A warm welcome to Lund University! We are proud to have students from all over the world join us at Lund. We know there's a lot to get organised when you first arrive, so we've compiled top tasks and other relevant information to help you settle in.
On this webpage, we have gathered information about arrival and registration, student life, practical matters, services and support, and health and safety for new students at Lund University.
Videos from the Orientation Weeks
Watch the following webinars, a welcome speech and a panel discussion recorded for and during the Orientation Weeks 2020 on YouTube:
- A presentation with general information for new students
- A word of welcome from the Vice-Chancellor to new students
- A webinar with the Lund University Libraries
- A panel discussion about Cultural Adjustment and Swedishness
- A webinar with the Academic Support Centre:
- Part 1: The Swedish Academic Culture
- Part 2: Get to know yourself and establish routines
- Part 3: Learn well and produce honest work
There are a few tasks you need to complete to be able to start your studies. Make sure to follow the instructions you have received and don’t hesitate to contact your programme- or course coordinator if you have any questions.
Send a quick message home using your smartphone or laptop. You can access the free Wi-Fi on campus with your student account login (refer to instructions in your Student Guide or see below in this checklist).
Always bring your 'notification of results'/'letter of acceptance' and your photo identification (passport or EU ID card) during the first few weeks – you will be asked for these a lot!
You can check in on the Arrival Days or by visiting the International Desk.
All students must attend the first class to complete enrolment. If you will arrive after the first day of class, contact your programme/course coordinator in advance so they know when to expect you and your place in the programme is kept.
If you are an exchange student, you must also attend the 'Registration/Meet Your Coordinator' day to finalise your study plans.
If you were given conditional admission and need to show that you completed your Bachelor's degree, please submit your final transcripts and diploma to your www.universityadmissions.se account (according to any country-specific requirements) and also bring these to show your programme coordinator. They will inform the admissions office accordingly. Remember to bring a certified copy (or the original), and any relevant official translations according to the official requirements for documents.
Your department's introduction activities may cover topics such as services available to students in the department, key academic and administrative staff, health and safety, resources etc.
If you have not already done so, log in to your student email account and the Student Portal. You log in to these services using your student account (consisting of a user ID and a password). Remember to check your student account emails regularly during your time at Lund University so you don't miss any important information!
Read more about and log in to:
The LU card serves as an ID card within Lund University and you also use it to access the buildings relevant to your studies and borrow books at all university libraries. The card is free of charge and getting one is quick and easy.
Please note that the LU access card is only used with in the University. For student discounts, you need to be a member of Studentlund.
Student life at LU
Start building your social network and get involved in the rich student life at LU.
The Orientation Weeks are designed for you to get your social life started and to get off to a good start at Lund University. Some of the activities during the Orientation Weeks organised by International Desk require a ticket. Tickets are sold online, but please note that they may sell out.
Sign up for a Studentlund membership online and finalise registration by visiting one of the twelve nations that are part of Studentlund during their office hours. After you have joined a nation, you can download the app 'Studentkortet' to prove your membership. You are then ready to get involved in the fantastic student life at Lund University.
If you have signed up for the international mentor programme, your mentors will invite you for different activities. Some faculties, programmes and student unions are also running mentor programmes. You can be part of several mentor programmes at the same time.
Follow the International Desk Facebook page to be alerted to regular activities organised for international students and as a forum to ask general questions during your time at Lund University. Follow the @lunduniversity Instagram account to see life through the eyes of other current international students. Join the #hejlunduni competition during the Orientation Weeks for the chance to have your photo featured on the official Instagram account and even be in to win a Lund University backpack.
Practical matters for your day-to-day life in Sweden
Look into these practical matters before your courses start so you will be able to focus on your studies.
If you have been admitted for studies that will last longer than 12 months, you should apply for a Swedish personal number with Skatteverket (Swedish tax office). Be sure to check which documents you need to take with you in order to apply for the Swedish personal number.
If you are a non-EU student and if you do not yet have a Swedish residence permit card (UT card), you need to get photographed and fingerprinted at the Swedish Migration Agency office (National Service Centre) in Malmö (i.e. you did not require a visa in order to travel to Sweden and are therefore able to instead provide your biometrical data once you are in Sweden).
A refill phone card is provided in your welcome package. Refer to the Student Guide for more details on where to get a mobile phone/phone cards/internet deals.
