Coronavirus FAQ – incoming exchange students

This FAQ will be updated regularly throughout spring 2021. Due to new regulations and directives from the Swedish Government, and new decisions taken regularly at the University, we cannot always answer your questions and many answers will change over time. Please check back regularly for updates!

The FAQ was last updated on 22 January 2021. 

General questions about Lund University 


Is Lund University open? 

Lund University remains open, but following a new government decision from 18 December 2020, teaching will be conducted online until further notice, as far as possible.

As the spread of infection remains serious, the government announced additional restrictions for the whole of Sweden on 18 December 2020. For student at Lund University, this means that:

  • All teaching should be conducted digitally as far as far possible, with no physical attendance on Lund University premises until further notice.
  • Students are encouraged to study from home until further notice. Study spaces and computer rooms are to be left accessible only to a limited extent and for students who need such a space, e.g. for information retrieval, use of reference materials, access to distance learning and examination equipment until 31 March 2021. Other spaces intended for students, such as group activity rooms, lunch rooms, cafeterias etc. will remain closed until further notice.

What precautions has Lund University taken to keep its students safe? 

Lund University has formed the Lund University Crisis Management Group to continuously monitor the situation concerning Covid-19. The University’s Crisis Management Group is currently having weekly meetings to manage overall issues connected with the virus outbreak. The University is in consultation with regional authorities, such as the region’s Centre for Communicable Disease Control and is following updates from the Swedish Government, the Swedish Public Health Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant authorities. 

The risks in society related to the coronavirus are constantly changing, as the spread of the virus goes through different stages globally, in Europe and in Sweden. Lund University is following the Government’s and Swedish Public Health Authority’s recommendations regarding measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, as they are announced. 

Lund University has announced several official decisions and measures in relation to the coronavirus situation so far. 

See the University's decisions and measures

Questions related to the education 


Will Lund University accept incoming exchange students for spring 2021?

The admissions process remains unchanged and Lund University can accept incoming exchange students.

What happens if I cannot come to Lund on time at the start of the spring semester? 

Make sure to stay in contact with your exchange coordinator about your situation. Some courses may be able to accept students arriving slightly late, but this depends both on the structure of the courses and on how the specific course will be taught in spring.

I am not sure if I want to come to Sweden now due to the risks. I need more time to think about it, can I decide later?

If you are an accepted exchange student and later change your mind about coming to Lund in spring, make sure to inform both your exchange coordinator at Lund University and at you home university. If you have applied for housing, make sure to inform your housing provider. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you can postpone your exchange studies to autumn 2021, since it is a matter of capacity.

Will the courses I apply for start as planned in spring 2021 and will studies be classroom-based or digital learning at the start of the spring semester?

The spring semester 2021 started on 18 January 2021. Lund University is working to ensure that the best possible education and study situation will be provided. 

It is up to each Dean to plan the education for their faculty and all students admitted to studies at Lund University will be informed before the start of the semester how their studies will be conducted. The recommendations and restrictions that were set for autumn 2020 studies have been extended to also apply to the spring 2021 semester.

Following the new government decision, all teaching will be conducted digitally as far as far possible, with no physical attendance on University premises until further notice.

I don’t feel safe to travel to Sweden and Lund University yet, can I start my exchange digitally?

A decision was made by Lund University on 11 June 2020 stating that education could be conducted on campus in autumn 2020, as long as the restrictions and guidelines from the Government and the Public Health Agency were followed. In general, admitted students were therefore expected to arrive on campus by the start of the autumn 2020 semester. The Lund University decision for autumn 2020 has been extended to also apply to the spring 2021 semester. However, please check back here for any updates later during the semester and stay in contact with your exchange coordinator regarding what this means for your specific studies.

Can I defer and start my studies in autumn 2021? 

There is unfortunately no guarantee at this point that you can postpone your exchange studies to autumn 2021, as it is a matter of capacity. We can therefore not make any decisions about postponements until later on.

However, if you despite the uncertainty want to try to change exchange semester you must first contact the exchange coordinator at your home university and ask them if they can change your nomination to the autumn semester instead.

Due to the coronavirus, I will not be/was not able to complete all my courses on time. Can I be accepted to courses at Lund University even if I don’t fulfil prerequisites for the courses I am interested in taking?

In order to be able to accepted to courses at Lund University in spring, you must fulfil the prerequisites by the time the courses start. You must also be able to submit a transcript of records to prove that you are eligible for the course.

Practical questions (flights, arrival, orientation, housing) 


Will I be able to enter Sweden? 

On 17 March 2020, all Schengen Area Member States approved a plan proposed by the EU Commission to close the external borders of the territory, for a period of at least 30 days, as the most extreme measure taken by the block to halt the further spreading of Covid-19. 

The entry ban has been extended several times. The entry ban for Sweden is now valid until 31 March 2021. However, with the decision to extend this entry ban and following the EU Commission's recommendations, certain nationals and people with essential need or function in Sweden will be exempted from this entry restriction. This includes people coming to study in Sweden.

See more information on the Government website here.

This means that admitted non-EU students will be able to enter Sweden to start their studies. 

However, there are certain restrictions for students travelling to Sweden from/via Denmark and the UK. See more about entering from Denmark under the question below about travel via Copenhagen airport.

Read more about specific travel restrictions for the UK and Denmark on the Swedish Police website

Do I need a certificate, proving a negative PCR-test when entering Sweden?
As of this moment (in mid-December 2020) you don’t need a medical travel certificate to enter Sweden. However, there are certain rules in relation to covid-19 testing for those travelling to Sweden from/via the UK, South Africa or Brazil.

