Students enjoying Kalmar castle

Summer Academy

Linnaeus University Summer Academy offers an international, intercultural and interdisciplinary study environment – unique of its kind in Sweden. As a student participating in our summer academy you will get the opportunity to obtain unique academic experience that will enhance your CV and your future career. You gain cultural insights together with a mix of international and Swedish students, while also getting to enjoy the Swedish summer in one of the most attractive summer cities in the country.


The application period for Linnaeus University Summer Academy 2018 starts on December 1.

The location of Linnaeus University Summer Academy is the beautiful medieval city of Kalmar, one of our study sites, voted "Summer City of 2017" in a national travel guide competition.

The courses within our summer academy originate in Swedish culture and an innovative mindset. They are workshop-oriented and have a strong student focus. Courses are offered on undergraduate and graduate level. All courses are 7.5 credit full-time courses, taught in English and many have general entry requirements.

The combination of lectures and workshops within the student's own course and weekly interdisciplinary sessions for all participants at the academy, provide opportunities for new contacts and cultural insights – both from other students and from local and global business representatives.

Our extensive social programme will give you enhanced knowledge about Swedish culture and society as well as about the city and its surroundings. It will also serve as a great opportunity for you to get to know your fellow students at the Summer Academy. The programme offers organised day-trips and weekend excursions as well as outdoor and sports activities, and cultural events. We also offer optional excursions in the weekends.

Student testimonials 


The Dutch student Niels Back

"I really liked the fact that we were a small group on our course. Five participants from five different countries. In addition, most of my course mates were well-travelled which contributed further to us having interesting discussions with many different viewpoints and experiences being presented. Also, I think that our teacher Sven was really good, it was evident that he had a lot of experience from around the world. Another thing that exceeded my expectations for the course was the fact that we were invited on study visits to the municipalities of Nybro and Kalmar. The guest lecturers were very prominent persons, and interesting to listen to. The course in general held a high level, and yet we were allowed to work together to give the course our own personal touch. Kalmar is a nice city, and we've enjoyed good weather during most of our stay and done a lot of sporting activities – and it's so close to nature! I also like the fact that Kalmar is quite small; it's easy to meet people and to enjoy quiet and easy summer life, without too much going on. Before I came here I had never heard of Linnaeus University, and I must admit that I was a bit skeptical when I looked it up and realised that the university was only a few years old. But then I read some more and it seemed to be a modern university. This turned out to be true; it feels new and fresh, with focus on sustainability and being on the forefront. The course in itself drew me here because to me it sounded like the perfect course, a mix of language and political science". Niels Back, Dutch. Course taken: The Nordic welfare model in a Swedish context

Application and Admission


The application and admission process varies depending on whether you are an international student, exchange student or Swedish student. Mind the following when making your application:
* Only one course can be chosen among the summer academy courses. The schedule for all courses runs in parallel.
* A course can be canceled if the number of admitted students do not reach the required minimum of course participants.
* There is no drop/add period at the beginning of the summer academy



Please find more information on the general entry requirements here. For further information regarding admission please contact

More information about the courses


Lecture at summer academy



Accommodation for students participating in our summer academy varies depending on if you are a:

  • fee-paying student (i.e. student with citizenship outside EU/EES or Switzerland,
  • exchange student (i.e. student who take part in an exchange programme and whose studies are regulated by agreements between Linnaeus University and the home university),
  • or a non-fee-paying student (e.g. student with citizenship from EU/EES or Switzerland).

Social activities


Lusa arrival day

As a student at our summer academy, we think you should have as great experiences in your social life as with your studies. Our social programme will give you both enhanced knowledge about Swedish culture and society as about the city and its surroundings. It will also serve as a great opportunity for you to get to know your fellow students at the summer academy. The programme offers organised day-trips and weekend excursions as well as outdoor and sports activities, and cultural events. We also offer optional excursions in the weekends. The programme for 2018 is yet to be set but please see Field Trips and Tours 2017 for further information on what has been included in past years.

Closing ceremony 2016

Practical information


Moving to another country or city, even for a short period of time, requires a great deal of preparation and planning ahead. Administration processes usually take some time, which means you will have to start early.

Summer Academy dates

The Summer Academy courses run between July 16 to August 17, 2018:

Arrival days (international and exchange students): July 9–12
Welcome and Orientation days: July 13–14
Course dates: July 16 – August 17
Final exams: August 15
Summer Academy Ceremony: August 16
Day of departure (international and exchange students): August 17

Lectures and study facilities

The summer academy lectures will be held in modern university facilities, at the School of Business and Economics, also known as Kalmar Nyckel, address: Gröndalsvägen 19, Kalmar. It is located only 2 km from the center of Kalmar but is still secluded, close to natural areas, the Kalmar Strait (Kalmarsund) and the bridge to the island of Öland.

The University Library, address; Nygatan 18 A, Kalmar, is a commonly used workplace for students with group study rooms, computer study desks, computer labs and quiet study rooms. The library offers a wide range of databases, thousands of journals and over 360,000 books. The University Library is opened for our summer academy students every afternoon on weekdays.

MyMoodle is the learning platform used in the summer academy courses.


Summer Academy courses 2018