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, the Buddy Programme 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 2024 is 22nd August.

If you will not be living in University Housing, you do not need to come on Arrival Day.

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. It is important that you make arrangements with the Housing Office beforehand if you are arriving to Malmö after Arrival Day or later than 17.00 on Arrival Day.


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 2024 are arranged between 22nd – 30th August, with the Arrival Day on 22nd August.

How to join the Orientation

You have to sign-up in order to participate in Orientation. You are welcome to attend all activities, or just the ones you find relevant. The schedule and the sign-up form will be published here in July 2024.

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.

Information about Tjuvkik (in Swedish)

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 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 by email before the start of the semester. Newly admitted students will have to sign up to join the Buddy programme.

Current students who want to become a buddy to new incoming students can find more information at the Student web.

Sign up for the Buddy programme

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. 

Travelling to Sweden

Travelling and moving to another country to study can be very individual. You can find a list of important documents to bring with you here below. Please note, however, that this list is not exhaustive.

  • Proof of admission (for example, letter of acceptance)
  • European Health Insurance Card (if applicable)
  • Residence permit
  • Passport & other ID documentation

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.

What to be aware of before moving to Malmö

Academic calendar

The academic year in Sweden is divided into two semesters, each lasting 20 weeks.

Academic year 2023/2024

Autumn semester 2023: 28 August  2023 – 14 January 2024
Spring semester 2024: 15 January 2024 – 2 June 2024

Academic year 2024/2025

Autumn semester 2024: 2 September 2024 – 19 January 2025
Spring semester 2025: 15 January 2025 – 8 June 2025


For general questions regarding Orientation and/or your arrival to Malmö, you are welcome to email the International Office at Malmö University.