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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 24 March 2021. 


General questions about Lund University 

Lund University remains open, but following a new government decision from 18 December 2020, teaching will be conducted online until further notice, as much 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 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 further notice. Other spaces intended for students, such as group activity rooms, lunch rooms, cafeterias etc. are to remain accessible insofar as this is possible while avoiding the spread of infection.

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.

See the University's decisions and measures

Questions related to the education

Yes, the admissions process remains unchanged and Lund University can accept incoming exchange students.

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.

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 spring 2022 since it is a matter of capacity. Until you have decided, follow procedures and information from your coordinator.

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. There are recommendations and restrictions in place during the spring 2021 semester. Following the government decision, all teaching is conducted digitally as far as possible, with no physical attendance on University premises until further notice.

We do not yet know what the situation will be in autumn 2021, but we are expecting to be able to announce a decision regarding Autumn 2021 studies during April 2021. Please check back here regularly for updates.

In general, admitted students are expected to arrive on campus by the start of the autumn 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.

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 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) 

Yes. There is a general entry ban for all non-EU/EEA citizens entering Sweden. The entry ban is currently valid until 31 May 2021. However, there are exemptions, including exemptions for people coming to study in Sweden. See more about entering from Denmark under the question below about travel via Copenhagen airport. 

Read more about travel restrictions and the exemptions on the Swedish Police's website

As of 3 February 2021, the Swedish government also declared that a negative Covid-19 test is required for all foreigners, with a few exceptions, when entering Sweden. Please see the links below to find out more about Covid 19 testing. The test must not be older than 48 hours. The new travel restriction was put into effect from the 6th of February and is valid until 31 May 2021.

Read more about Covid-19 testing on the Swedish Government's website

Yes, you have to follow the general guidelines for all incoming travellers.

Read more about restrictions for people who are entering Sweden on the Swedish Health Agency's website


 

There are currently strict travel restrictions for foreigners entering Sweden via Denmark. However, there is a list of exemptions. If you fulfil any of the exemptions listed by the Swedish police, you can enter Sweden trough Copenhagen airport.

One exemption is that travellers who are residents, or who are planning to become residents, meaning staying at least one year, are able to enter – as these travellers will be considered as “living here”, according to the list of exemptions. 

The police have also been very clear that 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: your residence permit (if applicable and valid for more than a year), 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.

Read more about the exemptions at the Swedish police website

Note that you must also check the entry restrictions announced by the Danish government before entering Denmark.

More information regarding travel restrictions is available on the Danish authorities' joint website

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.

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. 

We hope to arrange an Arrival Day, but cannot say for certain at this point. Updates will be posted on our website that you will find below. 

Find updated information about Arrival Day

We are currently planning for a digital orientation programme. If restrictions are relaxed, some events might take place in person.

See more information about the Arrival Days and Orientation Weeks

We are still waiting for this information to be confirmed. Please check back here regularly for any updates. 

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.

General questions about 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.

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