students who have been admitted for studies starting in autumn 2020 and spring 2021.

The page will be updated regularly. Due to continuously changed regulations and directives from the Swedish Government, the Public Health Agency and decisions taken by the University, many questions cannot be answered at this time and some answers will change before the start of the semester. Please keep yourself updated on this page and our pages for admitted students in case there should be any changes.

Programmes and courses where online studies will be an option:

  • Master's programme in Energy Smart Innovation in the Built Environment (last registration day: 200914)
  • Master's Programme in Industrial Management and Innovation (last registration day: (last registration day: 201005)
  • Master's Programme in Digital Service Innovation (last registration day: 200921)
  • Master's Programme in Information Technology (last registration day: 200921)
  • Master's Programme in Embedded and Intelligent Systems (last registration day: 200921)
  • Master's Programme in Electronics Design (last registration day: 200928)
  • Master's Programme in Network Forensics (last registration day: 200914)
  • Master's Programme in Nordic Welfare (last registration day: 200921)
  • Master's Programme in Strategic Entrepreneurship for International Growth (last registration day: 200914)
  • Master's Programme in Mechanical Engineering (last registration day: 200921)

Programmes and courses where online studies will NOT be an option:

  • Master’s Programme in Applied Environmental Science (last registration day: 200914)
  • Media, Communication and Lifestyle (last registration day: 200907)
  • Research and Applied Work in Sport and Exercise Psychology (last registration day: 200907)
  • Network Design and Computer Management (last registration day: 200914)
  • To Work as an Applied Sport Psychologist, Group and Individuals (last registration day: 200907)

I have been admitted but I will not be able to start my studies due to the Covid-19 outbreak, what can I do?

If you no longer wish to start your studies you should cancel your admission at University Admissions and notify Student Affairs department so that your place can be offered to someone on the waiting list.

University Admissionsexternal link, opens in new window

I am worried I will not be able to come in time for the start of the semester, what can I do?

If you cannot arrive in time for the start of the spring semester, please contact the Student Affairs Department to discuss your situation. The programmes and courses have different deadlines for registration. Ask about the latest date possible to register and to show up for classes, or what options you have. Please keep in mind that it is still quite a long time until the semester starts, and a lot of things can change. If you intend to start your studies on time, you should wait with notifying us of late arrival until you are certain of the situation.

Student Affairs Department

Can I defer my studies if I cannot attend the University in spring 2021, due to Covid-19?

The University has decided not to grant deferment of studies due to Covid-19.

Deferment of studies

Questions regarding payments and refunds (for non-EU/EEA students)

Will I be reimbursed if choose not to study at Halmstad Univeristy this autumn?

If you cancel your admission before August 31, you will be fully reimbursed (no administrative costs).

Student Affairs Department

Will I be reimbursed if I registered and/or attended online classes?

If you decided to register and attend online classes, you will not be reimbursed for these courses. You are only able to apply for refund for courses you have not registered for.

Student Affairs Department

Will the tuition fee be repaid if my application for a residence permit is rejected?

The tuition fee is reimbursed for students whose residence permit application is rejected by the Swedish Migration Agency (if you have not registered and/or attended any classes).

If your application is rejected for reasons not connected to the outbreak of Covid-19, the tution fee will be reimbursed except for the administrative costs of 5000 SEK.

Tuition fee payment and regulations

Will the tuition fee be less if I choose to study the programme/course online?

No, the fee is the same.

Questions regarding residence permit (for non-EU/EEA students)

Will the corona crisis affect my application for a residence permit for studies?

As of now, the Swedish Migration Agency has not changed its policies with regards to international students applying for a residence permit for studies in Sweden. This means that these students are expected to continue to fulfil the requirements set by the Swedish Migration Agency. Due to limited availability at the embassys, the application process can be prolonged. Please contact the Migration Agency directly for questions regarding your application for residence permit.

Swedish Migration Agency websiteexternal link

FAQ Swedish Migration Agencyexternal link, opens in new window

What are the consequences of the current travel ban to/from Sweden?

Please keep yourself updated on the current travel restrictions via the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and your home country's equivalent authority, to make sure it is safe for you to travel.

Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairsexternal link, opens in new window

Border control travelling from Copenhagenexternal link, opens in new window

When should I buy my tickets?

Due to the uncertainty and travel restrictions, we recommend that you wait as long as possible with booking your trip. When buying any tickets, we encourage you to select rebookable/refundable tickets. The situation and travel restrictions may change rapidly.

About the situation in Sweden

The Swedish Government and Swedish authorities are following the spread of the corona virus very carefully and are working hard to keep Sweden and its residents safe. New measures are taken on a daily basis. Examples of measures taken include forbidding gatherings of more than 50 people, introducing travel restrictions to Sweden, and temporary transitioning higher education studies to distance learning, a ban on visitors to homes for the elderly has also been implemented. In addition, public announcements are made daily, instructing the public how to stay safe and how to best protect the elderly and other risk groups. Those who can are asked to work from home. Swedish authorities are collaborating closely and working proactively to prepare our healthcare system to ensure that it will have the capacity to offer care to infected individuals who need it.

Swedish Public Health Agencyexternal link

Emergency information from Swedish authoritiesexternal link

Information about travel restrictions to and from Swedenexternal link, opens in new window

We also recommend that you follow the developments regarding the virus via the World Health Organization and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

WHO websiteexternal link

ECDC websiteexternal link

updated

2020-10-14

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