Welcoming new students autumn 2021

Last changed: 17 September 2021

This page will be continually updated with information on the welcoming of new students for the 2021 autumn semester.

Latest updates

27 August

A link to the welcome greeting from the vice-chancellor and SLUSS is published.

31 July

Room allocation for roll-calls on 30 August is pubished. You will find the information at the bottom of this page by clicking on the image "Room allocation 30 August 2021"

17 June

The schedule for roll-call day on 30 August has now changed, from being entirely online to new students on Bachelor’s programmes taught in Swedish being welcomed on campus. Master's programmes and the Forest and Landscape Bachelor's programme can choose if they want to welcome students on campus or online. More information is available under the heading “Part 2 - Roll-call day, 30 August" below.

18 June

The Orientation Week programme will be published under the heading “Part 1 - Orientation Week, 23–27 August" below.

For autumn 2021, we have opted to structure the welcoming of new students in three parts.

Part 1 – Orientation week, 23–27 August

Both newly admitted international Master’s students and incoming exchange students are welcome to take part in Orientation Week. The purpose of this week is to share important information on SLU and studying in Sweden while at the same time giving the studens a nice time and a chance to get to know their fellow students. Orientation Week programme.

Part 2 – Roll-call day, 30 August

The second part will take place on 30 August, the first day of the semester, and includes the following:

  • Programme-specific roll-calls in designated time slots, with a pre-recorded welcome greeting from the vice-chancellor and SLUSS. The intention is that this welcome will be played as part of the roll call for each programme.

    The slot schedule applies to Alnarp, Uppsala and Umeå, and it is important that you respect it. The pre-recorded greeting from the (deputy) vice-chancellor will be available to everyone. 

More information on roll calls

Roll-call day, 30 August

The schedule for 30 August, previously entirely online, will now run as follows:

Undergraduate programmes taught in Swedish in Alnarp, Umeå, Ultuna

New students on of the undergraduate programmes in Swedish will be welcomed on campus on 30 August. Students who cannot attend in person will be able to attend via Zoom, the same way as last year.

Recommendations from AV Support:

  • In rooms with videoconferencing equipment, students can join via video link.
  • For rooms that do NOT have videoconferencing equipment, the programme directors of studies bring their own laptops and students can join via a link. For audio to work, an external web camera with built-in microphone/audio is required. Students who connect to an individual laptop in this way will only be able to see the programme director of studies.

This will be a hybrid solution for undergraduate programmes in Swedish. Programme directors of study need to create the Zoom link and send it to students on their programme.

Rooms have been booked and a detailed room schedule will be available under the button “Time slots for roll calls” (further down on this page) on 30 July, after the second selection round. Programmes with a lot of students will be using more than one room. Rooms are assigned based on the number of seats allowed for the 2020 autumn semester, i.e. less than the 50 per cent capacity utilisation currently allowed.

Please note that if the official Covid-19 guidelines change, we may need to go back to having everything entirely online. For this reason, we ask you not to give any details in your welcome letter but to refer students to the ”New students” page for more detailed information.

Master’s programmes and the Forest and Landscape Bachelor's programme

It has come to our attention that some of those responsible for programmes with international students would prefer an online roll call. For this reason, programme directors of studies for Master's programmes and the Forest and Landscape Bachelor's programme may choose how they want the 30 August roll call to take place:

  • The same way as last year’s hybrid solution: students are welcome on campus but those who cannot attend in person may join online via Zoom. Programme directors of study need to create the Zoom link themselves and send it to students on their programme. Recommendations from AV Support:

    • In rooms with videoconferencing equipment, students can join via video link.
    • For rooms that do NOT have videoconferencing equipment, the programme directors of studies bring their own laptops and students can join via a link. For audio to work, an external web camera with built-in microphone/audio is required. Students who connect to an individual laptop in this way will only be able to see the programme director of studies.

  • Online only for all students on the programme. Programme directors of study need to create the Zoom link themselves and send it to students on their programme. Please send the link to studyguidance@slu.se; that way, we can help any students who are lost to find your Zoom room.

Regardless of what option you choose, you need to inform us as soon as possible. Even if you have replied to the email sent out on 9 June, you need to confirm again to enable us to book rooms and communicate details to all new students. To inform students correclty, we need to know how the roll call for your programme will be organised. Let us know by emailing cecilia.esbjornsson@slu.se.

Please note that if the official Covid-19 guidelines change, we may need to go back to having everything entirely online. For this reason, we ask you not to give any details in your welcome letter but to refer students to the ”New students” page for more detailed information.

  • Study counsellors and admissions staff will be available at an online Zoom welcome desk all day for students who need assistance.
  • The students’ unions have also planned activities for roll-call day.

Part 3 – Sustainable studies - online event

The third part takes place after roll-call day and consists of two afternoon sessions on the theme “Sustainable studies”.

As we want students on all our campuses to be able to take part in the same way, these thematic sessions will be delivered online.

Content overview:

  • A student who will soon be graduating talks about their time at SLU and shares personal experiences and study tips.
  • SLU’s Centre for Academic Language runs a workshop in study technique and planning your studies.
  • This is followed by campus-specific breakout rooms where the support staff on each campus will inform about the services available and who to contact. The coordinators for support to students with disabilities will have their own breakout room. Support functions include student health services, the student chaplains and the library.

Autumn welcome events