There are several ways to get involved in student life beyond the classroom, whether that is with a student association or one outside the University. The Student Health Service also arranges fairs for students to meet non-profit organisations.

Student unions and associations

The student union is there to represents you. The student unions at Malmö University also arrange many social activities, such as introduction programmes, cultural events and political meetings. 

Become a volunteer

There are many associations and organisations looking for volunteers. The volunteer agency 'Volontärbyrån' makes it easy for volunteers and non-profit organisations to find each other. 

Volontärbyrån's webpage

Buddy Programme

The Buddy Programme matches students who have studied at Malmö University for at least one semester with newly-arrived international students. Every year, Malmö University welcomes around 800 new international students, representing nearly 85 nationalities from all over the world. You can be proud to be part of one a global student community in one of Sweden’s most diverse cities.

Being a Buddy for students from around the world allows you to expand your network, make new friends and develop your language and leadership skills. The Buddy Programme is a valuable experience and will help prepare you for a global career.

We are now recruiting Buddies for international students starting their studies in autumn 2020.

Practical information

  • Being a Buddy for an international student means being a helping guide to students who have little to no prior experience of Malmö and Sweden. Things that might be everyday knowledge for you can be of great value for a new student coming from a different part of the world. Share your best tips and take part of each others' experiences!
  • We are looking for students who can commit to being a Buddy for at least one semester.
  • We recommend you have studied at Malmö University for at least six months before applying to be a Buddy. Both entry and advanced level students are welcome to apply!
  • Being a Buddy entails:
    • contact by email and social media before the student arrives in Malmö;
    • an initial meeting in a group or a one-on-one meeting in Malmö after arrival;
    • and group activities throughout the semester.
  • Activities can range from going grocery shopping together, having a “fika” or going on a day trip to Copenhagen – feel free to get creative!
  • You are welcome to plan activities with your group by yourself, or arrange for a bigger activity together with another Buddy group.

Good to know

  • You will be awarded a certificate for your participation and hopefully have a bunch of new friends by the end of the semester!
  • The International Office is responsible for the Buddy Programme and the coordination of the student groups. You can always turn to them for guidance and support. Email if you have questions.


Music at Malmö University

Malmö Academic Choir and Orchestra is recognised as one of the region’s most prominent ensembles. Both the choir and orchestra are known for their high level of musicianship, engaging concerts, and progressive repertoire. 

How to join

Do you sing or play a classical instrument? Joining Malmö Academic Choir and Orchestra is a chance to play good music in good company. It’s also a great way to develop your musical skills while meeting new people as part of a friendly and dedicated ensemble. As a member, you will be granted access to rehearsal rooms at the University.

Anyone who wishes to join is required to audition. In terms of criteria, vocalists need to be able to read sheet music and have former experience of singing as part of an ensemble. Musicians must be highly proficient in their chosen instrument. Please note that rehearsals take place every week and that regular attendance is expected.

The orchestra rehearses every Tuesday, 18.30–21.00, and the choir rehearses every Wednesday, 18.30–21.00.

If you are interested in joining, contact Conductor and Artistic Director at Malmö University, Daniel Hansson, to schedule an audition. Please include a few lines about yourself, as well as a description of your musical background and where you have sung/played before.

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