Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus and COVID-19, the University is following the updates and recommendations from the Public Health Agency. Keep updated on how the pandemic is affecting Malmö University. This content was updated February 17.

Stricter general recommendations in Skåne

Due to the increased spread of the coronavirus in the region, authorities have decided on stricter general recommendations affecting public gatherings and events.

As the University’s activities are not considered public gatherings, lectures and exams are not affected by the new restriction which otherwise limit public gatherings to a maximum of eight people.

If you do not have scheduled teaching on campus, you are encouraged to study from home if possible. The University’s premises and the University library in Orkanen, are still open for students who need to, for example, access computers or Wi-Fi.

Students who need to go to the University or placements are not affected by the recommendation to avoid public transport for the purposes of travelling to and from mandatory University activities. Do consider using other modes of transport if possible.

Information about healthcare and COVID-19 in Skåne (skane.se)

Everyone has a personal responsibility to follow the national guidelines:

FAQ about COVID-19 (folkhalsomyndigheten.se)

It is important that you as a student stay up to date on current information concerning your education via Canvas.

 

Malmö University conducts education digitally and on campus spring semester 2021

The University is conducting education digitally and on campus spring semester 2021. The focus is to teach digitally. This is to uphold its high quality standard in education whilst maintaining social distancing. A number of precautionary measures has been taken to ensure that any campus-based activities can be carried out to comply with directives from authorities. The University is continuously adapting its activities to contribute to a reduction in the spread of infection.

For you as a student, this means that teaching and exams will mainly be conducted using digital solutions. Exceptions are made for teaching and examinations that require physical attendance if deemed necessary to ensure quality in the education. These exceptions might be subject to change depending on the current situation. Current students will receive more information about what applies to your programme or course via Canvas.

Find information about digital teaching, student services and support here

Study safely

  • Study from home if possible. If you do not have a scheduled class, you are encouraged to study from home. Only use the University premises as a place to study if you have to.
  • Meet digitally for group work. Group rooms in several of the university buildings are no longer open for students to book. Kranen (Police programme) and Klerken (Faculty of Odontology). 
  • Study safely at the University. The University premises and libraries will continue to be open to those who need it. Remember to keep your distance and follow the instructions on site.
  • Also, keep in mind that the city libraries in Malmö do not have any open study places at the moment. If you cannot study from home, avoid places with a lot of people when choosing a place to study.

The Public Health Agency states that it is important anyone with symptoms, including mild symptoms, limit physical contact where infection can be transmitted. It is important that you stay home if you are ill, and two days after being symptom-free. 

Frequently asked questions

All international students have medical insurance coverage.

More information about your health insurance is available here

Digital teaching means that the University premises will be closed or have limited opening hours, and that staff are asked to work from home when possible. Teaching and exams will be conducted both digitally and on campus, with a focus on digital teaching. 

What are the conditions of the personal injury insurance?

As a student at a Swedish university or university college, a personal injury insurance is available that covers your time at school and your journey to and from school. This insurance is free for all students.

When participating in your studies from home, you are not covered by the personal injury insurance from Kammarkollegiet. Instead, you are referred to your home insurance.

You are covered by the insurance during the times if you have lectures or other mandatory parts on campus.

Incoming exchange students

The personal injury insurance covers incoming exchange students that are physically in Sweden, even if the student is undertaking distance studies. If the student is undertaking the exchange studies from another country than Sweden, then the insurance does not provide coverage.

Most of the University's teaching is now carried out digitally. In your schedule, you can find all occasions, meaning both classes conducted on campus and classes taught online. If your class is carried out online, there will be no lecture hall displayed in the schedule. If you are uncertain about your schedule, you can contact the course coordinator via Canvas.

 

Education on university premises

What precautions is the University taking to ensure that I can feel safe during sit-in exams?

The University is constantly adapting its activities to make sure that teaching and examination can be carried out in a safe manner. Several measures have been taken to prevent the spread of infection during sit-in exams:

  • There will be a maximum of 35 students in halls that ordinarily seats 82-240, and
  • a maximum of 25 students in halls that ordinarily seats 60.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in the facilities.
  • The students are placed at a distance from each other.
  • Students have the opportunity to disinfect surfaces if they wish.

To reduce the risk of infection spreading and to prevent congestion before the start of the exam, you may need to queue outside the building. When larger student groups take sit-in exams, only 10 students at a time will be admitted to the building. When you are admitted to the building, you must find your examination hall and go there directly to prevent congestion.

The doors open 30 minutes before the start of the exam. If you arrive before the doors open, you can wait in public places in the building until the doors open.

Please arrive in good time for the exam to reduce the risk of congestion when the exam begins. It is your own responsibility to keep your distance on the University premises. It is very important that you form a queue at least two meters away from each other and crowd by the entrance. It is important that you follow the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations and stay at home if you have any symptoms.

The premises are cleaned regularly and you have the opportunity to disinfect surfaces such as tables, keyboards and calculators before and after use.

If you have forgotten your face mask, you can collect one from the reception desks in the University buildings. 

What is the University doing to prevent the spread of infection on its premises?

This autumn and spring semester 2021, teaching is conducted both digitally and on campus. To comply with directives from authorities we have taken a number of measures. Among other things, the number of study places on University premises are limited. If you have forgotten your face mask, you can collect one from the reception desks in the University buildings. 

To avoid spreading the infection, it is important that you follow the instructions which will be placed around University buildings and, if you have even mild symptoms, you are to stay home.

Where can I study?

In line with the Government's latest decision, universities and schools in Sweden can stay open. As a student, you can access several of the University’s buildings with your Multicard and code. We have taken a number of measures to ensure a safe study environment, such as limited opening hours, limited number of study places, and limited access to our premises. You should only study on the University’s premises if you have to. To prevent the spread of infection, it is important that you stay home if you show even the slightest symptoms of illness, remember to keep your distance, wash your hands, and follow the instructions on the posters at the University.

