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.

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

We follow the recommendation from the government. Due to the Coronavirus we will from tomorrow on conduct distance education only. This applies both for lectures and examinations. For specific details around your course please refer to Canvas and your schedule.

Will the campus be closed down?

The University is closing the premises for the public but keep them open for students however with limited opening hours. 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: 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

For how long will we be having distance education?

We don’t know. The government has not given us a specific timeframe, the decision applies until further notice.

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?

Given the current circumstances no study trips abroad will be granted. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against all travels abroad until 14 April. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs are regularly updating their recommendations and we request everyone to follow.

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