10. Before your departure

Outgoing exchange students

There is a lot to think about and prepare for prior to going on your exchange term. You are responsible for arranging most of the preparations – make sure you are informed about insurance, Visa/permit, vaccinations, financial aid, housing, etc. Please prepare yourself for the studies abroad in time and read the instructions from the host University carefully.

Bring the following important documents

1. Admission decision from the host university

2. Current Ladok transcript (stamped and signed by someone at Lund University)

3. Certificate with regard to funding (certificate from your bank, student finance or scholarship organisation)

4. Certificate of insurance (Försäkringskassan’s European health insurance card, or certificate insurance card from Kammarkollegiet)

5. Passport (valid throughout the duration of your stay abroad)

6. Visa/s

7. Medicine and prescriptions. If you are on regular medication, it is important that you, after consulting with your doctor, bring your prescription. If you are bringing medicine with you, do not forget to check that they are allowed in the country to which you are travelling!

Accommodation abroad

If your host university offer accommodation you normally apply for accommodation at the same time as you apply to the host university. If you obtain accommodation through the host university, you must be prepared for it to be of a simple standard, possibly a shared room or one with a bathroom and kitchen shared with other students. Sometimes meals are included in the rent, and sometimes you have to pay six months’ rent in advance.

Renting a flat often requires a deposit and the duration of the rental contract does not always correspond to the semester dates. Always check this with the Housing Office at the host university.

If the host university do not offer accommodation or if you are not offered a room it is your own responsibility to find a place to stay. The host universlty will normally be able to give you advice on where to look.


All outgoing students from Lund University are covered by Kammarkollegiet’s Student UT insurance. This covers most eventualities (robbery, accident, illness and emergency dental care, etc.) from the moment you get on the plane/train to when you are back in Lund. NB! It does not include cancellation insurance for your trip. You can obtain this via your home insurance, or by paying for the air ticket with a credit card, for example. Check with your bank and your insurance company to find out what conditions apply in your case. Make sure to read the small print in your insurance policy in good time before setting off.

Remember that you must get a certificate of insurance from the International Office before your departure.

Kammarkollegiets Student UT insurance (www.kammarkollegiet.se)

European Health Insurance card

If you are a Europaean citizens and are going to study at one of our European partner universities, do contact the Social Insurance office in your home country in good time and ask for a health insurance card. This entitles you to the same healthcare as all local residents in the country.

Apply for a visa

You are responsible for you own visa application. Apply for a visa only after you have received your admission decision from the host university. You can, however, begin to prepare your visa application in advance by retrieving the requested documents. In some cases, you may need to obtain a medical certificate. Make sure your passport is valid throughout the entire exchange period, sometimes even several months after.


Previous step: 9. Nominated for exchange studies
Next step: 11. During your stay abroad

Faculty International Office

E-mail:outgoing [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se

Postal adress: Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Box 117, 221 00 Lund, Sweden

Visiting address: Sandgatan 13A, Building R, Gamla Kirurgen, Lund (map)


Due to the current situation, drop in visiting hours are cancelled. Please email or call us instead.


Katarina Follin
Phone: +46 46-222 72 04

Visiting hours: Tuesday 10:00-12:00

Room 142, ground floor, building Gamla Kirurgen


Lina Jönsson
Phone: +46 46-222 48 43

Visiting hours: Wednesday 13:00-15:00

Room 142, ground floor, building Gamla Kirurgen