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 spring semester 2024 is 11 January.

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 spring semester 2024 are arranged between 11–25 January, with the Arrival Day on 11 January.

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 December 2023.

Orientation schedule spring 2024

Please note that the information below might be subject to change, and are still finalized. Visit this webpage for regular updates.

Please note. You will need to sign-up in order to participate in the activities mentioned below. The sign-up forms will be published here in the late parts of December (see 'How to sign-up for Orientation' above).

Thursday 11 January– Arrival Day!

09.00–17.00 Welcome to Malmö!

Location: Student Centre (Matrosgatan 1)

Malmö University student representatives will meet you at Malmö central station and show you the way to the Student Centre. Get the chance to get some practical information from the International Office staff. For those who will check into University Housing on 11 January you will also get your accommodation keyts, and you will get a ride to University Housing where you will check in to your student apartment.

19.00 Swedish Fika

Location: Respective student halls
Organized by the University Housing

Your Resident Assistant host a Swedish style fika on the Floors. All tenants are welcome!

Friday 12 January

10.00-12.00 Welcome Meeting

Location: Niagara, NI:C0E11 (Nordenskiöldsgatan 1)

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 Malmö University, as well as get a glimpse of what lies ahead during the week. Representatives from the Student Union,the Erasmus Student Network and the Buddy Programme will also join the meeting.

12.00-14.00 Mini Association Fair

Meeting point: Niagara, ground floor (Nordenskiöldsgatan 1)

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! This event is open to both national and international students, so don’t miss the chance to mingle!

13.45-15.00 Campus Tour

Meeting point: Niagara, ground floor (Nordenskiöldsgatan 1)

We will take you around the Campus area so that you can find the library, see the lunch areas, the perfect study spots etc.

Saturday 13 January

11.30 Bus No. 3 City Tour

Meeting point: Rönngården (Rönnblomsgatan 6A)
Organised by University Housing

We’ll discover Malmö by local transport. Parts of the tour is outside, remember to put on warm clothes and comfortable shoes!

Monday 15 January

17.00-18.00 Safety and Security

Location: Niagara, NI:C0E11 (Nordenskiöldsgatan 1)

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 a classroom late at night!

Tuesday 16 January

17.00-18.30 Love, Work & Play

Location: Niagara, NI:C0E11 (Nordenskiöldsgatan 1)

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.

Thursday 18 January

17.00 Buddy Programme Kick-off

Location: Orkanen, D138 (Nordenskiöldsgatan 10)
Organized by the Buddy Programme

Welcome to this get-together where you will get a chance to meet your buddy and other international and local students that are part of the Buddy Programme.

19.00 Night walk through Malmö

Meeting point: Infront of Orkanen, University library (Nordenskiöldsgatan 10)

ESN and the Buddy Programme will guide you through Malmö´s nightlife with a walk through the city. We will show you where you can enjoy delicious food, cozy fika places to hang out with your friends, places to follow your favourite football matches or to dance the night away. Make sure you have your ID just in case. 

Friday 19 January

19.00 Taco Friday

Location: Respective student halls
Organized by University Housing

In Sweden, we do tacos on Friday. Welcome to a DIY taco dinner on your floor!

Saturday 20 January

09.45 Excursion to the woods

Meeting point: Rönngården (Rönnblomsgatan 6A)
Organized by the University Housing

Let’s go explore Malmö’s local Forrest and its 16th century castle.

Sunday 21 January

16.00 Iceskating

Meeting point: Folkets park
Organised by the Buddy Programme, ESN Malmö and LGBTQ+ Association

ESN, the Buddy Programme and the LGBTQ+ Association invite you to join us ice skating! Ice skates can be rented there for one hour for free. Everyone is welcomed!

Tuesday 23 January

17.00 Housing Meeting - Rönngården

Location: Rönngården
Organized by University Housing

Mandatory meeting for all those residing at Celsiusgården.

Wednesday 24 January

19.00 Lets pay rent together

Location: Respective student halls
Organised by University Housing

Unsure on how to pay the rent? Welcome to join this walk-through with your RA.

Thursday 25 January

17.00 Housing Meeting - Celsius

Location: Celsiusgården
Organised by University Housing

Mandatory meeting for all those residing at Rönngården.

Tuesday 30 January

16.00 Food Tour

Meeting point: Rönngården (Rönnblomsgatan 6A)
Organized by University Housing

Join us for a walking tour and discover your new local neighborhood, and its budget friendly shops!

Saturday 03 February

20.00 ESN Party

Location: Kölsvinet
Organised by ESN Malmö

Start of the beginning of your stay at Malmö university with a party organized by Erasmus Student Network Malmö.

Friday 09 February

14.30 -  15.30 Cohabitation and tolerance (UPDATED)

Location: Niagara, NI: A0506 (Nordenskiöldsgatan 1)

A workshop tailored to provide some insightful thought and consideration for all that are going to be sharing living spaces with people with from other cultures and lands.

Orientation Canvas page

You are welcome to join our Orientation Canvas page and learn more about how to navigate the first stages of your semester as an exchange student at Malmö University.

Orientation Canvas Spring 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.

International Office at Malmö University