Q&A coronavirus


Here are some common question about the Coronavirus that might be relevant for you as a student.

I am ill and don’t feel well. How do I go about?

Stay at home. Please contact the healthcare through 1177 Vårdguiden if you are very ill. Contact the Student Centre through email and let them know that you are ill. If it turns out that you are infected with the Coronavirus, please notify the Student Centre about that too. If you have study loans from Sweden, please contact Försäkringskassan and CSN to report your illness.

Please stay at home even when experiencing the slightest symptom
of illness and at least seven days after the first symptoms started and 48 hours after the symptoms have ceased.

What are the University’s thoughts on physical lectures and written exams?

The government has stated that the requirement for distance learning at Sweden’s universities and higher education institutions will be eased. MDH will conduct teaching partly on campus and partly on distance during the autumn.

The decision does not imply that all teaching at MDH can be shifted back to its normal form. The directives from the Public Health Agency to avoid larger social gatherings and keep a distance still stand.

As a student you can keep yourself updated through Canvas and the schedule and there get more specific information for you and your course.

Is campus open?

For now Campus is kept open only for students who are unable to complete
their studies at home. In order for us to keep campus open it is important for everyone to follow the general recommendations by the Public Health Agency:

  • Studie at home as much as possible.
  • When you are present at campus please keep a distance to your
    classmates. This applies in areas such as group
    rooms, computer rooms and study places.
  • Please remember to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Please stay at home even when experiencing the slightest symptom
    of illness and at least seven days after the first symptoms started and 48 hours after the symptoms have ceased.

The University is open to students and staff.The public does not have access to the University premises. As a staff member you can access the University’s facilities by using your universitycardalong with your pin code.

Public areas

Opening hours for students:weekdays 05.30.-22.00, weekends/bank holidays: 06.30-22.00.

The University Library

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10.00-14.00.
Phone calls and chat/emails are answered: Monday-Thursday 8.00-16.00, Friday 8.00-15.00.
Eskilstuna 016-15 37 00
Västerås021-10 13 44

From the w/c 7 September (week 37) the University Library reverts to ordinary opening hours.


Student Centre

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10.00-14.00.
We strive to limit the physical meetings why we refer you to, if possible, contact us by email or phone.
Emails and phone calls are answered: Monday-Thursday 8.00-16.00, Friday 8.00-15.00.
Phone:021-10 13 10

What’s Zoom and how does it work?

Zoom is a tool for digital lectures and group discussions. Through Canvas, the University’s learning platform, you can find more information on how Zoom works.

I’m planning to go abroad. Is it OK to go?

All travels abroad until 15 August this year should be cancelled. The decision applies to employees and students, as well as visiting teachers, researchers and others. MDH follows the advise against all unnecessary travels imposed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and this applies for both business and study trips. We also follow the recommendation from the Public Health Agency to minimise travelling within Sweden.

Please prepare for the possibility of an extension of this regulation and plan accordingly.

I’m going on student exchange this autumn. Do I have to go? Will I be allowed to go?

We do not grant any study trips abroad under the current circumstances and we recommend everyone to keep updated on the development, both from the authorities as well as from the University.

I’m currently on student exchange abroad. How do I go about if I’d like to come home?

We are in touch with all students who were abroad already before the outbreak of the Coronavirus. If you wish to abort your exchange studies and come back to MDH we recommend you to contact your international coordinator or study advisor to get information about how it affects your studies. We have a good collaboration with the insurance company that could be of assistance regarding your return trip to Sweden.

I’m an international student in Sweden. I’d like to abort my studies here and return to my home country. Could I continue my studies as distance education?

Different programmes have different preconditions, why it’s hard to give a general answer to this question. Please contact your course or programme coordinator for more information.

Did you impose new routines for cleaning the facilities at MDH in association to the Coronavirus?

MDH is in a current and good dialogue with the cleaning company in charge of keeping our facilities and toilets clean. Soap is available in all toilets and several areas have been equipped with hand sanitizer. Please make sure that the hand sanitizer stays inside the toilet in order for others to be able to use it. If you notice that soap is missing somewhere please contact lokalservice@mdh.se
We would like to remind you of the importance of washing your hands often in order to prevent spreading infection, as well as to stay at home if you feel ill. Since MDH is continuously working with this matter please follow the developments on our website.

Is the campus bus still in traffic between Eskilstuna and Västerås?

During the autumn MDH will have more buses operating the line between the two campus cities. This due to the need of more distance between people during the pandemic.

  • In order to maintain the distance on the buses students and staff may only use every second seat and every second row.
  • One bus more per departure is estimated to cover the need. The regular timetable still applies.
  • Like before it’s important that you stay at home if you are ill or have the slightest symptom.

Can I make an appointment with a study advisor as usual?

You can make an appointment with our study advisors via phone or Skype. Please see this page for more information: https://www.mdh.se/en/malardalen-university/student/the-student-centre/help-with-planning-your-studies-?external link