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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 29 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. 

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

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. 

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)

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 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 will be sent to you by e-mail from your exchange coordinator at LU in May. 

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

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 make your application before the deadline, 25 April, and later change your mind or want to postpone the exchange, make sure to inform your exchange coordinator at LU and at you home university. An application for a residence permit can't be made until you have a letter of acceptance.

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?

Those who have accepted a study place at Lund University for autumn 2020 will be able to pursue their studies. Regardless of whether a programme or course is conducted digitally or on campus, Lund University is working to ensure that the best possible education and study situation will be provided.

We hope that both teaching and laboratory sessions will be able to be conducted on campus in the autumn semester of 2020 and are preparing for that, while also being prepared for continued remote teaching. 

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)

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

Please contact your exchange coordinator with this question closer to the start of the academic 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 and inform you as soon as we have more information. 

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)

Can I defer and start my studies in spring 2021? 

Contact the exchange coordinator at your home university and ask them if they can change your nomination to the spring semester. Usually it is easier to get accommodation in the spring and you will get to see the transition from the dark winter to the bright and colourful spring in Sweden. 

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.

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