FAQ about our pandemic response
Here you will find answers to the most common questions we get about our response to the pandemic. Please note that the information on this page is subject to change at any time. Check back again regularly.
When can we return to studying on campus?
Karlstad University will gradually return to campus during autumn 2021 and will return fully to normal operations on November 8 (reading period five). The return to normal activities means that teaching, examination and laboratory work must primarily be carried out physically on site at Karlstad University for all student groups who have not been admitted to distance education, based on decisions for each course and program opportunity. However, any new recommendations and restrictions that are issued by the Public Health Agency and Region Värmland must be considered.
This applies between 1 October and 7 November
As a general rule, distance teaching and examination will continue until 7 November. However, some exceptions can be made to facilitate the gradual return to campus.
- Rb 54/21 Teaching and other activities during the current pandemic
- Rb 54/21 Appendix — application of vice-chancellor’s
Where can I study on campus?
From 1 October, the University and the University Library can be fully utilised again.The Library can once again be used as a place of study for both individuals and groups. The group rooms are available for drop-in visits. Books can be returned in the return box outside the university's main entrance.The library is also available digitally.
What are the University library's opening hours?
How do students book rooms and group rooms?
From 1 October, the University Library and all rooms at the University can be fully utilised again. Students will have the option of booking meeting rooms and group rooms online, using My Kau. Students who belong to a student association can leave a request to book a room via the Student Union.
Should I report if I've been exposed to the corona virus?
If you are exposed to the coronavirus in connection with your studies, a serious incident report must be filed with the Swedish Work Environment Authority, even if you are not infected or develop any symptoms.
Possible exposure scenarios include studying or having studied in close proximity to a fellow student who is confirmed or suspected to have Covid-19. Contact the University’s chief security officer, Jan Gambring, at 070-201 05 69 and describe the situation. The chief security officer will then file a report with the Swedish Work Environment Authority and the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan).
Please note that a report to the Swedish Work Environment Authority does not need to be made when the infection is not directly related to the studies, such as at a student party or other student gathering.
What measures are being taken to ensure that on-campus examinations are held in a safe way?
- Hand sanitizer available in the examination halls.
- Plexiglass barriers placed in strategic places.
Rules for examinations on campus
If you have an upcoming written examination and show cold-like symptoms, you should stay at home. Then you can instead take the re-examination. We ask you to respect the Swedish Public Health Agency's recommendations to prevent infection.
If you belong to a risk group and have a written examination, it may be possible to replace it with another form of examination. It is up to the examiner to decide whether a different form of examination is possible. If it is not possible to change examination form, you will be asked to do a retake. In cases where it is possible to take another form of examination, you must verify to the examiner that you belong to a risk group.
Can all students get vaccinated in Värmland?
All Swedish students can get vaccinated in Värmland. This also applies to those from outside Värmland, contact Region Värmland on telephone 010-831 80 70, to book an appointment for vaccination. You can get your second dose of vaccine in Värmland, even if you have already had your first dose in your home region. This also applies to residents from outside Sweden, I e exchange students, free movers and guest lecturers.
I feel worried, who can I talk to?
How does copying, printing and printing work?
Printers, copiers and the Copyshop are running normally on campus. The timelimit for printing orders is 72 hours.
The Printing Office is open 09.00 – 15.30
Telefon: 054-700 20 70
I need help with study guidance, how do I do?
How does teacher training placements work during the pandemic?
Placements are a compulsory part of teacher training that must be completed for a Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Pre-School Education or Bachelor or Master of Arts in Education. Therefore, we cannot cancel placements. It is also important that the majority of our teacher students are able to complete their training within the normal programme length. This means that placements cannot be postponed either. We understand that you may have a lot of questions about placements during the corona pandemic and have gathered frequently asked questions and answers here:
- FAQ's about teacher training placements (in Swedish)
What do I have to do to keep my students grant from the Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN) now that the University changes to distance education?
We refer all questions about student grants to the Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN).
I have just returned from travel abroad – what do I do?
I plan to go abroad for exchange studies – will this be possible?
Karlstad University and the International Office observe guidelines issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Public Health Agency of Sweden, as well as your host university. As long as these three agencies consider it safe and appropriate to carry out exchange studies, we will not make any changes in your placement. Keep updated about the situation in the country where you are planning to complete exchange studies. Since your travel is several months away, it is impossible to say what the situation will be like.
- If you have questions, please contact the International Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How does my insurance work during the pandemic?
After a government decision due to the corona pandemic, the insurance also applies to distance studies. The insurance applies to accidents during distance studies if the accident is directly related to the studies to be performed.
The insurance also applies if you become ill or injured during your VFU and after a government decision due to the corona pandemic, Covid 19 is also covered by the diseases covered by the insurance.
How do I find out more about the graduation ceremony?
The Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (SweSAT) will be held 25 October, how?
The Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) will hold the autumn’s SweSAT on 25 October. The test will have two restrictions – only people without a previous valid test result can register and a maximum of 27,600 people will be able to take the test.