Remember to avoid crowded places when choosing a place to study. This applies even outside the University. Currently, there are no reading and study places available at the city libraries in the region.

Teaching and exams will be conducted remotely, as far as possible. 

Exemptions can be granted for teaching and examining elements that require physical attendance if they are deemed necessary to ensure the quality and progression of such education. All exemptions must follow current recommendations from the Public Health Agency to reduce the spread of infection. 

I belong to a risk group and/or live with someone who belongs in the risk group. Can my studies be adapted accordingly?

If you are unable to participate in learning, a study activity or an examination that requires physical attendance, the University can, where possible, make an individual study plan.

This might be because you belong to a risk group or share a household with someone who belongs to a risk group. What adjustments are possible is decided upon by the course coordinator or examiner. If you are a student and are affected by this, you should contact the study and career adviser at your faculty, they will help you further with an individual study plan.

Find the right study and career adviser

If it is not possible to make adjustments, or if you do not accept the adjustments, you can apply for leave from studies. The application for leave from studies is assessed according to the regular routine. You need to be able to prove that you belong to a risk group or share a household with a person in a risk group with, for example, a medical certificate.

Read more about leave from studies

Most exams at Malmö University are conducted digitally due to the corona pandemic. There are some exceptions where the examination requires physical attendance and can be done on campus. If you belong to a risk group or share a household with someone who belongs to a risk group, the University can adapt the examination for you if possible. Which adjustments are possible is decided upon by the examiner.

If you are a student and are affected by this, you must contact the examiner for the course no later than 14 days before the exam so that the adjustment can be carried out. You will then receive an email from the exam administration if adjustments can be made.

If it is not possible to make adjustments, or if you do not accept the adjustments, you can apply for leave from studies.

How are students kept informed about the situation?

All information about the coronavirus from Malmö University directed to students can be found on this page. If you have questions about your course, please contact your course coordinator or equivalent.

Internships and studies abroad

I’m doing my exchange studies/internship abroad in spring 2021, will I be able to go?

Follow the advice and recommendations that you receive from your host university/your host organisation and stay updated through local authorities, the WHO, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Public Health Agency. 

The situation may change with short notice and your host university might decide not to accept exchange students, or your internship may be cancelled. Always apply for courses in Malmö as a back-up for the spring semester in case anything should happen.

If you are offered to do your exchange or your internship virtually as distance studies, contact your International Coordinator in order to make sure that it may be transferred into your studies.

I'm on exchange right now in a country with an outbreak of the coronavirus is. What applies to me?

Follow the advice and recommendations you receive from the host university and stay updated through local authorities, WHO, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Public Health Agency. 

You are also welcome to contact internationaloffice@mau.se

I am on exchange studies/an internship abroad, what are the terms and conditions regarding my insurance through Malmö University?

All outgoing exchange students and students doing an internship abroad are covered by the insurance ‘Student OUT’ through Kammarkollegiet. The insurance is only valid in the country where your host university/internship organization/company is situated.

From July 1, 2021 the Student OUT insurance will not be valid for travels to countries and regions where the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advice against travels. The advice against travels to the region should be in place at the time of your travels for the insurance not to be valid. If you started your travels before the advice against travels, you are covered by the insurance for a maximum of 30 days when the advice applies. During this time you are expected to travel back to Sweden. If your domicile is in a country other than Sweden, the insurance can reimburse travel there. More information about the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advice against travels can be found on the Governmental offices website (in Swedish).

If you choose to study from another country than your host country, or if you return to Sweden or another country and continue to study/do your internship as distance studies you are not covered by Kammarkollegiet’s Student OUT during that time. In this case you need to arrange for private insurance.

For the terms and conditions of the Student OUT insurance please see Kammarkollegiet’s website.

Information about the student insurance “Swedish State’s Insurance during Education abroad”

Corona – questions and answers from Kammarkollegiet 

If you need to make an insurance claim please contact the International Office at internationaloffice@mau.se

I am currently on/am going on Erasmus+ exchange studies or an Erasmus+ internship. What are the conditions regarding the scholarship?

The European Commission has somewhat revised the conditions for the scholarship during the current pandemic. The conditions now state that students may receive a scholarship for the period in which the student participates in physical mobility. It is the time that the student spends in the host country, not the format of teaching, that will be the basis for the calculation of the scholarship.

A student that does physical mobility, i.e. studies in the host country whether it is virtually or on campus, will be eligible for the scholarship. A student that studies virtually, from another country than the host country, will not be eligible for the scholarship.

Your exchange can be a mix of virtual (virtual studies from another country than your host country) and physical in your host country. In case of a mixed exchange then the scholarship would only be allocated for the physical exchange.

Affected students will be contacted directly in case of any changes regarding the conditions of the scholarship.

Do not hesitate to contact the Erasmus+ coordinator for any questions in connection to your scholarship.

Contact Erasmus+ coordinator Rebecca Arklöf

Contact

If you have questions about how the pandemic affects your study situation, you are welcome to contact study@mau.se

Accessing university buildings

The University has limited opening hours and the number of study places on university premises is limited. As a student, you can access several of the university's buildings with your Multicard and code. You should only study on the University’s premises if you have to. 

More information about the coronavirus

Students are encouraged to keep informed by following these web pages:

Guidance for international students outside EU/EES due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic

Living in a household with a person with a COVID-19 infection 

If you are living with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 infection, you are a possible carrier of the infection. According to the Swedish Public Health Agency’s recommendations, you should stay home for seven days from the day the infected person is tested for COVID-19. 

Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations if you live with a person infected by COVID-19 (in Swedish)