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Studying at Linköping University Practical Guide 2008-2010

The Practical Guide is intended for international students when planning and pursuing studies at Linköping University. This guide is also available at <>

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Welcome Four faculties at LiU Information for master’s students Information for free-mover students Information for exchange students General information Getting here—transport

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On campus and student life Life in Sweden A-Z of useful information Index

Production: Published by External Relations at Linköping University, Sweden. April 2008. design: LiU Byrå/External Relations PHOTOGRAPHY: Göran Billeson, Magnus Johansson, Peter Karlsson, Peter Modin,

Masood Khatibi, Vibeke Mathiesen, Per Wichmann. Printing office: LTAB, Linköping, 2008. copies: 5.500. All the information in the Practical Guide is, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of going to print (April 2008).



Welcome! Linköping University (LiU) is renowned for its innovative educational spirit and its long-standing tradition of cross-disciplinary studies and research. The dual criteria of scientific excellence and societal benefit are guiding principles for the university’s strategic enterprises. LiU is organised into broad, multi-disciplinary and cross-faculty departments; a framework that facilitates cooperation across disciplines and faculty borders. This, together with an ongoing dialogue with industry and society at large, has been essential for the university’s ability to combine basic and applied research in thematic and innovative contexts. Last year LiU was awarded two out of five national centres of excellence in higher education; one for LiU’s medical programme and the other for control systems, a core subject area in our engineering programmes. An open-minded setting where people are always striving for quality is a necessary prerequisite for these achievements. A regular influx of new ideas and perspectives are also vital for a dynamic academic community. Nowadays more than 1,300 international students study at the university each year. Besides the growing number of international students, over 200 guest researchers a year take advantage of the stimulating research environment at LiU. I do hope you will have a rewarding time, acquiring new ideas and meeting new friends. Welcome to Linköping University!

Mille Millnert Rector

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Four faculties at LiU In the space of only three decades, LiU has become internationally renowned for its innovative educational spirit and its success in crossdisciplinary co-operation.

teaching and scholarly effort is organised around issues central to the international community and modern society. This blend gives students and researchers a new perspective on academia as being both all-encompassing and specialised. Learning and interaction in education are central. Student initiative and participation in the educational process is encouraged. Some master’s programmes are offered as distance-learning programmes.

Arts and Sciences. The Faculty of Arts

and Sciences offers bachelor’s programmes, master’s programmes and single-subject courses within around 40 subjects areas encompassing behavioural sciences, economics and business administration, commercial law, humanities, computer science, natural sciences and social sciences. Master’s programmes that are fully taught in English are offered within various fields of study. A wide range of single-subject courses is offered to Swedish and international students. Studies at the Faculty are characterised by in-depth subject knowledge, interdisciplinary working methods, an international outlook and new ideas. Thematically-based research along with more disciplinary research pave the way for research areas and research themes that have strong social relevance. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is unique in that the whole

Educational Sciences. Teacher training is available for all levels of the Swedish school and pre-school system. Future educators have considerable freedom of choice in subject specialisation and age group. Teacher training draws on a set of core courses in general education. These are designed to provide a common knowledge base and give insight into theories and methods of educational science, regardless of school level and subject specialisation. Course content incorporates sociology, pedagogics, psychology and philosophy. Teacher trainees come into contact with local schools from the very start. Research training is offered within different areas, such as Adult Learning, Pedagogic Practices, Science and Technology Education. Educational research is closely linked to different school systems and pedagogical settings.


International outreach is strengthened through exchange programmes with teacher training colleges both in and outside Europe. The faculty offers master’s programmes taught in English both on campus and as distance learning. Health Sciences. Problem-based learning

instead of learning by heart, early integration of theory and practice, community orientation and health promotion are key concepts for the undergraduate study programmes at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Integrated training of future doctors, nurses and caring science professionals gives a better understanding of each other’s professional roles. The faculty offers seven study programmes in medicine, medical biology and several health care professions. Postgraduate research and scientific training are conducted within fifty health care disciplines in three multidisciplinary departments; the idea being to integrate the caring sciences with traditional biomedical and clinical research disciplines. The University Hospital is a highly modern hospital serving the entire southeast region of Sweden. Engineering and Natural Sciences. The

Institute of Technology (LiTH) is one of Sweden’s major faculties of engineering and science. It has an international reputation for high-quality education that crosses borders. Nationwide polls of graduates of Swedish universities have consistently put LiTH in first place when it comes to key issues such as educational quality, student


social life and preparation for professional life. LiTH offers around 30 study programmes, for both BSc and MSc, in engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, physics and mathematics. In addition, more than 20 master’s programmes taught in English are offered. LiTH is one of the leading research institutions in Sweden in the field of emerging technologies and science. Crossdisciplinary research is one of our hallmarks, but there is also strong disciplinary research.

Campuses Education and research are conducted at three main campuses in the cities of Linköping and Norrköping. The two cities are situated 200/160 kilometres south of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, and are easily accessible by rail, road and air. • Valla Campus, about three kilometres from the city centre of Linköping, is where the majority of students and researchers study and work. • The University Hospital Campus (US Campus) in Linköping houses the Faculty of Health Sciences. • Norrköping Campus is a city campus where about a quarter of the students are enrolled.

Academic system Higher education in Sweden is divided into first, second and third cycle, according to the Bologna process. Degrees may be awarded after completing a study

programme or a combination of singlesubject courses. The degrees awarded at LiU are: First level: • University Diploma, 2 years, 120 higher education credits • Degree of Bachelor, 3 years, 180 higher education credits Second level: • Degree of Master (Two Years), 120 higher education credits • Degree of Master (One Year), 60 higher education credits Several professional diplomas are awarded as well.

