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Coronavirus FAQ – newly admitted degree students

This FAQ will be updated regularly throughout spring and summer 2020. Due to new regulations and directives from the Swedish Government, and new decisions taken regularly at the University, many questions cannot be answered at this time and some answers will change before the start of the semester. Please check back regularly for updates!

This FAQ was last updated on 19 May 2020.


General questions about Sweden


Will it be safe for me to come to Sweden in August? 

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. The largest concentration of infected individuals is in the Stockholm region. 

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, 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. 

Read more about student insurance

General questions about Lund University 

 

Is Lund University open? 

Lund University is open. On 18 March 2020, Lund University made a transition to distance education, following government recommendations made to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The University has been preparing for the transition of educational activities for some time and preparedness is generally very good. Local conditions are different at each faculty due to the methods and characteristics of various education programmes. In the main, however, there will be no campus-based teaching or examinations for the time being. 

This will continue to apply until the situation regarding the spread of infection in society allows the Government to change its stance on remote teaching. At present, it is not possible to say when education can return to regular forms on campus, however, we are prepared to resume campus-based teaching as soon as this is possible. 

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 daily 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

Practical questions (flights, arrival, orientation, housing) 

 

Can I fly to Copenhagen airport in Denmark, in order to get to Lund? 

On 17 March 2020, all Schengen Area Member States (including Denmark) 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 affects 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 current closure has been extended and is now valid until 15 June 2020 and we do not yet know what the situation in Sweden will be like at the start of the autumn 2020 semester.

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? 

Our plan at this time is to arrange two Arrival Days in August, one for exchange students and one for degree students. It is too early to confirm details at this time. We will finalise details during the summer and keep you updated. 

See more information about the Arrival Days and Orientation Weeks

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 (LUAcc) 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. For the autumn semester this means that you need to inform LU Accommodation by 9 August.

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.

If the autumn semester 2020 starts as distance education, can I still come to Lund and get housing from LU Accommodation?

Yes, you are welcome to apply for and stay in LU Accommodation housing even if Lund University is only offering distance learning at the time. However, please be aware that if you are a non-EU/EEA citizen, you cannot normally get a residence permit for distance learning.

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

 

I am not sure if I want to come to Sweden now due to the risks. I need more time to think about it, can I pay later?

If you pay later your application for residence permit won't be processed until you pay, so there is a risk that you won't get the residence permit on time. Note that the tuition fee payment deadine has been extended for autumn 2020 studies from the normal date 20 May to 5 June. (Updated on 19 May)

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 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 have awarded additional scholarships, due to the coronavirus situation.

Due to the uncertain situation, is it possible to pay smaller tuition fee instalments now and not pay for the full semester?

In order to receive a residence permit for studies in Sweden, you must first have paid the tuition fee for your first semester. Therefore, it is not possible to pay a smaller instalment before arriving to Sweden. 

Questions related to the education 

 

Will admission results still be announced on the scheduled dates?
The admissions process remains unchanged. Admissions results for autumn semester 2020 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 autumn 2020 and if so, will the studies be classroom-based or distance learning at the start of the autumn 2020 semester?

The autumn semester 2020 is planned to start normally on 31 August. Lund University does not yet know if the studies will be offered online or on campus. Regardless of this, Lund University is working to ensure that the best possible education and study situation will be provided. 

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 whether or not Lund University will have fully returned to in-classroom teaching at that point.

I don’t feel safe to travel to Lund yet, can I start my programme via distance education?

Please contact your programme coordinator with this question closer to the start of the school year. At this point, in April 2020, Lund University is only offering distance learning temporarily, and due to the recommendations put in place by the Swedish Government. We are hoping to be able to offer studies on campus in autumn 2020. If that is possible, students will in general be expected to be in Lund to start their studies. However, we will of course only be able to return to on-campus studies if this is considered safe and if the Swedish Government changes their recommendations. We will keep you updated about this as soon as we have more information.

Can I defer and start my studies in spring 2021? 

Most international programmes at Lund University only start once every year, in autumn (late August/early September). This means that it will not be possible to defer to spring studies in most cases. Please contact your programme coordinator regarding the possibility to defer. 

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 2020, 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 unforseen 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 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 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 autumn and finish my Bachelor’s degree in parallel online?

In order to start your studies at Lund University in autumn 2020, 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. Can I finish it now and start my Master’s at Lund later on in autumn?

In order to be able to start your studies at Lund University in autumn, 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.

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 in the second application round. 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 on some of the faculties' websites. 

More faculty-specific links may be published here shortly.

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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.