Welcome to the info page for current students! This page is based on "frequently asked questions". If you cannot find the information that you are looking for here, then you may find an answer in "The Student Guide", or on the Lund University webpage for current students, or on the Lund University Student Life webpage. If you still can't find what you are looking for (or just need some help finding it), then contact LUMES student coordinator, Amanda Elgh.
New student? See here for more information.
Find information here (or anywhere on LUMES webpage) that is incorrect or out of date, please let us know by contacting the student coordinator (contact details below). Thank you!
LUMES student coordinator
Amanda Elgh, office 211A (Josephson, 2nd floor, Biskopsgatan 5), amanda [dot] elgh [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se, +46 46 222 04 70. Welcome!
The information is arranged on this website in the following order:
- Academic honesty
- Academic support
- Academic writing
- Admittance to subsequent LUMES courses
- Assessment and Grading
- Campus security, Alarm, Fire and First aid
- Careers service
- Class preparation and Punctuality
- Course periods
- Computers, Internet access, Printing services
- Course evaluations
- Course web platform: Live at Lund
- Deferment of enrollment
- Director of Studies
- Key card and Locker
- Library services
- Medical insurances and what to do if I need to see a doctor
- New student? Preparing to come
- Office hours
- Room bookings
- Scholarships and grants (for tuition, travel and internship)
- Student health councelling and Health care
- Student account (StiL) and the Student portal
- Student coordinator
- Student rights
- Student testimonial and Transcript
- Study leave
- Summer courses abroad
- Working environment and House rules
Academic honesty is essential for academic work. LUMES has a strict policy of zero tolerance when it comes to cheating and plagiarism. All instances of using someones else's work without giving credit to that person, but instead claiming to be the originator of the work, will be reported to the Disciplinary Board at Lund University. A student convicted in the Disciplinary Board normally will be suspended for a period of time. Given the course pre-requisite system at LUMES, this often means that a LUMES student will be required to wait until the subsequent year to continue with programme course work. It is thus of utter importance to keep track of all references properly while working with assignments and writing papers on the various courses, and to stick to strict academic rules.
All written assignments will be submitted via email or Live at Lund directly by the student checked by an online plagiarism service, such as Urkund. Instructions for the submission process will be specified in the course. The purpose of our strict policy in this matter is to uphold academic integrity in general, as well as the value of the LUMES degree.
If you are struggling with completing course work, either because of difficulties with course content or language, discuss your situation with the course coordinator or student coordinator immediately. It may be possible to arrange for tutoring sessions or other support.
The Academic Support Centre is a free service open to all students studying courses and programmes conducted in English at Lund University. The Academic Support Centre provide individual and group consultations on the academic writing process, speaking and presentation skills, and reading and study skills. The earlier you set an appointment, the better.
Lund University offers two (one in English and one in Swedish) free online courses on Writing in English at University (Akademiskt skrivande). See below for more information and links to registration. You can also watch the online lectures on YouTube without registering to the course.
Writing in English at University
Acquiring good academic research and writing skills early on is essential for your success both at university and in your professional life. See here to learn more about aim and content and to register (open for registration until September 29 and then again in October). All lectures are also available online on YouTube.
Hur lär jag mig skriva fungerande texter? Det är en fråga som många studenter söker svar på. I denna kurs tar vi upp vad som är viktigt i det akademiska skrivandet. Du får konkreta tips på vad du kan tänka på för att utveckla både dina texter och ditt skrivande. Du får också träning genom olika övningar och kortare skrivuppgifter. Se här för mer information om kursen, dess mål och innehåll samt registrering (man kan anmäla sig till den första kursomgången fram till den 29 september, sedan börjar nästa omgång i oktober). Alla föreläsningar finns också tillgängliga på YouTube.
The course structure at LUMES is cumulative. Therefore, admittande to LUMES courses - except in the case of the initial programme courses - requires a minimum amount of credits from prior LUMES courses. The required number of credits is listed in each course syllabus and here. Exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the Director of Studies and the LUCSUS Board prior to the start of the course in question.
