Information about COVID-19

A Safe Semester Abroad

During these unprecedented times, our top priority is protecting the health and safety of our students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated October 13, 2020. Please note that we will update this information every three weeks, or sooner if the facts dictate any changes.

1. Is the Program planning on having a Spring ’21 semester?

YES. We plan on having our spring semester with in-person classes. In planning for the spring semester, our top priority – as always – is student health and safety.

2. Will there be any changes to Program activities, housing, or trips?

We have decided to cancel our Study Weekend in Paris out of an abundance of caution. It is with much disappointment that we have made this decision, but this kind of group travel to another country presents an unnecessary risk at this time. Students who have made payments for this trip will be sent a full refund. As of now, we are not planning to cancel any other Program activities, housing arrangements, or trips. Students should be aware that given the fluid nature of the pandemic, there could be changes or even cancelations of specific activities or trips if warranted by future conditions. Any such changes will be made in accordance with official recommendations and/or travel restrictions.

3. What happens if the Program cancels or my school prohibits Spring ’21 study abroad prior to departure?

The Program will provide a full refund for all directly billed charges, including your deposit. The refund does not include the application fee for your residence permit or the cost of your airline ticket.

4. What happens if I withdraw from the Program for any other reason prior to departure? 

If you withdraw from the Spring ’21 semester for any reason at any time prior to departure, we will issue you a full refund for all directly billed charges, including your deposit. Again, this refund does not include the application fee for your residence permit or the cost of your airline ticket.

5. What is the current status of the virus in Sweden and what has been Sweden’s strategy to combat its spread? 

There has been much written about Sweden’s strategy to address COVID-19 because it did not mandate a lockdown and experienced a high mortality rate among elderly people living in care homes. Ninety percent of those who have died from COVID-19 in Sweden have been 70 years of age or older. The Swedish government recently commissioned a study to assess its strategy in comparison to other countries and a review of how the virus spread in elder care homes.

In spite of the fact that there has been no lockdown, life has not gone on as “normal.” Public universities, high schools, museums, professional sports, etc. were all closed until recently. People are working from home if possible. Social distancing measures are in place for all public gatherings, including in restaurants and shops.

As of today, the rate of infection among the general population and hospitalizations are down. Swedish medical authorities, like medical experts around the globe, will continue to monitor the outbreak closely and adjust their guidelines as the situation develops.

6. Will safety protocols be in place during the Spring ’21 semester?

Yes. The Program considers student health and safety our number one priority. Our safety protocols for Program classes, activities, and housing will be based on official recommendations by Swedish authorities and other safety measures recommended by the CDC. We will also follow any guidelines issued by the Stockholm School of Economics for the spring semester.

We expect to inform accepted students of such protocols and safety measures by November 15th. Given the fluid nature of the pandemic, students should be aware that any safety protocols or requirements that are announced prior to departure may change during the semester in accordance with official guidelines.

Current government recommended guidelines in Sweden include staying home if you have any flu-like symptoms, maintaining good personal hygiene, practicing social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings (more than 50 people). At the present time, wearing a mask is not mandated in Sweden.

Tele-med (remote) appointments will be available to our students with our medical doctor and mental health providers. More information on general health will be provided upon acceptance to the Program.

Please e-mail us with any questions or concerns.