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Student Welfare Office

We work to promote physical and mental health for our students. We offer free individual counselling to aid you with any problem that may make your studying or student life difficult.


A different time at Linnaeus University, with online studies and students participating from all over the world due to the pandemic. 

For general questions about coronavirus please visit the Public Health Agency of Sweden or call 113 13. For information about the coronavirus and student life read more here. If you have symtoms call 1177 for medical guidance round the clock, or call +46 771-11 77 00 if you call from abroad or from an international number. If you feel anxious or worried, the Student Welfare Office is available for support by phone or by zoom. 

About the Student Welfare Office

Common problems students seek for are anxiety, stress, sleeping difficulties, crisis, relationship problems, difficulties in concentrating or completing assignments, loss of energy, homesickness or difficulties in adjusting to life in Sweden. Talking to us a few times is sometimes enough but in some cases you can make up to a total of five appointments to see us. Appointments with us are free of charge and we treat all matters confidentially. In Kalmar you find the Student Welfare Office in building Culmen. In Växjö you find us in the main building, house H, but for now we only meet students on zoom or by phone.

Remember always to book an appointment before you visit us. We do not provide emergency services. To book an appointment please send us an email with your name and telephone number or give us a call. For an appointment in Växjö please use For an appointment in Kalmar use the direct addresses to the counsellors/welfare officers.

Please observe that the Student Welfare Office does not provide health care services or prescribe any medication. There are no doctors at the SWO. Contact the Student Welfare Office in Kalmar or Växjö depending on where you are studying.

The Student Welfare Office offer Life style tests on internet. Find out more about your life style regarding stress, alcohol, sleeping habits, exercise and more. You get personal feedback, but remain anonymous.


Yoga on Zoom

Yoga for free together with the Student Welfare Office.  

Course in Yin yoga, starts Friday 29 of January at 08:30-09:30 am. Yin yoga is a combination of traditional Chinese medicine, mindfulness meditation and Hatha yoga. It's a passive form of stretch where we hold a pose for 3-6 minutes and try to relax as much as possible. The target area is fascia, joints and ligaments, not the muscles. Link to Yin yoga

Yoga suits you who is suffering from stress related issues, physically and/or mentally or you, who is just curious and want to find out more about yoga and meditation. You are so welcome to join and give yourself and your body some time and space. For questions or more information contact: or dial + 46 480-44 64 85.

7:30 Boot camp

7:30 is a project for you who wants to seize the day, increase your energy level and shape up. We´ll meet at 7:30 every Tuesday and Thursday morning during five weeks and will do a high intensive intervall training together. Sunshine or rain doesn´t matter. We salute the spring mornings and strenghten both the body and the mind.

The project starts Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 7:30-08:15 o´clock. To participate, you must be able to take part every time. Send an email to to sign up.The project is free of charge. Last day to apply for the project is Thursday 25 of March. You´re so welcome to join!

Let´s meet! Zoom in at the Student Welfare digital meeting point. 

We miss you! So now we have arranged this meeting point, where we can meet and where you can meet each other. No strings attached! You attend on your own terms, with or without camera. Listen or take part. Argue or agree. Visit for a while or stay, whatever suits you. We start Thursday February 25, 08.30 to 09.30. 

To talk about stuff that makes us tick. Gives energy or bothers us. We will have a theme every meeting, to gather around, to start in. Then let's see where we end up! We decide the themes at the moment but we are grateful for every suggestion from you! Write to us! Last Thursday every month the digital meeting point will be in English.

March 25, 8.30 – 9.30

Relations, can’t live with and cannot live without.

How do we make it work? Do we complement each other or do we just make it complicated? How can we be together without losing ourselves? We all have a need to be together and at the same time we want to be independent. We want to be together as the one we are, don’t have to change to be a part. So how do we balance the longing for relation and the longing for independence? Balance between ourselves and others.
We long for each other and, we are afraid to be rejected when showing that. To be in relations rises a lot of mixed, strong and interesting feelings we want to talk to you about. So ZOOM in with us!

Link to digital meeting point

Group work trouble? 

It's your worst case scenario: you're in a group that is just not working. For some reason the group is unable to work together to complete the assignment and the mood could be better. Don't stress yourself out! Contact the Student Welfare Office for coaching on how to improve group dynamics and get the work done! We'll see you on Zoom.

1. Participation is key! All group members must participate. The consultation will be canceled if a member is not present. All members must have their camera on during the Zoom consultation.
2. Our focus is that you and the group will follow through and complete your assignment. We are solution-focused and can help your group come up with strategies to meet your goal.
3. Our view is that it is the group that is having problems and therefore has the responsibility in finding solutions.
4. Feel free to contact us for individual counseling to discuss your mental, emotional or social well-being. However, be advised that the focus will be on you and not on the issues in the group.
5. A consultation is usually 2 sessions, with a follow-up and evaluation already included.
6. Consultations are free and confidential. "What is said in the group, stays in the group."

Relax your mind - Lunch retreat with the Student Welfare Office every Wednesday in Växjö

On pause due to corona and covid-19. We let you know when we are up and running again.

We offer you 30 minutes of mindfulness meditation. To let your shoulders down, relaxing your mind.  We are often an international group and when it is called for we breathe in English :).
You come as you are, with what is. You do not have to have any prior knowledge of mindfulness or meditation. You just show up! WELCOME!

