Newly admitted students
Starting one of our programs in Autumn 2021?
We can't wait to meet you! We hope you're excited to get started too. We've compiled a bunch of information for you below - take a look, and get ready - we'll see you in the autumn! As always, we're here for you along the way. Just reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
What’s coming up
Lund University arrival day
On Arrival Day, international mentors and university staff will welcome you and help you settle into your new life in Lund and Sweden. We recommend all international students to attend, though attending Arrival Day is not required. More information about arrival day can be found here.
Arrival Day marks the start of the University's orientation weeks offering a variety of activities that aim to help you settle in smoothly at the University and in student life. A full program and possibilities to sign up and/or buy tickets will be available here.
Programme introduction day (mandatory)
Each year, we organise a big welcome event for all Graduate School students. It's our personal way of introducing you to the department, as well as fall new students to meet each other! This year, due to the situation surrounding Covid-19, we're planning an alternative event designed for us all to get to know each other while still following the Swedish Public Health Authority's regulations. Be sure to watch your email for an update from us this summer regarding this awesome event!
Course start (mandatory)
The moment we've all been waiting for! Monday, August 30th is the official start of the autumn term and the first day of teaching on most of our courses. Excited yet?! Here are links to your first profile course:
SIMP01: Introduction to Global Studies (Global Studies Students)
SIMP27: Gender, Class, Ethnicity and Sexuality (Social Studies of Gender Students)
SIMP37: Theories and Issues in Development (Development Studies Students)
SIMP45: Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies (Middle Eastern Studies Students)
SIMP55: The Process of Social Research (Social Scientific Data Analysis Students)
Please note that our courses will be campus-based, but will have varying online elements to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the autumn term. Don't worry - your program is moving forward no matter what. Just be sure to keep a close eye on your course schedules. We'll keep you updated should any potential changes arise. Read more about how coronavirus is impacting our programs below.
Conditionally admitted students & document drop-off
In order to start the program, you must be able to prove that you have completed and passed your bachelor's degree studies. Conditionally admitted students must submit their degree documents for verification by the Lund University Admissions Department before they can be registered to the program. If you submit the documents physically, they will be returned once they have been verified.
Students are required to submit their degree certificate/diploma to fulfill conditional admission requirements. For students with previous studies in the majority of countries, it is enough to upload a copy of your degree certificate once you receive it and before starting the program.
However, if your degree was awarded in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Nigeria, or the USA, your official transcript must be sent directly to University Admissions by your previous university to the following address:
PostNord Strålfors AB
Att: University Admissions in Sweden
SE-190 81 Rosersberg
If you will not have a diploma by the deadline mentioned below, we will accept a certified transcript showing that you have completed and passed all bachelor's-level course work. You will then need to submit your diploma at the deadline mentioned below. This will, however, have implications on your official registration. Please see below for how this impacts your registration.
How and when to submit required documentation
How to submit the required documents
The easiest and fastest way to submit the required documentation (as long as your degree was not awarded from a university in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Nigeria, or the USA) is to upload it to your account on universityadmissions.se and email master [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se once that is complete. Students who graduated from the aforementioned countries must have their previous university send their proof of graduation to the address mentioned above.
If you would like to submit your documents physically, Graduate School will be collecting degree documents from conditionally admitted students at the Graduate School Student Reception Desk on August 30, between 12:00 and 13:00 on the second floor of the building "Gamla Kirurgen" at the address Sandgatan 13A (click here to view map). As we are working with many students and sensitive documents, we ask that you arrive at the prescribed time.
If your bachelor's degree is from a Swedish university: it is enough to email Graduate School (master [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se) your Swedish personal number letting us know once all of your credits are certified in Ladok and that you have applied for degree certificate.
Deadline to submit required documentation
Newly admitted students must submit proof of completed bachelor's degrees by the time of program start, which is the start of the Autumn Term: on August 30.
As aforementioned, if you are unable to submit your diploma by that date, you can submit a certified transcript showing that you have completed and passed all bachelor's level coursework. You will then need to submit your diploma by the last day of the calendar year, December 31, at the absolute latest. You will not be able to keep your place on the program if you do not send or upload your diploma by that date. There are unfortunately no exceptions to this rule.
If you cannot submit a certified transcript by program start on August 30, you can have up to two additional weeks (latest September 14) to submit this transcript. In that time, you may follow along on the first course of the program but you cannot be registered to the course until that we receive the documentation. If we do not receive the documentation by that date, you will not be allowed to continue the course or program.
