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Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for students

Lund University is following the Swedish Government's and Public Health Authority’s recommendations and guidelines regarding measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Teaching and assessment on University premises – digital if necessary

The government has introduced several restrictions due to an increased spread of infection in society, but would like to see education conducted without major restrictions.

The rapidly changing situation means that the University will have to adapt its activities over the next few weeks.

According to the latest vice-chancellor decision from 14 January 2022, teaching and assessment of study performance are to be conducted as planned on University premises as far as possible.

Digital teaching and assessment should be considered in those cases where sufficient infection control measures cannot be applied, provided that there is no deterioration in the quality of education or the fairness of assessment.

Each faculty decides how this is to be carried out.

Faculty-specific coronavirus information

Libraries, study spaces and computer rooms are to remain accessible to the greatest extent possible while ensuring social distancing and avoiding crowding.

See lunduniversity.lu.se/corona for more information and a link to the full decision

Recommendations and requirements for entering Sweden

See current recommendations and requirements for entering Sweden below.

The University will draw up procedures for how vaccination certificates can be used

The Swedish Government has introduced new restrictions for public gatherings indoors from 12 January. The University will now draw up procedures for how vaccination certificates can be used.

Teaching, assessment, including the public defence of doctoral theses, and research do not fall within the scope of public gatherings and events and are therefore not affected.

See lunduniversity.lu.se/corona for more information

If you are a new student who has just arrived in Sweden, you can make an appointment for the first or second dose by calling a health centre ('Vårdcentral'). Everyone over 18 can now also book an appointment for their third injection, but note that six months must have passed between your second and third injection.

If you were already at Lund University in spring/autumn 2021 and have a Swedish personal identity number ('personnummer') and BankID, you may be able to book your appointment online. Otherwise you can call or visit your health centre ('Vårdcentral') to make an appointment.

Making an appointment for vaccination against Covid-19 – 1177.se

You can find more information about the Covid-19 vaccination at 1177.se. 

About the Covid-19 vaccination – 1177.se

If you have questions concerning the Covid-19 vaccination, you can call Region Skåne's call centre on +46 (0)771 320 320. They are open Monday–Friday, 09:00–15:00.

You may also find answers to your questions on krisinformation.se. 

Questions and answers about Covid-19 vaccines and vaccination – krisinformation.se

Current rules and recommendations at the national level

Find current rules and recommendations by clicking on the links below.

Information related to your studies – spring 2022

Your programme or course

We have been back on campus since 1 November. Your programme coordinator or course director will communicate to you directly how the corona-situation affects your education. If you have questions specifically about your course or programme, you can turn to them.

In the meantime, your student union is monitoring the quality of your education. If you have any questions, feedback or need help, you are welcome to contact them.

If you are in a risk group and prefer to avoid being on campus

As of 1 November 2021, a certificate from your physician/psychologist or equivalent will once again be required:

  • for entitlement to special adaptations to teaching and assessment
  • to apply for approved leave from studies with a guaranteed place on return, or
  • to request a deferral for the start of your studies.

(Between 29 June 2020 and 31 October 2021, these rules were suspended to reduce the risk of infection and avoid overloading healthcare staff).

Support for students

We have compiled a practical checklist that may help you keep yourself and others healthy during the pandemic. It comprises general guidelines and recommendations for everyday life in Sweden, on campus and in your accommodation, advice on what to do when you get symptoms, and whom you can contact when you feel stressed or anxious about the situation etc.

See the practical checklist here

The Student Health Centre have assembled tips and you can contact them to make an appointment.

Questions regarding your courses and examinations should be directed to your course director or programme coordinator. 

Exchange students at Lund University can contact their international coordinator or the international office at their faculty.

See faculty-specific corona-related information

For general questions about your stay in Sweden, how the University is dealing with the situation, or for any other question, you are most welcome to turn to the International Desk.

See their webpage for contact details and current opening hours:

The International Desk

The Student Chaplaincy offers counselling to students and staff, regardless of whether you are religious or not. The individual sessions are strictly confidential and free of charge. Counselling is also offered over the telephone or by video call. Telephone number: +46 (0)71 87 35, email: studentprasterna [dot] lund [at] svenskakyrkan [dot] se

Visit the Student Chaplaincy's website and find more contact details

Exposed to Covid-19 in the context of your studies?

If you have been exposed, or suspect that you may have been exposed, to Covid-19 in connection with your studies, the University is obliged to report this as a serious incident to the Swedish Work Environment Authority.

Please contact the person responsible for the study environment where you study and tell them that you have been exposed, or suspect that you may have been exposed, to Covid-19 in connection with your studies. The person responsible for the relevant study environment needs this information in order to review the current risk assessment to avoid infection in the study location. The person responsible for the study environment is to ensure that a report is filed with the Work Environment Authority.

Studying abroad

If you are planning to study abroad, it is important to consider a number of things and keep track of the situation in the host country and at the host university. 

What to consider when planning to study abroad during the ongoing pandemic

Healthcare

If you have any symptoms that could be connected with Covid-19, even mild ones, you should stay at home and avoid close contact with other people. This also applies if you have previously had Covid-19 or are fully vaccinated.

A list of common symptoms on the Public Health Agency's website (under 'The virus and the illness').

If you have symptoms, you should get tested, irrespective of whether you are fully vaccinated or not. If you have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the past six months, you do not generally need to get tested.

Visit the 1177.se website to see what applies in terms of testing. While waiting for your test result, you should stay home and avoid close contact with others.

Getting tested for Covid-19 – 1177.se

You can either take a self-test or get tested at a local health centre.

Log in to 1177.se and order a self-test. You need to have a Swedish personal identity number and an e-ID to place an order. The self-test is then sent to a pharmacy. Ask someone else to pick up and drop off the test at the pharmacy on the same day. You are not allowed to visit the pharmacy yourself, and you have to take the test at home. The instructions for the test are only available in Swedish.

About the self-test on 1177.se

You can call your health centre if you do not have a Swedish personal identity number but do want to take a test. The health centre will decide if you should get tested or not.

Health centres

As a student at Lund University, you have insurance that ensures that you have the same opportunity to access health care as Swedish students if a sudden illness occurs. Treatment for a sudden illness should be understood to be treatment for symptoms that occur suddenly and that you seek care for shortly thereafter.

Your insurance cover

All students are urged to keep updated and follow the recommendations for infection prevention provided by the Swedish Public Health Agency.

News and information

To find accurate and reliable Swedish news in English, you can for example listen to Radio Sweden or read articles published by the online newspaper The Local

To learn more about the current situation in relation to the coronavirus in the Skåne region, you can visit the Region Skåne website.

Region Skåne website

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) are reliable sources for information in English at the global level.