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Support in study skills, language and academic writing

If you find yourself getting stuck in your studies, Lund University can offer various types of support. There are special courses in language and academic writing that you can study as well as an academic support centre you can turn to if you need tools to improve your study skills or further language support.

University studies presume that you have good general language skills. In addition, academic writing requires that you express what you want to say clearly, briefly and concisely, with proper source references and a clear referencing technique.

While you learn much of this within the framework of your courses or programme, special courses and other support are also available should you need them along the way.

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Support in English

To be eligible for an international degree programme or courses at Lund University, you need to prove that you meet the English language requirements for studies in Sweden. As a current international student, this means that you already have a good foundation in English when you first come here.

If you want to progress further, courses in English at university as well as relevant support can help you with that.

The following courses in English may be relevant to you:

The focus of this course is on reflecting on different writing situations within academia – in various disciplinary fields and for various types of assignments.

The course also enables you to practise your ability to express yourself in writing in correct and proper English. The course is taught entirely in English.

The course is offered every semester, as a distance learning course, at a rate of 25% of full-time study.

English: Written Proficiency and Academic Writing – course presentation

This MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in writing in English at University has been developed by teaching staff at Lund University and applications are open to everyone.

The course is expected to take around 24 hours in total to complete. You do not earn credits for a MOOC, nor can it be counted towards your final degree.

The course admits students on a continuous basis.

All lectures are also open and freely available on YouTube. 

Open online courses on academic writing – Lund University Libraries website

Support is also available in the book 'Writing in English at University: A Guide for Second Language Writers', produced in connection with the MOOC mentioned above.

You can download the book free of charge.

You will also find support in the AWELU online resource.

The Academic Support Centre can help you with study skills and writing

If you need further support, the Academic Support Centre is there to help. The Academic Support Centre can provide advice about and help with study skills and academic writing.

Among other things, you can turn to the centre for advice on how to study more efficiently and develop your ability to write texts. You can also book an individual consultation.

About the Academic Support Centre

Participate in study groups via SI leaders

Study groups, also known as SI sessions, are study circles connected to challenging courses. At these sessions, which are led by a senior, more experienced student, the group works together to discuss and clarify difficult course material. 

There are currently around 160 courses that have SI sessions, in various subject areas across seven of the nine faculties.

Study groups with SI leaders

Assistance with an essay or degree project

Are you going to write an essay, or are you in the middle of your degree project? Regardless of whether you need help getting started or moving forward with your essay or thesis, there are different types of support available.

Find out about the available support as well as how to download the University logo or publish your thesis online:

Essays and degree projects

Support in Swedish

If you are an international student and want to improve your Swedish language skills for academic purposes, you can learn more by clicking the link below. 

Learning or improving your Swedish

If you are a Swedish student and need help with academic writing in Swedish, see the Swedish version of this webpage on 

Stöd i studieteknik, språk och akademiskt skrivande –

Contact information

If you have questions about courses in English, please contact:

Jonna Jansson, study advisor 
jonna [dot] Jansson [at] sol [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 (0)46 222 88 05