Coronavirus FAQ – newly admitted degree students

This FAQ will be updated regularly throughout autumn 2020 and 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!


This FAQ was last updated on 4 February 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 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. 

See the University's decisions and measures

Questions related to the education 

 

Were the admission results for spring 2021 still announced on the scheduled dates?
The admissions process remains unchanged. Admissions results for spring semester 2021 were published according to the key dates on universityadmissions.se.

See 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 digital at the start of the spring 2021 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.

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 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 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.

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)

 

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.

See our refund policy

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.

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 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 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, Norway 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, Norway and Denmark on the Swedish Police website

Please note, that from the 6th of February, the Swedish government declared that a negative Covid-19 test is required for all non-Swedish citizens entering Sweden. Read more in the question below. 

Do I need a certificate, proving a negative PCR-test when entering Sweden?
On 3 February 2021, the Swedish government declared that a negative Covid-19 test is required for all non-Swedish citizens entering Sweden. The test must not be older than 48 hours. The new travel restriction will be put into effect from the 6th of February and is valid until 31 March 2021, or until further notice.

See more information on covid-19 testing

See special requirements for travellers entering from/via the UK, South Africa or Brazil

Can I fly to Copenhagen Airport (in Denmark) to come to Sweden and Lund?

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 authorities' joint 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, Norway 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 on entering 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's 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 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.

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

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.

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

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, 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