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Orientation Weeks

Arrival Days are the start of the Orientation Weeks for all new international students at Lund University. During the Orientation Weeks, you will have the chance to learn more about Sweden and Lund, and to make new friends.

Orientation Weeks programme

The Orientation Weeks for international students include social, cultural and practical activities that aim to help you settle in smoothly at the University, in student life, and in Sweden at large. Further details regarding spring 2023 will be communicated in December on this page and via email to incoming students. 

Below you’ll find a glimpse of the activities arranged during the Orientation Weeks. All new international students will be given access to Canvas a few weeks before arrival where the whole Orientation Weeks programme will be published.

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Arrival Day

The official Arrival Day are open to all new international students at Lund University. During the Arrival Day, international mentors and university staff will welcome you and help you settle into your new life in Lund and Sweden.

About Arrival Day

Important meetings and seminars for all students

Lund University organises several important meetings and seminars during Orientation weeks in 2023 which we strongly encourage all new students to attend. These will cover topics which lay the foundation for successful studies. Details regarding the time and place of the meetings will be sent out via email and available in the Orientation Guide to Lund University in Canvas.

General Information Meeting – 10 January

This will help inform you about settling in at the university.

Campus Helsingborg General Information Meeting

This meeting will focus on specific services that are available if you are studying in Helsingborg (only in Autumn).

Health and Well-Being Seminar – 10 January

This seminar will focus on issues such as the Swedish healthcare system and your general well-being.

Meeting with Lundapolisen

This meeting will be a chance for you to meet the local police and get helpful tips about laws and rules in Lund. The date is to be announced. 

Library Information – 10 January

This session will help you get familiar with the library system at Lund University.

Academic Study Skills – 11 January

Learn about the academic culture and practical matters in the Swedish academic system.

Pre-Registration Day (arranged by faculties or coordinators) – 11 January

During Pre-Registration Day, exchange students meet with their coordinators to settle their Study Plans and get information about academic matters, while many degree programmes arrange welcome activities for their new degree-seeking students. Some meetings may occur on other days as well. Refer to information from your coordinator about any meetings you may need to attend.

Cultural Adjustment Seminar with the Student Health Centre – 12 January

The Student Health Care at Lund University will inform you about ways to cope with cultural challenges which you might face as a new student.

Power of the By-Stander – 13 January

Information session about how to identify, react to, and prevent discrimination and harassment

Introductory Swedish for Exchange Students (SUSA) – starts 10 January

Exchange students who have applied to SUSA will have classes in introductory Swedish and lectures on Swedish culture. The course ends with a written examination (3 ECTS).  Please note that the SUSA course is currently only offered to exchange students. Exchange students who will take SUSA (Introductory Swedish for Exchange Students) must arrive by 10 January 2023 for the start of the course.

About introductory Swedish for exchange students

Social and cultural activities organised by the International Desk

Lund University also organises many social and cultural activities which are open to all incoming students. Details regarding the date, time, place, and how to join will be available in the Orientation Guide to Lund University in Canvas.

  • Social events – Hikes, game nights and picnics
  • Cultural events – food fair, visit to cultural heritage sites, museums, and more
  • Student Association Fair – Meet student organisations, nations and student associations
  • Sports and Games Day (Autumn only) – Mentor group activity
  • Mentor Group Challenge - A typical Swedish 'Fresher’s week' activity! In teams, you will complete challenges around the city and win nice prizes.

Student organisations' activities 

The famous 'nations' are student social clubs at Lund University. The nations, together with student unions and other student organisations, arrange a wide variety of activities during the Orientation Weeks, as well as in the evenings and on the weekends during the semester.

About student nations at Lund University