Credits and grading One week of full time studies at a Swedish University equals 1.5 higher education credits, which are identical to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, ECTS. One semester equals 30 credits and one academic year equals 60 credits. LiU employs several grading systems. Grades are translated into ECTS when awarded. As teaching stresses responsibility and individual performance, the grades received reflect not only the final examination score but also participation in the course.

Academic year The academic year consists of two semesters. The autumn semester usually runs from the middle or end of August to mid-

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January and the spring semester from mid-January to the beginning or middle of June. There is usually a teaching break of one or two weeks at Christmas.

Workload and instruction Full-time studies require at least 40 hours of work per week. Depending on the faculty, only one course is studied at a time or several courses are studied in parallel. Subjects may also be integrated into themes or blocks. The extent and method of instruction vary. Technical courses usually have a larger proportion of scheduled hours, while courses in the social sciences and arts encompass fewer scheduled hours, allowing the students to devote most of their time to active self-instruction. There are lectures with several hundred students present and smaller seminars where students are expected to play an active part in discussions and express their


own views. Classes, with groups of 20-30 students, sometimes fewer, also allow for direct contact and scope for discussion with the teacher. Education is also conducted through laboratory work, excursions and independent project work.

and who have special needs are advised to contact the University’s coordinator as early as possible, preferably at the time of application. The coordinator can be reached on tel +46 13 28 28 39 or email asa.lowgren@

Academic culture


The Swedish academic environment may strike international students as being very informal. Teachers and staff members dress rather casually.

Within the first two weeks of the semester you need to register in the Student Records System, Ladok, for each course you plan to take. Information on registration will be given during the Orientation Programme/ Information Day. Registration is done at the • Valla Campus: Student Reception Desk in the Zenit building • University Hospital Campus: Student Reception, main building, entrance 65 • Norrköping Campus: Student Reception Desk, Kåkenhus building, Bredgatan 33

Language of instruction Teaching at Linköping University is usually conducted in Swedish, but all faculties offer a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses with instruction in English or in a combination of Swedish and English. In most cases the literature, individual supervision and exams will be in English, while lectures are normally in Swedish. Tutorial groups may also be arranged in English if problem-based learning, PBL, is the educational method used (at the Faculty of Health Sciences, for example).

Students with special needs Linköping University wants to offer support for students with special needs to make it possible for them to pursue studies under the same conditions as other students. LiU is well suited to special needs students. There are lifts in all buildings and easy access to public conveniences, specially adapted for special needs students. Students who apply for studies at LiU


Examinations All courses are subject to continuous assessment; written and/or oral, individually or in groups. In order to take examinations, students must sign up for each examination at least ten days in advance on the Student Portal, <>. Students must be aware of the regulations for written examinations concerning identity checks, permissible aids, breaks, examination results, disciplinary measures, etc. You will receive a copy of the regulations, which is called the Students’ Examination Guide.

Master’s students At Linköping University there are currently around 500 master’s students from around 50 countries.

Academic English


Summer course

As a master’s student, you will need to organise your own accommodation, see General information. If you are a master’s student on a scholarship programme such as Linnaeus Palme, Erasmus Mundus or the Swedish Institute, you will receive help finding accommodation. You will get information from the Accommodation Officer sent to you by email.

The course Swedish Experience: An Introduction to Swedish History and Culture as seen through the Landscape of Östergötland (15 credits), is given in the summer period. Priority is given to students at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Information Day Information Days are held at the start of semester. They cover a broad range of subjects and will give you a lot of useful information.

Swedish language courses Credited courses are offered free of charge for master’s students at all faculties. The timings of these vary. For information, check at your faculty’s webpage. It is also possible to study beginner’s Swedish on the internet. For more information, go to <>.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences organises a course in Academic English for master’s students, which is worth 7.5 credits. The course is primarily for the faculty’s own students.

Study counsellors Study counsellors at your master’s programme will provide you with information and guidance. They are available for individual support on study-related concerns. You always speak to your study counsellor in the strictest confidence. <> There is also a Main Office of Study Counselling in Zenit, Valla Campus, and in Kåkenhus, Norrköping Campus. Here you can get general and individual advice about academic education and future careers. For contact:

Career Service At the Career Service Centre you can get


information about how to write your job application, and also see examples of cover letters and CVs. During the semesters, you will find the Career Service Centre in Zenit, Campus Valla. For contact:

Diploma Before you leave Linköping University after finishing your courses, make sure you submit an application for your Degree Certificate at your Student Reception Desk, Studerandeexpeditionen. The certificate will be sent to you, but it may take a couple of months. You can ask the Student

Reception Desk to give you a Transcript of Records in the meantime. A Diploma Supplement in English is attached to diplomas issued by Linköping University. The Diploma Supplement will provide a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that have been pursued and successfully completed by the student.

Graduation Day Graduation Day for master’s students will take place in early June.

Website addresses for master’s students Linköping University Institute of Technology Faculty of Arts and Sciences Educational Sciences Faculty of Health Sciences


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Free-mover students Accommodation

Transcript of Records/Certificate

As a free-mover student, you will need to organise your own accommodation. Read more under General information.

When you have finished your courses, make sure you submit an application for your Transcript of Records/Certificate, at the Student Reception Desk or order it from the Student Portal. The certificate will be sent to you, but it may take a couple of months. In the meantime, ask for a Transcript of Records.

Orientation Programme Orientation Programmes are held at the start of semester. They cover a broad range of subjects and will give you a lot of useful information. Free-movers are welcome to participate in the Orientation Programme, arranged by the Exchange Student Coordinators. Timings and programme here: <>.

Swedish language courses Free-mover students can study Swedish at evening classes at Folkuniversitetet, an adult education centre. For information see <>, It is also possible to study beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Swedish on the internet. See information on <>.


Zenit Building, Valla Campus.


