Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for students
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 with regards to studies in autumn 2020 is expected to be announced shortly.
(updated 29 May 2020)
Continue to take care of yourself and each other!
The spread of the coronavirus is with us – now and for the foreseeable future. We must all show consideration and help to prevent the spread of infection. Therefore, it is important that we, both students and staff:
- continue to study/work from home if possible
- maintain distance from each other
- do not socialise in large groups.
- See the Public Health Agency of Sweden website for more information on how to help prevent the spread of infection
- Watch on YouTube: Professor Rasmussen shares his advice about social distancing practices
- Make yourself contactable
- LU Management decisions
- Webinar with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor
- Messages from the LU Management to international students
- The transition to distance education
- Health care
- Support for students
- Digital resources for meetings and group work
- The quality of education and distance learning
- Graduation ceremonies
- Travelling during spring and summer 2020
- Current incoming exchange students at Lund University
- News and information
- When leaving LU and Sweden
Make yourself contactable
All staff and students are encouraged to provide their mobile telephone number in Passport. The University can then send text messages to you if needed.
- Go to the account management portal Passport.
- Log in as 'User'.
- Select 'Verification of contact information'.
- Follow the instructions.
LU Management decisions
Lund University's decisions and measures in relation to the coronavirus are published on a continuous basis at lunduniversity.lu.se/corona.
Webinar with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor
On 8 April, we held a webinar where current and newly admitted students could ask Deputy Vice-Chancellor Sylvia Schwaag Serger and International Director Richard Stenelo their questions in relation to Lund University's handling of the coronavirus situation and other corona-related matters.
Messages from the LU Management to international students
- Watch on YouTube: A message from Deputy Vice-Chancellor Sylvia Schwaag Serger to international students at LU (3 April 2020)
- Read a message from Vice-Chancellor Torbjörn von Schantz to international students at LU (27 March 2020)
The transition to distance education
Lund University will continue with distance education for as long as the Swedish government recommends it. How long that will be depends upon whether infections continue to spread or begin to be controlled. It will take some time for the staff to switch back from distance learning once the decision to switch back to normal education has been taken. You will be informed by your course director or your programme coordinator.
The decision to start using online tools is based on solidarity and social distancing principles, as it is important we keep risk groups and our elderly population free of the virus as long as possible.
Questions about distance education
Students can contact their course director or programme coordinator, or their local student union with any questions about the education programme.
Personal injury insurance – temporary new terms
In connection with the transition to distance education, the personal injury insurance for students has been adapted so that distance education within the higher education sector is also included in the insurance. On 16 April, the Government approved the temporary new insurance terms. The agreement applies to Lund University students who are in Sweden, and for as long as the Public Health Authority recommends for the teaching to be conducted remotely.
Remote learning tips
The Academic Support Centre have compiled a number of tips to facilitate remote learning.
Your study environment in case of distance education
Studying remotely involves certain challenges, and the University still has a responsibility for your study environment. We have compiled some tips for you in connection with this.
Libraries and study areas
Libraries and common study areas are mostly open, but may have different or limited opening hours. You may be and study there if you don't have any symptoms, but even if you feel healthy it is important to keep in mind that we all need to show consideration, practise social distancing and contribute to limiting the number of people in public spaces. Also bear in mind that you may need your LU access card to enter the premises.
If you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection such as a cold, coughing, breathing difficulties or fever, you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Even mild symptoms are cause to stay home. Please do avoid the University and its common areas in these cases. If you cannot manage on your own in your home, you should call the national helpline 1177 to get advice. Do not visit a healthcare provider without contacting 1177 first.
As a student at Lund University, you have insurance that ensures that you have the same opportunity to access health care as Swedish students if a sudden illness occurs. Treatment for a sudden illness should be understood to be treatment for symptoms that occur suddenly and that you seek care for shortly thereafter.
Recommendations from the Swedish Public Health Agency
All students are urged to keep updated and closely follow the recommendations for infection prevention provided by the Swedish Public Health Agency’s FAQs.
In Sweden, the national health authorities have firmly recommended that we all minimise unnecessary social contact. However, to go outdoors alone or with a friend is fine, as long as you are both healthy.
In some other countries there are stricter restrictions. Swedish experts have chosen not to take these measures at the moment.
