How teaching will be carried out at Chalmers in the spring 2021

During the spring semester, Chalmers will continue to conduct education in a mixed format, with some parts carried out on campus, and some parts digitally. Our ambition is to increase the amount of campus-based education and contact between teachers and students as much as possible in the spring semester while following the official recommendations​ and risk assessments. 

  • Students in programmes that are integrated between Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg will be informed about how to act if there are decisions that differ between the two institutions.
  • Internships (VFU) and vessel-based education (FFU) can be carried out provided that the authorities' recommendations on social distancing are followed and a risk analysis is done.

International students need to be at campus at the start of the semester

  • International students are required to be present at Campus no later than the start of the spring semester, 18 January, 2021 if they are to continue their studies during the spring. Students who cannot appear on campus by the start of the spring semester 2021 may apply for a study break and resume their studies later. If you have questions, contact your study guidance counsellor or read more about how to apply for study break at the Student Portal.
  • If you are only writing a thesis during the spring semester (not taking or being examined in any courses), please discuss with your examiner if you need to be present in Sweden or not.​
  • If you are unable to arrive in time for the spring semester 2021 and have already paid the tuition fee for the semester, you can have it refunded. An application for this must have been received by Chalmers no later than the start of the semester on 18 January 2021. You can send your application for a refund to

Exchange studies under certain conditions 

  • Chalmers has decided to accept incoming exchange students and nominate our own students for outgoing exchange programmes. Incoming exchange students may carry out their exchange if their home university permits it, and there are no entry restrictions from their country to Sweden. In addition, the student must arrive at Chalmers for their studies. If this is not possible at the start of the semester, the examiner may decide whether the student can join later – and if so, when. 
  • For outgoing students, the exchange may be carried out if there are no travel restrictions to the destination country. Even if the studies take place remotely, the student must be physically in the destination country during the exchange period, for insurance and scholarships to apply. It may be possible to be at Chalmers for a study period and then join the exchange university if there is room on the Chalmers courses and everything can be arranged to fit in with the study planning. 
  • Do you have questions about exchange studies, contact your CIM-coordinator​.

Decisions are subjects to change 

Please note that the current decisions about the education in the spring semester can change due to external circumstances. 
Comprehensive information on the Covid-19 situation
At you will find comprehensive information and instructions on the situation regarding Covid-19. The information is continuously updated.

Practical questions about remote education

Is there anything in that I should think about regarding remote learning?
As a student, you are responsible for your own study situation and it is important that you establish good routines and a functioning structure for your homework, and that you take advantage of the information and instructions which are being continuously updated on websites and platforms.

Studentportalen has tips on how to make your studies work as smoothly as possible. The Study Counsellor for your programme can also support you in this situation and is available on weekdays via email or phone. Contact information can be found here.

What if I miss other forms of compulsory assessments because I get sick?
The same rules apply as for courses on campus. That is, if you miss compulsory assessments due to illness, you need to compensate for them later. Contact your examiner to discuss further if this occurs. You as a student must promptly inform the university via​ if you have been on campus in a teaching situation and within 24 hours afterwards experience symptoms of covid-19. Tell which course you are studying at the time of the possible infection.

I don't have my own computer, what should I do?
As a student with a pass card, you can use the computer labs on campus as usual.

I need special programs to continue my course, that I do not have on my personal computer, what should I do?
The computer labs on campus are open and you can work there if you need to. You can also connect to the Chalmers student computers remotely so that you can access software from home.

There are also several software programs that you can download and install on your own computer, see more at Studentportalen / Contact / IT support / Software.

Use student computers from home:

StuDAT Windows
StuDAT Linux

Does my insurance apply when I study remotely?
Personal injury insurance for students, which is  an accident insurance that you, as a student, are covered by during school hours/internships in Sweden, does not apply if you study or participate in online education from home, at city libraries and so on. For accidents at home, you must have your own home insurance.

For students who are covered by one of the policies Student IN / FAS / FAS plus and choose to stay in Sweden and participate in distance education, the insurance applies as usual. If you want to cancel your studies or participate in distance education from your home country, the trip to your home country is not covered. You are also not covered by any insurance from the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency in your home country, even if you conduct remote study at a Swedish college or university.

What tools should we as students use to collaborate?
Chalmers has no specific recommendations here. It is possible to form groups in Canvas and also use Microsoft Teams​, which contains many functions for sharing information, having digital meetings and communicating. You can log in with your Chalmers account. It is also possible to use other communication and collaboration platforms which are available.

May teachers record livestreamed lectures and publish it on Canvas? 

Recording a lecture constitute personal data processing if a student risks being included picture or having their speech recorded. To minimize the risks of personal data being spread without a student's approval, the lecturer should start by telling them that the lecture will be recorded and that those who do not want to risk being caught on picture / sound may turn off their camera and ask any questions via chat instead of by speech. The filmed lecture may only be shared in a closed Canvas room open only to the course participants and may not be used in future teaching (eg. if the lecture were to be given online another time). The filmed lecture must also be deleted after the course is completed.​

Page manager Published: Tue 02 Feb 2021.