At LUMES all courses are graded: 5, 4, 3, Fail. The highest grade is 5 and the lowest passing grade is 3. The grade for a non-passing result is Fail. The student's performance is assessed with reference to the learning outcomes of the course. The grade "5" denotes outstanding performance in all learning outcomes. The grade "4" signifies very good performance in all learning outcomes. To recieve the grade "3", the student must obtain minimum criteria in fulfilling all course learning obkectives. The grade of Fail signifies that the student has not fulfilled the learning outcomes of the course.
If you fail a test you have the right to re-examination. An opportunity for re-examination will be offered after the end of the course. If necessary, a second re-examination will be arranged at a later date. If you, by the same teacher, have been given a fail mark twice in an exam for a course or for part of a course, you have the right to demand that another teacher is appointed to decide on the grade. If you get a passing mark you cannot retake an exam or submit another paper to get a higher grade.
Consistent, regular class attendance and fully engaged participation is expected from all students in LUMES: Attendance at sessions marked in bold in the course calendar is compulsory to pass the course. If you miss a compulsory activity, owing to a circumstance beyond your control, e.g. accident, sudden illness or similar situation, you will have an opportunity to make up the activity if you submit appropriate documentation of the circumstance (in advance wherever possible). This also applies if you miss a teaching activity owing to an activity as an elected student representative. If you have, or know you will, miss(ed) a compulsory component you need to talk to the course responsible who will then, if you have a legitimate excuse, give you an alternative assignment as soon as possible. Please note that this may mean that your grade will be late (although you should always get your grade no later than 15 working dats after that you have completed all compulsory components and exams of the course).
If these requirements are not fulfilled, the course component has to be re-taken, and therefore cannot be counted towards fullfillment of the pre-requisites for entering into subsequent courses. Please note that personal travel, attending other courses, need to leave early otherwise the tickets are too expensive, being tired or having friends/family visiting do not constitute a legitimate reason for missing course events.
In case of a life-threatening emergency, you should always call the national emergency phone number: 112
However, if something happens on campus, during your studies you can call the campus security number 046-222 07 00. When calling the campus security number you will be connected to a security guard or university emergency personnel. Campus security is available all day, 24 hours per day.
You are also welcome to contact campus security if you feel unsafe on campus and want to be accompanied by a guard.
If something has happened, e.g a threatful situation on campus, vandalism, lost access card etc, you should also make an incident report to the campus security office.
If the buildings alarm is sounding, please evacuate as soon as possible. Warn others that the alarm has gone off and evacuate. Help one another. Keep calm, don't run, and follow evacuation routes. Never use the lift. If possible, close doors and windows to hinder the spread of fire and smoke. Extinguish the fire, if you judge that you can (without taking any unnecessary risks) do so. There are fire extinguishers located on all floors in the hallway and outside of the entrance doors to the corridors.
In the event of an accident and medical attention is required, contact any staff member or call the campus security (046-222 07 00). If an ambulance is needed, call 112.
If you need a pain killer or a sanitary pad, talk to the student coordinator.
See Careers Service for more information.
Login to the Lund University Career network MyCareer here. Use your Student Portal account (StiL) to login to access job ads exclusive to Lund University students.
A cornerstone of the LUMES programme is high-level and interactive course sessions, which rely on student preparations through reading or other activities completed before class The readings are normally written in the timetable. Please make sure that you come to class prepared.
It is disrespectful to both teachers and fellow students to show up late for class. Therefore, please make sure that you are in a seat in the classroom prior to the scheduled start of the session. The Lund University system normally starts a quarter past the hour (e.g. 9:15, 13:15). In general, course instructors try to specify the exact start time of the specific session. If the course session has begun, it is suggested that you wait until after the break to enter the classroom. The lecture/seminar is usually 45 minutes with a 15-minute break.
Lund University is committed to providing a safe and fair study environment for all students in line with the University’s core values and student rights. All complaints are treated seriously and the University will attempt to resolve them as quickly as possible. Depending on the issue or concern, you can contact several different people. See this webpage and the documents below for details on how to proceed if you like to make a complaint.