Exchange students Every year around 500 international undergraduates come to Linköping University on an exchange programme, within an EU framework or a bilateral agreement.

change Student Coordinator in advance about your time of arrival. If you have accommodation in Linköping arranged by the University, you are best advised to try to arrive during office hours to pick up the key for your accommodation. Those arriving outside office hours will have to arrange accommodation at a hotel or youth hostel for the first night.


Learning Agreement

The university has a queuing system for rooms. Exchange students in Linköping apply for accommodation when applying for courses, i.e. before 15 April for the autumn semester and 15 October for the spring semester. A deposit, currently SEK 2,700, has to be paid in advance before arrival. The deposit will be repaid into the student’s bank account in their home country, on condition that the accommodation has passed inspection. The repayment can take up to eight weeks after the end of the tenancy agreement.

With your Letter of Admission, you also received a Learning Agreement. If you have not already sent it, take it with you to LiU, signed and stamped by coordinators at your home university. Within the first two weeks of the semester, make sure that your Learning Agreement is correctly filled out in full in order for you to be recognised as an exchange student, and hand it in to your Exchange Student Coordinator.

Arrival With your admission letter, you will receive information from the Exchange Student Coordinator with important practical information, such as opening hours of the Student Coordinator Office during the start of the semesters, etc. Please remember to inform the Ex-

Swedish language courses The Beginner’s Course in Swedish for Exchange Students, level I (7.5 credits)

is intended for exchange students with no previous knowledge of Swedish. The aim of the course is to give students a basic knowledge of Swedish with an emphasis on oral skills. The course includes pronunciation exercises, oral training, basic Swedish grammar and short writing exercises. This course is also offered as an intensive


course in August before the autumn semester starts. The Beginner’s Course in Swedish for Exchange Students, level II (7.5 credits) is intended for exchange students who already have a knowledge of Swedish equivalent to the Beginner’s Course in Swedish, Level I. Students will improve their Swedish language proficiency and broaden their knowledge of Swedish society. They will also acquire a deeper knowledge of important basic grammar as well as an elementary working vocabulary. Social Swedish (3 credits) is intended

for exchange students who wish to gain a 20-hour introduction to the Swedish language. The aim of the course is to give a short introduction to everyday life in Sweden and the Swedish language, its grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The Swedish courses are given as parttime evening courses during the semester, except for the intensive course in August which is full-time. The deadlines for application are 15 April and 15 October. Use the standard application form.

Peer student Students at the Faculty of Health Sciences will be appointed a peer student. All other students are welcome to apply for a peer student. This is preferably done at the time of application for courses and accommodation. Most of the time, it is possible to appoint a peer student to all applicants. If you have not applied for a peer student, it might be possible to arrange later by contacting the Exchange Student Coordinator,

Exchange student contacts Contact for exchange students practical questions Office in Zenit Building, Valla Campus Contact for exchange students at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences/Educational Sciences Reception at Zenit Building (timings vary) or by appointment Contact for exchange students at the Institute of Technology Reception at Zenit Building (timings vary) or by appointment. Contact for exchange students at the Faculty of Health Sciences Office at Sandbäcksgatan 7, US Campus Contact for exchange students at Norrköping Campus Office in Kåkenhus Building, meeting by appointment


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STARS-reports You can find out how former exchange students experienced their study period at LiU by looking at the reports in STARS (Study Abroad Report Systems), <www.stars.liu. se>. This is where exchange students fill in their reports, including their opinion of courses, the environment, social life,

accommodation, etc. Before leaving the University, students are encouraged to fill in their own report to help make the stay of future exchange students even better.

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General information The information on the following pages is general, and aimed at all international students. Start preparing for your study period as soon as you have been accepted!

Residence permits and visas If you are not a citizen of the Nordic countries or the EU/EES area and are going to study for longer than three months, you must apply for a residence permit at the Swedish embassy/consulate in your home country. For a stay of less than three months, some foreign nationals must have visas in order to enter Sweden. A list of nationalities requiring visas is available on the Swedish Migration Board website, <>. To be sure of obtaining your permit in time, you must submit your application at least eight weeks prior to your planned departure for Sweden. Contact the Swedish embassy in your country to check what documentation is required with your application. The permit or visa must be entered in your passport before your arrival in Sweden. Citizens of the EU/EES area need to register for the right of residence in Sweden and citizens of Switzerland need to register for a residence permit if their study period is longer than three months. This needs to be done within three months of arriving in Sweden. Information on residence permits,

visas, etc., as well as forms and addresses can be found on the Swedish Migration Board website, <>, or you can contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your home country. A useful website to find addresses, opening hours, etc., for Swedish embassies and consulates is <>.

Finances Tuition is free of charge. Linkรถping University does not offer any scholarships or support for living expenses or travelling costs. Students will have to depend on personal funds or financial support from their home countries to cover costs. The Swedish Institute and some other organisations offer a very limited number of scholarships, which you can read about online at <>.

Work and study Students from Nordic and EU/EEA countries are permitted to work in Sweden throughout the academic year. Students from other countries may work in Sweden and do not require a work permit to do so, provided they are enrolled at university and have obtained a residence permit. Check with the Swedish Migration Board, <www.>, for more information.


However, full-time studies require 40 hours of work per week, making it very difficult to combine with part-time work. Please also bear in mind that opportunities for part-time work in Sweden are limited and that most jobs require knowledge of Swedish.

Health insurance Make sure you have proper medical insurance before you leave your home country, and check carefully what it covers, whether or not you are eligible for special repatriation, etc. If you come from an EU/EEA country,

you are entitled to use the public medical services on the same basis as Swedish citizens for urgent medical care. In order to be eligible, you must be registered at a social insurance office in your home country and have a valid European Health Insurance Card, which will be issued upon request by your national social security authority. If you do not have this card, e.g. for a doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appointment, expect to pay around 1,700 SEK. If you come from Australia, Algeria or Quebec in Canada, then there is a reciprocal agreement for public medical benefits between Sweden and that country/area. Students need only to show their passport and a certificate from the social insurance office in their home country. For the reciprocal agreement to apply, the need for medical care must arise during, not prior to, the stay in Sweden.


