Coronavirus FAQ – incoming exchange students
This FAQ will be updated regularly throughout spring/summer 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!
Lund University remains open, but following previous government decisions the education is conducted online. On May 12, the vice-chancellor decided that teaching and assessment will continue, with a few exceptions, to be conducted digitally with no physical presence during the rest of the spring 2021 semester.
For autumn semester 2021, a new decision from 17 June 2021 states:
- This decision states that the University will begin gradual and orderly adaptation to operations which are not restricted by the Covid-19 pandemic. For education, adaptation will start at the beginning of the autumn semester and be completed by 1 November 2021. If there are special grounds, completion of the adaptation process may be delayed to 16 January 2022. This decision was taken in light of the Swedish Public Health Agency's announcement that the recommendations to conduct remote teaching at universities will no longer apply as of 1 June 2021. This means that teaching and assessment of students performance at the University will be conducted both on University premises and digitally during autumn 2021 semester, all with reference to current regulations and recommendations from the public authorities responsible and to the current rate of infection.
- The University will receive students from other countries for education at Lund University to the extent possible while taking into consideration any travel restrictions.
Lund University is following the Swedish Government's and Public Health Authority’s recommendations regarding measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). In order to ensure a safe study and working environment for students and employees, the University is making decisions on a continuous basis, based on current recommendations from the responsible authorities.
Questions related to the education
Yes, the admissions process remains unchanged and Lund University can accept incoming exchange students.
Orientation weeks will be available digitally via the student platform canvas that you will get access to in the beginning of August.
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.
Orientation weeks will be available digitally via the student platform canvas that you will get access to in the beginning of August.
If you are an accepted exchange student and later change your mind about coming to Lund this autumn, first check with your home university and your coordinator at Lund University to see if deferment is possible. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you can postpone your exchange studies to spring 2022 since it is a matter of capacity. Until you have decided, follow procedures and information from your coordinator.
If you have decided not to come, 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.
Lund University is working to ensure that the best possible education and study situation will be provided.
For the autumn 2021 semester, the University is planning for teaching and assessment of students performance being conducted both on University premises and digitally, all with reference to current regulations and recommendations from the public authorities responsible and to the current rate of infection.
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.
On 27 May, the Swedish government presented its five-step plan for adaptation and easing of the restrictions applied due to the Covid-19 pandemic. One of the new recommendations is for digital learning no longer to be the default mode for higher education. This means that it will be possible to conduct education on site at universities and colleges as of 1 June. This further supports the University's plan for more campus-based education in autumn. In light of this, a new vice-chancellor’s decision was made on 17 June 2021. This decision states that the University will begin gradual and orderly adaptation to operations which are not restricted by the Covid-19 pandemic. For education, adaptation will start at the beginning of the autumn semester and be completed by 1 November 2021. If there are special grounds, completion of the adaptation process may be delayed to 16 January 2022.
In general, admitted students are expected to arrive on campus by the start of the autumn 2021 semester. However, check with your exchange coordinator if it is possible to start your studies digitally.
There is unfortunately no guarantee at this point that you can postpone your exchange studies to spring 2022, 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 spring semester instead.
No. In order to be able to attend accepted courses at Lund University, 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)
Yes. There is a general entry ban for all foreigners entering Sweden from a non-EU/EEA country. The entry ban is currently valid until 31 August 2021. However, there are exemptions, including exemptions for people coming to study in Sweden. Foreign citizens who hold a valid Swedish residence permit, are exempted from the entry ban and Covid-19 negative test requirement.
If you are travelling from another EU/EEA-country, there is no entry ban, however you are generally required to present an EU covid certificate documenting that the holder either:
- has been vaccinated against covid-19 (vaccine certificate),
- has a negative test result from testing for ongoing covid-19 infection, taken within 72 hours from the time of border crossing, or
- has recovered from covid-19 (recovery certificate),
- or can present an equivalent certificate.
