Upon Arrival for exchange studies

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Welcome to Linköping University!

Linköping University (LiU) welcomes new exchange students at the beginning of each semester with a welcome period full of information and social activities. We want you to get the best possible start for your stay in Sweden and to meet new friends right away. Try to arrive before your studies start to make the most of this welcome period.

Please note this information is for exchange students, if you are looking for information on starting your degree studies please see Admitted to LiU.

Arrival Days

It is strongly recommended that all students arrive on one of LiU’s Arrival Days.* On the Arrival Days, you will receive free transport from LiU to your accommodation.


Recommended Arrival Dates: Spring semester 2019

8 January (for students studying the intensive Swedish course) 

15-16 January (students of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Faculty of Science and Engineering)

If you will study in Linköping your first stop should be to the International Office (IO) in Zenit building on Campus Valla (even if you will attend classes at the University Hospital Campus). You will get a welcome package and other important information at the IO. On Arrival Days the IO will be open 11:00 till 20:00.

If you will be a student in Norrköping make sure to stop by IO in Kåkenhus, room 2342, or the Student Services Desk as soon as possible after your arrival to receive your welcome pack. Norrköping students are always welcome at the IO on Campus Valla too (there is a free bus service between the three LiU campuses– but you will need your LiU ID card for the trip to be free).

All students who have received accommodation via LiU, will have to pick up the keys for your room at the IO at Zenit building on Campus VallaIf you arrive outside office hours, you will have to arrange for accommodation at a hotel or youth hostel for the first night. If your accommodation is in Norrköping detailed information about key pick up is sent by email. 

*If you arrive outside of the official Arrival Days the IO office on Campus Valla is also open every weekday 09:00-16:30 over the month of January. 

Orientation Days for exchange students

LiU welcomes exchange students with our official Orientation Days. During these Orientation Days you will get important study related information as well as practical information that will help you get settled in Linköping and facilitate finding your way around LiU. You will meet the International coordinators from IO and your Faculty coordinators, as well as representatives from the student associations, who will introduce you to student life and social activities. 

Orientation Days for spring semester 2019: 

11 January (for students of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) 

17-18 January (for students of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, and Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Welcome Fair

At our Welcome Fair all new international students will get to know the support and services LiU offers, such as the Library, Student Health Services and Career Services. You will also meet representatives from some of the student associations, the student unions and representatives from the Faculties.

You can ask questions to the local Police and find out what there is to do in Linköping and surrounding areas from the company who run 
Visit Linköping. Studentbostäder will also be present and inform about what accommodation services they offer students. There will be time to mingle and to try Swedish "fika" (the Swedish tradition of having coffee/tea and cake break) - and take part in our quiz.

The Welcome Fair for spring semester is held on 18 January 14:30-16:30.

Social Activities

The IO organises social activities together with the student associations ESN Linköping and ISA Linköping. More information can be found on the Welcome activities web page (linked to below).

LiU looks forward to welcoming you to our campuses and helping you settle into a new life in Sweden!

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