Coronavirus FAQ – newly admitted degree students
This FAQ will be updated regularly throughout autumn 2020. 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!
This FAQ was last updated on 23 October 2020.
- General questions about Lund University
- Questions related to the education
- Faculty- or programme-specific questions
- Questions regarding payments and refunds (for non-EU/EEA students)
- Practical questions (flights, arrival, orientation, housing)
- General questions about Sweden
Is Lund University open?
Lund University is open. On 29 May, the Swedish Government announced that the previous recommendation that universities should conduct education online should end on 15 June 2020. This meant that studies could be, with necessary restrictions, conducted on campus during autumn 2020. Following these guidelines, a decision from Lund University was made on 11 June regarding the education in autumn 2020. This decision stated that education may be conducted on campus, as long as the Government's restrictions and guidelines were followed. It was up to the Dean of each faculty to decide how education would be conducted at their faculty during autumn 2020. The autumn semester started on 31 August 2020 and admitted students were informed about how their specific studies would be conducted during the autumn semester. On 22 October, the previous Lund University decision was extended to also include the spring semester 2021.
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 regular 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.
Will admission results for spring 2021 still be announced on the scheduled dates?
The admissions process remains unchanged. Admissions results for spring semester 2021 are published according to the key dates on universityadmissions.se.
Will the degree programme that I have been admitted to start as planned in spring 2021 and if so, will the studies be classroom-based or distance learning at the start of the spring 2021 semester?
The spring semester 2021 is planned to start 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.
What happens if I cannot come to Lund on time at the start of the semester?
Make sure to stay in contact with your programme coordinator about your situation. Some programmes may be able to accept students arriving slightly late, but this depends both on the structure of the programme and on how the programme is taught during the spring.
I don’t feel safe to travel to Sweden and Lund University yet, can I start my programme via distance education?
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.
Due to the coronavirus situation in my country, I may need to defer my studies to autumn 2021, how can I do that?
If you wish to start in autumn 2021, but are unsure if you will make it, please proceed with the enrolment steps as per normal (accept your place, pay the tuition fee, apply for a residence permit, apply for housing, etc) and wait and see how the situation develops. If you realise later on that you will not be able to make it, then please contact your programme coordinator and ask about the possibility to defer your studies. There are specific guidelines in Sweden and at Lund University regarding the grounds for deferral. These grounds are related to medical situations, legal requirements or other unforeseen situations that make it impossible for you to start your studies as planned. As for the coronavirus situation, it is not in itself a ground for deferral. However, if you are unable to come to Sweden in January to start your studies, due to the fact that there are closed borders, you have fallen ill or you are in another situation that you could not have forseen, there may be grounds for a deferral at that point. It is then up to the programme managers to make a decision regarding your possibility to defer. If they do not approve a deferral, you can instead apply for a tuition fee refund (if applicable) and apply again later on for autumn 2021. In order to be granted a deferral, you must of course be admitted.
Due to the coronavirus, I will not be/was not able to complete my Bachelor’s programme on time. Can I still start my Master’s studies at Lund in spring and finish my Bachelor’s degree in parallel online?
In order to start your studies at Lund University in spring 2021, you must have completed your Bachelor’s studies by the time the programme starts. You must also be able to submit proof of graduation.
Due to the coronavirus, I will not be/was not able to complete my Bachelor's programme on time to start at Lund in autumn 2020. Can I finish it now and start my Master’s at Lund later on in spring?
In order to be able to start your studies at Lund University in spring, you must have completed your Bachelor’s studies by the time the programme starts. You must also be able to submit proof of graduation. In general, it is not possible to start the Master’s programme later on. Please also note that most of our programmes only start in autumn.
I have been conditionally admitted to a Master’s programme, due to the fact that I was still finishing my Bachelor’s degree. I have now finished my Bachelor’s, but as my university has closed, I am not able to receive my degree certificate. What do I do?
The important thing is that you can show that you have in fact graduated from your Bachelor’s programme before the start of the Master’s at Lund. You can usually present your degree certificate after coming to Lund, if you have not received it earlier.
