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Information from Örebro University on the coronavirus

Here you can find all information about how Örebro University is working to respond to the coronavirus situation. This page will be updated with new developments as they happen - please keep checking this page.

This page contains comprehensive information on how Örebro University works to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Next semester, the plan is for students at Örebro University to once again receive their education onsite. Preparations are now underway for a cautious opening of university premises this autumn. Read more about the decision here.

If you are a student, you will find information that applies to your courses on Blackboard. 

Latest updates:

  • 11 May: Updated answer to the question "Are there special recommendations concerning face masks in Örebro County?" (Now until 31 May)
  • 5 May: New question: "I am not a Swedish citizen. Will I still receive vaccine?"
  • 21 April: New question, "Will the university open again in the autumn 2021?"
  • 31 March: New question, "Are there special recommendations concerning face masks in Örebro County?"
  • 22 February: General information refresh. One new question: "What applies when you want to travel to Sweden from another country?"

 

Questions about Örebro University

We are following the recommendations issued by authorities such as the Public Health Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We are regularly making our own decisions, for example concerning business travel and student exchanges.

Until further notice:

  • We are cancelling all international business travel and advise against business travel within Sweden.
  • We recommend students and staff to minimise their travel nationally and internationally.
  • All conferences at the university with international guests are cancelled.
  • Also a number of other large-scale meetings will be cancelled, postponed or held digitally. 
  • International visits by any larger groups are cancelled.
  • All members of staff and students have been urged to wash their hands very carefully, not to cough and sneeze without covering their mouths or into their hands, and to stay at home if they are ill.

Link to current opening hours (in Swedish)

Proprietors of campus amenities - shops, restaurants - will make individual decisions about how they will operate.

All international conferences organised by the university in the near future are cancelled.

All larger meetings will be cancelled, postponed or held digitally. 

International visits by any larger groups are cancelled.

The Örebro Student Union has also taken measures and is following university recommendations.

 

Information is provided regularly on ORU.se for active students - we will update this page regularly with new information when it becomes available.

 

The rule of a maximum of eight people applies here. This means that no more than eight people can be present in the lecture hall at the same time during the public defence. Consequently, most of the audience are not allowed at the venue but must participate online. As a result of the pandemic, it is not uncommon that both external reviewer and members of the examining committee participate online.

The guidelines and rules issued by the Public Health Agency of Sweden and other public authorities regarding the pandemic must also be complied with.

The rule of eight also applies to other types of meetings or events linked to the public defence, for example the refreshments afterwards.

Yes, we are planning for a cautious opening of campus. To begin with, there will be both online and on-campus teaching and learning.

In the first two weeks, our new students are allowed on campus to get to know each other. After that, all students will have at least one session on campus each week. Student presence will then be increased gradually and as quickly as possible.

We will prepare the schedules to ensure that everyone can keep a safe distance. Considerably fewer people will therefore have to crowd together in a room or hall compared to before the pandemic.

For international students, the proportion of campus-based teaching will be higher already from the start. We envisage that about 50 per cent of the teaching will be on campus.

Should the pandemic gain in impact again, we are prepared for a rapid transition to full online teaching and learning. But if the vaccination scheme allows us to open up to a greater extent and earlier than planned, there are contingencies in place also for such a scenario.

If you are a student

Contact your programme supervisor/study advisor urgently so you can solve the problem together. The university can help provide access to a computer in one of the university’s computer rooms to help you continue studying.

Please remember to contact the school well in advance.

The personal injury insurance that students are covered by during school hours/placement hours does not apply if you study or participate in online teaching activities at home. In the event of an accident/personal injury at home, students are referred to the cover provided by their own home insurance. 

For students covered by any of the following insurance policies – Student IN/FAS/FAS plus – and who are opting to stay in Sweden and participate in distance teaching activities, the insurance cover applies without any changes. If the student wishes to interrupt their studies or participate in distance teaching activities from their home country, any costs for travel back to their home country will not be reimbursed via the insurance. Nor is the student covered by any of these insurance policies from the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet) in their home country, even if they participate in distance teaching activities at a Swedish higher education institution. 

More information about insurance: www.kammarkollegiet.se/engelska/start

Great that you’re part of a mentoring programme! There are several at the University (such as Mentor Match), but right now they all share one thing in common – meetings will likely be a little different as a result of the corona pandemic.

If either of you are in a risk group then you should opt to meet digitally, and digital meetings are something all mentoring partnerships may wish to consider. If you do decide to meet in person then take always care and practice social distancing - and remember to follow the latest guidance from Sweden’s Public Health Agency.

