Information about education regarding COVID-19
[Updated 2022-08-26] This information is aimed at teachers at Karolinska Institutet regarding education due to COVID-19. This page is updated if new recommendations or information apply.
The Swedish Public Health Agency and the government phased out most measures against COVID-19 on 9 February.
KI emphasises the importance of staying at home if you get symptoms and follow the Public Health Agency’s instructions
With regard to on-site training (VFU), it is important that it is the healthcare regulations that apply.
KI advises students planning to study abroad to closely monitor the situation in the receiving country, to follow Sweden’s Foreign Ministry's current travel restrictions and what applies to enter the receiving country.
More information about studies abroad can be found on the page Information regarding exchange studies and studies abroad, related to the coronavirus.
Questions and answers
How do you handle on-site training (VFU) that is "interrupted" by caregivers/employers, if the student becomes ill, or when other examinations with practical educational elements cannot be carried out?
Answer: KI's Guidelines for examinations state, among other things: "[if] a student misses part of or is unable to complete a placement with a valid reason, the student should, however, be given the opportunity to complete the on-site training (VFU) at a later date".
The above statement may be considered to apply to the VFU, degree projects with practical educational forms, and other practical training elements.
According to KI, "valid reason" includes situations where students' study situation is adversely affected without the student being able to influence this. E.g. that caregivers decide that educational activities can no longer be carried out in the care facility or that the student becomes ill / shows symptoms of the cold or flu.
The course must be planned accordingly to execute/complete the on-site training (VFU) as soon as possible. In the current circumstances, this can be very difficult and, at present, there is no clear solution to the problems that may arise.