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.

Please check our Brochure for Exchange studies at Linnaeus University if you are curious for further information about joining us for an exchange semester or full year! 

Application procedure

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.


All partners will receive an e-mail with nomination instructions and log-in details to our online platform. The e-mail will be sent around a month before the nomination deadline. Only nominations in the online portal are accepted. Partner universities who have not received the email with nomination instructions should contact the International Office on as soon as possible.

Nomination deadline

April 1

For students commencing their exchange in the autumn semester. 

October 1

For students commencing their exchange in the spring semester. 


Once we have confirmed the nominations, the nominated students will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to complete the online application. In the e-mail students will get detailed information about courses, accommodation and the application procedure. They will also be asked to upload the following supporting documents to the online application:

  • Passport copy
  • Transcript of records
  • Language proficiency report proving level B2 in English (form will be sent to students along with application instructions)
  • Title page (form will be sent to students along with application instructions)

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

Application deadline

April 15

For students commencing their exchange in the autumn semester. 

October 15

For students commencing their exchange in the spring semester. 

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.You also have to check what their nomination requirements are.

Who can apply? 

Exchange studies at Linnaeus University is possible for students at undergraduate or graduate level, coming from our partner universities or through ISEP or USAC.

Please note that doctoral/PhD students can not apply as exchange students. The applicaiton process for doctoral/PhD studies in Sweden differs from that of many other countries. Most doctoral student positions (PhD's) at Linnaeus University are officially announced through the Linnaeus University job vacancy page. For further information, please read more about doctoral/PhD studies at Linnaeus University

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

Virtual Exchange

Several of our courses for incoming exchange students are distance learning courses. You can find them in the list of courses open to exchagne students. Please note that you can sort by semester, level, faculty etcetera.

Students who need residence permits to study in Sweden need to observe that a requirement from the Swedish Migration Agency is admission to at least 30 credits of on-site courses per semester. Distance learning courses must therefore be added on top of 30 credits of on-site courses, if students are planning to live in Sweden.

The European iSchools Virtual Student Exchange

Linnaeus University, specifically its ilnstitute ( is also a member of the iSchools Organization (, a global organisation of Information Schools with leading institutions dedicated to advancing the information field. Linnaeus University participates in the European iSchool Virtual Student Exchange programme within the organisation.

The other member institutions in the European iSchools Virtual Student Exchange programme are Charles University (Czech Republic), University of Borås (Sweden), University College Dublin (Ireland) and University of Regensburg (Germany). Students from these member institutions must be nominated by their home university in order to take part in the virtual mobility programme.

On iSchools website you can find more details about the European iSchools Virtual Student Exchange programme, nomination, application deadlines and courses. Please visit their website

For further information, please contact the International Office on email