LiU cooperates with student organisations to organise many social activities at the start of each semester. One example is LiU's Welcome fair for all new international students. Another example is New Students Day (Kalasmottagningen) affectionately known as Kalas, which is possibly the largest student party in Sweden. Kala sis arranged by LiU together with Linköping Municipality, Norrköping Municipality and Region Östergötland. Its principal goal is to welcome all new students and introduce them to student life and Östergötland. where the city of Linköping welcomes all new students to the region with a fair and festival in one, with big-name acts appearing each year in September.
LiU also insures international students receive information sessions help you get to know the Swedish system like public health care, insurances, the tax office etc. but also useful information about studying at LiU.
Other orientation activities include:
• Guided tours of Campus Valla and Linköping City
• “Get to know each other” activities
• Movie nights
• Bicycle tours
• BBQ picnic and games
• Dinner parties
• Ice skating
• Fun activities on snow
• Volleyball tournament
• International buffet
• And many chances to make fika your favourite new habit!
Most of the activities aimed at people new to Sweden are arranged by the student associations ESN (Erasmus Student network) and ISA (International Student Association). Follow them, on Facebook for the latest updates.
Most of the activities are free of charge but a few require a fee in order to participate.