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Important information about the autumn semester
Measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus/covid-19.
Latest update: 9 June 2021
The School of Economics and Management has a large number of students at the undergraduate and advanced level. We must take special care to ensure a safe start of the autumn semester for both students and employees.
The autumn semester 2021 will begin online. Note that some courses for exchange students will be conducted online even if we can return to on-campus teaching. The online courses are listed in our course list 2021/2022.
A gradual transition to campus-based teaching will take place during the autumn semester. How quickly we can return to campus-based teaching and what this gradual transition will look like, is based on current recommendations from the responsible authorities.
For the start of the autumn semester, the following applies:
- We recommend all students admitted to the School of Economics and Management to be in Lund at the start of the semester. This allows us to facilitate a gradual transition to campus-based teaching and learning as restrictions are lifted and society reopens.
- Our premises are accessible to staff and students with the LU-card.
- Study places and computer rooms are accessible to students at Lund University with certain adjustments depending on the current situation.
- The LUSEM Library is open with limited hours for students and staff to allow deposits or lending of books and access to reference literature.
- Teaching will initially be conducted via live lectures, live seminars and pre-recorded material. Much of the teaching requires active digital participation, which means, among other things, that students must participate digitally with microphones and cameras.
- Each student has to ensure access to stable and good computer-based internet connection. 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 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. Students are not allowed to rename themselves during online sessions.
- The School of Economics and Management uses the learning platform Canvas. For live activities, Zoom will be used in most cases. Students must be able to ensure access to Canvas and to Zoom.
- While we start online, there still may be individual course elements or examinations on site at our premises.
- We are continuously updating our website with information on how corona/covid-19 and current restrictions affect the upcoming autumn semester at the School of Economics and Management.
Read more at: lusem.lu.se/corona
Letter of Acceptance
You will receive a Letter of Acceptance in PDF format after the application deadline. This is a formal confirmation that you have been accepted as an exchange student to Lund University. The Letter of Acceptance is needed for your residence permit and visa application (if required). Please bring a paper copy with you to Lund on Arrival Day, as it will be needed for many other purposes during your stay here.
If you need a Letter of Acceptance early, we recommend that you complete your application to LUSEM as soon as the application opens. When you have completed the application, contact us to ask for your Letter of Acceptance.
In your communication with Lund University, you may be asked to state the name of your coordinator. This information can be found in the initial acceptance e-mail and also in your Letter of Acceptance.
Although your coordinator is your main contact in Lund, we ask you to send all e-mail questions to our office e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. That way any of us in the International Office can help you with your query in case your coordinator is not available.
Residence permits and VISA
Students from countries outside the EU/EEA need to have a residence permit to study in Sweden, when staying for more than three months. All applications for residence permits are processed by the Swedish Migration Agency and you can apply online. Use your Letter of Acceptance from LUSEM in your application.
Processing may take up to three months – apply well in advance. Read more at the Swedish Migration Agency’s website:
Pre-arrival information and Arrival Day
Pre-arrival information as well as information about the Arrival Day can be found at Lund University's international webpage:
The Lund University Arrival Day is held approx. two weeks before the start of the semester (in Spring semester, only one week before semester start). During Arrival Day, our international mentors will be at Copenhagen Airport and at the railway station in Lund to help guide you right. You will be able to check in and receive all information you need about student life in Lund.
Compulsory pre-registration day at LUSEM
Attendance to Pre-Registration Day and to the first lecture in each course is mandatory for LUSEM students and students from other faculties taking at least 50% of their courses at LUSEM.
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 otherwise.
Arrival Day is the start of the Orientation Weeks for all new international students at Lund University. During the Orientation Weeks, you will have the chance to learn more about Sweden and Lund, and to make new friends.
The Orientation Weeks for international students include a variety of activities that aim to help you settle in smoothly at the University and in student life. Most of the activities are available to both new international degree students and exchange students, but the schedules may vary slightly.
To help you settle in to Lund and get to know your way around, Lund University offers an International Mentor Programme, with mentor groups that consist of four to six Swedish or International students (your mentors) and 15-30 exchange students. All new incoming exchange students will be assigned to a Mentor Group, but participation is voluntary.
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. Autumn semester undergraduate courses usually end before Christmas. Retake exams are usually held before the next semester starts, i.e. in January/August.