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Due to the coronavirus Covid-19. Here you will find answers to some of the most common questions for exchange students.

Questions and answers regarding Covid-19 for exchange students

Questions and answers regarding Covid-19 for exchange students

Due to the coronavirus Covid-19. Here you will find answers to some of the most common questions for exchange students.

MDH follows the developments and recommendations issued by the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. These authorities are continuously updating their information and recommendations.

Find out more about the university's general recommendations on COVID-19external link.

There is a lot of disinformation around the spread of the Coronavirus and websites that might contain harmful code. Please only use trustworthy sources when you search for information.

Below you will find links to organizations that continually update information and recommendations relating to the Corona virus.

I am coming to MDH for exchange studies starting in the spring 2021, will the university be open as usual by then?

Exactly what courses and course elements that will be conducted on campus or on distance is yet to be determined. Currently MDH is working to create the best preconditions for students and staff to be able to operate as good as possible. Please note that the situation can changed rapidly due to the current situation.

As a student you can keep yourself updated on information by visiting our website.

If the spread of COVID-19 prevents me from commencing my studies in spring 2021, can I defer my admission to autumn 2021?

Contact the international coordinator at your home university as well as the international coordinator at MDH to see what the possibilities are to postpone your exchange studies.

I don’t feel safe to travel to MDH yet, can I start my programme via distance education?

Contact the international coordinator at your school to see which arrangements can be made for you.

When does the spring semester starts?

The spring semester starts January 18th 2021.

What about traveling to Sweden, are there any specific requirements connected to Covid-19 like quarantine, restrictions, face masks, health statements?

There is no quarantine requirements for travelers to Sweden. Airline operators may require passengers to show a health statement but this is no general requirement for entering Sweden. Swedavia airports recommends that you use face masks at the airport.

There is currently no general requirement to wear a face mask in normal social situation, in public places, in public transport, etc. Please note that his may change.

If you are interested in the Swedish government’s strategy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit https://www.government.se/articles/2020/04/strategy-in-response-to-the-covid-19-pandemic/external link

A temporary entry ban to non-essential travels to Sweden from other countries than the EU/EEA, except the UK or Switzerland is currently in effect until December 22, 2020 (inclusive). You can read more about this at https://polisen.se/en/the-swedish-police/the-coronavirus-and-the-swedish-police/faq/external link

Västmanland County, in which Västerås is located, has applied stricter general recommendations and restrictions that have an impact in day to day routines, not limited to study time. These recommendations and restrictions are in effect until December 10, 2020 but may be extended. You can read more about these recommendations and restrictions at https://www.krisinformation.se/en/news/2020/november/stricter-general-recommendations-in-dalarna-varmland-vastmanland-and-on-gotland/external link

Similar recommendations and restrictions are in effect in Södermanland County, in which Eskilstuna is located, are in effect until November 26, 2020 but may be extended. You can read more about these at https://www.krisinformation.se/en/news/2020/november/decision-on-stricter-general-recommendations-in-kronoberg-county-and-sodermanland-county/external link

When should I buy my tickets?

Due to uncertainty both globally and locally, we recommend that you wait as long as possible with booking your trip to Mälardalen University. When booking any tickets, we encourage you to select rebookable/refundable tickets, as the situation may change rapidly.

Please do not make any travel arrangements until you have received a confirmation from the accommodation agency on when you can pick up your keys and access your accommodation facility. Failure to do so may result in additional expenses such as hotel fares, etc. MDH will not be responsible for any charges such as cancellation of mobilities, closer of borders, etc.

How do I get access to my accommodation and where can I pick up my keys?

You can apply for accommodation through our collaboration partner Bostad Västerås at https://www.bostadvasteras.se/en/external link

Please make sure that you read the refund policies carefully and should you have any questions, please contact the accommodation agency directly!

When signing your housing contract you will get information from the housing agency about access and how to pick up your keys etc. For questions regarding accommodation please contact Bostad Västerås directly.

What if I get ill while in Sweden?

People from other countries who become ill while temporarily in Sweden are always entitled to emergency care, or necessary care that cannot be postponed until they return home. Those covered by social insurance in other EU and EEA countries can receive health care in Sweden on the same terms as Swedes. If applicable, make sure that your European Health Insurance Card is valid and that you bring it with you!

You can read more at https://www.krisinformation.se/en/finding-help-and-services/information-about-swedish-healthcare-for-people-visiting-swedenexternal link

What does the insurance Student IN cover?

Incoming exchange students are covered, free of charge, by the Student IN insurance during their studies in Sweden. You can read more about the conditions at https://www.kammarkollegiet.se/engelska/start/all-services/insurance-for-foreign-visitors/student-insurance/exchange-students-in-swedenexternal link

Please note that we strongly suggest that you subscribe to an insurance that covers cancellation expenses such as rental fees and airfare due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Student In insurance does not cover these expenses.

Please note that Mälardalen University will not be held responsible for losses or penalties due to cancelation.

When / If a vaccine for Covid-19 is approved when I’m in Sweden. Will I be able to get vaccinated?

In a first interim report of the national COVID-19 vaccination plan, the Public Health Agency of Sweden has proposed which groups should be vaccinated once an approved COVID-19 vaccine is available in Sweden. According to this proposal, people who are 70 years of age and older, other risk groups, as well as healthcare and nursing staff should be given priority.

More information can be found on the website: https://www.krisinformation.se/en/hazards-and-risks/disasters-and-incidents/2020/official-information-on-the-new-coronavirus/vaccine-medicine-and-treatmentexternal link


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