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Coronavirus FAQ – newly admitted degree students

This FAQ will be updated regularly throughout autumn 2021 and spring 2022. 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 8 October 2021.


General questions about Lund University 

Lund University remains open. For autumn semester 2021, a decision from 17 June 2021 states:

  • 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.

The new decision means that, if you are a newly admitted international student, starting your studies spring 2022, you should plan to arrive physically at the start of the semester. If you are not able to arrive in Sweden by the start of your programme, please contact your programme coordinator to enquire what options are available for you. 

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

Lund University is working to ensure that the best possible education and study situation will be provided.

For the autumn 2021 semester, the University planned 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.

A vice-chancellor’s decision was made on 17 June 2021. The 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 started at the beginning of the autumn semester and will be completed by 1 November 2021. If there are special grounds, completion of the adaptation process may be delayed to 16 January 2022. Therefore, if you are admitted to studies in spring 2022, the education should not be restricted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Make sure to stay in contact with your programme coordinator about your situation. Some programmes may be able to accept students arriving slightly late or start their programme online, but this depends both on the structure of the programme and the planned teaching during spring.

The Orientation Weeks will take place both online and in person. All new international students will be given access to Canvas a few weeks before the Arrival day on January 10th where the whole Orientation Weeks programme will be published.

Please contact your programme coordinator about what options are available for your specific programme.

In order to start your Master's studies at Lund University, you must have completed your Bachelor’s studies by the time the programme starts. You must also be able to submit proof of graduation.

If you wish to start a certain semester 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 August 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 foreseen, 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 in the next application round. In order to be granted a deferral, you must of course be admitted.

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.  

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 due to the pandemic, all applicants will be informed.

See key dates and deadlines on universityadmissions.se

 

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. 

More faculty-specific links may be published here shortly.

Questions regarding payments and refunds (for non-EU/EEA students)

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.

See our refund policy

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 studies.

Lund University 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. During 2020 and 2021 additional funds have been set aside for scholarships, both hardship scholarships and additional Lund University Global Scholarships.

Practical questions (flights, arrival, orientation, housing) 

Yes. There is a general entry ban for all foreigners entering Sweden from a non-EU/EEA country. On August 26, the Government decided to extend the entry ban until 31 October 2021 or until further notice. 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 October 2021.

Please see the links below to find out more about the entry rules and Covid-19 testing.

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

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

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 (currently valid until 31 October 2021). 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. 

Read more about the exemptions at the Swedish police website

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. 

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

 

 

No, even if you can enter the EU/Schengen area, we do not recommend trying to enter Sweden before the start date of your permit period. 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. 

Yes. When you arrive to Lund and Sweden you call Region Skåne's Call Center on +46 (0)771 320 320 to book an appointment. The Call Center is open Monday–Friday between 09:00–15:00. We kindly ask you to direct all questions regarding the vaccination to them. The vaccination is free.

During autumn 2021, current students have also been offered vaccination opportunities on campus.

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.

However, 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.

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.

People from specific countries are recommended to get tested 5 days after arrival to Sweden. Visit the link below to see what countries are included. 

Swedish Public Health agency's recommendations for people entering Sweden from abroad

How to get tested 5 days after your arrival in Sweden

If you have a Swedish personal number and a BankID, Foreign eID, Freja eID plus or Telia e-legitimation, you can book a test at www.1177.se .

If you don’t have a Swedish personal number

On the Arrival Days and at the International Desk after the Arrival Days, we will hand out self-test which you can use for day 5. Please notice that you cannot take public transportation to visit us at the International Desk since you are supposed to be self-isolated for at least 7 days.

If the self-test turns out to be positive, you need to contact the nearest “Vårdcentral”, Health Care Center, to do a PCR test.

If you arrive more than 6 days before Arrival days, which means you can’t get the self-test from us in time to make the test on day 5, you need to contact the closest Health Care Center “Vårdcentral” to book an appointment.

Vårdcentraler in Lund

 Central Lund

  • Blomman vårdcentral Lund. Phone: 046-71 30 00. Address: Sankt Laurentiigatan 10
  • Capio City Clinic Lund Clemenstorget. Phone: 046-270 00 00. Address: Clemenstorget 5
  • Helsa vårdcentral Laurentii. Phone: 046-280 57 00. Address: Stora Södergatan 4 
  • Vårdcentralen Getingen. Phone: 046-17 72 00. Address: Entrégatan 3
  • Södertull vårdcentral. Phone: 046-275 19 00. Helgeandsgatan 16

 Northern Lund

  • Hälsocentralen Sankt Hans. Phone: 046-19 93 00. Address: Fäladstorget 22
  • Nöbbelövs vårdcentral. Phone: 046-275 22 50. Address: Nöbbelövs torg 1

 Western Lund

  • Vårdcentralen Måsen. Phone: 046-275 19 50. Address: Tärnvägen 10B
  • Läkarhuset Lund. Phone: 046-15 04 10. Address: Bondevägen 5A

 Eastern Lund

  • KRY vårdcentral. Phone: 046-378 28 00. Address: Scheelevägen 4
  • Linero-Östra Torn vårdcentral. Phone: 046-275 20 50. Address: Linerovägen 2

 Southern Lund

  • Vårdcentralen Sankt Lars. Phone: 046-275 22 00. Address: Sankt Lars väg 6

  Vårdcentraler in Malmö

  • Vårdcentral Granen. Phone: 040-623 42 00. Address: Grangatan 11 (Near Segepark)
  • Vårdcentral Rosengården. Address: Von Troils väg 1. Phone: 040-623 43 00 (Near Malmö Studenthus)
  • Vårdcentral Törnrosen. Address: Bennets väg 8. Phone: 040-623 48 80 (Near Malmö Studenthus)
  • Vårdcentral Sorgenfrimottagningen. Address: Nobelvägen 56 b. Phone: 040-623 46 60 (Near Folketspark)
  • Vårdcentral Eden. Address: Möllevångsgatan 44. Phone: 040-623 91 00 (Near Folketspark)
  • Capio Citykliniken Malmö Singelgatan. Address: Singelgatan 2A. Phone: 040-600 28 00 (Near Rönnen)

 Vårdcentraler in Helsingborg (city center)

  • Capio Citykliniken Helsingborg. Address: Söder Södergatan 11 A-D. Phone: 042-17 31 00
  • Vårdcentralen Tågaborg. Adress: Tågagatan 47. Phone: 042-406 04 00

Yes, Arrival Day for international students will be held on 10 January 2022. The Orientation Weeks for spring 2022 will take place both online and in person.

More information about the Arrival Days and Orientation Weeks

 

 

Lund University, together with the student organisations in Lund, will offer different social events online. As a new international student, we also encourage you to join the international mentor programme where you will get to know both Swedish and international students. You can read more about the programme via the link below.

Information about the International Mentor Programme

 

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 currently only applies to Sweden.

General questions about Sweden

The Swedish Government and government authorities are taking new measures on a daily basis. New measures will be taken as necessary.

Some of the measures that have been taken during the pandemic 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. However, as of 29 September, the Public Health Agency no longer has any regulations but there are recommendations. Everyone still has a personal responsibility to prevent the spread of the Covid-19. 

National general guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19
 

Public announcements are made regularly, instructing the public how to stay safe and how to best protect the elderly and other risk groups. 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.

In general, there is a high rate of vaccination rate in the region of Skåne, with more than 75% of the adult population being vaccinated as of early October 2021. Therefore, the general spread in Skåne has been significantly reduced.

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.

Visit the Swedish Public Health Agency's website for information about the spread of the coronavirus

 

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. 

Read more about student insurance