International Networks

Linnaeus University is a member of international networks with the aim to promote strategic and multilateral cooperation in education and research with different countries.

Networks for research and education


MIRAI is connecting Swedish and Japanese universities through research, education and innovation. It is a three-year project funded jointly by STINT, seven Swedish and eight Japanese universities and with financial support from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

Contact person for MIRAI is Charlotte Skoglund, Office of external relations.


Nordlys is a network of 37 Nordic universities in Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The network is university wide and the overall aim is to stimulate student and staff mobility within the Nordic region and thereby spread knowledge and understanding about Nordic languages ​​and culture.  For student and staff mobility, there is a multilateral Erasmus + agreement, which means that all subject areas can use the agreement for exchange and you receive an Erasmus scholarship (does not apply to the Faroe Islands). Information about network members can be found at the Nordlys website.

Contact person for Nordlys is Camilla Andersson Lundqvist, Office of external relations.


SANORD - Southern African - Nordic Center is a member organization for higher education and research institutions. SANORD was founded in 2007 to stimulate multilateral academic cooperation between South African and Nordic institutions with the aim of strengthening the regions' ability to meet new local and global challenges for innovation and development.

The network has about 40 members in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland.

The leadership of the member institutions meets annually for discussion and planning of joint activities. SANORD has a board of directors and the physical base is at the University of the Western Cape.

Annual scientific conference
Every year in September, a scientific conference is held where researchers can submit their contributions. In 2020, the conference will be held at the University of Bergen, Norway. The opportunity to submit papers to the conference opens in December 2019 and closes in March 2020. Read more about the conference here.

Linnaeus University became a member in 2019 and membership is financed centrally. After three years, Lnu will evaluate its participation in SANORD.

Contact person for SANORD is Lena Kulmala, Office of external relations.


Scholars at Risk is an international network with the aim to defend academic freedom and the human rights of researchers around the world. Linnaeus University has been a member since 2016 and hosts its first SAR researcher in 2019/2020. Scholars at Risk has a section in Sweden with about 20 members who meet twice a year for exchange of experiences and joint activities. Four of the members of SAR Sweden are also part of the three-year EU project InSPIREurope 2019-2021 (GU, Lnu, Södertörn and KI). The project will coordinate the initiatives that exist in Europe and provide education and give support to at-risk academics. 

Contact person for SAR is Lena Kulmala, Office of external relations.

Networks for student exchange

ISEP (International Student Exchange Programme)

ISEP is a network comprising about 300 member universities in some 50 countries. The network is cross-disciplinary and anyone studying at Linnaeus University can apply for places within the network. Accessible educational sites through ISEP can be found on the ISEP website under the directory of universities. More information is also available on the International Office website.

Contact person for ISEP is Ingela Åberg, Office of external relations.

USAC (University Studies Abroad Consortium)

The USAC consortium gives Lnu's students the opportunity to go to regions that are not covered by our exchange agreements or the ISEP consortium, such as Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, India, China and Thailand. The studies at these colleges are mainly focused on culture and language. More information can be found on the USAC's website as well as the International Office website.

Contact person for USAC is Charlotte Skoglund, Office of external relations.