Exchange studies

Linnaeus University is known for its strong international profile. Every year more than 1,600 international students from all over the world come here to study.

We currently offer one-year programmes and single-subject courses
in a wide variety of academic and vocational disciplines. Around
500 single-subject courses are given in English.

The learning environment is characterised by an active student life with teaching and research staff in close proximity to students. Many of our international students mention the informal relationships with the teachers as one of the things they appreciate most as students at Linnaeus University. Other aspects that receive praise are the modern and environmentally-friendly buildings, good connections with businesses and organisations in the area, and the reality-based case studies which add a real-life dimension to the studies.


Programmes and courses are open to qualified students nominated by their home university as exchange students. Exchange students pay tuition fees at their home university. Room and board are paid at Linnaeus University, unless otherwise stated. All student exchanges are to be coordinated through the office of student affairs at Linnaeus University.

Nomination procedure

Please note that all nominations must be submitted by:

April 1

For students commencing their exchange in the autumn semester 2018. We strongly recommend to submit the nominations by March 15.

October 1

For students commencing their exchange in the spring semester 2019. We strongly recommend to submit the nominations by September 15. 

Once we have confirmed the nominations, the nominated students will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to complete the online application.

The online application should be submitted according to the application instructions by: 

April 15

For students commencing their exchange in the autumn semester 2018. We strongly recommend to submit the applications by April 1.

October 15

For students commencing their exchange in the spring semester 2019. We strongly recommend to submit the applications by October 1. 


Please note, the nomination and application deadlines cannot be extended.

Exchange agreements

Linnaeus University has partner universities around the world. Please note that not all agreements include student exchange. If you are interested in coming on exchange to Linnaeus University you first need to contact your home university and check if they have an agreement with Linnaeus University including student exchange.

Language requirements

At Linnaeus University you will study together with students from many countries. Therefore, in most cases, English will be the language of instruction (except for studies in modern foreign languages). It is thus important that your language proficiency level in English is good enough for you to be able to follow the teaching in an adequate way.

The level of English that you will need in order to follow the teaching is described underneath. It is based on the self-assessment grid within the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR, level B2.

Please follow this link to the Language Proficiceny Report. Exchange students (non-native English speakers) are required to include the Language Proficiency Report with their application.

Self assessment of your English language level

Do you feel that you are able to do the following things? The following criteria are taken from level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR:


I can understand extended speech and lectures in English and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. I can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes. I can understand the majority of films in standard English.


I can read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints. I can understand contemporary literary prose.

Spoken interaction

I can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers of English quite possible. I can take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining my views.

Spoken production

I can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to my field of interest. I can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


I can write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to my interests. I can write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view. I can write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.