Service and support for outbound students
- The role of the officer vs that of the nominated student
- Before departure
- Scholarships for international student mobility
- Student ambassador abroad
- On return
- The work of exchange ambassadors
- Crisis management
- Insurance for students
The role of the officer
- Provide the student with correct information so that the student submits a correct application to the host university
- Be available to the student for questions and support
- Function as a link between the student and the host university
- Manage issues concerning study support for students with disabilities
The responsibilities of the nominated student
- Find suitable courses at the appropriate level on the host university’s website
- Ensure that there is a dialogue about the transfer of credits from the courses (before the exchange, in case of any changes and on return)
- Stay informed via SoleMove about e.g. course restrictions, additional costs and language tests.
- Calculate your Grade Point Average (GPA) if required by the host university.
- Book and undergo the language test in cases where it is required
- Search for information and apply for a visa
- Read information before departure about e.g. vaccination requirements, insurance conditions (see ”Before departure” below)
- Be reachable via email (also monitor the spam section of your email inbox)
- Be a good ambassador for Lund University during your exchange studies
- Write a travel report on your return (according to the faculty’s instructions)
At the Time to Go event which takes place twice per year (May and November) the student receives information on:
- The Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency’s insurance Student OUT
- Erasmus scholarships
- The Student Health Centre
- Ambassadors for Lund University abroad
Students currently on exchange tell their stories
In December 2020, External Relations invited future exchange students to a webinar entitled "Studying abroad during the Covid-19 pandemic". Six students on exchange studies briefly talked about how their studies had been affected by the pandemic, and the seminar participants had the opportunity to ask questions via chat to which the six students and staff at External Relations responded. This is a simple concept which can be applied in various forms and on different themes.
University-wide scholarships managed by External Relations:
- Erasmus+ for mobility within Europe
- Nordplus for mobility within the Nordic Area
- ICM for mobility beyond Europe
- The Crafoord Foundation travel scholarship for exchange studies, internships outside the EU and data collection
- Minor Field Studies – for field studies and data collection for a degree project
- Erasmus internships within Europe
- Additional international opportunities through networks
During their exchange studies, students have an important role as representatives of Lund University. The student’s marketing initiatives at e.g. Study Abroad Fairs contribute to increasing knowledge about Lund University and increasing interest in exchange studies at Lund University. Read more and find material that can be used by the students:
Returning to Sweden after exchange studies entails an adjustment that can sometimes feel painful.
- Pick up on students who want to talk about their exchange experience – invite them to informal workshops where they get an opportunity to swap experiences with others. The workshop needs supervision and a clear purpose. Can the students’ experiences be used to improve the service to exchange students? Examples of discussion topics: ”Why should you go on exchange studies?”, ”Challenges of being an exchange student?”, ”How do you grow as a person?”, ”What support/information do returning students need?”. The workshop can be run as a Zoom meeting with the possibility of using break-out-rooms.
- Students who want to talk about their exchange studies can usefully also be engaged for marketing, for example through online profiles, short videos that the students can produce themselves.
- Encourage the students to continue to build on their international involvement as international mentors.
- If the student needs support and someone to talk to about readjusting and adapting after returning from abroad, encourage them to contact the Student Health Centre.
External Relations has 3–5 intermittently employed exchange ambassadors. The exchange ambassadors are students at Lund University with personal experience of international mobility. Their main task is to increase students’ interest in and awareness of the international opportunities offered at Lund University and to contribute to inspiring them. The project was launched in spring 2019.
The work of the exchange ambassadors mostly entails developing ideas and communication for other students, in their own way. External Relations assists with supervision and workshops to sift through ideas and ensure that the idea meets the following requirements:
- Easy to implement (rather than difficult/ relatively difficult/time-consuming)
- Gives major benefit/major impact (rather than minimal benefit /low impact)
- Re-usable (rather than a one-off thing)
The exchange ambassadors’ main channel is @lund_university_abroad. The Instagram account aims to be inspiring, to arouse interest and contribute increasing the number of students who gain international experience during their studies at Lund University. The target group is all students at Lund University.
The aim of the Instagram account:
- To be a platform to disseminate information about international opportunities.
- To highlight various types of international opportunities and inspire people to make the most of them.
- To enable students to inspire other students.
- To be a channel for outbound students before, during and after their mobility.
- To contribute to increasing the number of outbound students from Lund University.
Examples of content:
- Guest hosts – students on exchange studies take over the account for a week with images, videos and "stories" from their everyday life abroad.
- Live streams – Interviews and discussions with inspiring alumni with international experience.
- Creating engagement and interactivity through e.g. competitions, stories with Q&A.
- Marketing of application deadlines for e.g. exchange studies and scholarships.
- Target group-adapted videos e.g. for students about to apply, before they leave, on their return.
- Campaigns for e.g. Erasmus Days.
Supervisor of the exchange ambassadors: Ida Thelander ida [dot] thelander [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
Draw your students’ attention to @lund_university_abroad
Help to disseminate information on @lund_university_abroad through your faculty channels with the following suggested text and image:
If you need images in different formats, please contact ida [dot] thelander [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
Follow students abroad on Instagram
Lund University offers lots of opportunities to gain international experience. The Instagram account @lund_university_abroad is run by students for students. Here you can see the everyday lives of Lund University students abroad, take part in exciting competitions, listen to interviews with alumni and much more.