If you intend to stay for more than one year in Sweden and have a residence permit for that period of time, you should register with the civil registration authorities at the local Tax Office Board. This registration will entitle you to the same medical treatment benefits as Swedish citizens. You need to visit the Tax Office in person and must take your passport with you. You will be given a personal identity number, personnummer, made up of your date of birth plus four additional digits. Allow some time for your application to be processed.

Personal injury insurance All students at the University, both Swedish and foreign, who are registered in the Student Records System (Ladok) are covered by personal injury insurance taken out by the Swedish National Board of Student Aid (CSN) and paid for by LinkĂśping University. This insurance is only valid during study-related hours spent at the university or on work placements and when moving directly to and from your accommodation in Sweden and the university or work placement. It is very important that you obtain complementary insurance before leaving for Sweden.

Travel and home insurance You also need travel insurance that covers your travel to and from Sweden and the time you spend in the country prior to registration, or after your courses have finished, and insurance to protect your personal belongings.

Accommodation Most LiU students choose to stay with Studentbostäder (in Linköping) and StudentBo (in Norrköping). Start applying for accommodation in good time. It is sometimes difficult to find accommodation for the autumn semester in Linköping. It is normally easier in Norrköping. Make sure you know before your arrival when and where you can sign your rental contract and pick up the keys for your accommodation. Housing in Linköping Most students live in student housing areas situated within cycling/walking distance of Valla Campus. Most common are co-ed dormitories, in what is called a korridor, consisting of eight student rooms with private bathrooms, a shared living room and a shared kitchen. Studentbostäder offers corridor rooms, flats to share, etc., in various areas of Linköping close to the university. Rent starts from 2,500 SEK for a furnished room with a private bathroom and a shared kitchen/living room. Electricity and heating are included in the rent. The rental contract can only be terminated at the end of the month, with a one-month notice period for student dormitories. Students supply their own bedding. Laundry facilities are available. In each room there is a socket for fixed telecommunications, but you have to arrange for your own telephone subscription. Internet connection is also available. The kitchen has a refrigerator, a freezer and an electric stove with an oven, but you have to provide your own kitchenware.

For more information, contact the company through <>, tel +46 13 20 86 60. ByggVesta. Colonia is a newly built com-

plex on campus. Flat sizes 25-55 m². Rent 3,250-6,000 SEK/month. International students can rent basic furnishing for 85 SEK/month, to furnish the smallest size studio. Colonia is based on a residential college model for student living and has student-led leadership and activity teams to help international students integrate with Swedish students and culture. For more information, visit <> or contact, or call on +46 13 25 45 60. Graflunds offers various options for

accommodation, e.g. a flatshare with furnished rooms, etc. For more information, send an email to or visit their website <>. Other landlords in Linköping <www.> Housing in Norrköping In Norrköping there are many different housing options for students. There are furnished rooms in corridors as well as flats with a kitchen and one or more rooms, furnished or unfurnished, close to the campus and the city centre. Most of the rooms and flats are set up for internet and TV connection. You may also share a threebedroom flat with other students.


StudentBo offers rooms/flats of different kinds for students. Website <>, tel +46 11 21 16 70, email: info@ Other possibilities. You can also rent a flat on the private market. It is not uncommon for students to share a large flat with several rooms. You may also be able to rent a single room privately. Sources of information are local newspapers, message boards on campus and the electronic notice board at <>.

Temporary accommodation

Mjellerumsgården is located next to Valla

Campus. Tel: +46 13 12 27 30 Fax: +46 13 12 72 30 Price per night: 300 SEK for a single room, cheaper if you share. In Norrköping Hörnan, hotel and hostel, is located at

Hörngatan 1. Tel: +46 11 16 82 71 Fax: +46 11 16 82 96 Price per night: from 270 SEK (shared room).

As student rooms are only available for full calendar months, you may want to check in at a youth hostel, vandrarhem. Make sure that you reach an agreement with the hostel about when and how to pick up your key if you arrive late in the evening. Remember to provide your own bed linen or you will have to pay extra. It may be difficult to get a room during the summer months and around the time when university courses start at the end of August. Be sure to book well in advance!

Vandrarhem Above is on the upper floor of the train station, Norra Promenaden. Tel: +46 11 10 18 28 Price per night: from 175 SEK in 8-bed dorm, 300 SEK for single room, 400 SEK double room.

In Linköping

Hotell Drott (near Norrköping Campus),

Linköpings vandrarhem is located in the

Tunnbindaregatan 19. Tel: +46 11 18 00 60 Price per night: from 710 SEK, weekend 495 SEK

city centre at Klostergatan 52 A (crossing with Drottninggatan). Tel: +46 13 35 90 00 Fax: +46 13 35 90 80 Email: Web: <> Price per night: from around 250 SEK if you share.


Turistgården is located at Ingelstagatan 31.

Tel: +46 11 10 11 60 Fax: +46 11 18 68 63 Price per night: from 185 SEK (shared room).

Problems finding accommodation? You really should do your utmost to arrange accommodation before arrival, but if you arrive in Linköping with nowhere

to stay, you can contact the Student Accommodation Assistance, SAA, in the K책rallen building on Valla Campus. They will supply you with information on how to look for accommodation in the private market. There is, however, no guarantee they will be able to help you. See their website, < shtml/>. Please note that they are not open all year round.

US Campus.


