Freshers Weeks

The Nollning 2023 is between 17-26 August. 
During 10 days, new students are welcomed to the Student Union, Halmstad University and Halmstad as a city. You get to know your new classmates by socializing with your new class, challenging other programs in competitions and games. As a newcomer to the city, you get the chance to discover Halmstad and find your way on campus in fun ways!

Updated 2023.04.26

Exchange students and international students

Welcome to Halmstad University and your upcoming adventure! We’re looking forward to meeting you and to make sure that your time in Sweden will be memorable and filled with experiences. We have planned and arranged 10 days in August that are filled with activities for every single student that will begin their studies. These days are meant to be an introduction for the new students to meet their new classmates and to build new friendships that will make this period in your life memorable. If you as an international or exchange student choose to participate you will be meeting students from all around the world that will be in the same situation as you. These 10 days are something that we call Nollningen (The Zero-ing) and we highly recommend all of our new students to participate. Students from all educations across the university are divided into groups, that aim to cluster students in similar education and/or situation. The group for international and exchange students is called X-Change and wear white overalls. You can find their Instagram here.

Why is it called Zero-ing (Nollning)? Why are you called a zero?
Zero-ing is an introduction period before the studies start. It’s called Zero-ing because you as a new student don't possess any university education credits, which is also why you’re being called a zero. It has nothing to do with you as an individual ;)

Who and what is Överstaben?
Överstaben is the board of directors that's responsible for the planning and implementation of the Nollning. Överstaben has guided, educated and worked with the management groups (called "staber") which are responsible for each and every nollning group.

What is the meaning of the Nollning?
The purpose of the Nollning is to introduce the new students to the student life through safety, knowledge, community, challenges and joy. Överstaben is actively working to make sure that every individual that participates at the Nollning is in safe hands and gets a good introduction to everything that the student life entails. The Nollning does not mean that new students will be humiliated or embarrassed in any way. All participation during the Nollning is completely voluntary.

What happens during the different days?
The different groups have their own schedules but certain activities are joint with other groups of new students. You will receive your schedule when you meet your group. Here is an approximate schedule with the joint activities.


August 17th

  • At 09.00 (9.AM) gathering with your group - The time can vary depending on your group, check your mail for an exact time!
  • Rotundan (Festival-like activities with everyone that participates at the Nollning)

August 18th

  • Inauguration at the amphitheater (Amfi) at 13.00 (1.PM)
  • Burning balls at 15.00 (3.PM) 

August 19th

  • Beach day at the eastern beach at 13.00 (1.PM)

August 20th

  • Amphitheater (Amfi) at 10.30 (10.30.AM)
  • Zero-fair. Meet active students within the student union that work closely with students during the year at 12.30 (12.30.PM)
  • Sjuk-kampen at 15.00 (3.PM)

August 21st

  • No planned joint activities but every group has plans.

August 22nd

  • New at Halmstad University, Zoom between 09.00-16.00 (specific times for each program) (9.AM-4.PM)

August 23rd

  • Pub Crawl at 17.00 (5.PM)

August 24th

  • Activities at Linehed at 12.00 (12.PM)
  • Amphitheater (Amfi) at 15.30 (3.30.PM)

August 25th

  • Building day in the Picasso park at 10.00-16.30 (10.AM-4.30.PM)
  • M-slaget
  • Laudebilsrally (Soapbox race) in the Slottsparken at 16.30 (4.30.PM)

August 26th

  • Regattan at the Picasso park during 11.00-14.00 (11.AM-2.PM)
  • End of Nollning party!


If you have any questions, please contact

The Spring Nollning presents - Wälkomstspelen!

Wälkomstspelen (The Welcoming Games) is organized by the Halmstad Student Union during January and is an activity for new students at Halmstad University who start during the spring semester. For three days, we will engage in various games and competitions, and organize a student sitting and parties at our student pub Lilla Hjärtat. Registration takes place in the form below, but to participate you need to be a member of Halmstad Student Union, which you can become here on our website or at our reception once you are in Halmstad. In addition to that, participation in Wälkomstspelen will also cost SEK 200 per person, which is paid on-site. It includes student patches to sew on your future student overall, a student sitting with food on Friday, and a ticket to the student pub Lilla Hjärtat's pub opening.



Welcoming fair in the University Hall

On the first day, you are welcome to the Welcoming Fair in the University Hall. As a new student, you can meet various organizations in Halmstad, at the University, and within the Halmstad Student Union. During the fair, you can walk around and familiarize yourself with the different things in Halmstad and associations at the University. Everything from your future program association to the Student Pub, from links to the future working life to associations that organize trips to Lapland or Studentphester in other cities. You will be able to participate in various activities, competitions, and games at the fair, and you are welcome to come and go as you please.


The Welcoming Games in the University Hall

On the second day, the actual Welcoming Games will take place. All new students registered for the games will be divided into teams and compete in different games, where we finish playing with a Tournament.


Medieval Gasque at the student pub Lilla Hjärtat

In the evening, we will go to Halmstad Student Union's student pub Lilla Hjärtat, for Gasque, a term used among students and refers to a party with a sitting. Gasquer is recurring in Swedish student life, so here is your chance to see and learn about how it is done, even if this Gasque is perhaps not the most traditional. Food will be served during the evening, and you will have the chance to buy drinks at the bar.


Award ceremony and closing party

On the last day, we will meet at Lilla Hjärtat for the award ceremony in the Welcome Games. Here you also get the chance to mingle a bit with the other new students before the clock strikes 21:00 and the doors open for the remaining students at the University and Lilla Hjärtat's official pub opening.

Welcome to Halmstad, and we hope to see you at The Welcoming Games!

You'll find the registration form here!