However, students with a right of residence in Sweden are exempt from this requirement and also, travellers coming from another Nordic country are exempt from both the entry ban and the testing requirements. This means that if you are travelling via Copenhagen, there will not be any testing requirements enforced by the Swedish authorities. It is, however, very important that you carefully check any requirements and restrictions set by Danish authorities if you are travelling to Sweden via Denmark.
You will find more information about the testing requirements and exemptions on the Swedish Police’s website. The rules regarding the negative test requirement for foreigners entering from another EU/EEA country, and the certificate requirements for travellers from another EU/EEA country, are currently valid until 31 August 2021.
Please see the links below to find out more about the entry rules and Covid-19 testing.
Read more about entering from Denmark under the question below about travel via Copenhagen airport.
There is a general entry ban for all foreigners entering Sweden from a non-EU/EEA country. However, there is a list of exemptions. If you fulfil any of the exemptions listed by the Swedish police, you can enter Sweden through Copenhagen airport. The exemptions include people coming to study in Sweden and who have a valid residence permit to live in Sweden.
The burden of evidence lies on the traveller (meaning, you have to show sufficient documentation supporting that you should be exempt from the travel ban) and that the assessment of the evidence will be done on-site, based on the circumstances in the specific case at hand.
Examples of documentation that might strengthen your case are: notification of selection results, your residence permit, registers that the police authority has access to, certificate of employment, tickets, excerpts from the residential register, salary receipts and other forms of certificates and documentation. The police will not give any assurances on what sort of evidence will be deemed sufficient until you show it to them. This is done on a case-by-case basis, on the spot.
Note that you must also check the entry restrictions and testing requirements announced by the Danish government before entering Denmark. There may be different rules for specific countries, so make sure to check the restrictions that apply to you, depending on where you are travelling from. This is both with regards to your entry to Sweden, as well as when transferring through Denmark. Note that, for example, although you may be exempt from presenting a negative covid 19-test when entering Sweden, the Danish authorities may have other rules that you need to follow.
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.
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.
If you are staying in Sweden for more than one year and register at the Swedish Tax Office and get a Swedish "personal number", you can book an appointment via 1177 using a bank ID. People who are unable to get a bank ID or Swedish social security number, can call or visit a health care center (vårdcentral) in Skåne. The health care center will then book an appointment for you and vaccinate you there.
However, all international students are strongly recommended to get fully vaccinated before arrival in Sweden, if possible.
Lund Univerisity is currently looking into a more convenient way for new students to get vaccinated. We will update students as soon as a decision has been made.
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.
Self-isolation is currently required for students arriving in Sweden from specific countries or regions. It is strongly recommended to have a credit card, allowing for international payments, that can be used for online purchases in Sweden since you should avoid going to the supermarket if self-isolation is recommended. If you are unable to do this, you are allowed to shop in person as long as you limit your shopping to necessary items, take as few trips as possible and do not take public transportation.
Lund University will provide you with a guide on how to purchase food online and in stores in Sweden prior to your arrival. The University can unfortunately not offer assistance with grocery deliveries to assist students in self-isolation.
Please note that these recommendations and requirements can change before your arrival. Make sure to stay updated about the Covid-19 guidelines from the Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish authorities' emergency information.
Lund University will welcome international students on campus in autumn 2021 and in general, students are expected to arrive by the start of the semester. Arrival Day for international exchange students will be held on 16 August and we highly recommend all students to arrive on this day if possible.
The Orientation Weeks will take place both online and in person. As for now, we will only have digital events until August 24th. Starting from August 25th, there will be in-person events, arranged according to the covid-19 recommendations.
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.
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.
No. The insurance only applies in Sweden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You are recommended to wear face masks while using public transportation during rush hour. Of course, you are free to use face masks in Sweden and on campus as well, but the current recommendation is for public transportation only.
Face mask will be provided on Arrival Day.
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.