This is how your studies will be affected by the coronavirus

Information from the department to students
From Wednesday 18 March we switch to digital teaching and examination. Our goal is to continue the department´s education, research, administration and study counselling as far as possible, though online and with remote teaching. This also applies to field trips and teaching involving practical skills. Keep in touch with your course or programme coordinator.

Digital teaching and examination

  • To lessen the spread of the coronavirus Uppsala University will switch to distance teaching and assessment from 18 March 2020 onwards.
  • Examinations planned for 18 March are postponed to 23 March. The dates and times for other examinations stay the same but will be digital examinations. 
  • Course-start for the next period will be Tuesday 24 March (not 23 March).
  • We are doing our best to try to find practical, digital solutions. Keep in touch with your course or programme coordinator to find out the specifics concerning your course.
  • Zoom is one e-meeting service that we use. Information on how you activate Zoom
  • You will receive instructions how and where you can upload your answers in the Student Portal. Take-home examinations are to be written independently and they will be checked in the system Urkund for plagiarism when possible.
  • The Swedish government has decided that students can keep their student grants if there have been changes made in their education. The student does not have to contact The Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN).

Our venues

  • It is of utmost importance that you stay home if you are sick or have any symptoms of a cold, flue or respiratory infection. Stay at home at least two days after full recovery.  
  • The Department of Earth Sciences is open for students but closed for the public as of Wednesday 18 March.
  • All our entrances require a pass to open the door so remember to always bring your card.
  • All classroom-exams will be replaced with alternative examination forms from 18 March onwards.
  • Keep in touch with your course or programme coordinator to find out what pertains to you.
  • Many in our staff are still working at the department but we appreciate if you contact us via mail or phone.


Insurances might be affected by the fact that we now switch to digital teaching.
The Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet) has information on the changes (in Swedish).
Guide to student insurance and (in English)

Libraries are open

The libraries are open, but opening hours have changed. At some libraries the information desks are unstaffed. You are welcome to contact them by chat, e-mail or phone. Read more about the libraries.


Students in Uppsala:

Students at Campus Gotland:

Support from psychologists and counsellors

The Student Health Service have psychologists, counsellors and a doctor, all specialised in mental health. Telephone hours open as usual, Monday-Friday 12.45-14.00. You are welcome to call for short advice and possible referrals.
For medical advice and guidance, call the Swedish helpline 1177.
If you are calling from a foreign phone number dial +46 771 11 77 00.
Read more about the Student Health Service.

Uppsala University´s information till students

Uppsala University´s central advice and recommendations on the Coronavirus.

Student services

The study counsellors can provide you with information about university courses and offer counselling about studies, work and the labour market. If you have questions about university rules, admission requirements or graduation rules, do not hesitate to ask. Based on your specific situation, the counsellor can help you sort through your concerns and see the different options available for your choice of studies.

Contact your study counsellor

Study with disabilities

There are a number of different supports within the university for those who are in need of special support in their studies. You can turn to the department's study counsellor for more information about the various support and discuss your study situation. Studies and disabilities

Rules and Rights

Plaigarism and cheating

As a student, you need to inform yourself about what counts as plagiarism, familiarise yourself with how to refer and cite the work of others and follow the instructions given by your teacher. Different rules may apply for different courses in the same way as different rules apply for researchers when publishing in different journals, or in different areas of research. At the biology education centre they have composed a handbook about plagiarism and cheating that contain information valid for all programmes within the faculty of science and technology.

Do you have any complaints or wish to give feedback?

If you would like to make a complaint or give feedback regarding your courses, study programme or study environment, there are several steps that you can take.
Information about where to turn with complaints and feedback.


DiaNa is all about oral, written and group communication. It is an abbreviation for Dialogue for Scientists and Engineers and the purpose of DiaNa is to give students tools to use in their careers, be they in academia, industry or government. To be able to communicate with many different target groups and get your message across is a key factor for successful work. 

To gain the mentioned tools students will excercise skills by practical training integrated in different courses. Trainings can be e.g. to give a presentation or writing a scientific text, by yourself or in a group.

As your education progress so will your communication training for you to develop your skills as much as possible.

photo: Börje Dahrén

Read more about DiaNa

computer services

At the University's central web page "IT for students" you will find information on computer networks, the student portal, wireless networks , e-mail, printing , free software .

Matlab - a calculation program that can be used in many different areas such as math, signal processing, medical technology etc..