Support for students
The Student Health Centre
The changing situation and anxiety in relation to the coronavirus are affecting us all. The Student Health Centre have assembled some tips for students and Student health counsellors have opened a helpline for corona-related questions.
- Read the tips from the Student Health Centre
- Learn more about the helpline for corona-related questions
Course- and programme-related questions
Questions regarding your courses and examinations should be directed to your course director or programme coordinator.
Current exchange students at Lund University can contact their international coordinator or the international office at their faculty.
For general questions about your stay in Sweden, how the University is dealing with the situation, or for any other question, you are most welcome to turn to the International Desk via email, studentreception [at] lu [dot] se. It’s good to be aware that the International Desk is also answering questions during the weekend in this busy period. The phone times have been extended and now run from 10:00–12:00 and 13:00–15:00, telephone number: +46 (0)46 222 0100.
The Student Chaplaincy
The Student Chaplaincy offers counselling to students and staff, regardless of whether you are religious or not. The individual sessions are strictly confidential and free of charge. Counselling is also offered over the telephone or by video call. Telephone number: +46 (0)71 87 35, email: studentprasterna [dot] lund [at] svenskakyrkan [dot] se.
Digital resources for meetings and group work
- Canvas – learning platform, information for students
- Teams – meetings, user guide for students
- Zoom – meetings and teaching, user guide for students
- Learn more about LU Zoom and security on Canvas
The quality of education and distance learning
For Lund University it is of the utmost importance that you get a quality education. The transition to distance education was made very rapidly and there are a lot of factors to consider in such a transition.
If you have questions, you should in the first instance turn to the teaching staff, the course director or the programme coordinator.
Your student union is monitoring the quality of your education. If you have any questions or need help, you are welcome to contact your student union.
The different faculties are working on alternative solutions regarding the graduation ceremonies that were to take place at the end of the spring semester. Note that a graduation ceremony is a way for us to honour and for you to celebrate your achievement rather than a prerequisite for receiving a formal degree certificate.
At a typical degree ceremony, there are speeches, music and a mingle, and you normally receive a 'diploma' there. This diploma is an ornamental rather than a formal document, however, and is not to be confused with the official degree certificate you receive after successfully completing your degree studies at Lund University.
Travelling during spring and summer 2020
The Government decided on 17 March to temporarily stop non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EEA and Switzerland. Swedish passengers are allowed to arrive in Copenhagen if they are going straight to Sweden via train or car. Please be aware that you will have to go through a checkpoint at Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup) with all other travelers.
The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against all non-essential international travels.
All non-essential domestic travels should also be avoided according to the recommendations of the Swedish Public Health Agency.
Current incoming exchange students at Lund University
Please make sure to keep your international coordinators both at Lund University and at your home university informed if you decide to leave Sweden and continue your courses from your home country through distance learning.
Since you have been accepted to Lund University and are studying here, you are free to continue with your courses here and you can stay in your accommodation even if your home university is requesting you to return home. The insurance cover (Student IN), that all incoming exchange student have, is still valid. Make sure to stay updated with information regarding travel restrictions.
News and information
To find accurate and reliable Swedish news in English, you can for example listen to Radio Sweden or read articles published by the online newspaper The Local.
To learn more about the current situation in relation to the coronavirus in the Skåne region, you can visit the Region Skåne website. While the information is presented in Swedish only, it is accompanied by a number of graphs that should be quite straightforward even if you don't speak the language.
We have gathered all news articles about coronavirus-related research conducted at Lund University as well as good inititiatives by LU students and staff.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) are reliable sources for information in English at the global level.
When leaving LU and Sweden
When leaving the University and moving away from Sweden, there are a number of practical things to consider. We have compiled a checklist to make things easier for you.
Need medical assistance?
- Contact the national helpline 1177 if you need medical assistance* – Do not visit a healthcare provider without contacting 1177 first!
- Contact 113 13 if you cannot find answers to your general questions online.
*Please note that the authorities' telephone services are currently under high pressure. If you are not ill or are only experiencing mild symptoms, please consult the authorities' websites for information in the first place.
Watch on YouTube
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.
Protecting yourself and others
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Maintain social distancing in general.
- Avoid greeting people with a handshake or hug.
- Wash your hands often, with soap and warm water and for at least 30 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue.
- Stay home when you are ill, even if you only have mild symptoms.