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Before you arrive

On these pages we have collected information that is useful for you when you are preparing for your studies at Lund University. Don't miss the arrival and orientation pages with important information on your first weeks in Lund.

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In general, all students from countries outside the EU/EEA need to have a residence permit to study in Sweden if they are planning on staying for more than three months. Students should not apply for a visa (which is generally only for shorter visits in the country), but for a residence permit for studies.

You need to apply for, and receive, your permit before you travel to Sweden. The permit must be valid and you need to bring it with you when you travel to Sweden.

Applications for residence permits are processed by the Swedish Migration Agency, NOT the University. The residence permit application is your responsibility.

If any family member is accompanying you to Sweden (your spouse and/or children) you can also apply for a residence permit for them at the same time.

More about residence permits on the Swedish Migration Agency website.


Most international students arrive in Lund on Arrival Day, about two weeks before the start of the semester. To make your arrival as smooth and welcoming as possible, we have arranged for our international mentors to meet you at Copenhagen Airport and at the railway station in Lund to take you to the Arrival Day venue with the help of a shuttle service. On Arrival Day you will be able to check-in and receive all information you need about life in Lund. LU Accommodation representatives will also be present to make it easy for tenants to collect their keys.

Read more about Arrival Day at Lund University's international webpage.

Attendance to Pre-arrival information and to the first lecture in each course is mandatory for exchange students at the Faculty of Law. Pre-arrival information (Pre-Registration Day) is usually held right after Arrival Day.

If you are not able to attend Pre-Registration Day, we must be notified in advance, since you risk losing your seat in your courses.

Pre-arrival information can be found at Lund University's international webpage.

Arrival Day is the start of the Orientation Weeks for all new international students at Lund University. The Orientation Weeks for international students include social, cultural and practical activities that aim to help you settle in smoothly at the University, in student life, and in Sweden at large. 

Read more about Orientation Weeks at Lund University's international webpage.

As a new international student, you have the chance to join the International Mentor Programme. The programme gives you the possibility to kick-start your social life and get to know both Swedes and other international students. During the Orientation Weeks, there are social activities organised specifically for the mentor programme.

About the International Mentor Programme at Lund University.


Juridiska Föreningen (JF) is the student union at the Faculty of Law. The Novice Committee is a part of the student union and will organize a welcome program during the first weeks of each semester. As an exchange student, you are more than welcome to participate in all the activities that they offer. You will meet the Novice Committee during the Pre-arrival information at the Faculty of Law.

For questions please contact: novisch [at] jf [dot] se (novisch[at]jf[dot]se)

Plan your stay in Sweden. Do not book a return ticket until the schedule including exam dates have been announced. Special exams are not arranged and written exams and retake exams must be taken in Lund. Regular exams are offered during the regular semester dates.

Please see Lund University webpage to learn about the official semester dates, including arrival day and orientation weeks

All incoming students at Lund University Sweden are covered by either Student IN or FAS+.

You are entitled to use the Swedish healthcare system when you are studying in Sweden. There are no vaccination requirements for coming to Sweden or for travel within the EU. Doctors, nurses and dentists usually speak good English and sometimes also other languages besides Swedish.

The emergency telephone number in Sweden is 112.

More information at Lund University's international webpage


Jenny Backer

Academic Advisor
incoming [at] jur [dot] lu [dot] se (incoming[at]jur[dot]lu[dot]se)
+46 46 222 10 55

Roma Knutsson

Programme Administrator
incoming [at] jur [dot] lu [dot] se (incoming[at]jur[dot]lu[dot]se)
+46 46 222 11 31

Louise Hultqvist

Internationalisation Manager
louise [dot] hultqvist [at] jur [dot] lu [dot] se (louise[dot]hultqvist[at]jur[dot]lu[dot]se)
+46 46 222 10 34