Before your departure
Preparations for Lund University students nominated for exchange
There is a lot to think about before you go on a student exchange. You will need to find out most things on your own. Make sure that you are well-informed about insurance, visa, vaccinations, student finance and accommodation!
To read and watch before your departure
Overview of key preparations before your departure
The video below and the Time to Go brochure give an overview of the key preparations you need to make before your exchange.
- Watch on YouTube: Practical preparations before your exchange
- Read the Time to Go brochure 2019 (PDF 390 kB, new window) – updated 29 October 2019
For more specific information on CSN, grants and scholarships, vaccinations and international health and travel, see the links below.
- Learn more about CSN at the CSN website (in Swedish)
- Learn more about available grants and scholarships
- Learn more about vaccinations at the 1177 website (in Swedish)
- Learn more about international travel and health at the WHO website
Your insurance during the exchange
During the exchange, you are covered by an insurance that can, for example, help you if you need emergency medical care or get robbed. Learn more about what the insurance does and does not cover, and other key information and preparations, by watching the video below.
You can find more information about the Student Out insurance and the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by using the links below.
- Learn more about the Student Out insurance at the Kammarkollegiet website
- Learn more about the EHIC at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) website
*Note that Student OUT does not apply in the following circumstances:
- Online studies – Student OUT does not apply to distance education, i.e. studies must be conducted on site in the host country. If your exchange studies are conducted online, i.e. in Lund or another place, you are not covered by any of Kammarkollegiet's insurances and need to obtain your own insurance.
- When the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against travel to a country or a region, Student OUT does not apply (new regulation valid from 1 July 2021). The advice against travel ('reseavrådan') from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs must have existed on the day of departure for the new regulation to apply. If you have started your studies before the advice was announced, the insurance is valid for a transitional period (maximum 30 days), so that you have time to leave the country and travel back to Sweden.
- In case of violation of the law. The insurance does not cover legal protection if the you violate the laws of the host country. What may appear to be a minor offence in Sweden may be punishable in another country.
- The insurance does not apply for travel outside the country of study during the study period, nor does it apply for private travel in connection with the study period, apart from the those two weeks before and after the study period. The insurance applies for study trips to another country with a supervisor, provided that Kammarkollegiet has been informed before the trip.
- See the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for advice against travel per country (In Swedish)
- See the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for a definition of advice against travel (In Swedish)
Other students' experiences
Going on an exchange is quite a process. Is it really all that it's cracked up to be?
- Watch on YouTube: LU exchange ambassador Vera shares her experiences
- See travel reports from other students at utlandsstudier.lu.se
- Follow LU students abroad on Instagram
The Erasmus mobility grant within Europe
If you are going on exchange within Europe, you need to apply for the Erasmus mobility grant. You will need to provide documentation before, during and after your exchange to be eligible for this grant.
Adapting to a new environment
Getting started with your studies in another country is of course exciting but can be challenging at the same time. The Student Health Centre gives advice that may help you with this transition.
- Watch on YouTube: Adapting to a new environment
- Learn more about the Student Health counselling service at LU
Being a student ambassador abroad
In order for our future students to be able to study abroad, we are dependent on students wanting to come Lund. Our student ambassadors are invaluable in that respect.
Representing LU during your exchange can both be fun and rewarding for you.
- Watch on YouTube: Representing LU during your exchange
- Learn more about being a student ambassador abroad
Apply for scholarships
If you have been accepted to exchange studies within the Nordic countries or Europe, you can apply for the Nordplus or Erasmus+ scholarships.
If you have been accepted to exchange studies outside of Europe, you can apply for the Craaford Foundation travel grant.
There are also other scholarships that you can apply for as a student at Lund University.