Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 21 October 2020)

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FAQ for current students

What do I do if I get COVID-19?

If you have taken a COVID-19 test and received a positive test result, you are recommended to inform your course coordinator or other teacher. This is so that the University can assess what measures may be necessary and be made aware of potential clusters in your group. Region Västerbotten will perform contact tracing, and in doing so they might contact your course coordinator to get help with contacting people you have been in close contact with, such as teachers or fellow students.

When you have informed the University, your personal data will not be shared with others than to those necessary for completing contact tracing – unless you explicitly give your consent. Come to an agreement with your course coordinator if you want to contact your fellow students yourself or let your course coordinator inform those who need to be informed.

What do I do if someone I live with has confirmed COVID-19?

If you are sharing accommodation with someone with confirmed COVID-19, you are recommended to conduct your studies from home. When it comes to mandatory course components that can only be conducted in person on campus, you are urged to contact the department/course coordinating teacher or equivalent to discuss if an alternative solution is possible.
If no alternative examination format is possible, you can attend the next retake session.

If you have a sick child, you may be eligible for care of a sick child allowance (vab) from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.

Information about care for a sick child, read under section If you are or will become a parent 

The Public Health Agency of Sweden’s recommendations if you live with someone with confirmed COVID-19

On 1 October, the Public Health Agency of Sweden issued new recommendations stating that anyone sharing accommodation with a person who has been infected with COVID-19 is to be given specific rules of conduct by a doctor. These rules of conduct can vary depending on the situation but are generally valid for 7 days from the infected person’s test date.

If you live together with someone with confirmed COVID-19, you will be contacted by a person in charge of contact tracing – most likely a doctor. You will be asked to pay extra attention to your hygiene routines and any emerging symptoms of COVID-19, and you are urged to keep your distance from the infected person to the extent possible. You will also be asked to take a test for COVID-19 – this takes place in agreement with the doctor.

The doctor will also give you rules of conduct that can mean that you are not allowed to go to the University. You are obliged to follow the measures necessary to protect yourself and others from risk of infection.

I feel ill, how do I get myself tested for COVID-19?

If you have symptoms that may indicate COVID-19 and that remain after 24 hours, you can get tested for COVID-19 through Region Västerbotten health care services. Taking the test is free of charge. Please note that you must stay at home if you have symptoms indicating disease. This applies even if the symptoms are only mild.

Find out how to take the test (Region Västerbotten)

My COVID-19 test results were negative, can I go back to the university although I have symptoms?

If your test result indicate that you do not carry COVID-19, you can return to university premises as soon as you are free of symptoms and feel healthy.

There is a slight risk that your test was falsely negative, which means that you could still carry COVID-19. Therefore, it is still important that you do not return to the university before you are completely healthy. Please continue to follow the advice from the Swedish authorities. Source:

What happens if I am in an at-risk group for COVID-19 and cannot partake in an obligatory course component?

If you belong to an at-risk group for COVID-19 and for that reason cannot participate in an obligatory course component, you must notify your course coordinator. Do so as early as possible, preferably at the start of the course, but no later than 10 working days before the examination date. The department should try to find another solution, for instance to attend virtually. The department should also consider if another format of assessment is possible. If no alternative examination format is possible, you must be offered to attend the next retake session (in the same way as if you were absent due to sickness or other absence).

If adaptations are not possible, you may want to consider to apply for leave from studies for medical reasons in order to resume your studies at a later date when you are able to attend in person.

Am I required to activate my camera in teaching and examination?

If a student is participating in an online meeting and it is necessary to participate with camera, teachers can demand that you participate with an activated camera. If there is no necessary need for using a webcam, your teacher can not demand that you use one, regardless of the course component is compulsory or not. You must be informed of the requirement of having a camera in good time prior to the event if this is a requirement. If a student does not have access to a webcam or if the technology malfunctions, another solution must be found, or the students must be offered a new chance.

Can the grading scale be changed during an ongoing course?

No, the grading scale cannot be changed during an ongoing course. However, the grading scale of a single examination can be changed.

How is your student finance affected?

On the web site of the Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN), you can find out more about how student finance is affected by COVID-19.

See Information about the Corona virus from the Swedish Board of Student Finance

Certificates to the Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN)

If one of your courses, a course component or an examination has been rescheduled due to COVID-19, and this affects your credits awarded, you may need to submit a certificate to CSN when you next apply for student finance. Please contact your course coordinating department or equivalent if you have not received such a certificate.

If you are uncertain who to contact, ask your lecturer or course coordinator, or contact Infocenter.

Do I need to report sick if I have fallen ill and am unable to study?

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency, Försäkringskassan, has information about illness during studies.

Students that receive study grants from the Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN) must stay informed through their website.

Where can I turn if I need support and counselling?

The Student Health Service offers counselling and health advice with questions concerning health and academic studies. Due to COVID-19, all contact with the Student Health Service will be held remotely.

Find out more

Leaving Sweden

I am an exchange student at Umeå University and want to terminate my studies and return home. What steps do I need to take?

  1. Contact your home university to make any necessary arrangements.
  2. Contact the teachers of the course you are registered in and let them know that you will not finish the course.
  3. Decline any courses you are admitted to, but have not yet started, at In addition, contact the responsible teacher for the course to let them know you will not attend.
  4. Notify the International Office by e-mail.
  5. If you have housing through the International Housing Office, contact them at to make the proper arrangements (rent, keys etc) before you leave.

I am international student and want to terminate my studies and return home. What steps do I need to take?

  1. You need to contact the teachers and/or administrative staff of the courses you are registered for and let them know you will terminate your studies. They will provide further instructions if necessary.
  2. Decline any courses you are admitted to, but have not yet started, at If you are unable to do this, please contact the teachers and/or administrative staff of the course(s).
  3. If you have housing through the International Housing Office, contact them at to make the proper arrangements (rent, keys, etc.) before you leave.

Student housing

What should I consider if I live in the same student housing (or equivalent) as someone who is ill?

The same recommendations apply as in the rest of society. The best way of reducing the risk of spreading disease is to ask the person to self-isolate and keep the door closed. It is also important to wash your hands often and carefully, limit social contacts, help each other with the shopping and other errands, and if you have access to sanitizers, disinfect door handles and other similar surfaces, and schedule times to use shared kitchens. If you experience symptoms and belong to a risk group, you need to keep yourself updated on or through other authorities.