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Information for international students starting in the autumn semester of 2021

We understand that newly admitted students may have questions relating to your start with us and due to the coronavirus pandemic. We hope you will find the information and FAQ below useful!

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Södertörn University follows the recommendations of the Swedish Government and the national authorities. Information to the public from the responsible authorities about the coronavirus and the outbreak of COVID-19 can be found here: Official information on the COVID-19 pandemic External link, opens in new window.

FAQs for current and prospective students at Södertörn University due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Visit our website regularly for the latest information and please contact us at if you have additional questions.

Will education be on campus or distance learning at the start of the autumn 2021 semester?

Due to the pandemic, planning teaching activities remains a complex issue. The university plans for on-campus teaching, but will also retain online elements where these are desirable and justifiable. At the same time, we must be prepared to rapidly return to remote learning if the authorities require this.

I have been conditionally admitted but will not be able to submit my final documents from my current university before the autumn semester starts because of the coronavirus pandemic and the suspension of studies. What is the deadline for submitting my documents?

If you have been conditionally admitted, your place on the programme depends on you completing your Bachelor’s degree by the time the semester starts – and that you have the documents to prove it. Show this documentation to your department. If you cannot do so by the date set by your department, your admission will be cancelled, and you will not be able to register.

Is there a deadline for the tuition fee payment? Who do I contact about the payment of the tuition fee?

The Swedish Migration Agency requires proof that you have paid the tuition fee before they issue a resident permit. You must contact us if you need to defer your payment past the date on your payment order. Please contact the reference on your payment order.

Will the tuition fee be repaid if I am not able to get a residence permit or make it to Sweden on time due to the coronavirus pandemic?

If you are unable to get a residence permit or are unable to make it to Sweden on time due to the coronavirus, you will be eligible to apply for a tuition fee refund. For more information about tuition fees, refunds and other rules, please visit: Application and Tuitions Fees

Will the pandemic affect my application for a residence permit for studies?

The Swedish Migration Agency is the authority that is responsible for processing applications for residence permits. The agency has also published an FAQ page External link, opens in new window. for international students who have questions in light of COVID-19. We recommend that you visit their website or contact the nearest Swedish diplomatic mission to learn more about the current situation for visas and residence permits.

I will not be able to make it to Sweden by orientation week and/or the start of the autumn semester due to the coronavirus pandemic. What is the latest that I have to physically visit the university in order to complete my registration?

Registration is obligatory and normally done at the beginning of each semester. How it is done varies for different programmes and courses – some have a roll-call and others don’t. Your department will provide you with the relevant details, what you have to do and when.

Do I need a negative test result to be able to enter Sweden?

Foreign citizens aged 18 and above need to provide documentation proving that they do not have an active COVID-19 infection in order to enter Sweden. The test can be no more than 48 hours old. For more information visit the Swedish Police Authority website. External link, opens in new window.

If the university decides to have classes online (distance learning) instead of on campus after I have paid my tuition fee, will my tuition fee be refunded?

Yes, you can have a refund if there is a change from on campus classes to distance learning after you have paid your tuition fee. Instructions for requesting a refund are available on our website.

Is Södertörn University offering any support for its students during the coronavirus pandemic?

We are offering as much support as we can. All of our support functions, such as Careers and Study Guidance, the Study Support Unit and the Student Health Centre are open but are not accepting physical visits. Students are recommended to contact them via phone or email to make an appointment.

How do I apply for student accommodation?

As an international student at Södertörn University, you can apply for housing via the university. You can find information about student housing and how to apply here: Södertörn University Student Housing

Can I defer my studies if I cannot attend the university in the autumn of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic?

Unfortunately, newly admitted students will not be able to defer their studies until the autumn of 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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