Coronavirus FAQ – incoming exchange 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!


The FAQ was last updated on 20 July 2020. 


General questions about Lund University 

 

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 will end on 15 June 2020. This means that studies can be, with necessary restrictions, conducted on campus in autumn 2020. Following these new guidelines, a decision from Lund University was made on 11 June regarding the education in autumn 2020. The decision states that education may be conducted on campus, as long as the Government's restrictions and guidelines are followed. It is up to the Dean of each faculty to decide how education will be conducted at their faculty in autumn 2020. (Updated on 11 June 2020)

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

Questions related to the education 

 

Will Lund University accept incoming exchange students for autumn 2020?

The admissions process remains unchanged. Letters of Acceptance for autumn semester 2020 are sent in June.

What happens if I cannot come to Lund on time at the start of the semester? 

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 autumn. 

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 decide later?

If you are an accepted exchange student and later change your mind about coming to Lund in the autumn, 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 2021, since it is a matter of capacity. We can therefore not make decisions about postponements until in the beginning of the autumn semester.

Will the courses I have applied for start as planned in autumn 2020 and will 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 is working to ensure that the best possible education and study situation will be provided.

On 29 May, the Swedish Government announced that the recommendation that universities should conduct education online will end on 15 June 2020. This means that studies can be, with necessary restrictions, conducted on campus in autumn 2020. Following these new guidelines, a decision from Lund University was announced on 11 June and states that education may be conducted on campus in autumn 2020, as long as the restrictions and guidelines from the Government and the Public Health Agency are followed. It is up to each Dean to plan the education at their faculty. In general though, students with studies starting in autumn 2020 are expected to arrive on campus by the start of the semester. However, please note that many, or in some cases most, elements of the education will still be taught digitally/through distance learning. You will receive information from your exchange coordinator with the details for your specific courses. (Updated 11 June 2020)

I don’t feel safe to travel to Sweden and Lund University yet, can I start my exchange via distance education?

A decision was made by Lund University on 11 June 2020 stating that education may be conducted on campus in autumn 2020, as long as the restrictions and guidelines from the Government and the Public Health Agency are followed. In general, students are expected to arrive on campus by the start of the autumn 2020 semester.

Please contact your exchange coordinator with this question if you have any problems with coming to Sweden at the start of the semester. (Updated on 11 June 2020)

Can I defer and start my studies in spring 2021? 

There is unfortunately no guarantee at this point that you can postpone your exchange studies to spring 2021, as it is a matter of capacity. We can therefore not make any decisions about postponements until in the beginning of the autumn semester.

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.

Due to the coronavirus, I will not be/was not able to complete all my courses on time. Can I be accepted to courses at Lund University even if I don’t fulfil prerequisites for the courses I am interested in taking?

In order to be able to accepted to courses at Lund University in autumn, 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) 

 

Will I be able to enter Sweden in August? 

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 August 2020, as per a new decision announced on 2 July 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. (Updated on 2 July 2020)

This means that admitted non-EU students will be able to enter Sweden in August 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. In most cases, your residence permit for studies will be valid from 1 August 2020. 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. (Updated on 20 July 2020)

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. (Updated on 20 July 2020)

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. A preliminary schedule for the Orientation Weeks has now been published. (Updated on 11 June 2020)

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.

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. 

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, 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