24 Campushallen, Valla Campus.

Getting here—transport Linköping and Norrköping are situated in southern Sweden, 200 and 160 km south of Stockholm respectively. From Stockholm it will take you two-three hours to get to Norrköping/Linköping by bus or train. If you travel via Copenhagen, you can reach the cities in approximately five hours, by train or bus. Airports Arlanda airport, Stockholm. On arriv-

ing at Stockholm’s international airport, Arlanda, the easiest way to get to your destination is to take a direct train from the airport which takes you to Norrköping in about two hours; to Linköping it is a further 40 minutes. There are quite a few direct trains every day. You can also take the airport bus (Flygbussarna) into Stockholm, which stops at the City Terminal, next to the central train/bus station, where frequent trains and buses leave throughout the day. You can also take the airport shuttle Arlanda Express into Stockholm train

station (this is more expensive than the airport bus). Read more about train tickets under “Trains” in the A-Z and bus tickets under “Express buses”. Bromma airport, Stockholm. Bromma

Airport is a smaller airport outside Stockholm. If you arrive here you can take the airport bus, Flygbussarna, into the Stockholm City Terminal, from where it is easy to catch a bus or a train onwards. Kastrup airport, Copenhagen, Denmark.

If you arrive at Copenhagen international airport, Kastrup, it is possible to take a train straight from the airport to Linköping/Norrköping. It is also possible to take the frequent commuter train from Kastrup airport to Malmö train station and catch a train, or express bus, from there. Skavsta airport, Nyköping. If you arrive

at Skavsta Airport you can catch the airport bus (Flygbussarna) to Norrköping and Linköping. You buy the ticket, cash only, on the bus or from a machine inside the terminal building. Linköping airport. There is no bus service

from Linköping Airport. There are usually taxis waiting outside the terminal building


to take you either to Resecentrum where you can catch a bus to your final destination or to take you all the way there. If there are no taxis, you can order one on the taxi free phone inside the terminal.

by express bus. From Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö there are several express buses leaving throughout the day. Swebus and Bus4You are two of the biggest companies, <>, <www.>. You could also try Comfortfram, <>, which operates Fridays-Sundays only.

Norrköping Airport. There is a bus service that runs from the airport to the train station. From the station you can continue by bus/tram or taxi if you are staying in Norrköping or take a train or express bus to Linköping. The express bus station is in front of the train station. It is also possible to take a taxi to Linköping, which costs around 700-750 SEK from the airport.

In Linköping: From Linköping’s train station Resecentrum buses 12 and 20 run to Valla Campus, and bus no 2 to the University Hospital Campus.


In Norrköping: Take bus no 113 from

Check with your local travel agency at home if they can help you with train tickets—it might be cheaper. It is possible to buy your ticket online at <>, depending on the credit card you hold. You can then pick up your ticket at vending machines at train stations in Sweden using your booking reference. You can of course also buy your train tickets at the train station when you arrive in Sweden.

Express buses If you have arrived by plane, the cheapest option to continue your journey is usually


How to get to campus from the city centres

Norrköping’s Resecentrum. Get off the bus at Skvallertorget (ask the bus driver to tell you when to get off). Read more about bus travel under “Buses” in the A-Z. The information from your pre-departure contact will include instructions on where to go on campus and who you should see first.

On campus and student life University Library The University Library meets all the demands of a state-of-the-art library (<www.>). Besides books and journals, it houses computer terminals where students can retrieve information from local catalogues as well as national and international databases. The Library arranges courses in information retrieval. There are four Branch Libraries: Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Science and Technology Library, Health Sciences Library and Norrköping Campus Library.

Computing services Students have access to computers, generally linked to the internet, on all campuses. Some of these computer rooms are open 24 hours a day. Once you are registered as a student you can apply for an e-mail account and get access to the computer rooms. You will be given a copy of the Student’s IT Guide upon arrival.

Student Healthcare Centre A student healthcare centre, Studenthälsan, is run by the university in the Zenit building, Valla Campus and in the Kårhuset Trappan building at Norrköping Campus. Students have access to nurses and social counsellors, kurator. At US Campus, Sandbäcksgatan 7, a psychotherapist is available

by appointment. The Healthcare Centre does not have a doctor (for a doctor’s appointment, see “Doctor” in the A-Z). All the services at the Student Healthcare Centre are free of charge.

Student Unions It is compulsory to be a member of a student union. The fee for each semester is 200-300 SEK. Each faculty has its own student union: • Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Educational Sciences—StuFF • Faculty of Health Sciences—Consensus • Institute of Technology—LinTek Student union representatives sit on all university boards and committees. When you have paid the fee, you will be sent a discount card and a leaflet with information about the discounts you are entitled to.

Eating on campus There are several restaurants and coffee shops on campus. These offer a varied selection of food. The special for that day, called dagens, usually costs from 40-55 SEK, and cheaper if you buy a set of 10 coupons. There are also lunch rooms for students at several places on campus, equipped with microwave ovens.


Traditional events Linköping and Norrköping offer an exciting and adventurous student life. Some of the most traditional events are: • Draget, where student teams from all over the country participate in a tug-ofwar over the Tinnerbäcken creek. • Valla Saucer-Rennen, sledging down the Valla slope. • Studentorkesterfestivalen, SOF, a festival arranged every other year with student orchestras and student bands from all the Nordic countries.

Meeting places There are several student pubs with regular opening hours, including Herrgår’n, Flamman and Nationernas Hus (in the centre of Linköping) and Trappan at Norrköping Campus as well as Pub Örat on the University Hospital Campus. Herrgår’n also arranges an international pub night on Tuesday evenings where many international students meet to socialise. This is very popular with international students and their peer students.

Student associations There are about 40 associations on campus. They cater for a wide variety of interests such as music/choirs, sports, religion, academic topics and much more. Read more about leisure activities at <>.

Erasmus Student Network, ESN ESN is a student organisation which organises activities for all international students at LiU, such as parties, dinners, sport tour-


naments and various outings and trips, where you will meet Swedish and international students. <>

International Students Association, ISA The International Students’ Association has a website where useful information can be found, <>, and where you can ask questions about studying in Linköping. ISA also arranges social and cultural activities, such as the annual International Day.

