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Orientation Weeks

Arrival Day is 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. A preliminary schedule for seminars and important meetings during Orientation Weeks in August can be found further down on this page. The final schedule, including social activities arranged by the student organization in Lund and the International Desk, will be published on the canvas course “Orientation Guide to Lund University”. All new international students will be given access to the course at the beginning of August.

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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. Please note that the dates and times listed below might be subject to change.

This will session will help inform you about settling in at the university. It will also give you the chance to meet the local police and get helpful tips about laws and rules in Lund. You can choose between two alternative sessions. 

  • Wednesday, 16 August
  • 9:00 AM–12:00 PM and 1:00–3:30 PM

This seminar will focus on issues such as the Swedish healthcare system and your general well-being. You can choose between two alternative sessions.

  • Wednesday, 16 August
  • 9:00 AM–12:00 PM and 1:00–3:30 PM

This is a great opportunity to meet student organisations in Lund and discover what student life in Lund has to offer.

  • Wednesday, 16 August
  • The time is to be announced

During Pre-Registration Day on Thursday 17 August, 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.

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

  • Friday, 18 August
  • 9:00–10:00 AM

Join this session to learn about the academic culture and practical matters in the Swedish academic system. You can choose between two alternative sessions.

  • Monday, 21 August
  • 1:00–2:30 PM and 5:15–6:30 PM

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. You can choose between two alternative sessions.

  • Tuesday, 22 August
  • 9:30–11:00 AM and 3:30–5:00 PM

Information session about how to identify, react to, and prevent discrimination and harassment. You can choose between two alternative sessions.

  • Monday, 21 August, 9:00–10:00 AM
  • Tuesday, 22 August, 1:00–2:30 PM

Introductory Swedish for Exchange Students (SUSA)

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 15 August 2023 for the start of the course.

Information about the introductory Swedish for exchange students

Social and cultural activities organised by the International Desk

Lund University 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 during the summer.

Examples of events organised during Orientation Weeks:

  • 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 – Mentor group activity
  • Treasure Hunt Challange – Mentor group activity

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.

Student nations at Lund University

The International Mentor programme

As a new international student, you have the chance to join the International Mentor Programme. The programme gives you the possibility to kick-start your social life and get to know both Swedes and other international students. During the Orientation Weeks, there are social activities organised specifically for the mentor programme.

About the International Mentor Programme at Lund University