Q&A for newly admitted students to Dalarna University autumn semester 2020

As the continued development of the Covid-19 pandemic and its accompanying restrictions are difficult to predict at present, Dalarna University has prepared answers to questions from newly admitted students.

Will the courses or degree programme that I have been admitted to start as planned in autumn 2020 and if so, will studies be on campus or online?

The autumn 2020 semester will begin as planned on August 31, meaning you will be able to start your Dalarna University studies as planned this autumn. 

Most English language programmes and courses will be taught on campus while adhearing to recommendations regarding public gatherings and social distancing. The courses and programmes listed below will also be taught online during the autumn semester, as per a decision from the Vice-Chancellor of Dalarna University.

Dalarna University is working to ensure that we provide an appropriate study environment while retaining the quality of our education for students. Courses listed below that are planned to be taught on campus will have campus-based components that admitted students are expected to participate in. Please contact your programme coordinator if you have questions regarding the teaching approach.

Name of Education

We are currently planning to offer studies in the following format to new students

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Erasmus or Exchange

On campus if government recommendations change.

Courses will also be available online.

We are currently evaluating the effects of the updated government recommendations (May 29th) allowing for campus-based instruction as of June 15th 2020.

Bachelor’s Programme in International Tourism Management

All courses will be taught  on-campus and online.

Students who commenced studying in 2018 and 2019 will be able to study on-campus and online during the 2020-2021 academic year.

English for Academic Purposes Course Package

Online only


Master’s Programme in Business Intelligence

Most courses will be taught online and on-campus.

Campus education is planned for students who commenced studies in January 2020.  The second semester may also be taught online. 

Master’s Programme in Business Studies

All courses will be taught online. 
Some campus interaction will be possible.


Master’s Programme in Data Science

Most courses will be taught online and on-campus.

For students who commenced studies in August 2019 or January 2020, the second/third semester may be taught both on campus and online.

Master’s Programme in Economics

All courses will be taught online. 
Some campus interaction may be possible.



Master’s Programme in Energy Efficient Built Environments

All courses will be taught online. 
Some courses will also be taught on-campus.
Campus interaction will be possible.


Master’s Programme in Global Sexual Reproductive Health

All courses will be taught online. 
Some campus interaction may be possible.


Master’s Programme in Materials Engineering and Product Development

All courses will be taught online. 
Some campus interaction may be possible.

Labs will be taught on-campus and campus participation is expected in these practical parts of the courses. This applies to both new students and second year students.

For students who commenced studies in August 2019, around 70% of the entire academic year's (August 2020-June 2021) course moments are available on-campus.

Master’s Programme in Solar Energy Engineering

Most courses will be taught online and on-campus.

For students who commenced studies in August 2019 the third semester may be taught both on campus and online. 

Master’s Programme in Tourism Destination Development

All courses will be taught  on-campus and on-line.


Why did Dalarna University make this decision?


This decision has been made based on considerations of health and safety of our students and staff. We also wish to ensure that admitted students who are unable to travel to Sweden by the start of the semester do not need to wait one year to further their education and reach their professional goals.

We chose to make this decision in May to provide clear guidance as early as possible for our staff and students to plan ahead.

Will this decision affect my scholarship? If yes, how will the scholarship be affected?


If you have been granted a tuition fee waiver (scholarship) from Dalarna University and start your programme as planned (even if it begins online) in autumn 2020, then your scholarship will not be affected. The amount that you are awarded is automatically deducted from the tuition fee you need to pay each semester.

If you decide to defer the start of your studies, your scholarship will be cancelled, and you will need to re-apply for the scholarship in the future. Please note that there is no guarantee that you will be awarded a scholarship the next time you apply if you do choose to defer your studies.

I am not sure if I want to or if I can start my studies this autumn. What options do I have?

Dalarna University does not have a formal deadline by which you must notify us of your plans. If you are a fee-paying student, then you still need to pay these by the start of the semester at the latest before you can register in your classes.

If you are unsure of your study plans, you have three options:

  1. You can start your studies as planned in the autumn. We will do our best to provide you with the support you need during this period.
  2. You can apply to defer your studies. However, the outbreak of the corona virus is not in itself a ground for deferral. There are specific guidelines in Sweden and at Dalarna University regarding grounds for granting a deferral, for example medical reasons or compulsory military service. If you are required to pay tuition fees, these must be paid or your application to defer your studies will automatically not be approved. No refund will be made if you are granted a deferment. Please note Dalarna University must approve your application to defer your studies for you to be able to retain your place in the programme to which you are admitted. You can apply online to defer your studies.
  3. If you do not want to study at Dalarna University, you can decline your place so that we can give it to a student on the reserve list. If you have paid your first tuition fee installment, you can apply for a full refund. Please visit the tuition fee webpage for more information about how to apply for a refund.
If I study online in the autumn semester, can I get a reduction on my tuition fee?


No, your tuition fee will remain the same. Dalarna University has a very generous refund policy: you can apply for a full refund of your tuition fees up to 3 weeks after the start of the semester. Please note that this is the case even if you register in your courses and begin studying so long as you cancel your registration online by September 18.

Why is there no reduction in tuition fees for online courses?


