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, the Orientation 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 the autumn semester 2022 is 19 August.

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.


Orientation is Malmö University’s introduction programme for international students. All students admitted to courses and programmes taught in English are invited to take part in the Malmö University Orientation. The Orientation 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 your surroundings.

The Orientation begins with a welcome meeting and is followed by a series of practical, academic and social activities. The Orientation activities during the autumn semester 2022 are arranged 20 August – 2 September, with the Arrival Day on 19 August. You are welcome to attend all activities, or just the ones you find relevant. Please note that for some activities you will need to register.

Information about the Orientation (schedule and registration links) will be emailed to all newly admitted students in June. More information is shared online through our learning platform Canvas, which you will need to sign up to access.

How to register for Orientation

The sign-up forms for Orientation will be sent to new students by email in June.

To sign up for the Orientation, you will need to have access to your computer-ID. In order to order your computer-ID, you need to be admitted to or registered for a course or a programme.

Orientation schedule autumn 2022

Please note that the information below may be subject to change. Check the website for regular updates. The finalised detailed schedule will be sent to all new students by email before the start of the semester.

Friday 19 August – Arrival Day!

09.00–17.00 Welcome to Malmö!

Malmö University student representatives will meet you at Malmö central station and show you the way to the Student Centre. Get your welcome pack and other practical information from the International Office staff. For those who will check into University Housing on 19 August, you will get a ride to University Housing where you will receive your keys and check in to your student apartment.


Saturday 20 August

10.30 Living on a budget – Grocery shopping tour

Let our student ambassadors show you where to find the best and cheapest groceries around Malmö.

17.00 Beach BBQ

The Student Union invites you to a beach BBQ! Get to know your new friends in Malmö while enjoying a cosy outdoor barbeque. Our representatives will take care of the grilling process. Soft drinks will be served, but make sure to bring your own food!


Sunday 21 August

11.30 Campus Tour

We will take you around the Campus area so that you can find the library, see the lunch areas, the perfect study spots etc. The Campus Tour includes a soup lunch provided by the Student Union.


Monday 22 August

09.30–10.30 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 representatives from the Student Union while also getting a glimpse of what lies ahead during the week.

11.00–14.00 Mini-Fair with the Student Union

Meet with the Student Union and take the chance to chat with some of their associations. Maybe you will get some ideas on what to do with your spare time while in Malmö! You can also pick up your ticket for the Welcome Reception on Friday 26 August. If you are coming to Malmö as an exchange student, you will get a chance to meet our international coordinators between 11:00-12:00.


Tuesday 23 August

10.00–12.00 Love, Work, Play

An interactive workshop 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.

17.00–18.00 Alumni Event: What I wish I had known as an international student in Malmö

Digital session on Zoom

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.


Wednesday 24 August

10.00–12.00 Welcome to Career Services – Your bridge to the future

Meet the Career Services team get to know how they can help you during and after your studies to reach your dream job. They will also give you valuable tools on how to use your study abroad experiences.

10.00–12.00 Swedish Academic System

Coming from another academic culture, adjusting to the Swedish academic system can be quite difficult. This session gives you an insight into the Swedish university culture, the student-teacher relationship, work and examination forms and the student’s rights and responsibilities – essential knowledge for your university studies.  Emily from Learning Support will also talk about the support that you can get during your studies at Malmö University.


Thursday 25 August

10.0012.00 Safety and Security

If any lecture has it all, it is this one: emergency evacuation information, Swedish laws you are probably unaware of and a real Police Officer. 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!

10.00–12.00 Library and Computer Introduction

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 session 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!

16.00 Visit IKEA with the Student Union

Looking to get your new room a bit more personalized? Satisfy all your furnishing needs by joining this visit to IKEA Malmö store. Our Student Union representatives will help you get there; you do the rest in this world-famous Swedish home furnishing store!


Friday 26 August

10.0012.00 Swedish Fika with the Student Union

Join us for a morning coffee with the Student Union. We will be serving some classic Swedish fika, such as 'dammsugare' (punsch-rolls), 'chokladbollar' (chocolate balls) and 'kanelbullar' (cinnamon buns). You will also get the chance to chat with Leila and Ioanna from the International Office and play a Swedish-themed Kahoot.

16.00–17.30 Welcome Reception - Hosted by the City of Malmö

The Mayor and the city of Malmö invite all international students to a welcome reception with drinks, snacks and a chance to see the inside of the City Hall! Remember to bring your invitation card, which you can pick up after the Welcome Meeting. Please note that attendance is mandatory if you sign up!


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 Orientation that are relevant to you.

Buddy Programme

In addition to the Orientation, 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. As a participant in the Buddy Programme, you will be assigned to a group that will consist of both other newly arrived students, as well as well as current students, your ‘buddies.’ 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.

As a new student, you will receive information about the programme together with a link to an application form by e-mail before the start of the semester!

The application period for current students to become a buddy is 2 May, 17.00 – 23 May, 09.00.

Apply to become a buddy here!

The application for newly admitted students to join the programme will open in June.


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: 30 August – 16 January
Spring semester 2022: 17 January – 5 June

Academic year 2022/2023

Autumn semester 2022: 29 August – 15 January
Spring semester 2023: 16 January – 4 June