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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).

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Latest decision by the vice-chancellor (18 March)

A new decision was taken on 18 March 2021. In short, access to study places is increased somewhat and certain University organisations such as museums, art galleries, shops and parks may open to a limited extent, within the applicable guidelines.

The new vice-chancellor decision in more detail

All Lund University's decisions and measures in relation to the coronavirus are published on a continuous basis at lunduniversity.lu.se/corona.

Current restrictions at the national level

Limited opening hours for restaurants and limited numbers of visitors allowed in stores and supermarkets are some of the latest restrictions at the national level. 

Current travel restrictions for foreign travellers

Current requirements for non-Swedish citizens entering Sweden include a negative Covid-19 test upon entry that may not be older than 48 hours. In connection with this, there is an entry ban that may differ somewhat depending on whether you are travelling from an EU/EEA-country or a country outside of the EU/EEA. 

The Swedish Public Health Agency also recommends a self-isolation period followed by a test for everyone entering Sweden from abroad. This includes those exempt from the requirement for a negative test upon entry to Sweden.

Restrictions and recommendations for people entering Sweden from abroad – Public Health Agency website

Spring and autumn semester 2021

Information about your studies – spring 2021

In the spring semester of 2021, teaching and assessment of students' performance are conducted almost entirely digitally. Teaching and assessment that are impossible to conduct remotely, or possible only with great difficulty, are the only exception. Each faculty decides in detail how this is to be carried out.

Your course director or programme coordinator will communicate to you directly how the corona-related restrictions will affect 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.

Information about your studies – autumn 2021

It has not yet been decided whether teaching and assessment will be offered digitally or take place on campus during the autumn semester of 2021. A decision will be announced later this spring.

Libraries and study areas

You are encouraged to continue studying primarily from home. Study areas and computer rooms will remain accessible to an extent that, while avoiding the spread of Covid-19, opportunities are provided for you to:

  • look up information
  • use reference materials
  • access learning support
  • access equipment for digital teaching and assessment.

Other spaces intended for students, such as group rooms, lunch and coffee rooms will remain accessible to the extent that this is possible while avoiding the spread of infection.

Libraries will be kept open for the University’s students and employees to the extent necessary to allow the use of study spaces, deposits or lending of books and access to reference literature.

Bear in mind that you will likely need your LU access card to enter the premises.

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 changing situation and anxiety in relation to the coronavirus are affecting us all. The Student Health Centre have assembled some tips for students.

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 via email, studentreception [at] lu [dot] se. For current opening hours and phone hours, see the International Desk webpage

The Academic Support Centre have compiled a number of tips to facilitate digital learning. 

See tips for when you are studying from home

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. 

Learn more about what to consider when planning to study abroad during the ongoing pandemic

Health care

If you have any symptoms that could be connected with Covid-19, you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Even mild symptoms are cause to stay home. Please do avoid the University and its common areas in these cases.

See the Swedish Public Health Agency's website for a list of common symptoms (under 'The virus and the illness')

If you cannot manage on your own in your home, you should call the national helpline 1177 to get advice (note that you should call +46 771 1177 00 if you're using a foreign phone number). Do not visit a healthcare provider without contacting 1177 first.

According to the Swedish Communicable Diseases Act those who have a contagious disease (such as Covid-19), are required to do what they can to protect others from getting infected. For more information about this, please contact the national helpline 1177.

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 a 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.

Find local 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.

Learn more about your insurance cover

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

The duty to protect in the event of confirmed Covid-19

According to the Communicable Diseases Act, a person who has a communicable disease (coronavirus) must do what is required to protect others from infection (the so-called duty to protect). You need to follow your healthcare provider's instructions and recommendations to this end. This for example entails informing the people you have been in contact with that you are infected. You can find out more about what the duty to protect entails via the links below.

If you have been on campus while possibly contagious, you are also recommended to contact your programme/course coordinator about this.

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. 

Regarding face masks

Lund University follows the Swedish Public Health Agency’s guidelines and recommendations when it comes to the use of face masks. This means that, from the point of view of the University, staff and students are not generally required to use face masks. However, those wishing to use a face mask on university premises are naturally welcome to do so and there may be organisations within the University where the assessment is that face masks are required. Local decisions will be made in such cases.

Also note that The Public Health Agency of Sweden recommends face masks in public transports in connection with work commuting and at other times when it is difficult to avoid congestion.

Learn more at the Swedish Public Health Agency website

Make yourself contactable

All staff and students are encouraged to provide their mobile telephone number in Passport. The University can then send text messages to you if needed.

  1. Go to the account management portal Passport.
  2. Log in as 'User'.
  3. Select 'Verification of contact information'.
  4. Follow the instructions.

Need medical assistance?

  • Contact the national helpline 1177 if you need medical assistance* – Do not visit a healthcare provider without contacting 1177 first! Note that you should call +46 771 1177 00 if you're using a foreign phone number.
  • Contact 113 13 if you cannot find answers to your general questions online. 

*If you are not ill or are only experiencing mild symptoms, please consult the authorities' websites for information in the first place.