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Updated information regarding the coronavirus

With regards to the coronavirus outbreak, Jönköping University is monitoring the situation continuously and following the information and recommendations from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

Message from the President: Jönköping University follows the recommendation from the government to transfer to digital education starting Wednesday 18 March. 

We have started the transition to more digital operations and this work will continue rapidly. More information will be provided on this page. We encourage students and staff to stay updated. Students will receive specific information from their respective course coordinator.

Increase of digital operation

Jönköping University's ambition is to continue our operation and to do it wisely. We follow the recommendation from the government to transfer to digital education starting Wednesday 18 March. The starting point is to contribute to limiting the spread of the coronavirus in society by limiting the number of persons being on campus at the same time. At the same time, will do whatever we can to ensure that all our students will be able to execute their academic studies and exams.

Jönköping University have started the transition to digital education and this work will continue rapidly. Starting Wednesday 18 March, the following applies for studies:

  • JU transitions to off campus education
  • No teaching will take place in JU's premises
  • JU's premises will be open. Even if campus is open the Swedish government encourages all students to, if possible, study from home
  • For VFU, NFK, internship and thesis the guidelines from the host organisation applies, more information will follow
  • There may be changes in syllabuses regarding teaching and examination forms in line with the decision from the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ)
  • As a student you will receive more information from your course coordinator or programme director continously regarding how the digital education transition will affect you

All forms of exams in an exam hall, both paper exams and exams in Inspera (held in the exam hall), until further notice, are converted into exams which are conducted digitally and remotely.

Computers are available in the examination rooms for students who do not have the technological ability to take their exam from home. As of Monday 23 March, only the examination room in the K-building will be open.

The University Library is closed with limited services starting on 26 March. They will be open on weekdays between 12.00-14.00 for picking up and returning of books only. This applies until further notice. For more information please visit: ju.se/en/libraryopens in new window

Information and instructions on how to pursue digital teaching in now available on this websiteexternal link, opens in new window and on the intranet (Education > Digital Education).

At present, we will continue to conduct our operations on site to the greatest extent possible. In accordance with the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s recommendation, employees at JU have the possibility to work from home when the activities allow. Any decision regarding potentially working from home should be done in dialogue with your immediate manager.

Events and meetings

According to the Swedish government's decision 27 March, JU will not arrange any public gatherings or social events with more than 50 participants. According to the Public Health Agency of Sweden the decision is normative even for events and gatherings which are not specified in the decision. Therefore, JU recommends that meetings with over 50 participants are held in a digital form. Just like before, meetings, no matter how many participants, should include the possibility to participate online.

Due to the current situation, Jönköping University will cancel some of the events that were planned during the springSee the list of cancelled events hereopens in new window

Regarding travels and visits

In accordance with the recommendations from the Public Health Agency and Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in relation to the responsibilities Jönköping University has towards its employees and students, JU makes the following recommendations:

  • Always consider if the trip is necessary, even if you don't have symptoms.
  • JU advises against all business trips and visits abroad and to the big city areas in Sweden, which can only be carried out if the MD/Dean of the school/company gives a written exception with regard to special circumstances.
  • If you are sick, do not travel at all.

On 11 March, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic. As a result, the Swedish Public Health Agency has stated that the disease is or will be present in all parts of the world and that it is likely to affect all countries of the world. Thusly, the Public Health Authority concludes that it is no longer relevant to state in which countries the spread of infection is ongoing.

All students who are on or have planned exchange studies during the spring have been contacted by JU and asked to follow the development and the recommendations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More information will come continuously. If you, as a student, have not been contacted and you have questions, please contact the International Office at JU.

If students or staff are currently abroad in an area where there is an outbreak of the Coronavirus, please follow the instructions issued by local authorities and the Embassy of Sweden. If students or staff who are abroad hold another citizenship, please visit your domestic embassy website

As the situation can change quickly, we recommend that everyone stays updated through the authorities’ information. 

Keep updated

Students and staff are encouraged to keep up to date via the responsible authorities’ websites. They update information on developments and recommendations on a regular basis.

See links below:

If you have questions:

  • If you have general questions about the outbreak, you should primarily seek information through the above sources.
  • You can call 113 13 for answers regarding covid-19. 113 13 is Sweden’s information number in case of major accidents and crises. The service is available 24 hours a day. This national information number is used to reduce the burden on the emergency number 112 and 1177.
  • Questions related to suspected illness are referred to the health service via telephone number 1177 (+46 771 11 77 00) or 1177.se.
  • JU employees should contact their immediate manager if they have any questions.
  • Students can also contact the Student Health Care for support.

Crisis organisation

The crisis organisation at JU is activated. The crisis organisation consists of representatives from the Foundation, all companies within JU, the Jönköping Student Union and the unions. 

Questions and Answers

If you have other questions

Students and staff

Please turn to the Service Centeropens in new window, open for visits 10:00-13:00 on weekdays, as well as via phone between 8.00 -16.30 on weekdays, on phone number
+46 36-10 19 70
E-mailaddress: servcenter@ju.se

Please do not visit the Service Center if you have symptoms, if you have symptoms you should contact 1177. 

Read more at 1177, krisinformation.se or call 113 13 and ask for advice.

Corona coordinators at JU are the Operations Managers at the schools and JUE, as well as Director of Strategic Development at University Services. 

What can I do?

Stay at home when you are sick to avoid infecting people at the university, on the bus, at work or in areas where you are close to other people. 

Everyone with symptoms of respiratory infection, even mild symptoms, should avoid social contacts which can spread disease. Stay at home 48 hours after you are symptom free. 

  • Avoid touching your face or eyes as well as contact with sick or elderly people.
  • Cough and sneeze into the bend of your elbow or into a tissue to prevent infection from spreading around you, or from contaminating your hands.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water, before eating, before preparing food, and after toilet use. Alcohol-based hand rub can be an alternative when you are unable to wash hands.


Read the Public Health Agency of Sweden's full recommendations hereexternal link, opens in new window

Cancelled events

Due to the current situation, Jönköping University will cancel some of the events that were planned during the spring. 

See the list of cancelled events hereopens in new window

Be respectful

As an international university, Jönköping University works actively to have a climate on campus where all students and staff treat each other with integrity and respect.

We urge everyone in our organization, both students and staff, to continue to support each other with respect and care. We urge our campus community not to make assumptions about the risk of students, staff or faculty based on their ethnicity or travel history. It is important not to contribute to the spread of misinformation and fear, and to be mindful of unverified information.

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