Coronavirus information for new students

Are you a new international student at Linköping University planning to start your studies in August 2020?

Last update: 14 July 2020

You are probably wondering how the coronavirus pandemic will affect your move to Sweden. Whether or not your studies will be on campus or conducted online and you likely have many more questions on your mind.

New students should note that Linköping University, LiU, has been operating in distance mode since mid-March. However, on 29 May, the Swedish government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden recommended that campus teaching was allowed from 15 June. LiU decided to remain essentially in distance mode until the start of the autumn semester 2020.

LiU is planning for the autumn semester to start as usual but has announced it will be in a hybrid mode with both on-campus and off-campus teaching and activities. The return to on-campus learning will happen in stages to be able to follow the Swedish government’s recommendations relating to social distancing and maximum group size.

New students were specifically mentioned in the new decision with an expressed objective from LiU that new students will be welcomed in the best possible manner and that the start of their university studies will be successful. New students and students taking longer single-subject courses with a high proportion of new students are to be given on-campus priority.

Nevertheless, given the coronavirus pandemic and how rapidly it can change, we urge you to follow the information on LiU's internal web page Corona - measures taken by LiU. All LiU coronavirus news and updates are being published there. You will also find useful links and an FAQ section that can help you with your questions.

We hope to welcome you to our university and to the programmes and courses you have been admitted to this August. 

Please note: our internal web is not locked and does not require any form of log in.


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Easing of restrictions for more travellers

Changes to the temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden

Since 19 March there has been a temporary entry ban to the European Union and Sweden. Commencing on 4 July, new exceptions to the ban have been enacted. The new exemptions allow international students who have been granted a residence permit for studies (and EU citizens) the permission to enter Sweden to commence their studies. This is great news for new incoming students. Unfortunately many students will still be restricted by several factors caused by the pandemic, for example:
• Your country’s migration rules and travel restrictions.
• Longer processing times to be granted a Swedish residence permit.
• Not being able to attend an embassy interview or to leave biometric data due to limited hours or lockdowns.

We understand that this is a difficult situation for everyone, no matter what country you are from. We remain optimistic that students requiring a Swedish residence permit can complete the application process successfully. However, LiU cannot guarantee this will be the case as it is out of our control.  Whilst we wish that we could take an active role in the residence permit process we are unfortunately unable to.  We hope that this doesn’t dampen your dreams and desires to study in Sweden or at Linköping University. Hopefully, we will see you at one of our LiU campuses, if not this year, in 2021!

To read more about coronavirus' impact on migrating to Sweden see Swedish governmental resources below for the Swedish Migration Agency links. For more on the changes to the temporary entry ban please visit these Ministry for Justice resources:

• Extension of temporary entry ban to Sweden until 31 August 2020 and easing of restrictions for more travellers
• Questions and answers – temporary entry ban to the European Union via Sweden

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Swedish Migration Agency

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Public Health Agency of Sweden

FAQ about COVID-19

(Emergency Information from Swedish Authorities)

Official information on the novel corona virus

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