Q&A for PhD students - coronavirus

Reviewed 7 May 2020

I had teaching obligations for the spring semester, what should I do?

Alternative teaching and examination will be planned for the rest of the spring semester. It includes online courses, video lectures, etc. If your planned teaching is being affected, your course coordinator or the Head of Educational Programme (HEP) will contact you.

What about my expenses - will the Danish SDC office cover my expenses for already purchased airline tickets?

Since your PhD grant already include funding to cover for travel expenses, the Danish SDC will not reimburse your university for the possible economic loss in case you cannot cancel or rebook your ticket.

What happens if I cannot fulfil the requirements related to my PhD grant due to the outbreak of the coronavirus?

If the situation turns out to be long-standing, contact the Danish SDC office to find a solution.
It might also be relevant to contact your Danish and Chinese PhD supervisor to reschedule your PhD plan.

Can I access my research institute/lab in China?

Please contact your Chinese PhD supervisor for information about this.

When can I attend the Chinese Language and Culture Course?

The scheduled Chinese Language and Culture Course for the spring semester has been omitted and is expected to be offered again for the fall semester 2020. Once the dates are in place you will receive notice thereof via email, Facebook and WeChat.

I am teaching a course in Beijing in the autumn semester. Should I expect to go?

Nobody knows. The Chinese national authorities decides when to open campus. However, we hope the coming cohort of students will be able to go to Beijing in late August for the introduction week and subsequent semester start. There is a risk that students will have to start out with online teaching in the autumn semester. Also, we advise you to follow the travel guidelines from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Where do I find the latest updated information?

UCAS will keep you updated with the latest directions on WeChat “SDC PhDs”.
The Danish SDC office posts relevant information on this page.
Stay updated on the travel guidelines from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or if you are an international student, the travel guidelines from your home country.
If you are a Danish citizen and currently located in China, you are advised to sign up for the “Dansker-listen”, which makes it possible for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contact you.
For healthcare guidance you can stay updated on the Danish Health Authority, WHO, and Statens Serum Institut.


If you have questions, please contact the Danish SDC office at