The fastest way to get around Lund is by bike. Getting a second-hand bike is ideal, you can find one at a local shop, in the 'bike auctions' that are arranged by the city of Lund of few times every year, or buy one in Facebook's Sell/Buy groups or in Swedish online classifieds such as blocket.se. You don't need a fancy bike, but you should invest in a good bike lock.
Make sure that the bike is safe to ride and update yourself on the traffic rules. Be aware that, by law, you need a white light on the front of your bike and a red light on the back of your bike, as well a reflectors, breaks and a bell that work.
The easiest way to buy tickets is through the Skånetrafiken app, where you will also find current train and bus schedules. With the app, you can get separate tickets for occasional travels (single or 24-hour) or buy a monthly ticket.
Please note that you always need to be able to prove that you are a Studentlund member if you make use of the student discount.
Also keep in mind that cash is not accepted on buses or trains. You always need to have a valid and activated ticket before you board a train. On the green city buses, you can scan your debit/credit card to buy a ticket (if your card allows for contactless payment) and on the yellow regional buses, you can buy a ticket directly from the bus driver using your debit/credit card.
Visit the Skånetrafiken customer counters at the train or bus station for help and more information.
Check your Student Guide for tips on local supermarkets, second hand stores, pharmacies and shopping areas.
Student that are eligible for a Swedish personal identity number can set up a bank account in Sweden. If you do not have online banking, read more about making bill payments through 'Kassagirot' services at a local convenience store by checking your Student Guide.
If you would like to learn Swedish, there are several ways to go about it, both at the University and outside of it. Swedes are generally very good at English and are in fact among the best in the world at English as a second language. However, you may want to learn some (basic) Swedish to really immerse yourself into the Swedish culture and experience.
See options for learning Swedish
As a new student, it is helpful to know what is expected in Swedish society in terms of sorting your own waste and other ideas to help support a more sustainable lifestyle.
By separating and recycling your waste, buying things secondhand and biking or using the public transportation system, among others, you can contribute to a more sustainable society.
If you would like to work part-time during your studies, you should note that many students are competing for the available positions. If you do not know any (or much) Swedish, it will be even more difficult to find jobs, including service jobs.
If your main motivation for wanting to find a part-time job is to acquire relevant skills for your future career, volunteering for a student organisation or NGO may be interesting options for you to explore.
Services and support for new students
Students at Lund University have access to an extensive services and support structure to help you perform well and find a good work–life balance.
If you have programme- or course-specific questions, contact your coordinator.
The Student Health Centre offers counselling to Lund University students. The staff work primarily with psychological problems that affect your ability to study, such as stress, worry, anxiety, depression, transitional issues and/or academic difficulties. You can book appointments in Lund or in Helsingborg.
The Academic Support Centre are a service open to all students studying courses and programmes conducted in English at Lund University. The staff provide individual and group consultations (including feedback on texts), workshops and seminars on topics in three areas: academic texts and the writing process; speaking and presentation skills; and reading and study skills.
The Lund University libraries provide course literature and reference material as well as places to study. They often have group rooms with or without computers where you can study. In addition, many of the libraries provide training sessions about resource and information searching that can support you in your studies.
The student unions handle politics and student rights and are very active in contributing to the way the University is run. They also arrange social activities, welcome events for new students, careers fairs and a range of projects and committees. As a student, you can easily get involved in the unions' work and seize the opportunity to gain leadership experience.
Students of all faiths, and none, are welcome to the Multifaith Chaplaincy. The student chaplains serve all students and employees of the University. You are welcome to visit the student chaplains irrespective of your faith or religion. The chaplains provide personal and spiritual counselling and support. The student chaplains can also help you to contact any local church or religious body.
Student health and safety
Find out about student health and safety matters at the University and locally.
The emergency number for Sweden is 112.
Advice for students on YouTube
Information about symptoms, health insurance and current recommendations in relation to the coronavirus pandemic can be found at our webpages with coronavirus information for current students.
Read more about seeking medical help, the free 1177 health telephone advice number, student health counselling, sexual health and medical insurance on the student health pages.
The Student Guide 2020-21
The Student Guide 2020–21 (PDF, new window) is a practical handbook and reference for all international students across a range of topics, ranging from academic matters and social activities to practical matters. You receive a printed copy of this book in your Welcome Pack during Arrival Day or when you check in at the International Desk after Arrival Day.
Stora Algatan 4, Lund
Lund University, Box 117,
SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
Email: studentreception [at] lu [dot] se
Tel: +46 (0)46 222 0100
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