Coronavirus/COVID-19 updates

Undergraduate and Master’s teaching at LUSEM autumn 2020

The Swedish Government has announced that universities can initiate plans for going back to campus-based teaching starting 15 June. This is to be carried out in a manner that promotes the health and safety of all employees and students, and we are obliged to act in a responsible manner that avoids potential spreading of the corona virus.

The following two constraints put limitations on teaching and examination at LUSEM, until further notice:

  • gatherings of more than 50 people are not allowed
  • social distancing should be observed and enforced

The general implication of this decision is that teaching and examination is to be conducted online for the initial ten weeks of the autumn semester of 2020 with some hybrid exceptions.

LUSEM will pay close attention to all the rules and regulations from the Swedish Migration Agency as well as from the Public Health Agency of Sweden. Below, the various student categories will be commented on in terms of how the initial ten weeks (15 credits) of the autumn semester 2020, and onwards will be organised.

Undergraduate studies

  • All undergraduate students are encouraged to come to Lund for the start of the autumn semester 2020.
  • All undergraduate teaching will start online with the aim to move to campus-based teaching as soon as possible. For most courses this implies that the earliest possibility for when campus-based teaching may start is around 1 November.
  • The Orientation Weeks  at Lund University will be arranged in smaller groups with focus on outdoor activities. Larger meetings or information sessions will be held online.
  • The student union Lundaekonomerna is currently planning "the Novice Week" for all new students at LUSEM. The Novice Week will be held online this year. Read more at www.lundaekonomerna.se.
  • All undergraduate students will receive more detailed information from either their programmes, or course-based information from departments. Newly accepted undergraduate students will receive special information in order to make sure that the start of the autumn semester runs as smoothly as possible.
  • Special arrangements will be carried out for all international undergraduate students who require a residence permit to be able to study in Sweden.
  • On campus activities and some format of hybrid teaching will be carried out at the discretion of each host department.
  • LUSEM will re-fund all fee-paying students asking for a refund before the semester starts 31 August.

Master’s level studies

For newly accepted students to LUSEM’s MSc programmes the following will apply:

  • All Master’s students are encouraged to come to Lund for the start of the autumn semester 2020.
  • All master level teaching will start online with the aim to move to campus-based teaching as soon as possible. For most courses this implies that the earliest possibility for when campus-based teaching may start is around 1 November.
  • The Orientation Weeks at Lund University will be arranged in smaller groups with focus on outdoor activities. Larger meetings or information sessions will be held online.
  • On campus activities and some format of hybrid teaching will be carried out at the discretion of each host department. Admitted students will receive more information from their programmes.
  • LUSEM cannot guarantee (with a few exceptions that will be communicated at the programme level) to run an entire MSc programme digitally.
  • LUSEM will re-fund all fee-paying students asking for a refund before the semester starts 31 August.

For current students already enrolled in LUSEM’s MSc programmes, the following will apply:

  • The autumn semester will start out in a hybrid teaching model, in which campus teaching will be combined with online modules.

Prerequisites for being able to follow LUSEM’s courses online – applicable for all students

While LUSEM welcomes all students to Lund in mid-August, no one can tell at this stage if it will be possible to use the School’s computer facilities or not. Regardless if students start online at home, or in Lund, the same demands apply in terms of computer facilities.

  • Each student has to ensure access to stable and good computer-based internet connection is available. This is mandatory since teaching will be carried out by streamed videos, online live broadcasting, seminar participation etc. It is crucial to have a stable and fully functioning computer-based internet connection.
  • Online teaching also requires access to fully functioning microphones and fully functioning cameras. LUSEM’s online teaching model is based on interaction, and students will not be able to receive a passing grade unless participating with audio and camera on.
  • All of LUSEM’s online offerings will be run over the learning platform Canvas; therefore, being able to access Canvas is crucial. In addition, access to articles from Lund University Libraries’ databases is imperative.
  • While LUSEM plans to run all online teaching with as much flexibility as possible, all online activities, e.g. streamed video lectures, seminars and other synchronous interactions, will take place during LUSEM’s office hours 09:00–17:00 (CET), without exceptions. For live activities Zoom will be used in most cases.

Access to our premises

  • LUSEM aims at opening our premises in mid-August, but the School cannot guarantee that students will have access to the premises. Opening hours will be decided and communicated in mid-August at the latest.
  • Opening hours regarding the School’s premises may also change at short notice. This includes LUSEM’s Library as well as LUSEM Learning Hub.
Last published: 2020-06-29