Hantering av klagomål från studenter rörande utbildning på grundnivå och avancerad nivå vid Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Dnr STYR 2018/1687 (2018-11-22)
Processing of complaints from students concering first and second cycle education at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Reg. no STYR 2018/1687 (2018-11-22)
To find out when specific courses start and end, see the programme agenda for your batch.
There are computers available in the Geolibrary. Printing services are also available for a fee at the Geolibrary, UB1 and Lexis Papper.
There are several ways for students to connect to the internet and access the resources offered by Lund University. See Internet connections for more information on how to access internet on campus and connect to the wireless network.
All courses at LUMES are required to have a course evaluation. We take the course evaluations seriously because they provide a basis for subsequent course and program developments. Courses normally use web-based surveys (such as Survey & Report) and may differ based on the unique character of the course and the preferences of the course coordinator. The evaluation should be posted on the web during the final week of the course. We also encourage coordinators to arrange a face-to-face session on the final day of the course to go through the main comments/concerns of the completed evaluation. It is therefore imperative that course evaluations are filled in prior to the final course meeting. If no meeting on the last day of the course takes place, LUMES class representatives are given access to the evaluations and are asked to summarize the key points/reflections of the course for the course coordinator.
Each LUMES course is aided by an online course administration system called Live@Lund. The systen is used for a variety of different functions, including a place for conveying basic information about the course (e.g., study guide, course syllabus), urgent messages from the course coordinator or lecturer (e.g., lecture cancellation), and postings of lecture slides, etc. You use your StiL to login.
If there is a problem with Live at Lund, please notify the course coordinator or the student coordinator.
If you have been admitted to the programme but would like to postpone your enrollment you should submit an “application for deferment of studies” as early as possible, but at latest before the start of the programme. Contact the Student Coordinator to request the application form for deferment of enrollment.
Please note that an application for deferment of studies will only be approved if there are special circumstances (as outlined in “Universitets- och högskolerådets föreskrifter (UHRFS 2013:3) om anstånd med studier för antagna samt studieuppehåll”). Such a deferment is only permissible for a period not exceeding 18 months, unless there are specific reasons. A decision to grant deferment will be linked to a condition that the student submits a re-application before the stated deadline and submit a copy of the decision document with the application. If you do not submit a new application within the given timeline you will lose the reserved place.
Karin Steen, office 221 (Josephson, 2nd floor, Biskopsgatan 5), karin [dot] steen [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se, +46 46 222 80 83.
See door for office hours, call or email.
Three opportunities/deadlines for examination are offered in conjunction with the course: a first examination and two re-examinations/new deadlines. If you have not taken the exam or handed in the assignment after the last re-examination/new deadline you will have to wait until the course is offered again the following year.
It is important to submit assignments on time. If you for some reason will not be able to meet the submission deadline, consult the course coordinator at the earliest possible time. Please submit the assignments as directed by the teachers for the respective courses.
The graduation ceremony normally takes place in the Lund University main building Universitetshuset in early June. To walk in the procession (and wear the black gown and hat and sit on the stage and get a graduation ceremony certificate) you must have passed 90 LUMES credits (excl. the thesis course) and defended your thesis. You do not need to have passed, but you must have handed in. If you have not defended your thesis or do not have 90 LUMES credits excl. the thesis you are welcome to sit in the audience.
Lund is a small university city and wherever your housing is located, you are never far away from your classroom. However, accomodation is limited and there are many students looking for housing at the same time. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you have your accommodation sorted out before your arrival. See Lund university webpage for more information about housing.
Beware of frauds! Unfortunately there are those who try to take advantage of a tough housing situation by defraudig housing applicants. It can be difficult to recognize a fraud, especially if it is the first time you are looking for housing on your own. We strongly recommend you to see BooPoolens webpage for advice on how to avoid scammers.
All students at LUMES are required to have an "LU access card". To get your card, you must bring a photo ID to a card office to have your photo taken and your card issued. See here for card offices and opening hours. After your card has been activiated it will give you access to Josephson, the 1st and 2nd floor on weekdays from 8 to 17 and the 3rd floor from 8 to 24 (lecture rooms from 8 to 16).
