Information about the Coronavirus and Covid-19
The introduction of new students will primarily take place by distance as planned. Some modules and exams will in exceptional cases be held on campus. Check the online timetable to see where they will be held.
During the autumn semester Mälardalen University (MDH) will phase in a gradual return to education on campus. In October, university operations will follow regular course instances and syllabuses.
You don’t need to be a Swedish citizen to be able to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Everyone who lives or has their permanent residence in Sweden will be offered a vaccine.
- Getting vaccinated without a Swedish personal ID number
- 1177 Vårdguiden's information regarding that you can take your second dose at your place of study even if you took your first dose elsewhere (in Swedish) External link.
- Covid-19 vaccination in Sörmland External link.
- Covid-19 vaccination in Västmanland External link.
For your safety
MDH has taken a number of measures to reduce the risk of infection spreading. In order for the campus to remain open, it is important that everyone follows the directives:
- keep distance
- stay at home when ill or at the slightest symptom
- wash your hands regularly and cough/sneeze in your elbow.
Education on campus from 4 October
The summer study period, the retake exam period in August and the introduction of new students will primarily take place by distance as planned. Thereafter MDH will phase in a gradual return to education on campus. This means that more modules will be on campus compared with the spring, but most modules will still be conducted by distance. Please check the online course timetable to see if the programme will be on campus or done by distance.
From 4 October, university operations will follow regular course instances and syllabuses. This means that MDH will return to a normal situation, with on-campus teaching again.
The campus is only open for students and staff during the summer semester and autumn semester up until and including 3 October. The campus will open to the public on 4 October.
Study trips abroad
If you have applied for exchange studies this autumn, you may travel provided that the circumstances permit travel out of Sweden, entry into the host country and that the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs does not advise against all trips to the country or region concerned.
Pregnant women may not do VFU/Placement from week 20 of pregnancy
The National Board of Health and Welfare’s analysis shows that women who get a Covid-19 infection from week 22 of pregnancy run a higher risk of giving birth prematurely. Since Covid-19 has an incubation period of up to two weeks, pregnant women must not be exposed to the risk of infection from week 20 onwards.
MDH has the responsibility for you who are pregnant to be able to carry out your studies in as infection-free a way as possible. Our basic view is that students on placement (VFU) and internships are treated in the same way as staff at the workplace at which they are doing their placement. But it is the University who has the responsibility for the students’ work environment, even during their VFU/placement. MDH has therefore taken a general decision that students who are in week 20 of their pregnancy or later may not do their VFU/placement. The risk during the pandemic is too great. Furthermore there are principals who do not receive students who are in week 20 of their pregnancy or later.
If you are pregnant you could, if possible, go to other courses now and instead do your VFU/placement after your parental leave. In certain cases MDH cannot offer other courses, and you may need to request approved leave from studies and then do your VFU/placement after your parental leave.
On CSN’s (the Swedish Board of Student Finance) and Försäkringskassan’s (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency) websites there is information about remuneration:
- CSN’s information about the Corona virus External link.
- Försäkringskassan’s information about the Corona virus External link.
- Försäkringskassan’s information if you get sick External link.
- Försäkringskassan’s information about pregnansy benefit External link.
Use a face mask when you can’t keep your distance
Up until 3 October the University’s teaching rooms are adapted so that there is a distance of two metres between people, and all practical modules take place either by distance or by taking protective measures. For other situations it is important that students take personal responsibility, for example in cafeterias, when doing group work, in breaks or similar. Keep your distance, and if this is not possible, use a face mask.
It is up to each person individually to procure a face mask. So that everybody can easily obtain a face mask, these can be bought for three kronor each at the Student Centre at both campuses.
Just as before, everyone must stay at home at the least sign of symptoms, be thorough with hand hygiene and keep your distance. For more information and advice, see 1177.se.
Please note that a face mask does not replace the rule of avoiding close contact and keeping your distance.
Directives on maximum numbers at gatherings
At MDH, activities are up until 3 October for the most part conducted by distance, which means that the few practical modules and examinations that must be carried out on campus may be carried out without congestion. This could relate to examinations requiring special computer equipment, or practical modules in the Nursing programme.
Lectures and examinations within programmes and courses are not regarded as general gatherings or public events and are thus not affected by limitations in the number of people allowed to congregate. But it is important for MDH to reduce the risk of spreading infection, and at the same time to conduct education of high quality and with high legal security. Therefore, examinations and practical modules are conducted in smaller groups and in facilities adapted in accordance with recommendations from the infection control doctors in Sörmland and Västmanland; see the section “Adaptations concerning written examinations/practical modules”, further down on this page.