Swedish law requires Swedish universities to charge tuition fees that cover the full cost of education and support for fee-paying students. Although the courses will be taught online, our costs remain the same. It is our staff and not our facilities that cost the most. Currently, our staff are working hard to adapt courses so that they can be delivered online. We provide live online support during the hours courses are being taught, and all our campus support services (such as student counseling, language support and library services) are also available when studying online.

Dalarna University remains open, and if you need to use its facilities (for example, computer rooms, study rooms or the campus library facilities), you can still access these.

It is important for you to know that the quality of our education is just as high regardless of whether it is delivered on campus or online.  

I have never taken an online course. Can you give me some more information?


Dalarna University (DU) has invested greatly in online education and is nationally recognised as a pioneer in delivering interactive real-time education online. Even before the current Coronavirus situation, over 60% of DU courses were taught online. The University has well-established teaching methods that ensure interaction both between students, as well as between students and teachers in an online environment. The University also provides extensive digital study tools for online education to help students study successfully online. The support team provides live support weekdays (Monday to Thursday: 08.00 – 22.00, Friday: 08.00 – 16.00 CET) using video and chat. You can also email them if you encounter issues with your online studies. You can read more about online education on the web-based studies webpage.

In addition, education in Sweden is more than just about lectures. Many courses include several interactive seminars, and students are expected to participate actively in group discussions during class time. Our courses also include a significant amount of reading and self-study. Online education is still able to accommodate these.

Before I decide, can I test out online education at Dalarna University?


Yes, Dalarna University will be offering several online lessons in May and June that resemble real online lessons. Admitted students can sign up to take part in one of these so that they can experience online education.
Also, you can begin studying online in the autumn 2020 semester, and if you do not want to continue, you can cancel your registration and apply for a full refund up to three weeks into the semester. Therefore, you can begin your programme or courses and decide if you want to continue online until you are able to come to campus.

How will practical elements in the education, such as labs be handled if I study online?

This will vary from programme to programme (for those programmes that have practical elements). In some cases, these can be done online as the laboratory is software-based or can be done through computer simulations. In some situations, labs will be recorded and you will receive data to analyse, often with another student. We also will have situations where you will be connected to a classmate or tutor who is on campus so that you can work together using video conferencing. When you arrive at Dalarna University, you will be able to familiarise yourself with the lab equipment. Specific information about how online studies will be conducted in your programme will be provided by the programme coordinator closer to the start of the autumn semester.

What are the advantages to online education?


Online education allows you to participate in studies from anywhere in the world. You choose the study environment that suits you best. Additionally, some online courses include, for example, pre-recorded lectures that you can watch multiple times, allowing you therefore to review information.

What happens after the autumn semester? What if I want to continue my studies online after the autumn semester?


If you have been admitted to a programme that is “campus based” then we are not currently planning on offering the spring 2021 semester online.

Can I get access to the university´s digital study tools if I start my study from my home country this autumn?


Yes, once you are registered as a Dalarna University student, you will get access to the online/digital study tools (such as Office 365, Learn, Video Chat, Zoom and a DU user account). Note that some tools have limited usage in certain countries. For example, Zoom cannot be accessed in certain countries due to regulatory reasons (read more on the Zoom website).

As a registered student, you will also have access through our library to an extensive database of academic articles, theses and other material in digital format. Since much of our education is already conducted online, our library has a wealth of resources available to support online studies.

Although my programme/courses will be taught online, I still want to be in Sweden to start my studies there this autumn. Will this decision affect my ability to come to Sweden?

Dalarna University complies with the recommendations of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (March 13, 2020) regarding travel abroad and the Swedish Government’s decision to halt all non-essential travel to Sweden (March 17, 2020). The Government decided on 2 July to extend the entry ban until 31 August 2020. Read more about restrictions for traveling:

On May 29th, the Swedish Migration Agency published an updated Frequently Asked Questions regarding studying in Sweden. On the same day, the Swedish government announced that previous recommendations that ALL higher education be conducted remotely will be updated, allowing for campus-based education from June 15th.

Since Dalarna University is planning for our degree programmes to be taught on campus with compulsary campus based moments we recommend those students who are able to come to Sweden to apply for a residence permit. Please note that the decision on residence permits remains with the Migration Agency.

The Swedish Migration Agency does not approve residence permit applications for studies that do not require your physical presence in Sweden. Therefore if you will be studying online you should not apply for a residence permit for the period of time during which you will be studying online.

Should I still apply for student accommodation?


Yes, please make sure that you register with Tunabyggen and/or Kopparstaden and that you follow their process to apply and secure student accommodation prior to your arrival in Sweden. You can find more details on their websites: Tunabyggen / Kopparstaden.

As there usually is a shortage of accommodation at the beginning of the autumn semester, we recommend all students who intend on studying on campus to book student accommodation as soon as possible after being admitted.

Will there still be any introduction information for new international students starting this autumn?


We are exploring alternatives to offering digital introduction sessions for new students. More details will become available this summer, and we will keep you informed via e-mail and by updating the website about the introduction for new international students.

I was looking forward to the social and cultural exchange that is a part of studying in a new country. How will I interact with other students if I study online?


What we often hear from our students taking our online courses is how interactive they find them. What is more, the fact is that these students, who live in all corners of the world, often “hang out” outside class time. We are preparing for ways to ensure that if you begin studying our English-taught programmes online, you will have regular interaction outside class time with your classmates so that you can still create new friendships and foster your intercultural growth.

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