Forgotten your pin code? Log in here with your StiL to access your pin code.
When you finish your studies you are no longer authorised in the access system and you should hand in your card at one of the card stations or to the student coordinator.
All LUMES students are required to have a locker in the student lounge. The locker should be used to store personal belonings and this is also where written assignments will be returned. Since there are more students than lockers, some of you will need to share lockers. You will recieve the key to your locker from the student coordinator in exchange for a 100 SEK deposit, which you will get back when you return your key upon graduation.
Lund University has a comprehensive library system consisting of a number of libraries around Lund University campus, and extensive online resources. See Lund University Libraries for more information. The main library is called UB1, and is located not far away from Josephson. There are group rooms and quiet study rooms located there as well as at most of the other libraries.
The library used for LUMES is the Geolibrary (Geobiblioteket) located at Geocentrum II, Sölvegatan 12. Here you can borrow course literature, use computers and study. At the library you can also get help with finding literature and references.
Depending on your citizenship different regulations apply when it comes to your mediacl insurnace coverage. See Health and Insurance for detailed information. You are also welcome to talk to the student coordinator. Please note that to make a claim and get reimbursed for any expenses you need to have original receipt(s). It is not Lund University that determine if you will be reimbursed or not. It is always up to the insurance company (Kammarkollegiet) to decide. Please note that planned medical care is not covered. The insurance covers emergency and unforseen medical care (defined as Care for symptoms that arise suddenly during the insurance period and for which the insured must seek medical aid within a few days).
If you need to see a doctor you visit a health care clinic vårdcentral or call 1177. The number (1177) is free of charge and open 24/7. Here you can get medical advice from a registered nurse and if needed they can refer you to a health care clinic if you need a doctor. For a list of health care clinics in Lund please see the latest edition of the Lund University Student Guide (edition 2017/18 available here). In the Student Guide you can also find information on what to do if you need birth control, pregnancy test (which you can also buy at the grocery store or pharmacy), take a STI test or need to see a dentist. You are also welcome to talk to the student coordinator whom can guide you.
In case of a life threatening situation or emergency you call 112 or go straight to the emergency room akutmottagning at a hospital sjukhus or lasarett, which is open 24/7.
The information on this page is primarily intended for current students; however, it might also be useful for you if you have just been admitted as a student. All admitted students are sent a pre-arrival guide before the start of the semester. The guide provides detailed information to help you prepare for your stay in Lund and answers the most of the questions we receive from students. You can find the guide here (Pre-Arrival Guide for international students) as well as other useful information on how to prepare for your move to Lund and your studies.
In addition to the information sent from the university, we (LUMES) will also send you separate emails with more targeted information on how to prepare for your studies and your new life in Lund. Finally, before summer, we will also create a Facebook group for your batch where you can get in touch with your classmates (and current students) and arrange so that you have a student mentor from the current batch whom you can pose additional questions to.
The administrative and teaching staff wants to provide you with the best service possible. Please be aware, however, that we have many responsibles to accomplish during the day. We therefore have office hours posted on our doors that we are available to meet with students on a drop-in basis (no appointment necessary). If you cannot meet during office hours, please e-mail to book at meeting time. You can find contact details to all staff members here.
If you want to book a lecture/seminar room for group work or other activities, please contact the student coordinator. The student lounge can normally not be booked.
Please see Lund University webpage for information about scholarships to cover tuition fees.
1) Lund University Travel Scholarships (including the Crafoord Foundation travel grant and MFS): Lund university offers some travel scholarships for travel in connection with degree projects. See this and this webpage(s) for more information.
2) LUCSUS - Right Livelihood College Fieldwork Grant: LUCSUS has a special connection to the Right Livelihood Award (RLA, sometimes known as the Alternative Nobel Price) as being one of the Right Livelihood Colleges (RLC) (more information on RLC webpage). As part of our commitment to the RLC we offer a number of field work grants for LUMES theses related to RLA laureates and their organizations.
The conditions for the fieldwork support are:
- The research should be highly relevant to a RLA laureate (individual or organization).