I am applying for Bachelor’s studies. Due to the coronavirus, I will not be able to complete my upper secondary studies on time for the deadline to submit documents, what should I do?
Lund University cannot extend any document deadlines, as University Admissions in Sweden manages all deadlines and documents for students applying for Bachelor's studies. This means the key dates and deadlines published on universityadmissions.se are the ones to follow until further notice. If University Admissions in Sweden announces an extended document deadline later in the process, all applicants will be informed.
Faculty- or programme-specific questions
If you have any questions specifically regarding the programme you will be studying or the faculty you will be studying at, you can use the links below to find more information and contact details for newly-admitted degree students at some of the faculties' websites.
- The Faculty of Medicine website
- The Faculty of Social Sciences website
- The School of Economics and Management website
- The Faculty of Engineering website
- The Faculty of Law website
- The Faculty of Science website
- The Faculties of Humanities and Theology website
- The Academy of Music (pdf document, see second page for information in English)
More faculty-specific links may be published here shortly.
Can I get a full refund if I am not able to come to Lund due to the risks related to the virus?
Yes. Lund University has a very generous refund policy and if you change your mind before the start of your programme you can get a full refund. If the reimbursement application reaches the University before the start of the semester, the full tuition fee, excluding bank and card charges, will be reimbursed.
Due to the financial crisis in my country after the coronavirus outbreak, my family can no longer afford the tuition fee payment. Can I keep my place from 2020 and start in 2021 instead?
In general, we do not approve deferrals based on financial difficulties. However, it is up to each faculty/department to decide whether they will approve deferrals or not, and for what reasons. If approved, you will still need to pay the first tuition fee instalment, in order to not lose your place for autumn 2021 studies.
Due to the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus, will Lund University be offering any additional scholarships for students who can no longer afford the tuition fee?
Lund University already has one of the largest academic merit-based scholarship programmes in Sweden. We are constantly evaluating how we can use these funds in order to help as many students as possible. For autumn 2020 studies we awarded additional scholarships, due to the coronavirus situation. We do not know yet if there will be any additional scholarships for studies in 2021.
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 travel ban was affecting all non-EU nationals during this time period, except long-term residents, family members of EU nationals and diplomats, cross-border and healthcare workers, and people transporting goods. The entry ban has been extended several times. The entry ban for Sweden is now valid until 22 December 2020. 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.
Can I fly to Copenhagen Airport (in Denmark) to come to Sweden and Lund in autumn?
Yes, students who are going to study at Lund University are generally recommended to fly to Copenhagen Airport, as it is the nearest international airport. It is allowed to transit through Denmark, 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.
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?
At this stage we have not yet finalised any plans for the spring 2021 Arrival Day and Orientation Weeks. However, we did organise Arrival Days and Orientation Weeks for autumn 2020 with the necessary restrictions and we hope to be able to do the same for spring 2021.
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, such as a cold, a fever or a cough, should self-quarantine, regardless of their living arrangements.
What happens if I change my mind and no longer want to have the LU Accommodation room that I have applied for? Can I get my deposit of SEK 2000 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.
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.
- Visit the WHO website
- Visit the ECDC website
- Visit krisinformation.se for official 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. The largest concentration of infected individuals is in the Stockholm region.
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, the measures include cancelling gatherings of more than 50 people, introducing travel restrictions to Sweden and transitioning high school and higher education studies to distance learning. A ban on visitors to homes for the elderly has also been implemented. 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.
Will I be able to get healthcare in Sweden? Will I have to pay for it?
Yes, incoming international degree students and exchange students will have insurance provided by the Swedish Government. In addition, students who are staying in Sweden for more than one year, will be able to get a Swedish 'personal number' and with this they have the same access to the national healthcare system as other Swedish residents. Visits to a health clinic generally cost from SEK 120 to SEK 400.
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A webinar where current and prospective students could ask their questions in relation to the coronavirus to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and International Director at Lund University.
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A message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor to international students at Lund University.