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FAQ for current students

(Last updated on 30 September 2021)

Will my studies be online or on-site this autumn?

This depends on what education you are taking. Even if it is possible to offer teaching on-site and to conduct written hall exams, some educations may still need to conduct some parts of the education online. So, your education may not be quite back to normal straight away. Your department will inform you on the specifics of how your teaching will take place.

Can I study on campus?

Yes! Welcome back, but remember to still maintain a reasonable and respectful distance to others.

When it comes to spaces where many people meet, like the library study spaces, a good idea might be to choose times when the risk of crowding is reduced, and to be careful to maintain distance to others.

What do I need to consider when on campus?

There are still three important things to consider:

  1. Stay at home if you have symptoms of disease.
  2.  Get tested even if you have been vaccinated.
  3. Maintain distance to others.

The need to continue to keep distance to others is based on everyone still not being vaccinated.

Do I need to be worried about visiting campus?

Throughout the pandemic, Umeå University has reached its decision in dialogue with the Department of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention at Region Västerbotten, and followed the development of the national recommendations. Even if several measures have been lifted, the university’s recommendation is still that everyone keeps a reasonable and respectful distance to each other for now.

In classrooms, group study rooms and similar, the guideline is to leave every other chair empty to guarantee that distances can be maintained. Face masks are recommended for situations in which distance cannot be maintained.

If you feel worried, you can contact your course coordinator or teacher, or contact the Student Health Service for support and counselling.

I don’t feel well, who can help me?

If you need support or counselling, please turn to the Student Health Service. Also, the University Chaplaincy can offer support regardless of your religious beliefs.

What applies if I’m not vaccinated?

Vaccination is the most effective way to avoid serious disease and the spread of COVID-19, and Umeå University supports the Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendation that everyone who can should get vaccinated.

According to the Public Health Agency of Sweden's guidelines, individuals who have not been fully vaccinated must take particular care when meeting people in at-risk groups and people who are over 70. You must take precautions to prevent getting infected and prevent spreading COVID-19. This means that you should, when possible:

1.     maintain distance to other people, and

2.     particularly avoid close contact with people in at-risk groups and people above the age of 70.

These guidelines do not apply to people under the age of 18 or to people who, for medical reasons, have been recommended not to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Source: Public Health Agency of Sweden


Should students and staff wear face masks?

In situations where people cannot avoid close contact, students and staff should wear a face mask.

Read more about the university’s recommendations on face masks

What must I do if I have a cold or other symptoms of disease?

You must stay at home even if you only have mild symptoms as you cannot tell if this could be COVID-19 or not. This also applies if you have previously had COVID-19 or if you have been vaccinated.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends that adults with symptoms of COVID-19 get tested for ongoing infection. This also applies if you have been vaccinated. If you have had COVID-19 in the last six months, you usually do not need to get tested.

Learn how to get tested (1177)

Source: The Public Health Agency of Sweden

What do I do if I get COVID-19?

If the test shows that you have COVID-19, you must stay at home for at least seven days, starting from the day you developed symptoms. If, for some reason, you have been tested despite not having symptoms, the seven days start from the day you had the test.

You must also have been feeling well and had a normal temperature for at least 48 hours. If you still have mild symptoms such as a slight cough, cold symptoms or loss of smell and taste but otherwise feel fine, you can go back to work, school, pre-school and other activities if at least seven days have passed since you became unwell.

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.

When you have informed the university, your personal data will not be shared with others than with those necessary for completing contact tracing – unless you explicitly give your consent. Come to an agreement with your course coordinator on which potential students or staff you have come in contact with and hence who needs to be informed, and who will take this contact – you or the course coordinator.

Read about how long you should stay at home for (the Public Health Agency of Sweden)