Linköping University welcomes new international students before your programmes and courses start with a welcome period full of information and social activities. Try to arrive before your classes start. You need time to settle in, prepare for your studies and to make the most of the welcome period at LiU.

LiU cooperates with student organisations to organise many social activities at the start of each semester. One example is New Students Day (Kalasmottagningen) affectionately known as Kalas, which is possibly the largest student party in Sweden. Kalas is arranged by LiU together with Linköping Municipality, Norrköping Municipality and Region Östergötland; and its principal goal is to welcome all new students Östergötland (East Sweden).

LiU also insures international students receive information sessions to 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
• Volleyball tournament
• International buffet
• And many chances to make fika your favourite new habit!

Most of the activities are free of charge but a few require a fee in order to participate.



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. 

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Events and welcome activities

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