Arrival Days aim to welcome international students to Lund University, provide them with information and ensure that they are settled in before the start of their studies.
For two days, staff from Lund University welcome students at Kastrup and show them to the train. At the Central Station in Lund, they are met by international mentors who drive them with their luggage to AF-borgen. At AF-borgen, they are checked in and given keys and driven to their accommodation.
The University receives students from over 100 countries around the world. During the autumn, approximately 4,000 new international students are expected to start their studies at Lund University. The majority arrive just before or during Arrival Days.
Categories of students:
- About 1,000 exchange students
- About 2,500 program students at master's level
- About 500 program students at bachelor's level, Double degree students, Joint program students and Swedish Study Abroad students.
The Arrival Days are the starting point for two Orientation Weeks before the start of the semester. During the Orientation Weeks, the students get a first introduction to Lund University, student life and Swedish culture. Social and cultural activities of various kinds are offered by a range of actors, for example the International Desk, faculties, nations, unions and international mentors.
Examples of activities arranged or coordinated by the International Desk are information seminars, excursions to natural areas, Swedish food tasting, a welcome concert in the Cathedral with Lund University Male Voice Choir and an information fair in English about student life.
The reception of the international students during Arrival Days and Orientation Weeks engages over 250 employees at Lund University, among others employees at External Relations, LU Accommodation, all faculties, Campus Helsingborg, the Student Health Centre, the Student Chaplaincy, the Academic Support Centre and the University Library.
Both student employees and around a hundred students who volunteer as international mentors during Arrival Days play an important role in welcoming the new international students.
Nations, unions, other student organisations as well as external actors such as AF Bostäder, Lund municipality, Skånetrafiken and the Police and others also contribute to providing a good introduction to studies, student life and life in Sweden.
Arrival Days and Orientation Weeks are coordinated by Kristen Clarberg and Maria Yartseva at External Relations. Over 200 international mentors within External Relations' mentor program are coordinated by Victor Åstrand.