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2020-05-18

Q&A coronavirus

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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 is now planning for the teaching to partly be conducted on campus and partly on distance during the autumn.

The government’s decision to ease the requirements for distance education applies from 15 June, meaning that also summer courses are included. Please note that the decision regarding the re-examination period in August remains.

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.

– Exactly what courses are course elements that will be conducted with on-campus versus distance teaching is not yet clear. Right now we are striving to create pre-conditions for running our operations the best way possible, for both students and staff. At the same time we need to continue to take a social responsibility and live up to the recommendations provided by the Public Health Agency, says Malin Gunnarsson, Assistant University Director at MDH.

The Management Team for Crisis and Alert Situation at MDH are currently processing the new directive from the government and will provide more detailed information during next week. As a student you can keep yourself updated through Canvas and the schedule and there get more specific information for you and your course.


Will the campus be closed down?

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 closing the premises for the public. The main purpose is to safeguard those around us and reduce the risk of spreading the Coronavirus to infect those who are part of a risk category.

Public areas
As a student you can access the University’s facilities by using your key card.
Opening hours: weekdays 8.00-17.00, weekends/Holidays: 10.00-15.00.

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.
biblioteket@mdh.se , 021-10 13 44

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.
Email and phone calls are answered: Monday-Thursday 8.00-16.00, Friday 8.00-15.00.
studenttorget@mdh.se , 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.


Am I entitled to keep my study maintenance grants if the University is closed?

As long as the education is conducted the study grants will be paid as usual. Due to this extraordinary situation the government has made a proposal to let students keep the study grants for the period for which was originally granted, if the education is cancelled.


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?

At this point we have not decided to pause the bus traffic. We however recommend all students to conduct their studies from home.


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