On 18 March, Mälardalen University (MDH) made a temporary switch-over to distance teaching and examinations. The University premises are still open for students and staff although both are recommended to work and study from home if possible. We hope to have switched back to on-campus teaching by the start of the autumn semester 2020. However, we will keep our admitted students updated on the situation via email.
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Mälardalen University (MDH) has made a temporary switch-over to distance teaching and examinations. The University premises are still open for students and staff although both are recommended to work and study from home if possible. We hope to have switched back to on-campus teaching by the start of the autumn semester 2020. However, we will keep our admitted students updated on the situation via email and on the website.
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.
I am admitted to studies starting in the autumn 2020, will the university be open as usual by then?
We hope to have shifted back to on-campus teaching again by the start of the autumn semester 2020. However, we will keep our admitted students updated on the situation via email and here on our website. There will be a decision in the matter by 8 June at the latest. On 27 May MDH decided that we will welcome new students, both national and international, if allowed by the government.
I am about to pay the first instalment of the tuition fee for a programme starting in the autumn 2020. What will happen if I cannot begin my studies because of COVID-19?
We understand that you are worried about the situation regarding COVID-19. Our hope is that the situation will become better and that it will be possible for you to arrive safely to MDH and begin your studies as planned. If you plan on commencing your studies in the autumn 2020, you must pay the tuition fee for the first semester by deadline, which has been extended to 15 June. Not doing so might result in you not being able to get your residence permit on time.
We can however assure you that MDH will have a generous policy regarding refunds of tuition fees. For example, you have the right to reimbursement of the tuition fee if you are prevented from leaving your home country, or from entering Sweden, due to COVID-19. The same applies if you, due to health reasons, are prevented from starting your studies as planned.
Please note that no deduction or refund will be made due to the education having temporarily shifted from on-campus to distance teaching.
If the spread of COVID-19 prevents me from commencing my studies in autumn 2020, can I defer my admission to autumn 2021?
If you are admitted to a programme and want to postpone your studies, you can apply for deferment of studies. The application form for deferment states the grounds on which we by law are able to grant deferment on.
If you have been awarded a scholarship from the University, the scholarship cannot be deferred.
Can I defer and start my studies in spring 2021?
The international programmes at MDH only start once every year, in autumn (late August/early September). This means that it will not be possible to defer to spring studies.
I am conditionally admitted to a Master’s programme, due to the fact that I was still finishing my Bachelor’s degree. I’m finished with my Bachelor’s, but as my university has closed, I am not able to receive my degree certificate. How do I go about?
The important thing is that you can show that you have in fact graduated from your Bachelor’s programme before the start of the Master’s at MDH. You can usually present your degree certificate after coming to MDH, if you have not received it earlier.
Due to the Coronavirus, I will not be/was not able to complete my Bachelor’s programme on time. Can I still start my Master’s studies at MDH in autumn and finish my Bachelor’s degree in parallel online?
In order to start your studies at MDH in autumn 2020, you must have completed your Bachelor’s studies by the time the programme starts. You must also be able to submit proof of graduation. In some cases, you may be able to apply for deferment, in order to start your studies in autumn 2021 instead. However, we cannot guarantee that your application for deferment is granted, since it is a matter of assessment of the reasons.
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.
I don’t feel safe to travel to MDH yet, can I start my programme via distance education?
At this point, in late May 2020, MDH is only temporarily offering distance education of all our programmes and course, and doing so due to the recommendations imposed by the Swedish Government. Students are expected to be able to return to on-campus education as soon as this is considered safe and the Swedish Government changes their recommendations.
We are thoroughly looking into a contingency plan where our educations might need to start as distance educations in August, and we will keep you updated about the developments. A decision will be made by the University Management by 8 June at the latest.
Will you be arranging the Reception and Introduction days as per normal?
Our plan is to arrange our autumn Reception and Introduction days as per normal. However, it is too early to confirm details at this time. We will keep you updated of the developments.