How education will be carried out at Chalmers autumn 2021

The gradual return to campus will continue throughout October, with the aim to be fully complete by 1 November, 2021. All teaching will be conducted without restrictions from 1 November (study period 2).​

Updated 24 September 2021

During the autumn semester following applies to all education at Chalmers:

  • During the study period 1, (30 August–31 October 2021) students should have at least half of their scheduled teaching on campus. Examiners have the opportunity to increase the number of students in campus-based teaching elements where it is pedagogically motivated.

  • During study period 2 (1 November–16 January 2022) all teaching will be conducted without restrictions.

  •  In order to ensure safety, there are continued provisions to give visors to students who want them, in situations when distance cannot be maintained.​

  • From study period 1, the starting point is that all exams will be conducted on campus.
    During study period 1, however, it will still be possible for the examiner to change the form of examination.
    Read more on examinations during autumn 2021​

  • During the academic year 2020/2021, there have been opportunities for deviations from the syllabus with regard to examination forms. This possibility remains even during study period 1. Ordinary management of this process, with formal requests required for changes to the syllabus, will apply again from study period 2.​

  •  The limit on the number of students in lecture rooms will be lifted and they can again be used at their specified capacity from 29 September.

  • As teaching will be conducted on campus to the extent permitted by restrictions and recommendations, all students, including international master’s students, must be prepared to participate in campus studies throughout the semester. 

  • Depending on current restrictions and recommendations, all students will be given the opportunity to have campus-based education, but if priorities between different groups of students need to be made, first year students will be prioritised.

  • Chalmers accepts students for exchange studies if it follows the guidelines from the student's home university. Do you have questions about exchange studies, please contact your CIM-coordinator​.

Decisions are subjects to change 

Please note that the current decisions about the education in the autumn semester can change due to external circumstances. Keep yourself updated via and the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website​.

Information on vaccination against Covid-19

Chalmers recommends that you get vaccinated as soon as possible to help reduce the spread of Covid. If you have the possibility of getting vaccinated in your home country before travelling to Sweden, Chalmers recommend you to do so. If you have taken the first dose in another region or country, you can book an appointment for dose two from 1 September in Västra Götaland. ​It applies to all students.
Read more on finding a vaccination centre and how to book an appointment.

Positive covid-19 test?​

If you have received a positive Covid-19 test and participated in teaching on campus 48 hours before you got symptoms, please contact​. State which course you are studying and which elements you have participated in on campus during the current period.
Reimbursement of tuition fees
International master’s students who have paid tuition fees for the autumn semester  2021, but who, due to prevailing circumstances, wish to resign from their place of study, may have this tuition fee reimbursed. An application for a refund must have been received by Chalmers no later than the start of the semester, 30 August 2021.
Read more about the conditions for reimbursement​

Practical questions about remote education

What if I arrive late to campus and miss parts of my education?  
If you arrive to campus later than the semester starts (30 August), we unfortunately cannot guarantee that you can follow the education or take part in assessments online since we have a hybrid of digital- and campus-based teaching. Please note that it’s important that you participate in the compulsory parts of a course. If you miss those, you won’t be able to complete the course until the next academic year. Since you need to have reached a certain number of credits to renew your residence permit after the first academic year, this may affect the renewal process.
Read more about the renewal of residence permit on the Migration Agency’s website

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. 

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.

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: Fri 24 Sep 2021.