Association for International Visitors, AIV International students and researchers who want to get acquainted with a Swedish family can sign up with the Association for International Visitors; an organisation that arranges introductions to Swedish families, cultural programmes and excursions. An application form will be sent to you upon request. You will find more information at <>.

The main entrance of the University Hospital Campus.



Life in Sweden Sweden is characterised by its long coastlines, large forests and numerous lakes. In the north, winters are long, cold and snowbound and summers are short. In the south, winters are considerably milder and summers longer. This large country has a small population of about 9 million, similar to Belgium, Ecuador or New Jersey. Some 85 per cent of its inhabitants live in the southern half of Sweden, with the capital city of Stockholm being the major urban centre. Linköping and Norrköping are situated 200/160 km south of Stockholm., in the county of Östergötland. You will find plenty of information about Sweden at the website <>.

Östergötland Linköping and Norrköping are situated in the county of Östergötland, the third largest county in Sweden in terms of arable land. It is known for its highly mechanised agriculture. It is one of Sweden’s most interesting counties from an historical point of view, with its ancient fortresses, rune

stones and many prehistoric rock carvings. Some of the towns and villages have retained evidence of their medieval origins. Churches, castles and manors from the Middle Ages and later periods have also been well preserved. Several internationally well known companies, such as Saab, Ericsson, Siemens, Holmen Paper, BT Industries and Electrolux are based here. The two largest cities, Linköping and Norrköping, are in the process of developing into one integrated urban region—Sweden’s fourth metropolitan area or the Twin Cities region. For tourist information, visit the website <>.

Linköping Written reference to Linköping was made as early as 1120 when the city was an episcopal see. The construction of the cathedral began in 1230, and a cathedral school was established in 1250. Four centuries later, one of Sweden’s first pre-university schools was founded. Contemporary Linköping continues this tradition as a seat of learning through Linköping University, founded in the 1960s. Over the past fifty years, Linköping has expanded from a medium-sized town to become the fifth largest city in Sweden, with just over 140,000 inhabitants. It is home to industries specialising in many


different sectors ranging from aircraft manufacturing to emerging technologies. Despite its rapid growth, Linköping has retained a small-town charm. An excellent network of cycle paths makes it easy to get around. For more information, see the website <>.

and paper mills. It has now been transformed into a modern area, steeped in culture, and is also home to the university’s city campus, Campus Norrköping. Buildings here have been meticulously restored and are well worth a visit. For more information, see the website <>.


Swedish public holidays and non-working days

You will find Norrköping 40 kilometres to the northeast of Linköping where the river Motala Ström meets the Baltic Sea. Norrköping, with a population of 125,000 people, has a tradition as an industrial centre going back to the 17th century. In recent decades, it has adapted itself to suit the modern telecommunications and computer technology markets. Norrköping’s main industries include transportation, logistics, computers, software, environmental technology, recycling, electronics, process engineering, pulp and paper packaging, metal working and subcontracting. Norrköping is a city steeped in history, clearly shown by more than 1,500 rock carvings at Himmelstalund. Some of these carvings are more than 3,000 years old. The old industrial area on the waterfront of Motala Ström in the heart of Norrköping was once famous for its cotton


• New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day: 31 December and 1 January • Twelfth Night: 6 January • Easter: Good Friday, Easter Day and Easter Monday • May Day: 1 May • Ascension Day: the 29th day after Easter Day • Whitsun: on a Sunday in May or June • Sweden’s National Day: 6 June • Midsummer’s Eve and Midsummer Day: (on a Friday and Saturday between 19-25 June) • All Saints’ Day: on a Saturday in early November • Christmas: 24, 25 and 26 December

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A-Z of useful information Addresses, contact details and telephone numbers Emergency No (Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade)


Emergency Dentist/Jourhavande tandläkare




University Switchboard

013-28 10 00

Campus Security

013-28 58 88

Coordinator, special needs, Åsa Löwgren, 013-28 2839 Linköping Municipality <>

013-20 60 00

Norrköping Municipality 011-15 00 00 <>

Banks / Banker Normal banking hours are between 9.30 and 15.00. Most banks stay open until 18.00 on Thursdays. Transferring funds from your home bank can take up to a week. If you open a Swedish bank account, make sure you cancel it before you leave Sweden. Banking in Sweden might be much easier with advice from your own home bank. Check with them before leaving for Sweden to see if they have a corresponding Swedish bank partner. ATMs (automated teller machines) can be found throughout the cities and on the university’s main campuses. Bikes / Cyklar There are good bike paths in Linköping and Norrköping, and bikes are probably the favourite means of transport for students. You can get a second-hand bike at several places. If you bike after dark you must have lights, both front and back, and also reflectors. If you don’t, you might be fined 500 SEK. Budget / Budget Below is an average monthly budget in Swedish kronor (SEK) to give you an idea of the cost of living. The budget does not include expenses for books, for travel


within or outside of Sweden, or expenses for household furnishings. SEK per month: Food 2,400 Student accommodation 2,500-3,500 Local travel 500 Telephone 300 Course literature, insurance, medical care, hygiene 1,000 Clothing, hobbies, leisure 450 Student Union Fee 70 Total 7,220-8,220 Buses and trams / Buss, spårvagn There is a good network of buses (and trams in Norrköping) in both cities. Buses/ trams run from early morning until late evening, later on Fridays and Saturdays. If you travel frequently you can buy a top-up card or a monthly bus pass. Single tickets can be paid for on the bus (at an extra charge of 20 SEK), but bus passes are only sold at travel centres, certain supermarkets, etc. You can also buy single tickets by sending a text message, SMS, to no 72365. Send the message a couple of minutes before the bus is due (look at the timetable at the bus stop). The ticket is then valid for one hour. The codes, in bold, are:

