Information for Newly Admitted Master's Students about COVID-19
The information provided below is ONLY for newly admitted students who have been accepted for master's programmes at Örebro University, beginning in September 2020. Current students should check the university's general FAQ page (see link below) for separate information about their studies.
Page Last Updated - 20 May 2020 (11:45 AM CEST)
Örebro University is adapting to help the worldwide fight against the spread of COVID-19. The university is not closed, but has changed its rules to ensure that students are not badly affected by global changes.
The information provided below is for newly admitted students who have been accepted for master's programmes at Örebro University, beginning in September 2020. This page will be updated frequently as new information becomes available.
As a prospective international student, it is understandable that you would be concerned about what may happen in the future with your studies. We will work to support you any way we can.
This page will be updated frequently as new information becomes available.
Announcement about the Autumn Semester 2020
Örebro University has now decided that most international master's programmes will now be taught online in the Autumn Semester 2020. This means that most master's students will not be expected to arrive in Sweden for their studies this autumn.
Teaching in the autumn semester will be conducted online for six out of seven master’s programmes.
There is one exception: the Master’s Programme in Experimental Medicine, where online teaching cannot be offered. Students on this programme will be contacted separately about this, and necessary precautions will be taken to protect student safety in the classroom.
Frequently Asked Questions
UPDATED QUESTIONS (20 May 2020)
Will international master's programmes be taught online now?
Six out of seven master's programmes starting in 2020 will be taught online in the Autumn Semester. Admitted students will be contacted by their programme director to advise them of what changes will be made and how they should prepare.
Why is the Experimental Medicine programme still being taught on-campus?
This particular programme would not be able to maintain teaching quality if moved online. The programme director will provide more information about this decision to admitted students separately and advise how student safety will be ensured with campus teaching.
Will the Spring Semester 2021 be taught online too?
Örebro University plans for on-campus learning for all master's programmes in the Spring Semester. This means that admitted students should now prepare to arrive in Örebro in January 2021.
The university will make further decisions later this year, depending on global and national developments. Students will be informed as soon as possible about any potential changes.
Travel restrictions remain in place - what happens if I am not allowed to travel when required for study?
The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs are in charge of deciding who can travel to and from Sweden. No long-term rules have been implemented, so we will continue to plan for students arriving to Sweden in January 2021 for the Spring Semester.
Will scholarships / fees be affected by the COVID-19 situation?
Örebro University are still planning for students to begin their studies in September 2020. Scholarships from Örebro University will therefore still be awarded to recipients who choose to study.
More information about how Swedish Institute scholarships may be affected can be found here: https://si.se/en/qa-covid-19-si-scholarships-2020/
Do I need to apply for a residency permit/visa if I am going to be "distance studying"?
The Migration Agency will currently not provide residency permits/visas to students who will be "distance studying" in the Autumn Semester 2020. Örebro University is not able to overturn this decision, as the Migration Agency is the deciding authority. (Universities in Sweden are currently in discussions with them to see if they are willing to change these rules.)
More information about this can be on the Migration Agency website (you can also contact them directly also for further advice about study permits/visas): https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/About-the-Migration-Agency/Coronavirus.html
I have applied for housing - what happens if my programme is now being taught online?
Can I defer my studies if I cannot attend in Autumn 2020?
Based on national guidelines, students who decide to/cannot attend in Autumn 2020 are requested to decline their acceptance offer on UniversityAdmissions.se. Applications for the next intake - September 2021 - will open in October 2020, and you are welcome to reapply.
Will I be reimbursed for any tuition fees paid if I am unable to study?
Tuition fee refunds are available up until three weeks into the first semester. If you have made payment but are unable to study, you need to contact to request a refund.
How is the university managing the risks of the coronavirus outbreak?
Örebro University is monitoring COVID-19 departments and following Swedish governmental authority recommendations. Currently, teaching has been largely switched to digital, including class and course exams. Most employees are also working digitally from home.
Information from the Swedish Authorities
Migrationsverket - the Swedish migration authority - provide answers to many questions relating to residency permits and visas for studying in Sweden here:
Up-to-date information about the COVID-19 situation in Sweden can be found on the public Health Agency and Crisis Information websites:
There is also information published on UniversityAdmissions that is more specifically related to international admissions for study in Sweden: