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 achieve unique academic experience that will enhance your CV and your future career. You gain cultural insights together with international and Swedish students, while you get to enjoy the Swedish summer in one of the most attractive summer cities in the country.

Summer Academy dates
Application and admission
Practical information
Admitted students

The Summer Academy was introduced in the summer of 2014 and runs from July 6 to August 12, including optional introduction days. The location is the beautiful medieval city of Kalmar, one of our study sites, voted "Summer City of 2016" (and 2015) 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 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.

In the brochure 'Linnaeus University Summer Academy 2016' you will find general information about our Summer Academy, as well as a short description of the courses offered in 2016.

Summer Academy dates

The Summer Academy courses run between July 11 to August 12, 2016.

  • Arrival days (international and exchange students): July 6–7
  • Welcome and Orientation days: July 8–9
  • Course dates: July 11 – August 12
  • Final exams: August 10
  • Summer Academy Ceremony: August 11
  • Day of departure (international and exchange students): August 12

Please note that the Academic Calendar differs depending on if you are an international student, exchange student or Swedish student.

Academic Calendar – International students.pdf
Academic Calendar – Exchange students.pdf
Academic Calendar – Swedish students.pdf

Student testimonials

Ruth Copeland

"I had not expected to have such a cross-cultural experience alongside the course"

There was a good mix in terms of age range, previous experience, and current careers among the participants at the summer academy, which was great, as I fit right in. And I was able to keep up with the level of the course, and to learn lots of new things. Truly a win-win result!

In many ways the Summer Academy exceeded my expectations. I had not expected to get the opportunity to have such a cross-cultural experience alongside the course, and I really enjoyed that. In terms of location Kalmar is quite simply marvellous – the castle, beaches, cobbled streets, historic buildings, free community events running twice a week in the city centre, and so on. It has everything you need as a base for any course, but especially for outdoor education. The sea is safe, clean, and accessible for learners, and the scenery is just lovely.

Studying and socialising with students from different countries is great. It is always really interesting to have the different cultural aspects brought into a course and to see things with new eyes.

My favourite study experience from this summer was a night-time kayaking excursion around Kalmar harbour. It was wonderful to paddle around the edge of the open sea with my classmates and teacher, and watch the sun go down. The Chinese students were singing songs to keep their energy up. It was a special evening.

There are so many good memories; camping out for the summer, watching flocks of birds lift into the air as we turned a corner through the reeds in our kayaks, watching people from all over the world get to know each other and make new friends, cycling by the castle on my way to school every day, dancing the night away with everyone from the course after a fantastic evening of silly games, learning to dance properly on the beach after a big BBQ, watching open air movies by the lake, sitting around a campfire singing songs and chatting. I could go on and on!

/Ruth Copeland, Great Britain


"Summer Academy really lived up to my expectations"

Tony Hsu

My main reason for going to Summer Academy was that I wanted to improve my English skills, and I've heard that all Swedes are very good at English! I chose Linnaeus University because it is a young university, and I'd like to subscribe to the university's vision of curiosity, creativity, companionship and utility.

I really like campus in Kalmar and how it's divided between different parts of the city – it makes me feel I'm part of the whole city. I also love the natural and historical environment in Kalmar; the castle, the sea, and the beaches!

I really looked forward to meeting some Swedes at Summer Academy, and before coming to Sweden I watched an interesting video on YouTube about Swedishness. I was eager to meet people from other countries, in order to get a more open mind and to learn from the views of other cultures. The high-quality education in Sweden did also, of course, contribute to my choosing Linnaeus University.

Summer Academy really lived up to my expectations. I got a lot of new friends from different countries, and a taste of a number of different languages and cultures.

I have so many great memories from Summer Academy, in particular I remember this one night when we had a BBQ by the sea – it was a wonderful night! It felt so peaceful, but at the same time very exciting – I've never had such an experience before. But if I had to pick one memory from Summer Academy I think it would be the graduation ceremony; when we got our graduation certificates we were all smiles!

/Tony Hsu, China

"We got the opportunity to do real practical work, not only a quick try at glassblowing"

Johanna Mattsson

Since I had made a promise to my grandmother that I would give glassblowing a try at least once in my life, I never hesitated when I found out about the glass design course offered at Summer Academy.