- The grant covers only the international transportation to and from the field work area.
- The ticket must be booked and paid through LUCSUS.
- The thesis must be shared with the RLA laureate after completion.
Information on the RLA laureates and their achievements can be found on the RLA webpage.
Instructions for application:
Write a short research proposal, maximum 4 pages (including key references). The proposal should contain the following information:
- Description of the research problem with clear research question/s and theoretical and methodological framework.
- Statement on how the research is relevant to, and will contribute to, the work of “your” identified RLA laureate.
- Plan for the fieldwork (destination, travel budget, tasks to be performed, timeline, etc.)
Submit the proposal to Elina Andersson elina [dot] andersson [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se not later than September 14, 2018. Short-listed applicants will be notified by September 21, but before the final decision can be taken the proposal must be endorsed by the relevant RLA laurate. For any questions, please contact Elina or the Student coordinator.
List of Right Livelihood College fieldwork travel grant:
- 2017/18 - Katharina "Katy" Wiese, Micro-hydro power, cooperative models and energy justice in Ethiopia, Tewolde Berhan (Ethiopia, RLA 2000)
- 2016/17 - Ruth Krüger, Watering down justice: Energy justice in the Inga dams case in DRC, René Ngongo (DRC, RLA 2009)
- 2016/17 - Laura Niessen, Between a rock and a hard place. The impact of wind power development in northern Sweden on Sámi reindeer herding in the context of climate change, Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Canada, RLA 2014)
- 2015/16 - Cherry Tsoi, A fossilized democracy : the fossil free movement’s work in liberating democracy from the fossil fuel industry, Bill McKibben / 350.org (USA, RLA 2014)
- 2015/16 - Frans Libertsson, Fighting the dragon and riding the wave of love and peace : how environmentalist groups in Hong Kong utilized the context of a social movement, Bill McKibben / 350.org (USA, 2014)
- 2014/15 - Theres Konrad, Farming for food? : local ways to enhance global food supply - and beyond : an ethnographic case, Hans Herren / Biovision Foundation (Switzerland, RLA 2013)
- 2013/14 - Larissa Stiem, 'Benefits beyond carbon' : for whom? : gender analysis of communal forest governance and forest resource use in the Democratic Republic of Congo, René Ngongo (DRC, RLA 2009)
- 2011/12 - Jiaxin Tan, Exploring the role of a bridging organization to operationalize transdisciplinarity for improved ecosystem management and environmental decision-making : a case study in the Three Rivers Source Region, Qinghai- Tibetan Plateau, China, Helena Norberg-Hodge (India, RLA 1986)
- 2011/12 - Andrea Fiscal Woodhouse, Going Viral : a management understanding of culture change and its implications for sustainable development, International Poetry Festival of Medellin (Colombia, RLA 2006)
- 2010/11 - Anja Humburg, Post-Growth on the Move The Environmental Movement as Agent of Change for the Transition to a Post-Growth Economy - Evidence from Germany, Herman Daly (Germany, RLA 1996)
- 2010/11 - Marzena Cegys and Paul Puzniak, Producer Companies and their Partnered Institutions, Owned by Small and Marginal Producers in India, Vandana Shiva (India, RLA 1993)
3) ICLD Fieldwork Grant: The ICLD Fieldwork Grant is a program for International Master students registered at a university in Sweden. The thesis project must contribute to understand how local democracy and good governance can contribute to achieve sustainable development and poverty reduction. The project must show relevance to the sustainable development goals and to ICLDs four strategic areas: equal treatment, greater participation, greater transparency and increased accountability to citizens. In this round of applications, field studies must be conducted in one of the following countries: India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The application is open between the 1st and 31st of October. See here for details and information on the application process.
4) Minor Field Studies: (you have to be a Swedish citizens or have a permanent residence permit to be eligible). See this page for more information and application deadlines.
Traineeship abroad via Erasmus
If you are a Lund University student who wants to undertake a traineeship in Europe, you may be eligible for an Erasmus traineeship grant. See Lund University webpage for details on who is eligible, how to apply and more..