Youth (under 26) Adult (over 26)






Östgötatrafiken is the travel company which operates within the county of Östergötland. More information about local travel, where to buy top-up cards, etc can be found on the website, <>. Linköping University has a bus service between the three campuses that is free for students, when you have your LiU card. Timetables and rules can be found on the website, <>. Child care, schools / Barnomsorg, skolor If you have children accompanying you to Sweden, you should contact Linköping and Norrköping municipalities to enquire about child care and schools, see Addresses. Climate / Klimat, väder Sweden has four distinct seasons. Winter temperatures vary greatly between the north and south. Clothing / Kläder As winters in Sweden can get quite cold, it is necessary to bring or be prepared to buy warm clothing, as well as sturdy, waterproof boots or shoes. Mittens/gloves and a warm hat are sometimes necessary as well. For some of the student parties, the dress code is quite formal, suits/ties and long dresses are often worn. This kind of clothing can also be hired. Currency / Valuta, pengar The currency is Swedish krona, plural kronor, international currency symbol SEK. One krona contains 100 öre. Bank notes are

available in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 kronor, coins in 50 öre, 1, 5 and 10 kronor. Dentist / Tandläkare Should you need to go to the dentist, you can turn to your nearest public dental clinic, Folktandvården. There are also several private dental clinics, look in the telephone directory under Tandläkare. If you need urgent dental treatment, you can get an appointment at the emergency dental clinic, jourhavande tandläkare, see Addresses. Doctor / Doktor, läkare See Medical Care Driving / Bilkörning Driving licences issued in another EU/EEA country are valid in Sweden. Other foreign driving licences are valid in Sweden for one year after civil registration. Driving licences issued in languages other than English, French, German and the Nordic languages require a translation into one of these languages to be attached to the licence. If the domestic driving licence does not bear a photo, photo identification is required in addition to the driving licence. Sweden has very strict drink and drive regulations—so don’t drink and drive. The use of safety belts is required in both the front and the rear seats, and it is the driver’s responsibility to make sure passengers use them. Cars should be driven with dipped headlights, even in the daytime. Winter tyres must be used from December through March when road conditions are wintry.

Drugs / Droger All types of narcotics, including cannabis and kat, are strictly forbidden in Sweden, with strong sanctions against selling and using drugs. Electricity / Elektricitet The voltage in Sweden is 240 volts at 50 Hz. As e.g. British and American outlets may differ from Swedish outlets, you may need a transformer and/or an adapter for your electrical appliances. Emergency / Nödfall In an emergency, dial 112 and ask for police, an ambulance or the fire brigade. Libraries / Bibliotek In addition to the university libraries, there are public libraries where you can borrow books and other media if you register with your LiU card and passport. Medical Care / Hälso- och sjukvård To get a doctor’s appointment you need to call the Health Clinic, Vårdcentral, in the district where you live. You can call the County Council, Landstinget, which is responsible for all health care in the county, on tel +46 13 22 20 00 in Linköping and +46 11 22 20 00 in Norrköping, and tell them where you live and you will be connected to the Health Clinic you should visit. If you need to see a doctor at the weekend or in the evening, call Dial-A-Nurse (see below). If your condition is very serious and you need immediate treatment, go to the Emer-


gency Room, Akuten, at the University Hospital in Linköping and Vrinnevi Hospital in Norrköping, or you might even have to call emergency services on tel 112. Make sure you are properly insured: medical treatment could be extremely expensive without any form of insurance! A doctor’s appointment, without insurance covering, costs 1,715 SEK and with insurance 100-250 SEK; to see a nurse without insurance cover costs 570 SEK, with insurance 80 SEK. You can call Dial-A-Nurse on tel 1177 if you are feeling ill and want to get medical advice from experienced nurses. Here you can also get help to make an appointment at Jourcentralen (a clinic with on-call medical staff), when your local health centre is closed. Jourcentralen is situated at the University Hospital in Linköping and at Hageby Medical Centre in Norrköping. The nurses may also advise you to go the Emergency Room.

heter and Svenska Dagbladet. Foreign newspapers can be bought at several shops or read in the reading rooms at the libraries.

Mobile phones / Mobiltelefoner If you bring your mobile phone with you, you can easily buy refill cards. Some of the most common operators are Telia, Tele2 and Telenor. It might be worth looking around in various phone shops for special offers.

Postal services / Postservice Post in Sweden is delivered Monday to Friday. The Swedish postal services, Posten, has outlets in supermarkets, service shops and petrol stations for domestic and international mail. There you can buy stamps, frimärken, pre-paid envelopes and cardboard boxes, send letters, and collect and send packages. For more information, see the website <>.

Newspapers / Tidningar The main local newspapers are Östgöta Correspondenten, <>, in Linköping and Norrköpings Tidningar, <>, in Norrköping. Both are published daily, Monday to Saturday. The main national daily newspapers are Dagens Ny-


Pharmacies / Apotek Prescriptions from a doctor or a dentist are taken to a pharmacy, Apoteket. The pharmacy at the University Hospital in Linköping has extended opening hours (normally 9-20 Mon-Fri and 10-18 on weekends and public holidays). In Norrköping, the Hjorten Pharmacy, Hantverkaregatan, is open Monday-Saturday 9-20 and Sundays/public holidays 10-20. Police stations / Polisstationer Linköping: Brigadgatan 13 (Garnisonen area, quite near the University Hospital) Tel: 114 40 or 013-24 10 00 Norrköping: Stockholmsvägen 4-6 Tel: 114 40 or 011-21 60 00