The glass design course was really intense, with many study hours. We got the opportunity to do real practical work, not only a quick try at glassblowing, but we got to know and understand the material in a way I couldn’t have dreamt of. Before the course started I thought that maybe we would just get to peek inside and make some sketches, but instead we got the opportunity to experience the entire process, make a complete result, and then have an exhibition. We really got to try everything from the most basic stuff to the polish in just five weeks.

I spent a lot of time with the other students at Summer Academy and we were a really tight group, even though some of my fellow students commuted by train every day. There was a great sense of solidarity within the group. I don’t think I’ve ever felt such a strong school feeling like I did in the assembly hall at the graduation day, when all 150 students from Summer Academy were gathered. That cool feeling we got to experience was really the stuff of films.

My best advice for future students at Summer Academy is to spend time with one’s fellow students and talk to them. I think that’s all it takes really; it is so very rewarding to meet all these people from all over the world. It is important to have the courage to engage in conversations with international students, and to ask questions if there is anything one wishes to find out. It’s also good to lend a helping hand. If you are already familiar with an area, give advice and show people around. It’ all about giving and taking. Be open-minded.

/Johanna Mattsson, Sweden

"Our lecturers really found the perfect balance between teaching and group work"

Pieter Siemsen

I was looking for a master programme in Sweden that was still open for late applications, but they all seemed to have closed. Then I found out about the Summer Academy at Linnaeus University, which offered me the chance to study in Sweden after all – even though, of course, it was only for the summer. The modern and fresh courses appealed to me, and this turned out not to be only an image but also the real atmosphere at Summer Academy.

In reality Summer Academy was way better than I had dared to dream. The lectures and seminars were always full of discussions and shared experiences and our lecturers really found the perfect balance between teaching and group work.

Even though I was not entirely unfamiliar with Chinese culture I got to learn a lot of new things about it from my Chinese group members. Especially through minor conflicts, in which all of us grew as people. In the end we, as a team, were much more than the sum of individuals.

My favourite memory was the presentation from the IKEA employees and the workshop that followed. We were able to make use of a lot of the knowledge gained in the earlier classes and apply that during the workshop. That experience made me view the topic from a different perspective, and it also meant that I got an understanding of how this knowledge can be used in a company like IKEA.

The weekly dancing BBQ that we arranged was probably the best thing besides school. Early on at Summer Academy I found out that one of my fellow students was a professional dance instructor, so each week we organised a dancing lesson and a BBQ on the beach. We had so much fun!

/Till Peter Siemsen, Germany

"I now have a better understanding of how to collaborate with people from different backgrounds and different cultures"

Chon Teng

I chose the Summer Academy at Linnaeus University because I was curious about the education system outside Macau, and I knew that Sweden could offer high quality education. Many groundbreaking companies also come from Sweden.

I wanted to be part of the "creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation in a Swedish context" offered at Linnaeus University. I also much enjoy the fact that Kalmar is a small city; there is such a relaxed atmosphere here.

I hoped to be able to experience Swedish culture through different kinds of activities during my studies at Linnaeus University, and I have really gotten to do that. I looked forward to living with other students from different countries, in order to learn more about other cultures. And, of course, I also expected to learn a lot from the course in creative thinking.

As it turned out, there were mostly Chinese and German students in my particular class, but we all learnt a lot from the great cultural differences between us. I now have a better understanding of how to collaborate with people from different backgrounds and different cultures.

I really appreciated how the lecturers challenged us with thought-provoking questions, to inspire us and train our creativity. It was very different to Macau's education style. Also, the lecturers organised workshops, where we could discuss a certain topic and then present our results to a real company.

One of my favorite memories from the Summer Academy is the dancing BBQs organised once a week, by the helpers and some of my classmates. I also very much appreciated the activities arranged for us around Kalmar. In addition to high-quality education, Summer Academy is also about cultural exchange with students from other countries.

/Chon Teng Ku, Macau

Application and admission

Students at the harbour

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 parallel.
  • A course can be canceled if the number of admitted students is not reaching the minimum of course participants.
  • There is no drop/add period at the beginning of the Summer Academy.

International students

For international student, i.e. non-exchange/freemover students who are not applying through any exchange agreement, the following application and admission dates apply:

  • Apply online through, the website where you also find information on how to apply. The application fee is SEK 900*.
  • Deadline for application: February 15**
  • Notification of acceptance: March 23

For more information, please see Application and admission for international students. Questions regarding application can be sent by email to

*Application fee does not apply for EU/EEA-citizens
**Late application may take place if there are available places on a course following regular admission. Admission then takes place continuously in chronological order.

Summer Academy scholarships

From autumn 2016 Linnaeus University will offer scholarships for the courses within the framework of Linnaeus University Summer Academy. The scholarships will be a full coverage of the tuition fee including living expenses. The scholarships are offered in collaboration with The Linnaeus Academy of Science and Business (see below).

These are the steps that need to be taken in order to apply for a Linnaeus University scholarship for the Summer Academy.

Make your course application at by February 15.
Fill out the Scholarship application form. The application round is open between February 16 and March 1, 2016.

We need the following documents from you:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter

The motivation letter should contain a maximum of 600 words. Please answer the following questions in your motivation letter:

  • Why do you want to study this course at Linnaeus University?
  • What other qualities do you have besides academic excellence?
  • What are your career aspirations?

The deadline for the scholarship application is March 1. Remember that it is important to fully complete your application on and on our website in order to qualify for our scholarship. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Students who have been granted a scholarship will be notified by the end of March.

The Linnaeus Academy of Science and Business

The following companies are contributing to the Summer Academy scholarships from The Linnaeus Academy of Science and Business:

Svensk Fastighetsförmedling
Kalmar Municipality
AIF Capital
Länsförsäkringar Kalmar län
Fågelleken invest

Exchange students

For exchange students, i.e. students whose studies are regulated by an exchange agreement, the following application and admission dates apply:

  • Deadline nomination of students: March 15
  • Apply online (instruction will be given to nominated students)
  • Deadline for application: April 1
  • The notifications of acceptance are sent out on an ongoing basis.

For more information, please see Application and admission for exchange students.

Swedish students

For Swedish students, i.e. students with a Swedish citizenship applying in the Swedish application round, the following application and admission dates apply:

  • Apply online at
  • Deadline for application: March 15
  • Notification of acceptance: May 2

For more information, please see Anmälan och antagning.

More information about the courses

Lecture at summer academy

Course schedule

The timetable for each specific course will be sent out to the admitted students in the beginning of June. To get an idea of the course schedule, please look at the Timetable Framework Summer Academy 2016.pdf.
High attendance in class is needed to complete the courses successfully.

To get the maximum opportunity to gain unique academic experience together with making new contacts and gain cultural insights from other international students, we offer activities to outreach the course syllabi. Please make extra notice to:

Arrival days – Desired arrival days for International and Exchange students

Welcome and Orientation Programme – Registration and introduction to Linnaeus University Summer Academy for International, Exchange and Swedish students

Interdisciplinary Session – Lecture/workshop in highly topical and exciting areas and themes of multidisciplinary interest – for International, Exchange and Swedish students. To get an idea, see the Interdisciplinary Sessions Programme 2015.pdf

Summer Academy Ceremony
– A closing ceremonial for International, Exchange and Swedish students

Day of departure – Desired day of departure for International and Exchange students

Course literature

The compulsory course literature is listed in the syllabus of each course. The syllabus is attached on the respective course website, see the Summer Academy Course list. The course literature is normally required to be acquired before course start.

You are responsible for making sure that you have all the necessary course literature. Most course literature needs to be bought, most common is through the internet. However, usually a few copies of most books are available at the University Library – first come, first served. You can ask Linnéstudenterna – the Student Union at Linnaeus University – for more information on course literature and how to obtain the books for your course.

For you as a Summer Academy student the official transcript of records will be sent to your permanent home address in mid-September.


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).

Accommodation for fee-paying and/or exchange students

All tuition-fee paying students and exchange students participating are guaranteed accommodation on the condition that application is completed prior to the relevant deadline. The Summer Academy housing has a limited number of rooms which are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that students who submit their complete accommodation applications will be, based on the preferences, assigned accommodation first.

Moving in-date: July 6-7
Moving out-date: August 12

FOJO Student Housing
FOJO Student Housing is situated in the northern part of Kalmar in an area of natural beauty. The Student Housing address is Gröndalsvägen 19B and is located 10 minutes by bike from the university buildings.

The FOJO Student Housing includes:

  • Single-bed furnished rooms with separate bathrooms, linen, towels, TV and radio
  • Access to wireless Internet.
  • 1-2 cleaning per week inclusive final cleaning.
  • Simple kitchen facilities, living room and laundry facilities are placed in the same building and will be shared with other Summer Academy students.
  • Breakfast all weekdays are included.

KALMARHEM student accommodation
The KALMARHEM student accommodations are located at different locations in Kalmar within 5-10 minutes walking and/or biking distance to the university buildings.

The KALMARHEM student accommodations include:

  • Single-bed furnished rooms with mostly separate bathrooms, linen, towels. In some dorm rooms bathrooms are shared by two rooms.
  • Access to Internet is included. Bring your own ethernet cable (RJ45) or your own router for wifi.
  • Final cleaning.
  • Kitchen facilities, living room and laundry facilities are placed in the same building and will be shared with other Summer Academy students.

On request from Summer Academy students, we strive to mix students as much as possible. This means nationality, gender and age are also taken into consideration when distributing rooms.

Accommodation for non-fee-paying students

Non-fee-paying students are not guaranteed accommodation and are therefore advised to start looking for somewhere to live as early as possible to maximize the chances of finding accommodation. Please note that it's the student's responsibility to find his/her accommodation. One tip would be to call the person leasing the room or apartment. We can recommend you to visit the following links:

Student Union accommodation service

Linnéstudenterna, the Student Union at Linnaeus University, provides an accommodation service on the website, where you can find private rooms and sublets. Note: Make sure to choose 'Kalmar' in the Location-list. If you are to study the course in Glass design, you can also make a search for 'Nybro' in the list. If you find anything of interest, contact the advertiser directly. Please remember that the Student Union does not own any type of housing, nor does the university.


Hotel 42, Kalmar

Hotel 42 is a fresh, pleasant and priceworthy extended stay Hotel in Kalmar. Only 5-10 minutes walk to the center and maximum of 15 min to most attractions. Access to kitchen, laundry facilities and free internet.


Website for apartment rentals, (in Swedish only)


Sweden's biggest accommodation website for students, (in Swedish only)

Useful Facebook-groups (in Swedish but often ads/posts in English)

Lägenheter Söka/Byta/Uthyres (apartments for rent):

Lnu Köp/Sälj (buy/sell/rent):

Temporary accommodation, Kalmar
Kalmar Tourist Information Office:

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. As an international student or exchange student, we recommend you to read through our practical Guide for international students A5.pdf

Residence permit – international and exchange students

All students without an EU/EEA citizenship have to apply for a residence permit/visa for Sweden. As soon as the student has received the acceptance to the Summer Academy, the application process should start, contact your nearest Swedish embassy or consulate for more information.

EU/EEA citizens are allowed to stay in Sweden without residence permit.

The City of Kalmar

vallmo i stadsmiljö

Kalmar with its surroundings truly is the perfect place to be if you want to enjoy the Swedish summer. Kalmar has been voted "Summer City of the Year" both 2016 and 2015, in a national travel guide competition. There are numerous places to visit and events to attend – from culture, history and music to nature, recreation and sports. Did you know Kalmar is one of few cities in the world hosting the Ironman Triathlon?

Kalmar is a town dating back to the Middle Ages, situated on the beautiful southeast coast of Sweden. Although Kalmar today is a modern town, with more than 60,000 inhabitants, it has been able to keep its old charm. The university buildings and student accommodation in Kalmar are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.

The close proximity to the Baltic Sea leaves its impression on life in Kalmar. Smaller beaches and places to go swimming are dotted around the town centre. The island of Öland offers spectacular nature reserves and top class beaches with miles of white sand and is well worth a visit.

Lectures and study facilities

Students at Maritime Academy

The Summer Academy lectures will be held in modern university facilities, at the Kalmar Maritime Academy, down at the guest harbour, address: Landgången 4, Kalmar. The guest harbour is one of Kalmar's most popular places in summertime, with a nice view towards the island of Öland, the medieval Kalmar Castle, and the city center and shopping area.

The practical lectures of the course in Glass Design will be held at the glass work facilities in Pukeberg, address: Pukebergarnas väg 61, Nybro.

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 budget

To give you an idea of the Summer Academy costs the following example of a budget might be of help. Please note that tuition fee-paying students have to add the tuition fee to the costs below.*

Item5.5 weeks
Food   2,500
Accommodation   5,500
Course literature      700
Other costs   1,700
Total SEK** 10,400

*Tuition fee applies to international students from outside EU/EEA whose studies are not regulated by an exchange agreement. The tuition fee varies between the different courses, please check each specific course for further information.
**SEK 10 ≈ EUR 1.1 Note! Check the current exchange rate for exact currency information.


All major credit cards are accepted in Sweden, both for direct payment and for withdrawing money from an ATM. Visa and Master cards are accepted nearly everywhere, while e.g. American Express may be accepted less frequently. It is possible to open a bank account while in Sweden. Money can be sent to you by bank cheque or be deposited in your bank account or credit card account.

Do not bring personal cheques, as they cannot be cashed at Swedish banks. Do not rely on one single means of payment! Make sure you have several different means of accessing your money. When arriving in Sweden, make sure to have some cash to cover daily expenses. During the first few days you will need some money to pay your Student Union fee and student association membership fees.


Fee-paying students

Linnaeus University offers fee-paying students an insurance that includes:

  • Full coverage of medical costs in the event of medical emergency. No limitation in amount.
  • Coverage up to SEK 3 000 for emergency dental treatment per year. Emergency dental care involves relieving the patient of pain and infection, provisional filling of holes and ensuring a functional biting area.
  • Full coverage of costs for medical evacuation or repatriation of remains. No limitation in amount.
  • Liability coverage up to 3 million SEK.

The insurance does not cover visits to a doctor for symptoms or illnesses that the insured person had prior to arriving in Sweden (pre-existing conditions).
The insurance does not cover additional costs in connection with healthcare. Examples of additional costs include medicine, telephone calls and taxi costs.

Exchange students

Exchange students are covered by Kammarkollegiet's Student IN insurance. The insurance pays for necessary and reasonable costs for emergency medical care or dental care when the insured, during the policy term, suffers illness.or has an accident. Its terms and conditions can be found at Kalmarkollegiet.

EU/EEA citizens

EU/EEA citizens and citizens from countries which have established reciprocal health insurance agreements with Sweden are entitled to access the same medical benefits as Swedish citizens. In this case, you are not required to be a resident. To be eligible as an EU/EEA citizen, you must be registered at a social insurance office in your home country and bring your European Health Insurance Card.

If you are also interested in having a home insurance, contact the student union Linnéstudenterna who can suggest good options.

Admitted students

lusa arrival

Social activities

As a student at our Summer Academy, you should have as great experiences with 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, please see Field Trips and Tours 2016 for further information.

More information about our social programme activities will be published continuously during summer in the Summer Academy Facebook-group.

In Summer Academy News platform (MyMoodle) you will find the latest news from the Summer Academy Team.

Travel to Summer Academy

From Copenhagen, Denmark

The best way to travel to Kalmar is to fly into Copenhagen Airport. There are direct trains between the airport and Kalmar train station. The train leaves every hour or every second hour. The direct train from Copenhagen takes approximately 3 hours 30 minutes. You can buy your train ticket at the airport. If you think you are eligible for a discounted fare, you should ask when buying your ticket. For train timetables, visit

From Stockholm, Sweden

By air

There are several daily flights on weekdays, less frequent on weekends. The flight time is approximately one hour. Direct flights to Kalmar depart from either Arlanda or Bromma airports.
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By train

There is a train station at Arlanda airport; take the Arlanda Express train to Stockholm central station and continue with a regular train from there to Kalmar. The train from Stockholm takes approximately 4 hours 30 minutes to Kalmar. For train timetables, visit

Travelling to Linnaeus University by bus

Travelling by bus is usually the cheapest way of travelling within Sweden. If you want to travel by bus, visit the following websites to find appropriate destinations and timetables. - long distance - long distance - long distance

At arrival

Welcome and orientation days

(for all students)

In order to help you settle into life at the Summer Academy, welcome and orientation days will be held at the end of the week before when the course period starts. During the orientation you will receive both practical and academic information.

Arrival and pick-up service

(for tuition fee-paying students and exchange students)

During the arrival days, we will provide a pick-up service upon your arrival in Kalmar. A student will meet you at the airport or the train station, provided that you have informed us of your time of arrival by the date listed in your acceptance pack. When arriving in Kalmar, you will receive the keys to your accommodation as well as some information before you are taken to your housing.