If you have any questions, contact

Mindfulness course in Växjö

Mindfulness is all about awareness. About both body and mind. About how your body, your senses work and how you think and feel. You learn both techniques and attitudes that helps you to be more aware and more present in your life. So you can go less on autopilot. Be more here and now and less stressed and more focused. And hopefully more understanding towards yourself.
We have not yet figured out how to manage our Mindfulness course this semester, but we will offer a workshop to start with, se below. If you are interested in Mindfulness, let me know! And check in on our website regularly for new information.
We will be mindful in English, to give all our students the possibility to be part.

The Student welfare Luncheon Workshops

We don´t offer lunch but hopefully antidotes to stress and some insights and inspiration. We hope to be an international group, including Swedish students!, so each and everyone of you are welcome to the workshops on zoom.

March 3 Workshop in Mindfulness

We will talk about and try out mindfulness meditation and other mindful techniques. We will discuss a mindful approach to life, ourselves and each other and how that make us feel more alive. Mindfulness is also proven to work really well against stress.

If you want to join, send an email to

April 14 The Student Welfare Science of Happiness workshop

We meet and explore our happiness potential.
The workshop is not rocket science but, the Science of Happiness. New research from the area of positive psychology looking into the How of happiness. Happiness as a SKILL. Something we can learn. And it is not about being perky and sugarcoating life, it is being in life as it is and in what we KNOW make us happier. What we can do.

We will draw from:

The science of Happiness. "Science based principles and practices for a happier, more meaningful life". US Berkeley´s Greater Good Science center
Existential and humanistic theories regarding what it is to be a human being
Buddhist philosophy and psychology. Mindfulness.

Treat yourself with this antidote to stress! Join by sending me an email,

How to succeed with your studies

Good study habits are essential for academic success. Our lectures provide guidance in planning your studies, effective reading strategies, academic writing and stress management. The lectures will be offered via Zoom and are geared towards new students but all students at Linnaeus University are welcome to attend. The lecture series is in association with the Student Welfare Office and the Academic Support Centre.

Important information

For medical advisory services always call 1177 any time of day or night, or call +46 771-11 77 00 if you call from abroad or from an international number. Choose the alternative "Press 5 for an English version". The website provides information about medical issues, on self-care, local health services and more in Swedish. Parts of the website is available in other languages.

In emergency situations, dial 112.
For emergency contact with psychiatric services:
Adult psychiatric clinic, Kalmar for cases of emergency and / or advice provision 0480-81770, from international number +46 48081770
Adult psychiatric clinic, Växjö 0470-58 61 00, from international number +46 470586100

For health care provision (consultations with a doctor or nurse etc.) please contact your local health care center. For further assistance, you can look through the international information provided on these pages:

In Växjö you find The Campus health care clinic that is open for all students at Linnaeus University and situated close to campus. Phone number 0470-58 67 70, or +46 470586770 from an international number. They usually have open consulting hours Monday-Friday from 10 a.m to 11 a.m, but due to the coronavirus they ask all students to contact Teleborgs vårdcentral instead at the same number. Wait for the speaker voice to say “For information in English press 8”. This takes a about 1 minute into the call. Follow the instructions. Do NOT press ”3”, instead hold and press ”#” if you don’t have a swedish personal number. You have to make an appointment for all matters.

In Kalmar Linnaeus University has arranged with Region Kalmar that international students may turn to Stensö hälsocentral (phone +46 48081850) and Kvarnholmens hälsocentral, (phone +46 48081960) Should these two clinics both be fully booked you will be referred to the medical clinic of the week, a system . 

Costs differ depending on what country you come from and what kind of insurance cover you have. You may be eligible for subsidised health care in some cases. In order to receive subsidised health care it is sufficient to be registered as a resident in Sweden or to have an EHIC-card from your home country, i.e. a card acknowledging the fact that you are insured in an EU/EEA country or in Switzerland. For further information about costs please contact your local health care centre.

Contraceptives and sexual issues

For questions about contraceptives, pregnancy, venereal disease, sexual matters and relationships / cohabitation, please contact the health centre where you live for more information.

If you live on Campus in Växjö you can contact the midwife clinic at the Teleborg Health care centre, Vallviksvägen 1. They have open consultation hours on Mondays between 1pm – 5pm.
Phone: 0470 – 58 67 74 (8am – 9am, 1 – 2 pm)
If you live in Kalmar you contact the midwifes at Barnmorskemottagningen.
Phone: 0480-817 89

Free condoms
The Student Welfare Office distributes condoms for free.

Self care

If you need information about self-care in cases of illness you should firstly visit your home country's healthcare pages on the Internet written in your own language. You can also find a lot of information at the NHS from UK.

Dental Care in Sweden for Foreign Students

Different sets of rules apply regarding dental and health care. A person may be eligible for subsidised health care though not to subsidised dental care. As different sets of rules apply regarding dental care and health care, the Swedish Social Insurance Office (in Swedish Försäkringskassan) provides the following advice:

Before you consider obtaining any dental care please contact the Social Insurance Office for information about your eligibility to receive subsidised dental care. More information can be found by visiting If you have any questions concerning dental care and current charges, please call the client centre at 0771-524 524