Important information from the Biology Education Centre about Covid-19

Science and Technology faculty rules:

As specific rules may change, we strongly encourage you to visit the faculty site often!

This applies to activities on campus

  • Employees and students shall unconditionally stay home at the slightest sign of cold/flu and wait two symptoms free days before they go back to social presence. 
  • Students are strongly recommended to stay indoors on campus only in relation to scheduled education at site. If one has distance education before or after and too short of time to be able to transport to the place of study outside campus, it is allowed to find a socially distanced place of study on campus.
  • Students who have scheduled education both directly before and directly after lunch may stay in the premises during the lunch break.
  • Avoid stopping in corridors, think about those passing by.


To reduce the spread of covid-19 in society, teaching and examination in courses and programs at the Faculty of Science and Technology will be carried out digitally. Some laboratory work and practical steps are excluded and carried out on campus.

  • Staying on the university's premises entails obligations for students:
  • At the slightest symptom, stay at home
  • Follow the markings that are set up and keep a physical distance from those around you

General rules for Uppsala University

As rules may change, we strongly encourage you to visit the General rules site regularly!

Further restrictions on physical teaching and examinations

  • To further reduce the risk of infection, online forms of teaching and examination must be used wherever possible.
  • During this period, in-person teaching and examination will be limited to teaching components and examinations where this is necessary to attain high quality and legal certainty and that cannot be carried out online

Current guidelines for the Uppsala University Covid-19 adaptation

  • For education and other activities, physical presence is to be used where necessary, while using digital elements where possible, in order to attain high quality while limiting the spread of infection.
  • All activities at the University must be conducted so as to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people.
  • Efforts must be made to ensure physical spacing (social distancing) in all teaching, examinations and other meetings, and in general in University premises.
  • The option of participating digitally (online) is to be offered if possible.

Regarding access to premises and the possibility of being present physically, the following groups and educational elements are to have precedence:

Students for whom special educational support has been approved.

Other cases where physical presence is possible

  • Practical tasks that cannot be performed online.
  • Examinations that are difficult to carry out online.
  • Final exams and mandatory components in the final year of educational programmes.
  • As far as possible, premises must be made available where students can study.
  • Employees and students will require an access card for entry to the University’s premises.

Are you infected?

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you are required to:

  • Contact the course- or programme director at your programme/department
  • Notify the UU Special officer of your infection. By doing this anonymous notification, you make it possible for the University to reduce the Covid-19 infection risk for your course mates and others.
  • Stay home and follow current guidelines for Covid-19 and the Public health authority directions (Region Uppsala and Region Gotland)

Our shared responsibility

  • Stay at home if you feel even slightly unwell
  • Feeling unwell? Go and get tested for COVID-19. Contact 1177. If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number, phone 018 617 35 64. You will reach a voicemail and should leave your name and telephone number. A doctor will call you back and you can then make an appointment for a test.
  • Are you infected? You should primarily contact the course or programme coordinator for your programme/department and See information above.
  • Keep your distance from other people – both indoors and outdoors
  • Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitiser
  • If possible – take the bike or walk to campus
  • If possible – study and work from home
  • Avoid crowding and large social gatherings


What should I do if I am feeling sick?
You should stay home from any instruction or examination that takes place on campus or in an examination hall.

Should I report sick leave if I choose to stay home?
It is important to contact the course or programme coordinator of your programme/department – but you should also report your sickness absence to Försäkringskassan. The student finance authority CSN may take illness into consideration if a student is not able to earn enough credits, but the illness must be documented with Försäkringskassan. More information about this is also available on CSN’s website.

It can also be a good idea to contact a study counsellor for help in planning your studies.

If you get sick during your studies

Student insurance – eligible for sickness benefit?

What should I do if I belong to a risk group for Covid-19?
If you belong to a risk group or live with someone who belongs to a risk group, you must decide for yourself whether you can participate in on-campus instruction and examinations that cannot be done remotely.

How much does the University have to adapt its teaching so that I can complete my studies?
The syllabus applies, which means that students are subject to the same requirements and the mode of examination that is specified must be followed. The information in the syllabus about type of instruction also applies, although the teaching provided can be changed e.g. by switching to more online lectures and alternative type of labs.

Can I still use the University computer rooms on campus?
Please note! Students must not come to campus if they feel sick or have symptoms of a cold/influenza. 

In order to gain access to the University's Campus buildings and computer rooms, an access card is required, the so-called Campus Card. If you do not have a campus card, you need to order one first. Read more about the Campus Card here.

Practice social distancing inside buildings and in rooms. You should avoid using the computer rooms as much as possible. Most exercises can be completed on your own computer or by remote login to one of the IBG computers. More information can be obtained from your course teachers. You can use the rooms in exceptional cases, for instance if you need to use a program that cannot be used elsewhere and you cannot connect remotely.

More information about IT for students can be found here.

What does distance learning mean? Will all teaching be digital?
This means that all lectures, seminars, group discussions, assessment and exams will take place online using digital technology. You will receive all the information you need to be able to follow the online teaching from your teacher, via the Student Portal/Studium.

Information about how to meet and learn online through Zoom.

Get advice and support to be able to change routines for digital studies online.

Will my course be affected or cancelled?
Talk with your programme or course coordinator.

Will coronavirus affect planned exchange studies?
If you have any questions or if there is anything you wonder about, please contact the Division for Internationalisation via

Last modified: 2021-03-24