Studying at EHS during Coronatime


We are delighted to see that through vaccinations, the build-up of natural immunity and changes to our behavior. We can begin to imagine a return to normality.

However, because the infection has not disappeared and still remains a serious disease, and because of the spread of new variants, we have to continue to be careful.

At EHS we are determined to bring all teaching back on campus as quickly as we safely can.

Decision from the President’s Collegium

Decision regarding changes to teaching and work due to the Corona pandemic autumn 2021 (September 21, 2021). The decision is valid from the 1st October 2021 until 1st November 2021.

Decision regarding changes to teaching due to the Corona pandemic autumn 2021 (August 20, 2021). The decision is valid until 29 September 2021.

The following is intended for those who are studying on campus at the moment and especially for those who will be returning to campus in the near future:

It is really important that we all continue to keep our distance from others. The authorities suggest a minimum of 1.5m but that can be difficult in a crowded space like a university, so we have to take great care to avoid standing or sitting too close to other people. If an area seems crowded, maybe we should wait and come back later, if someone is descending the stairs, perhaps we can wait until they have reached the bottom before ascending, if someone is standing talking at the coffee, maybe we can hang back until they have moved out of the way.

Some areas will indicate the maximum number of people who can safely be there. Try to be aware of whether you can safely add to the number of people in the room/space. It is the most natural thing in the world to want to shake hands, hug or show other signs of affection to the people we like, but at this time we have to remember that the virus can be transmitted through such contact.

Don’t sneeze or cough in an area where there are other people – the virus is transmitted on tiny airborne droplets which we fire out when we sneeze and cough (and talk and sing!). If you have to sneeze or cough, do so in the bend of your arm.

If you have any (even the slightest) symptoms of Covid, flu or cold you have to stay at home and test negative before you return to campus. If you have mild symptoms and feel that you can follow teaching online, it is possible to continue with your studies online. Even people who are double-vaccinated can have high levels of the virus in their mouths and noses. Think how you can keep other people safe.

Wash your hands frequently, and for at least two minutes! If possible, use the anti-infection gel which we provide in every space on campus as well.

Make sure you pay attention to announcements, Canvas messages and emails we send in relation to Covid. The situation changes all the time and we always try to follow the advice given by the health authorities.

How to attend online?

EHS uses a website system called Canvas. Integrated into this are two video conferencing systems called Zoom and BigBlueButton. Through these, students can participate in lectures online.

  • You must be able to connect with both a camera and microphone. Make sure everything works in good time.
  • The link to the online classroom will be posted on the course website in Canvas.
  • The attendance requirement of 80% applies. If the digital connection does not work, it counts as absence, regardless of cause. Therefore, make sure that all the necessary technology is working on your home computer.
  • You participate in real time at the times that are scheduled, see ehs.se/student/scheman
  • Teachers and students can see you via a screen in the classroom.
  • You must concentrate during the lessons. You must be prepared to participate in discussions. The teacher will inform you how.

How do I contact teachers?

The most convenient way to your teacher is via the course website in Canvas.

How do I contact the coordinator for educational support?

The coordinator Henrik Hannfors can be reached via 08-564 357 25 or henrik.hannfors@ehs.se

Adaptation in connection with coffee and lunch

As a student at EHS, you have the opportunity to buy lunch, as well as morning and afternoon coffee at Restaurant Campus. The restaurant has been corona-adapted with a smaller number of seats than normal, and there are also distance markings on the floor in the event of a queue. You can also buy a lunch box in the restaurant and take it with you to eat elsewhere.

The furniture in the Space on the second floor of the EHS has been corona-adapted, as have all the halls at the university. There you can have coffee or have your own packed lunch. There are also outdoor tables where you can sit. Please leave the furniture where it is and do not move chairs to other tables.

  • The most important thing is that we all do everything to reduce the spread of infection:
  • Always keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people.
  • Always wash and / or spray your hands when you get home, arrive in school, before a meal, after a toilet visit, etc.
  • Stay home if you have even minor symptoms of illness.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Advice for you who study at home

During the pandemic most of us are spending more time at home than we are used to. We study at home, we work at home, maybe we are quarantined at home because we are infected with Covid.

It is always important to organize your work and plan your time, but now it is more important than ever. Try to make your day at home as like a study day as possible. Get up the time you usually do. Dress and get ready as if you were going to university. Take breaks – and above all a real lunch break. Have a set time of day when you stop working.

If you live in a crowded area, it is of course difficult to have a separate workroom, but even so try to have one place where you study e.g. at one end of the kitchen table. Then make sure to keep the rest of the home free from work. When the day is over, it is good to put away your computer, books, notes and so on. It may be enough to put them in a bag or put them on a chair that you slide under the table. When you are working at home you don’t have the physical separation between the two spheres, and it is very important to separate work from leisure in other ways.

It is easy to sit for a long time in unsuitable positions when working at home. Make sure you take a break at least every hour and move around. If possible, stretch often and take short walks outside. Try to look at the horizon as much as possible when you are not staring at a screen – staring at a screen for too long may damage your eyes and gazing at a far distant object will help to protect them.

If you are at home, it is easy to forget teaching sessions or even consider lectures and seminars as less important than when you are on campus – at home you are more aware of many other things you could/should be doing. But in fact, your online teaching sessions are even more important, because they are your primary contact with the school and your study program.

– Put your phone on “silent” or “do not disturb”. Shut down programs on your computer that you do not need. Try Pomodoro – a technique that means you work intensively in short stretches and then take a break.

– Make sure other family members or those you may live with know your work times and spaces and ask them to respect them (it is hard to work at the end of the kitchen table if someone is cooking in the kitchen!). If you are living with others who are working or studying at home, you may need to negotiate spaces and times with them.

-Try to avoid looking at other web pages/ social media etc when you are working on a computer. If emails arrive, wait until your study session is over before opening them (unless they are connected to your course/online learning!)

-Try to work without voice radio or TV on at the same time. Some forms of music can help concentration, but voices usually distract.

Staying at home is isolating and this may lead to depression. Make sure you call friends or meet with them on an online platform. Spend good time with those you live with outside of your study time. If you live with others who are studying/working at home, try to coordinate your time so that you can share breaks, leisure time together.

Physically it is important to keep yourself fit and active. Remember you may be missing your usual walk, cycle (run?!) to the university. Try to use an equivalent period of time to exercise. Physical fitness gives us a break from mental activity and helps concentration. There are many online fitness sessions which you can sign up to.

Mentally, it is important to switch off from studies at times. Try to take at least one full day off from study. Watch films, read books, listen to music, talk to friends about something other than studies! It might be important to book these times and keep to them quite strictly.

This is hard, and again it depends on your personality. But accept the limitations (because you can’t change them!) and take one day at a time. If you have worries about your studies, the schema or have any problems connecting to online lessons email etc contact your teacher.