If you are a member of staff

The Centre for Academic Development has prepared a webpage with information on online teaching.

Information on online teaching

On Inforum (the intranet), there is a page with information on handling examinations.

Information on handling examinations (Inforum for employees)

For members of staff, there is a page on Inforum (the intranet) with information on equipment and software that you may need in order to work from home.

Information on working from home (Inforum for employees)

What can I do?

We urge anybody who is experiencing symptoms to stay at home.

Common symptoms are a cough, other respiratory symptoms and a fever.

For more information, visit the Public Health Agency of Sweden's website.

You can now call a national information number 113 13 – if you have questions about COVID-19.

This is the advice issued by the Public Health Agency:

A general precautionary measure against respiratory infections is to avoid touching your face and eyes, and to avoid close contact with persons who are ill.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water – before meals, when handling food and after visiting the toilet. If there are no hand washing facilities, using hand sanitiser is an alternative.

By coughing and sneezing into your elbow or a tissue, you prevent the virus from spreading around you and from contaminating your hands.

Stay at home when you are ill to avoid infecting people on the bus, at work or in any other situation where you are close to others.

Contact medical services and follow their instructions.

According to the Public Health Authority, the following applies:

 

“Most people with mild symptoms of infection get well within a couple of weeks, but for some it may take significantly longer to recover – it may take weeks or even months before they feel well again.

For people who have been severely ill and in need of hospital care, it usually takes a long time before they have recovered completely.

The disease affects people in very different ways and it seems that in some, vague symptoms may persist for a long time. For those with more severe infections, feeling very tired for a long time is common – even after the illness.

COVID-19 is probably the most infectious in connection with onset and at the beginning of the disease. Stay at home for at least seven days after you were taken ill. You must also have been well and without symptoms for two days.”

You must of course follow the instructions you get from healthcare and medical services. But we would also be grateful if you tell us without delay that you have tested positive by emailing our security office at This is an email address. That way, we will be able to establish more quickly whether infection is spreading within certain groups at the university and if any extra measures need to be taken. This applies to both students and staff.

We are in touch with the contract tracing team at the hospital, but this way we will be able to take prompt action. It is also an additional safety measure to ensure that we stay on top of things.

Yes. For the period 1 April–31 May 2021, the regional head of infection control has issued a local recommendation prescribing the use of face masks in the Örebro region. It applies on public transport – regardless of time of travel – and to visits to indoor facilities where many people gather, such as shops, chemists and other services outlets.

The local recommendation does not, however, apply to schools, the university or places of work.

Yes. Anyone living or permanently staying in Sweden will be offered vaccine. Consequently, this applies to our exchange students and researchers from other countries.

The vaccination will follow the order of priority recommended by the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

Up-to-date information on the progress of the vaccination rollout and how you can book a vaccination slot can be found on 1177 Vårdguiden. Click here for information specific to Örebro County (in Swedish), and general information applicable to all of Sweden (in English). 

Links to condensed information in just over 15 other languages (among them French, Russian, Arabic, Finnish and Persian) can be found at the bottom of this page.

Questions concerning travel

The university strongly recommends students and employees who are abroad for an exchange, placement or similar, to return to Sweden. The university will do everything we can to aid the situation for returning students and faculty.

To the best of our ability, we will work to admit students to courses that will reasonably fit into their study programmes.

If you are seconded abroad for a longer period of time, you may of course consider and decide to stay in your host country.

No international business travel is permitted. This includes travel that has already been booked.

Travel within Sweden is not advised. (Travelling between the university and your home is not covered by this recommendation.)

Students and employees should aim to stay within the Örebro region where possible - digital meetings are recommended.

 

If you are concerned about the situation in Sweden and wish to consider returning to your home country, we advise that you contact your embassy representative to discuss options.

Many countries have taken measures to repatriate their citizens, but there is no clear guidance that applies worldwide.

International students are welcome to discuss the possibility of continuing study in the home country with their study advisors. International employees are welcome to discuss their individual situations separately with their supervisors.

 

COVID-19 is still spreading around the world. Virtual conferences will take place instead for the time being. Travel to and from other countries is advised against until further notice.

It is important to stay up to date on which rules apply as these may change quickly. The latest information can always be found on the Public Health Agency of Sweden website. Updated information on which foreign nationals are currently not allowed entry in Sweden can be found on the website of the Swedish Police.

Other questions

We advise you to contact the person(s) in charge of your programme if you have a placement scheduled. The university is in constant dialogue with our placement partners, such as healthcare organisations and schools.

You can send your question to: This is an email address