Congratulations on being accepted to Malmö University! Now it's time to start preparing for your studies. Here you will find information about arrival day, the academic calendar, Introduction week and more.

Arrival day

We recommend that all international students who have housing through Malmö University Housing to arrive on the official Arrival Day to get the keys to their accommodation and receive welcome information. University staff, student mentors and landlord representatives will be on hand  throughout the day to welcome students and answer any questions.

Arrival Day for autumn semester 2021 is Thursday, August 19. 

Arriving late or after Arrival Day

If you arrive in Malmö later than 17.00 on Arrival Day, or at a later date, you will need to make an appointment with the Housing Office by emailing

The International Office does not have access to your keys, so it is very important that you make arrangements with the Housing Office beforehand if you are arriving in the city after Arrival Day or later than 17.00 on Arrival Day.

Introduction week

All students admitted to courses and programmes taught in English are invited to take part in the Malmö University Introduction week. Due to the situation with the ongoing pandemic and the restrictions in place, the introduction is planned as an virtual event. The week consists of lectures and activities that are designed to help you become acquainted with Sweden, Malmö and Malmö University. You will get the chance to meet other students and get to know the surroundings.

The Introduction week for the autumn semester 2021 will be virtual and take place August 23-27, with some additional activities later on during the semester. Information about the introduction will be emailed to all newly admitted students prior to the start of the semester.

The week begins with a welcome meeting and is followed by a series of practical, academic and social activities. You are welcome to attend all activities, or just the ones you find relevant. 

If you missed the Introduction week, but will still like to take part of the recorded material, please send us an e-mail at with your name and your computerID, and we will make sure to give you access to the material. 


Sign up to the Introdution week by filling out the form found through the link below. You will need to submit your computer-ID in your registration so that we will be able to add you to the canvas page! 

Sign up for the Introduction week! 


Introduction week autumn 2021

Monday 23 August

10.00 - 10.45 Welcome meeting

Welcome to the introductory session! We have prepared plenty of helpful information to get you started at Malmö University. You will get to meet the staff of the International Office and get a glimpse of what lies ahead during the coming week.

11.00 - 13.00 Drop in sessions

Take this opportunity to ask questions to our very own nurse at the student health services or the staff at the Pedagogical support centre!

14.30 - 17.00 Student Union Malmö

Meet with the Student Union and take the chance to learn more about their associations. Maybe you will get some ideas on what to do with your spare time while in Malmö.  

Tuesday 24 August

10.00 - 11.00 Introduction to Swedish culture

Learn more about Sweden and Swedes!

11.30 - 12.30 Safety and Security

If any lecture has it all, this one does: Emergency evacuation information and Swedish laws you are probably unaware of. Don’t miss it! Trust us; you will want to know what to do if you lock yourself in in a classroom late at night.

13.00 - 14.00 What I wish I had known as an international student in Malmö

Are you wondering about how to best explore the secret gems of Malmö? How to find an interesting organisation to volunteer for, or how to make new friends during these corona times? Alumni & Friends welcome you to an informal panel conversation with three recently graduated international alumni.

Afternooon: Visit your faculty

Meet up with representatives from your faculty/department and familiarize yourself in your new academic surroundings. Please note: Study related information will, in most cases, be given to you at your first day of class this is only a meet-and-greet type of visit.

Wednesday 25 August

10.00 - 11.00 Welcome to career services – your bridge to the future

Meet the Career Services team and get to know how they can help you during and after your studies to reach your dream job. They can help you apply for Internships, part-time & full-time jobs and how to network and prepare for a job interview.

11.30 - 12.15 IT and Library Services information

Being able to find your way in the book collection and library system will be essential in order for you to succeed in your studies. During this tour you will get an introduction to the most important features of the university library. This session will also guide you through the virtual world of Malmö University and teach you how to log onto the university computers, use the printers and much more!

13:00 – 13:45 Yoga

Zoom in and chill out. Take a break in the busy day with Emma, who works at the admissions office and is also a trained Yoga teacher.

14:00 – 14:30 Introduction to the Buddy Programme

Learn more about the Buddy Programme and what to expect!

Thursday 26 August

10:00 – 12:00 Swedish Academic Thinking

How do I avoid plagiarism, and can I get support while writing an acadmic text? What does ”critical thinking” in a Swedish context entail? Let Adam Gray, lecturer, be your guide!

13:00 – 16:00 Swedish Academic System

How does the Swedish academic system work? What does full-time studies really mean, and how much is a credit?

Friday 27 August

10:00 – 12:00 Love, work and play

An interactive lecture/workshop via Zoom that helps you understand how you can make the best out of your studies in Malmö. We will talk about ways to find the balance between studies, student life, stress, recovery and fun and discuss how you as a student can adapt to the new situation.

Olof Samuelsson and Karolina Källoff, who are both student health councellors at Student Health Service at Malmö University, will host the workshop.

13:00 – 14:00 TBA




Introduction for Swedish-speaking students

If you are already familiar with Sweden and Malmö you can join the introduction days Tjuvkik (in Swedish) instead or as well. You can choose the parts of both Tjuvkik and the Online Introduction Week that are relevant to you.

Information about Tjuvkik in Swedish

Buddy Programme

In addition to the Introduction Week, we also offer the Buddy Programme - a way for you to get to know your fellow students better. 

Through the programme we arrange social activities and have fun! This is an opportunity for you to expand your network, make new friends and develop your language skills. The Buddy Programme matches students who have previous experience of living and studying in Malmö with newly-arrived international students, and each buddy group consists of students from both groups. Each year, Malmö University welcomes around 800 new international students, representing nearly 85 nationalities from all over the world. You can be proud to be part of a global student community in one of Sweden’s most diverse cities.

Due to the current circumstances, the Buddy Programme will be carried out both online and on-campus. You will be asked to state what option you prefer in your application. As a new student, you will receive information about the programme together with a link to an application form by e-mail before the semester start!

Register here!

How to get to Malmö University

Malmö's central train station is well connected within Sweden and internationally via links to Copenhagen. It boasts its own airport, Sturup, but for international travellers, it is best served by Copenhagen Airport — just a 20-minute train journey away. Please be aware of the current regulations in place, both for your transits and for entering Sweden at the time of your travel.

If you are arriving at Arrival day, student mentors wearing orange vests will be at the train station to help with directions. 

COVID-19 and travelling to Sweden

Make sure to bring your letter of acceptance with you, and proof that you have been offered accommodation in Sweden. Please make sure to stay updated regarding the regulations in place at the time of your travels, both in Sweden and regarding any transit you might have included in your travels. 

Information regarding the current restrictions and entry regulations in place regarding travels to Sweden can be found on the Swedish Police website. 

On you can find confirmed information regarding COVID-19 in Sweden. This page is handled by the Swedish authorities.

If you are travelling through Denmark, you will also need to stay updated regarding the regulations in place in Denmark. Find relevant information on Note the specific regulations regarding transit. 

Academic calendar

Academic year 2021/2022
Autumn semester 2021: August 30 – January 16
Spring semester 2022: January 17 – June 5