On June 15, the Swedish government allowed universities to open again. However, at Umeå Institute of Design we will continue to carefully follow, and adapt to, developments in relation to COVID-19 in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our students.

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Changes due to COVID-19, information to new and returning students (updated July 4)

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On June 15, the Swedish government allowed universities to open again. However, at Umeå Institute of Design we will continue to carefully follow, and adapt to, developments in relation to COVID-19 in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our students.

We will, at all times, take the necessary precautions to make sure that our students are safe. For the start of the autumn semester, parts of the education will still be held remotely. For the studies are planned to be conducted on the school's premises, careful consideration will be given to make sure that protocols are followed in accordance with recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

At UID, our way of teaching is based around close collaboration and a high attendance among students. Naturally, we will notice the effects of Covid-19 to a greater extent than at educational institutions where students do not spend the same amount of time on the school premises. In order to appropriately follow the social distancing recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden, we will have to use more space for each student than we normally do. This means that we will need to reserve more rooms and larger spaces for the groups that are having their classes on the school's premises, thus limiting other classes to be scheduled simultaneously. The prioritized activities are first and foremost those courses that require attendance on the school premises in order to meet the expected learning outcomes.

UID's premises and resources do not currently allow us to open the school beyond these prioritized targets. However, if staff and students manage to follow the guidelines carefully, and the Covid-19 pandemic subsides, new opportunities to further open up the school could arise during the semester. On the other hand, we must also be prepared to adapt to more negative developments relating to the spread of Covid-19 should such a scenario arise.

We understand that the outbreak of COVID-19 can raise a fair few questions, especially for first-time international students. The page - What Happens to New Students? - hopes to answer some of those questions.

For general information on changes at Umeå Universiy due to COVID-19, please visit the continuously updated page - Changes due to COVID-19.

If you still have questions or concerns of any nature dring the summer, please contact - Infocenter at Umeå University.