Implications to registration
If you will not have your diploma by the time of program start (30 August) and instead will be submitting a transcript, we will be able to register you to the first course of the program upon receiving that transcript but we will not be able to register you to the program itself yet. Registration to the entire program can only happen once your diploma is submitted and verified. This is important to know in case you have scholarships, student aid, or other important matters that require you to prove that you've been registered to the program and not a single course.
Coronavirus & on-campus studies
Our programs and courses are campus-based and as such we are doing everything we can to get back safely to campus. However, we follow regulations and decisions from the Swedish Government, the Swedish Public Health Authority, University/Faculty leadership and other relevant governmental agencies which can impact whether specific courses within the program will be given in-person, partially in-person/hybrid, or online.
Regardless of situation of specific courses, our programs themselves are considered campus-based and especially in the beginning of the program, we have some mandatory meetings which we hope to hold in person if the situation allows.
In order to be registered to the program, you must be physically in Lund at the beginning of the program. If you experiencing documented traveling troubles/restrictions, we can grant an extension until latest two weeks after the program begins - by September 13 at the latest.
Arriving late? See our information below about late arrivals.
Frequently asked questions:
For students from most countries*, it is possible for you to scan and upload your degree documents to University Admissions instead of bringing your hard copy documents to the Graduate School Reception. It is good if you have your original copies with you in Sweden in case the Admissions Department should need to see your original copies.
*If your degree was awarded in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Nigeria, or the USA, your official transcript must be sent directly from your university to the following address:
PostNord Strålfors AB
Att: University Admissions in Sweden
SE-190 81 Rosersberg
If you are not able (or allowed) to submit your documentation online, Graduate School will be collecting degree documents in person from conditionally admitted students at the Graduate School Student Reception Desk on August 30, between 12:00 and 13:00 on the second floor of the building "Gamla Kirurgen" at the address Sandgatan 13A (click here to view map). As we are working with many students and sensitive documents, we ask that you arrive at the prescribed time.
If you have already uploaded or mailed your complete degree certificate to UniversityAdmissions.se (international degree students) or sent Graduate School your Swedish personal number (Swedish degree students) over the summer, you do not need to attend this meeting.
Those who are still waiting for their degree to be issued can upload a copy of the transcript of records showing that all coursework within the Bachelor's degree has been completed.
Additionally, please send an email with your name, programme and personal number to frank [dot] schreier [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se. Please mention in the e-mail that you have uploaded your Transcript of Records and let us know when you expect your diploma to arrive.
Regardless of your nationality, if you are a conditionally admitted student who received your Bachelor's degree from a Swedish university, you must upload a transcript showing that you have completed all courses in your programme (i.e. 180 ECTS). Additionally, please send an email with your name, programme and personal number to Frank Schreier at frank [dot] schreier [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se and let us know that you are only waiting for your degree to be formally issued.
If you were a Lund University student who is still waiting for your degree to be issued, you do not need to bring a transcript but do need to tell us that you have applied for your diploma. Once you have received your degree, email Frank (email address above) with your name, programme, and Swedish personal number (if applicable) and the Admissions Department will verify your degree.
If you were on a reserve list for the program and then received an offer of admission on or after May 1, you are not required to check yes to the program in order to hold your place.
However, if you are liable for paying tuition, you do have to let the admissions department know to send you a bill. You can do that using this form: https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/form/contact-lund-university-admission…
Depending on your specific extenuating circumstance, you may be able to apply for a deferral of studies. This guarantees that we hold you place and you can start the program during the next academic year.
Deferral of studies can be granted for the the following special reasons:
- Employer decided to postpone my leave of absence (include certified copy of the employer’s decision)
- Basic military training or civilian military service (include certified copy of the draft order)
- Employment or service in the armed forces in accordance with Section 12 of the Act (2012:332)2 (include certified copy of certificate)
- Childcare (include certified copy of certificate)
- Illness (include doctor’s certificate)
- Elected position in a student union (include certified copy of certificate)
- Other (include an account of the reason as well as certified copies to support the account)*
Lack of funding/scholarship is unfortunately not a reason that can be accepted under the “other” category.
For inquiries regarding deferrals of study, please contact us at master [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se with your full name, application number, program you've been admitted to, and the reason you need a deferral of study. If you are eligible for a deferral, we will send you instructions on how to apply.
The Programme Introduction Day and the course introduction meeting are mandatory programme events. Students are expected to be in Lund and present at the Programme Introduction Day. If you cannot arrive in Lund on time and have not notified Graduate School, you may risk losing your place in the programme. Contact Frank Schreier at frank [dot] schreier [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se as soon as possible if you will be arriving late.