Why are some written exams still taking place on campus?
Today, the great majority of examinations take place by distance. The Deans of School may grant exemption from the distance rule if examinations cannot be adapted without jeopardising quality and legal security. The University must ensure that examinations meet the required demands on quality so that as a student you can obtain your higher education credits and subsequently a higher education qualification.
So that courses and programmes from 2020/2021 will be worth as much as those from 2019 or earlier, knowledge must be tested in an equal way ensuring the same quality as before. For many courses and programmes, it is possible to conduct examinations by distance in an excellent way, but for others it is much more difficult. For example, this could mean having access to a laboratory, or carrying out a practical test.
In certain cases, this is also a question of written examinations being conducted for example for legal security reasons or taking into account future patient safety, since MDH must be able to ensure the independence of students regarding both knowledge and skills. Another reason is to prevent various forms of advanced cheating, which has increased in the country’s universities and university colleges during the pandemic.
The examinations taking place on campus have undergone a risk and consequence analysis and are carried out in smaller groups in adapted facilities, based on advice from the infection control doctors in Sörmland and Västmanland.
Adaptations concerning written examinations/practical modules
The following adaptations have been made on campus, based on discussions with the infection control units in the regions, to reduce the risk of spreading infection:
- increasing the distance between students in written examinations to around 2 metres between seated people (distance measured from mouth to mouth).
- all practical modules which involve people being close to one another have undergone risk- and consequence analyses so that they will have protective measures that are adapted to that particular module.
- regarding practical modules the university will divide the students into as small groups as possible and put a big focus on the rule to keep their distance.
- hand sanitisers are located in every exam room.
- admittance to exam rooms will begin as soon as the invigilators are ready with their preparations, to reduce the risk of congestion on entering.
- the invigilators will wear visors or face masks.
- it will be possible for everyone taking the written examination to use their own protective equipment if they wish. Face-concealing equipment must be removed for identity checks and hands sanitised after replacing this.
It is important that everyone takes their own responsibility
- Do not come to the exam if you feel sick. People who show signs of illness will be asked to leave the room. We really want to emphasize that it is important to stay home in case of, for example, a sore throat or cough. There are opportunities to retake the exam if you can not go the first time.
- Arrive well in advance. Then you help reduce the risk of queuing.
- If there is a queue, keep your distance and listen to the instructions given to you by the tenant guards. Keep a distance on the way to and from the examination room. Think of it especially in the stairwells.
Adaptations in premises
The furnishing in group rooms, teaching rooms and public areas has been thinned out: chairs have been removed and furniture that is not to be used has been clearly marked. The number of people allowed to be in each teaching room/group room is determined by the design of the room. The number of bookable places is not necessarily half of what the room normally accommodates, but no more people are allowed to be in a room than can be guaranteed that the Public Health Authority of Sweden’s recommendations on distance can be abided by. The number of bookable places in computer rooms and other rooms has been adjusted. For MDH to be able to keep campus open it is important that everyone follows the instructions in rooms and on furniture.
To guarantee further distance on campus on account of the local general recommendations, only teaching rooms, group rooms and designated study places may be used. The public areas on campus may not be used as meeting places or group study places.
All practical modules which involve people being close to one another have undergone risk- and consequence analyses so that they will have protective measures that are adapted to that particular module. Therefore, it could look different for different courses.
All teaching rooms and public areas will be cleaned at least once per day. It will also be ensured that consumables and hand sanitisers are available.
Library open for MDH-students/employees
Updated 30 August 2021
The University libraries in Eskilstuna and Västerås are currently only open for you as a MDH-student/employee.
Due to the serious spread of infection in society the libraries may not be used by others than MDH-students or employees. The decision applies until October 3 and may be extended if required.
Keep an eye on Canvas and the web timetable
Information about how courses or course components are to be conducted will be found in Canvas and on the web timetable. This information is continually updated. It is your responsibility to keep a check on this information, so make a habit of going in regularly to keep yourself updated on what applies to you.
Conferences and events
All events on campus in Eskilstuna and Västerås are cancelled up to and including 3 October.
Keep yourself updated
During the pandemic we have learnt that the situation can change at very short notice if new directives come from the authorities. Some decisions and exemptions will therefore apply until further notice or as long as there is a need. Therefore make shure to follow the developments on mdh.se, Canvas and your web schedule to keep yourself updated.
Below is a link to organisations that regularly update information and recommendations linked to the coronavirus.
- Current and updated information at 1177 Vårdguiden External link.
- The Public Health Agency of Sweden's recommendations about testing and self-quarantine for you who are entering Sweden from abroad External link.
- The Government's questions and answers about the entry ban to Sweden External link.