Questions and answers regarding COVID-19

We know that you are looking forward to coming and begining your new studies at Uppsala University in a few months’ time. In these uncertain times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that you may have a lot of questions. We are here to assist you. Below you will find questions and answers regarding COVID-19 that are relevant to you as a newly admitted student.

Frequently asked questions

How is Uppsala University handling the situation?

On 18 March 2020, Uppsala University temporarily switched to online teaching. Most of our employees are also performing their work from home. This does not mean that the University is closed. The goal is for operations – education, research, administration, study guidance and libraries – to keep going and be available as usual, though digitally. We hope to be able to switch back to normal on-campus teaching in the autumn semester 2021. However, some programmes may begin the semester with online teaching. Please check with your programme coordinator as some programmes have already made a decision.

Uppsala University is monitoring the situation and following the information and recommendations issued by the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. These authorities are continuously updating their information and recommendations. Find out more about the University's general recommendations on COVID-19.

When will the University be open as usual?

We hope to be able to switch back to normal on-campus teaching in the autumn semester 2021. However, some programmes may begin the semester with online teaching. Please check with your programme coordinator as some programmes have already made a decision.

If the programme I’m admitted to is temporarily offered online, will my tuition fee for that period be reduced?

The shift in the type of instruction for the programme does not mean that the cost for Uppsala University is less than it would have been by offering the programme on campus, and we therefore are unable to reduce the tuition fees. You are welcome to keep yourself updated with our calls for scholarship applications if you are interested in scholarships.

I have received my invoice for the tuition fee for a programme starting in the autumn 2021, what will happen if I cannot begin my studies because of COVID-19?

We understand that you might be worried about the situation regarding COVID-19. Our hope is that the situation will become better and that it will be possible for you to arrive safely to Uppsala University and begin your studies as planned. If you plan on commencing your studies in the autumn 2021, you must pay the tuition fee for the first semester by the given deadline. Otherwise we will not be able to guarantee that you will receive a housing offer and you might not get your residence permit on time.

We can however assure you that Uppsala University will have a generous policy regarding refund of tuition fees until the start of the autumn semester 2021.

Below you will find some scenarios and the refund policy that applies in each respective case:

  • If you are prevented from starting your programme due to Covid-19-related health reasons, you are entitled to a full refund of the tuition fee if you apply before 30 August 2021.
  • If you are prevented from coming to Sweden because of travel restrictions due to Covid-19, you are entitled to a full refund of the tuition fee if you apply before 30 August 2021.
  • If your programme will be taught online in the beginning of the autumn semester 2021, and if this prevents you from taking part in your programme, you can receive a full refund of the tuition fee if you apply before 30 August 2021.
  • If you have not received your residence permit or if your application for a residence permit was rejected before the start of the autumn semester, and you decide to not commence your studies, you can receive a full refund of your tuition fee. You should apply for a refund as soon as you receive the decision from the Swedish Migration Agency.
  • If your residence permit application is rejected after you have started your studies through digital learning, and you are therefore unable to come to Sweden for the second half of autumn semester which will be held on campus, you can receive a refund of tuition fee for the on-campus courses which have not started. We cannot reimburse courses which have already began at the time you apply for the refund. You can, of course, continue taking these courses and complete them.
  • If you residence permit application for the spring semester 2022 is rejected after you have completed the entire autumn semester 2021 online, you cannot receive a refund of the tuition fee for the autumn semester 2021. We cannot reimburse courses which you have commenced. You can, of course, continue to finish the courses which you have paid for.

How should I proceed with my residence permit application when there are travel restrictions in place?

The application can be submitted online. This way, you can still apply for your residence permit as usual on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website. As it normally takes up to three months to receive a decision and an additional month to get the residence permit card, we strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible once you received the confirmation that we have received your tuition fee payment.

You should only submit a complete application, otherwise it will take longer for the Swedish Migration Agency to process your application. However, if you are unable to collect all the required documents by the deadline, due to a lockdown in your region, we recommend that you still submit your application. In this case please explain why you have a missing document in your online application form. The Swedish Migration Agency may give you a chance to complete your application later.

After you have received a positive decision, you will need to visit a Swedish foreign mission to provide your biometric data for your residence permit card. However, due to COVID-19, several foreign missions may be limited in their capacity to assist in this process. Additionally, please also refer to your national authorities for information regarding any restrictions to the freedom of movement that may prevent you from visiting a Swedish foreign mission. This may change as the situation evolves. Kindly keep yourself updated with the latest information.

If you are citizen of a country where visa is not needed to enter Sweden, you can provide your biometric data after you have arrived in Sweden. However, you should still apply for your residence permit on time and wait for the decision before you enter Sweden. There is currently a temporary ban on all non-essential travel to Sweden due to COVID-19 and this temporary ban is set to last until 15 June 2021. However, as of 4 July 2020, this entry ban does not apply to people who travel for the purpose of studying. Read more on the Swedish Government's website.

Will your programme be conducted online at the beginning of the semester? Or do you have any other doubts about residence permit? Check out the Swedish Migration Agency's webpage for frequently asked questions.

Last modified: 2021-04-22