FAQs for Current DIS Stockholm Students About COVID-19

DIS Stockholm COVID FAQs

Last update: August 20, 2021  

This page is for DIS Stockholm students. DIS Copenhagen students find your COVID-19 FAQs at this link.

DIS is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Sweden. We have compiled responses to frequently asked questions below. 

What will be required of me to be successful abroad during COVID-19? 

Flexibility: As in the U.S., conditions and recommendations are still changing in relation to COVID-19. Just like on your home campus, DIS will need to respond by adjusting recommended protocols, class schedules, Field Study or Study Tour destinations, etc, sometimes with very little notice. Please prepare to be flexible. At some point you may need to stay home for a period as a result of illness, exposure, or a community lockdown; DIS is prepared to support you through any of these scenarios. 

Respect: You will find Scandinavian approaches to COVID-19 are different from those in the U.S. Take the opportunity to learn and ask questions while remembering to approach your local community with grace and respect. 

Compliance: Any measures implemented to protect you and the community from COVID-19 are only effective if they are followed by everyone. Laws and guidelines regarding social distancing and other practices may be updated at any time – and whether you assess them to be effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, DIS will require all students to comply with all local guidance. This may include monitoring temperatures, hand washing, mask wearing, hand sanitizing, social distancing, and cooperation with recommended COVID-19 testing and contact tracing processes. Failure to comply with these rules and precautions is a violation of the DIS Code of Student Responsibility – but more importantly, we ask students to comply for the benefit of the community, even when no one is watching. 

Will Fall Semester 2021 at DIS look different due to COVID-19? 

Like many U.S. campuses we are planning for a mostly ‘normal’ semester, but as we cannot predict precisely how the months ahead will unfold, here are a few things to keep in mind: 

  • We comply with all local regulations and public health guidance related to social distancing, mask wearing, sanitizing, etc., and will continue the surveillance testing program we’ve developed and implemented this year.  
  • DIS housing will remain de-densified, with only singles, doubles, and some triples available. Specific roommate requests were welcomed in Registration and single room requests have been considered based on a hierarchy of needs with a preference for students who have housing accommodations on their home campus and/or whose institution requires single rooms this fall.  
  • We are planning for Study Tours to travel across Europe, as well as to allow for independent travel. See the question below for more details. 

Any further changes to the semester will be based on COVID-19 developments in Scandinavia and across Europe in the coming weeks and months. We will continue to make the necessary modifications and will keep students updated via email and here. 

Can I travel outside of Sweden during the Fall Semester? 

Yes!  

We are planning for Study Tours to travel across Europe, but are ready to move to in-country tours if need dictates. Study Tour destinations will be considered based on several factors including official Swedish travel recommendations, vaccination rates, local infrastructure, and re-entry requirements for returning to Sweden. We will not automatically move or cancel Study Tours due to U.S. State Department and CDC Alert levels though we will, of course, consider this information as part of the entire picture; if you have questions, please let us know.  

We also  allow independent international travel, if allowed by your home university. Students are  responsible for monitoring the conditions and border policies of their destinations as well as requirements for re-entry to Sweden; assuming the risks associated with independent travel; and notifying DIS of their travel plans.

Read about the requirements for entry to Sweden here.

Find information on independent travel here.

Can I have visitors from the U.S. while I’m at DIS? 

As of September 2021, it is not possible for travelers from the U.S. to enter Sweden without a specific exception to the travel ban, unless transiting through a Nordic country/city (e.g. Denmark/Copenhagen). Learn more about travel to Sweden here.

What if other people’s behavior makes me uncomfortable, or differs from my own choices related to COVID-19 prevention? 

We acknowledge that people’s risk tolerance around COVID-19 will differ greatly. Some of you may struggle with, or have questions about, Sweden’s approach to COVID-19 after becoming accustomed to different approaches at home. We encourage you to be brave enough to ask hard questions and to carry out these conversations respectfully and mindfully. Be inquisitive, but not judgmental. Hold this sentiment close in your interactions with other students, staff, and faculty. 

Other students may undertake behaviors that make you uncomfortable but are not a violation of DIS policy. Please approach these conversations directly and reach out to DIS for assistance in navigating any potential conflict. 

If you see that your own decisions don’t match the decisions of others in the group, or if you hear from other students who fear that your decisions are putting them at risk, please be thoughtful and respectful. We are in this together and we each need to consider the impacts of our decisions. 

What should I do if I’m feeling sick? 

Stay home. Common COVID-19 systems include dry cough, high temperature, breathing difficulties, sore throat, headache, loss of smell/taste, and muscle pain. Please call the DIS Health and Safety Emergency phone to report your symptoms and to obtain additional instructions as to COVID-19 testing. Be sure to inform your faculty, as well as Academic Support (academics@disstockholm.se), ahead of time if you will be missing class. If you need additional support, please reach out to the Care Team (care@disstockholm.se). 

Any student who has been potentially exposed, or who tests positive, will be supported through the necessary testing, treatment, and self-quarantine protocols, including continuation of coursework from a distance. 

Take a look at the DIS Stockholm COVID-19 Flowchart for further information.  

What if I, or someone else at DIS, tests positive for COVID-19? 

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 or has been identified as a ‘close contact’ based on local public health guidance, will be fully supported through any necessary testing and isolation, including academic support and continuation of coursework from a distance. If students become ill, DIS will help with seeking medical treatment; testing and medical care will be reimbursed through DIS insurance per the policy details. Read more about insurance on this page.