Information for directors of studies and teachers

Last changed: 08 June 2021

Information regarding teaching during the Corona virus pandemic: Decisions, instructions, guidelines and useful tips.

8 June update: New instructions for teaching and examination 2021 autumn semester. The chair of the Board of Education has decided on Instructions for teaching and examination in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 autumn semester. Read more under the heading "Decisions and instructions".

8 June update: New guidelines for room booking for the autumn courses. Read more under the heading "Room Booking".

28 April update: The Swedish Migration Agency does not have requirements for minimum amount of on-campus attendance for the academic year 2021/2022. This means that international students can study in Sweden even if most of their course components will be given online. The starting point is still that students must stay in Sweden to complete their education. Read more in the "FAQ" below.


Decisions and instructions

8 June update

New instructions for teaching and examination 2021 autumn semester

The chair of the Board of Education has decided on Instructions for teaching and examination in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 autumn semester.

  • The previously adopted instructions for the 2021 summer semester remain.
  • For resits and other types of renewed assessment that take place before the autumn semester starts, the lighter restrictions set out in this decision may be applied where possible.
  • For the 2021 autumn semester, teaching and examination may take place on campus. However, to prevent the spread of infection, not everyone will be allowed to return at the same time. The guidelines from the Public Health Agency apply and measures must be taken to reduce the spread of infection.
  • Pool teaching rooms cannot be used to their full extent. The instructions contain an order of priority for classrooms as long as restrictions are still in place. The aim is for students on all degree programmes to have teaching on campus approximately one day a week.

You find the decision here: Instructions for teaching and examination in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 autumn semester

13 April update

Further extended instructions for teaching and examination

We want to inform that the chair of the Board of Education has decided on Further extension of instructions for teaching and examination at first- and second-cycle level in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

NOTE! The decision only applies to the summer semester, for the autumn semester there are new instructions, see above.

Room booking

Booking classrooms

Course leaders are given the opportunity to complete previous room bookings for period 1 or to place new ones. Contact the local booking urgently and we will handle your request.

Contact Tracing Procedure

Contact tracing procedure

Each region is responsible for contact tracing procedure, and routines may vary.

If you, as manager or teacher/course coordinator, learns that an employee or student has been found infected, may be involved in each region's infection tracking. More information about infection tracking can be found at, select the current region. (information in Swedish)

Report to SLU centrally

To make sure that we have a complete picture of the situation and can identify what support our organisation may need, information about those infected and the contact tracing measures you have taken must be reported to SLU centrally. Teachers should inform their head of department. Heads of department/managers then report to

Who should you inform?

You must not inform anyone else about who has tested positive for Covid-19 unless you have the permission of the infected person to do so. If you think there is a reason to inform others and the infected person has agreed to this, it is ok to do so. If you want advice on this, contact your region’s disease control unit.

In addition, if you think it is needed, you can inform the rest of your organisation that someone has tested positive. If you do, do not provide detailed information on which unit/class/group is affected. Remind everyone of the advice from the Public Health Agency to reduce the spread of the virus.

Corona-FAQ for teacher and directors of studies

Virus exposure must be reported

22 January update:

Employers must, without delay, report exposures of established covid-19 at the workplace as a serious incident to the Swedish Work Environment Authority. 

The registration requirement applies even if others did not become infected. The requirement also applies to our students if they have been infected or are at risk of becoming infected on campus. The responsibility follows previous routines for infection tracing, ie. immediate manager reports. For students, the teacher or course coordinator informs the head of department, who then makes a report.

Notification of a serious incident must also be made retroactively. If the report is not made without delay, the Swedish Work Environment Authority and the court can impose penalties. However, the Swedish Work Environment Authority will not report people for prosecution when they have followed what was previously read on their website. In the older version, it was not clear that this applies to all workers, regardless of occupation.

In the event of a confirmed infection (where both parties tested positive) and it occurred at work (where it is assessed as a probable / possible route of infection), it must also be documented in accordance with §11 2018: 4 Infection risks.

Read more:
• Report occupational injury, corinavirus / covid-19.
• Information about a report of a serious incident if an employee has been exposed to the new coronavirus.

Entry to Sweden

Here you find updated information about travel restrictions to Sweden.

Student finance

The Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN) updates its web pages ( regularly – refer students to them if they have any questions on student finance.

Will there be any reductions or refunds paying students

The university is working hard to make sure that courses and examinations can still be completed through distance teaching. Like all universities in Sweden, SLU will follow our tuition fee policies. This means that there will be no reductions or refunds for this spring semester, as long as there are no major changes to the course syllabus.

Please note that if you choose to discontinue a course in the first three weeks, you are entitled to a full refund. However, before you make this decision, you should make sure that this will not cause any problems with your residence permit or the possibility to finish your degree.


If you suspect that you have contracted the virus, read more at (emergency information from Swedish authorities), or phone 113 13 (national information number for information on emergencies) and ask for advice.

Staff who have questions about how this issue is handled at SLU, or who need practical advice in case they become infected, should contact their immediate superior.

Students should contact their programme director of studies, contact details can be found on the programme web pages.

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