See more information on covid-19 testing for the UK, South Africa and Brazil 

Can I fly to Copenhagen Airport (in Denmark) to come to Sweden and Lund in autumn?
In general, students who are going to study at Lund University are generally recommended to fly to Copenhagen Airport, as it is the nearest international airport. So far, transit through Denmark has been allowed, even with the current EU travel restrictions if you have a worthy cause (such as studying in Sweden). More information is available here on the Danish police website.

However, note that from mid-December 2020, new travel restrictions have been introduced by the Swedish Government with regards to travel from the UK and Denmark! Most likely, this means that students who will be coming to live in Sweden for a shorter time period than one year, will not be able to enter from Denmark or the UK. Therefore, if you are starting your studies in spring 2021 and will be at Lund for less than one year, we recommend that you try to rebook your trip so that you do not fly to Copenhagen and/or enter with any trains or other transportation from Denmark. These rules may still be amended before you plan to enter Sweden, so please stay updated on any rules affecting your travel to Sweden! We will of course update the information in this FAQ as soon as we receive any more information.

Stay updated on the Swedish Police website here

If I am from a country whose citizens do not need a visa to enter the EU (Schengen area), can I come to Sweden before the validity period of my residence permit starts?

No, we do not recommend trying to enter Sweden before the start date of your permit. If you do, there is a high risk that the border police will not let you enter.

My partner/spouse is coming with me to Sweden, but he/she is not a student. Can he/she still enter with me?

If your family member has a residence permit to join you in Sweden, he/she should be able to enter during the permit validity period, as Swedish residence permit holders are exempt from the entry ban. However, if your family member is planning to come only for a short visit (not on a residence permit), they will most likely not be allowed to enter as long as the entry ban is in place.

When should I buy my tickets? 

Due to uncertainty both globally and locally, we recommend that you wait as long as possible with booking your trip to Lund University. When booking any tickets, we encourage you to select rebookable/refundable tickets, as the situation may change rapidly. 

Will you be arranging the Arrival Day and Orientation Weeks as per normal? 

Arrival Day was carried out on 11 January 2021, with extra measures in place to secure a safe arrangement for everyone attending. All other events during the Orientation Weeks for Spring 2021 are conducted online.

See more information about the Arrival Days and Orientation Weeks

Should I still come on Arrival Day, 11 January, even though most teaching is online?

Yes, if you have housing through either LU Accommodation or AF Bostäder, we still recommend that you arrive on Arrival Day. On that day you will be met at Lund train station, and can pick up your keys and get to your accommodation in a safe way, without having to use public transportation.

How can I get to know fellow students if everything is online?
During the Orientation Weeks, there are various activities taking place online. We encourage all new students to take part in these. All students, are also encouraged to join the International Mentor Programme to create a social network in Lund. During spring 2021, the programme will be online.

Is it safe to stay in a corridor room? How do you ensure that no student in the corridor has the virus?

As in all places where you are around other people, we recommend social distancing for as long as the virus continues to spead. This applies both when you live in a corridor and anywhere else where people may gather. Anyone who has any symptoms of covid -19, such as a cold, a fever or a cough, should self-quarantine and follow the recommendations from the Swedish Health National Agency, regardless of living arrangements. 

What happens if I change my mind and no longer want to have the LU Accommodation (LUAcc) room that I have applied for? Can I get my deposit back?

Even if you have accepted a room offer and paid the deposit, you can change your mind and get the deposit back, as long as you inform LU Accommodation at the latest on the day before the start of the contract.

It is important that you apply for accommodation, accept your offer – if you get one – and pay the required deposit. However, please remember to inform LU Accommodation as soon as possible if your plans have changed.

When it comes to other landlords, other regulations may apply.

Am I covered by the insurance provided by Lund University if I conduct my studies on distance, from my home country?
No. The insurance only applies in Sweden.

General questions about Sweden

Will it be safe for me to come to Sweden in spring 2021? 

Swedish authorities are following the spread of the coronavirus very carefully and are working tirelessly to keep Sweden and its residents safe. The best way to follow developments regarding the virus is to refer to the WHO website and the ECDC website. There are currently travel restrictions in place for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden. We will keep you updated regarding changes in these restrictions during the pre-arrival phase. Please also stay updated by checking emergency information from Swedish authorities. 

How widespread is the coronavirus in Sweden? 

The total number of individuals who have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus in Sweden is being tracked at the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website, which is updated daily. Numbers change every day, as testing proceeds and new cases are reported.

How widespread is the coronavirus on Lund University campuses in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg?

For the number of confirmed cases in Skåne (our region of the country), please visit the Public Health Agency of Sweden website. Due to strict patient confidentiality laws in Sweden, the exact number of confirmed cases at Lund University is unknown.

What precautions has Sweden taken to keep its population safe? 

The Swedish Government and government authorities are taking new measures on a daily basis. New measures will be taken as necessary. So far, some of the measures include cancelling large gatherings, limiting the number of persons who can sit together in a restaurant, introducing travel restrictions to Sweden, recommending face masks while using public transportation during rush hour and transitioning high school and the majority of higher education studies to digital learning.  In addition, public announcements are made regularly, instructing the public how to stay safe and how to best protect the elderly and other risk groups. Those who can are asked to work from home. Swedish authorities are collaborating closely and working proactively to prepare our healthcare system to ensure that it will have the capacity to offer care to infected individuals who need it. 

What do the Swedish authorities say about face masks?
You are recommended to wear face masks while using public transportation during rush hour. Of course, you are free to use fask masks in Sweden and on campus as well, but the current recommendation is for public transportation only.

Will I be able to get healthcare in Sweden? Will I have to pay for it? 

Yes, all incoming exchange students will have insurance provided by the Swedish Government, called Student IN. Visits to a health clinic generally cost from SEK 120 to SEK 400. 

Read more about the Student IN insurance