Feeling stressed, worried or depressed? Counselling is available to all students at Lund University. The staff at the Student Health Centre works primarily with problems that affect your ability to study, such as stress, worry, anxiety, depression and or/academic difficulties. It is a complement to other public and private health clinics in Lund where you go for general medical issues, sexual health and contraception.
Please see the Student Health Counselling webpage for more information and contact details.
Please see the Student Guide pp. 28-32 for information on non-emergency health care, dental care and pharmacies.
For emergencies or life-threatening situations: Call 112
112 is an emergency number called for emergency assistance when there is danger to life, property or environment. 112 is for those who require immediate assistance from, for example, the police, rescue service or ambulance.
All students at Lund University have a Student Account (StiL) and a student email. Through the Student Portal you can access the LADOK database to view your academic results (course grades), print transcripts, change your personal contact information, and more. Your student account also gives you access to internet on campus, computers, computer rooms and printers, electronic publications and databases through the Electronic Library LUBsearch, and file storage.
You log in to the Student Portal using your student account. Every student automatically gets a student account once accepted to Lund University. Instructions on how to activate your student account are sent to the email address you submitted when you applied for your studies.
If you experience problems with the Student Portal or your student account, please contact the StiL support support [at] student [dot] lu [dot] se.
Amanda Elgh, office 211A (Josephson, 2nd floor, Biskopsgatan 5), amanda [dot] elgh [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se and info [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se, +46 46 222 04 70.
You're welcome to come by at any time!
Your rights and responsibilities as a student towards the University and your department are governed by university policies and national laws and regulations. Here you can learn more about your rights and responsibilities.
For general questions and concerns, you can contact the course responsible directly, the student coordinator or the director of studies. If the problem lies with the course responsible, student coordinator, or director of studies, or if you do not feel comfortable approaching either of those, you can contact the class representative or the student union (the Social Sciences Student Union, Samvetet). In Sweden, the role of the student unions is to ensure your interests are represented at the University and they can raise any issues you may have with the University.
If you want to view your details in Ladok (the student register) you can log in via the Student Portal using your student account (StiL).
You can create a verifiable transcript of records, showing your study results, in the Student Portal. If you need a manual signed copy, please contact the student coordinator. If you need a written "Student Testimonial", please contact the student coordinator.
If you want to request a leave from studies you should submit your “application for approved leave” well in advance of your planned leave. Before you submit your application we recommend that you contact the Director of Studies or the Student Coordinator to discuss the possible implications for your future studies. Contact the Student Coordinator to request the application form for approved study leave.
After you have submitted your application a decision will be made and thereafter communicated to you. It is important that you read the decision as it will include information on how to resume your studies.
Please note that study leave with guaranteed place is normally only granted if there are social, medical, other special circumstances as outlined in “Universitets- och högskolerådets föreskrifter (UHRFS 2013:3) om anstånd med studier för antagna samt studieuppehåll”.
As a student at Lund University, you have the opportunity to study for one to three weeks abroad during the summer. See this webpage for more information.
The application period is normally in January - February. Please see the link above for exact dates.
The third floor of Josephson can be a lively environment, especially during student breaks. Please remember, however, that there are fellow students who might be trying to study. Please respect their needs by limiting the level of noise in the corridor. Please use the student lounge for conversation breaks. Remember, however, to be back in the classroom by the end of the break. Also, here is no eating or drinking alllowed in the classroom.
The kitchen and student lounge is used by many. Please make an effort and help us keeping it nice and welcoming. Wash up your cup/plate/cutlery and keep them in your locker or put them on the shelf in the kitchen. Keep tables, fridges and the mirco owens clean. If you have spilled something, please wipe it up. If the kitchen has run out of washing up liquid or if there is anything not functioning as expected, please talk to the student coordinator. Don't leave your personal belongings anywhere else than in your locker. Before leaving, put furniture back in the right place, close windows and turn of the light. Don't forget to close the door to the hallway before leaving. Thank you!
Debate Skills Training
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Part 2: Structuring Speeches
Part 3: Common Fallacies