Recycling / Återvinning When you buy cans and bottles in super-

markets, you pay a deposit for the container, usually 50 öre to 4 SEK. When the cans/ bottles are empty you return them to a supermarket and get a receipt which you cash at the supermarket checkout. Paper, newspapers, cardboard, etc., are also recycled. Religion / Religion The predominant denomination in Sweden is the Church of Sweden, an Evangelical Lutheran church, but in the Linköping/ Norrköping area you will find a diversity of places for worship. You are welcome to contact the student ministers (Kårallen building in Linköping and Trappan building in Norrköping) if you want somebody to talk to, if you have any queries regarding religious matters or if you want help to get into contact with someone of your own faith. See webpage, <> Smoking / Rökning Smoking is strictly forbidden in all public places in Sweden, i.e. restaurants, coffee shops, shopping centres, etc. Please also note that smoking outdoors around the University Hospital is only allowed in designated areas. Sports / Sport Students in Linköping can join LSIF, the Students’ Sport and Athletics Club at Campus Valla, <>. Students in Norrköping can join Naffi, the Academic sports club at Campus Norrköping, <>. Both cities also have numerous gyms and sports centres, and most offer a

student discount. There are big indoor swimming pools in central Linköping and Norrköping. Student discounts / Studentrabatt When you have paid the fee to the student union, you will receive a student discount card, which will give you discounts in certain shops and on travel. If you have an International Student Identity Card, you can get a discount on travel when you arrive in Sweden, e.g. with SJ, Sweden’s National Rail, and on Swebus. Taxis / Taxi It is relatively expensive to go by taxi, but some companies offer a discount for students. Television and radio / TV och radio Cable television with foreign channels is available in many residential areas. It is normally optional and charged with the rent. In student residences, however, it is available without any extra charge. Foreign programmes on Swedish television are shown with Swedish subtitles. Swedish radio transmits daily in several languages on radio AM 1179. For more information see the website, <>. Time / Tid GMT +1. Just like in the rest of Europe, Sweden uses Daylight Saving Time, DST, i.e. clocks go forward on the last Sunday in March and back on the last Sunday in October. If you want to know the time of the day, call Fröken Ur on 90150.


Tipping / Dricks Service charge is included in restaurants and taxis, but if you are happy with the service it is quite common to leave a 10 per cent-tip. Water / Vatten Tap water in Sweden is of very good quality, tastes good and is safe to drink.


Wine, beer, spirits / Vin, รถl, sprit Alcohol and liquor are only sold in the state-owned Swedish Alcohol Retailing Monopoly, Systembolaget. The minimum age requirement for buying alcohol is 20 years old. A photo identification card may be asked for. In bars and restaurants, the legal drinking age is 18.

Index Four faculties at LiU Campuses Academic system Credits and grading Academic year Workload and instruction Academic culture Language of instruction Students with special needs Registration Examination

7 8 8 9 9 9 10 10 10 11 11

Information for master’s students Accommodation Information Day Swedish language courses Academic English Summer courses Study councellors Career Service Diploma Graduation Day Websites adresses for master’s students

11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 12 12

Information for free-mover students Accommodation Orientations Programme Swedish language courses Transcript ofRecords/Certificate

13 13 13 13 13

Information for exchange students Accommodation Arrival Learning Agreement Swedish language courses Peer student Exchange student contacts STARS-reports

15 15 15 15 15 16 16 17

General information Residence permits and visas Finances

19 19 19

Work and study Health insurance Personal injury insurance Travel and home insurance Accommodation Temporary accommodation Problems in finding accommodation?

19 20 20 20 21 22 22

Getting here–transport Airports Arlanda airport, Stockholm Bromma airport, Stockholm Kastrup airport, Copenhagen, Denmark Skavsta airport, Nyköping. Linköping airport Norrköping airport Trains Express buses How to get to campus from the city centres

25 25 25 25 25 25 25 26 26 26 26

On campus and student life University Library Computing services Student Healthcare Centre Student Unions Eating on campus Traditional events Meeting places Student associations Erasmus Student Network, ESN ISA, International Students Association Association for International Visitors

27 27 27 27 27 28 28 28 28 28 28 28

Life in Sweden Östergötland Linköping Norrköping Swedish public holidays and non-working days

31 31 31 32 32

A-Z of useful information Addresses, contact details and telephone numbers

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Banks / Banker Bikes / Cyklar Budget / Budget Buses and trams / Buss, spårvagn Child care, schools / Barnomsorg, skolor Climate / Klimat, väder Clothing / Kläder Currency / Valuta, pengar Dentist / Tandläkare Doctor / Doktor, läkare Driving / Bilkörning Drugs / Droger Electricity / Elektricitet Emergency / Nödfall Libraries / Bibliotek Medical Care / Hälso- och sjukvård



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Mobile phones / Mobiltelefoner Newspapers / Tidningar Pharmacies / Apotek Police stations / Polisstationer Postal services / Postservice Recycling / Återvinning Religion / Religion Smoking / Rökning Sports / Sport Student discounts / Studentrabatt Taxis / Taxi Television and radio / TV och radio Time / Tid Tipping / Dricks Water / Vatten Wine, beer, spirits / Vin, öl, sprit

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LINKÖPINGS UNIVERSITET, CAMPUS US HÄLSOUNIVERSITETET Hälsouniversitetets fakultetskansli Sandbäcksgatan 7 Studentenheten Sandbäcksgatan 7 Utbildningslaboratoriet Patologen 003/ 69 Klinisk experimentell forskning, KEF Lab 2 462/ 71 UTBILDNINGSPROGRAM Folkhälsovetenskap Hälsans hus 240/ 15 Logopedutbildning Sydväst 450/ 1 Läkarutbildning Cellbiologen 463/ 65 Medicinsk biologi Lab 1 420/ 65 Receptarieutbildning Lab 1 420/ 68 Sjukgymnastutbildning 011/ 44 Sjuksköterskeutbildning Klostergatan 49







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