Service and support for incoming students
Arrival Day and Orientation Weeks
Student Experience and Mobility organises Arrival Day and Orientation Weeks for all international students at Lund University. International mentors play an important part in welcoming international students and introducing them the Lund University, its student life and Swedish culture.
If you have questions or comments to improve our work on Arrival Day, Orientation Weeks or the international mentors programme, please contact Maria Yartseva maria [dot] yartseva [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se (maria[dot]yartseva[at]er[dot]lu[dot]se) or Hanna Gustafzelius hanna [dot] gustafzelius [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se (hanna[dot]gustafzelius[at]er[dot]lu[dot]se)
Accommodation for incoming students
Housing management for students at Lund University is taken care of by LU Accommodation. Applications for accommodation are made separately from the application to study. Students who have been nominated in SoleMove automatically receive an email with instructions, links to housing information, the application page and application periods.
All applications received before or after the application period are processed as late submissions and come last in the order of processing.
Pursuant to the vice-chancellor’s decision, there are three prioritisation categories of applicants for housing:
Accommodation guarantee includes e.g. fee-paying students, students from the University of California, Linnaeus Palme scholarship recipients.
Priority includes e.g. ICM students and students from non-European U21 universities.
Standard includes all other students.
The students are allocated accommodation in the order in which their applications were received. The faculties’ international offices can, if they wish, prioritise certain agreements or students within this group.
As all students will not be allocated housing via LU Accommodation, it is important to urge the students in the ”standard” category to apply for housing in other ways as well.
Residence permits and visas
Admitted students who are non-EU/EEA citizens must apply for a Swedish residence permit to stay longer than three months. A visa is an additional requirement for students from certain countries. The Letter of Acceptance is sent out to students who will be admitted to full-time studies corresponding to 30 credits per semester. Once the student has received the LoA, they can apply for a residence permit via the website of the Swedish Migration Agency. It is also possible to apply for a residence permit at the nearest Swedish embassy.
Do you have questions concerning migration issues? Please contact migration coordinator at External Relations migration [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se (migration[at]er[dot]lu[dot]se)
University-wide information channels
All international students regularly receive university-wide information via a number of channels, both before they come to Lund and while they are in Lund.
The Pre-Arrival Guide is an open course on Canvas that helps students prepare for their studies at Lund University. The guide is before the start of the semester and a link to the course is available at lunduniversity.lu.se. When the Pre-Arrival Guide is updated, the coordinators are informed for further dissemination. When a student is admitted, External Relations sends out a link including the guide. Read more about the information sent out to international students below.
If you find that information is missing from the Pre-Arrival Guide, please contact Hanna Gustafzelius hanna [dot] gustafzelius [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se (hanna[dot]gustafzelius[at]er[dot]lu[dot]se)
The Orientation Guide to Lund University is a canvas course that is active during Orientation Weeks and includes information about Lund University, schedule for Orientation programme, events and seminars. The guide also includes practical information that helps students to establish themselves at Lund University, live in Sweden, find health care and get information about insurance and more. The information in the Orientation Guide to Lund University replaces the previous brochure Student Guide.
If you want to access the Canvas course "Orientation Guide to Lund University", please contact maria [dot] yartseva [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se (maria[dot]yartseva[at]er[dot]lu[dot]se) or hanna [dot] gustafzelius [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se (hanna[dot]gustafzelius[at]er[dot]lu[dot]se) who will add you to the course.
The International Desk (Studentreceptionen) welcomes international students for all types of practical questions.
External Relations send out university-wide information to admitted international students via email.
About 3–5 emails are sent out before the start of a new semester with the following content:
- Pre-Arrival Guide
- Reminders to apply for housing and how to participate in the AFB lottery
- Arrival Day and the Orientation programme (access granted in the Canvas course)
- Ladok and student account information
- Studentlund information, how to become a member (early July and December respectively)
- Other relevant topics that may need to be addressed
The International Desk Newsletter is sent out to international students in Lund approximately once a months throughout the academic year, including subscribers. The newsletters contain tips about events, information on Swedish traditions and holidays and end-of-semester to-do lists, for example. Extra newsletters may be sent out if necessary.
Do you have information for current international students suitable for the newsletter? Contact%20ida [dot] thelander [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se ( ida[dot]thelander[at]er[dot]lu[dot]se)
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Student services offers support and advice
Lund University offers support and counseling for international students, help with improving study techniques and pedagogical support for students with disabilities.
The Student Health Centre has English-speaking staff and offers students help and support with problems that may affect their studies, for example through consultations. For other types of problems or healthcare needs, students need to turn to the primary healthcare service. Contact details for local primary healthcare centres are listed in the Orientation Guide to Lund University.
The Academic Support Centre offers international students support to improve their study technique, academic writing and presentation skills.
Learning support is offered help to international students with disabilities such as vision impairment or dyslexia. The student’s supervisor at their home university must contact "Pedagogiskt stöd" at Lund University before the start of the exchange to plan the necessary measures. A confirmation of payment for the support is required by the home university. The following support functions are offered:
- Note-taking support
- Exam support
- Special educator
- Talking books
Contacting the student’s home university
In certain serious situations, or unclear circumstances, it may be appropriate to contact the student’s home university. Examples of such situations could be if the student:
- does not show up for courses on which they are registered
- does not complete any credits
- has a serious health condition
- is caught cheating
- is accused of being disorderly in their accommodation
- has committed a crime such as drug use
Students at Lund University are considered responsible adults, and one should exercise restraint in contacting a student’s next of kin without their consent.