All co-workers and students should have the opportunity to establish lasting international contacts with the aim of maintaining diversity and contributing to sustainable development. Our knowledge environment stimulates openness and promotes exchanges of knowledge between different countries, cultures, ages and scientific disciplines.
Our goal is that all our educational programmes will include the opportunity to study abroad and that more of our courses will be taught in English. Many courses are open to both foreign and Swedish students. Teaching will be carried out by both Swedish and foreign lecturers and researchers. This means that all our students have an increased international awareness and are well equipped for the future job market.
Linnaeus University strives to be an international university, a springboard to worldwide knowledge for both students and employees. All students are to be offered the opportunity to get international experience through, for instance, studies abroad or internship abroad.
The Office of External Relations coordinates, administrates, and quality-assures international university wide exchange agreements and programmes such as Erasmus+. The mission involves competitive intelligence and the spreading of information on opportunities and conditions for international mobility, various types of collaborations, and funding sources.
The International Office within the Office of Student Affairs is responsible for the mobility of outgoing and incoming exchange students, coming from or going to the university's partner universities. The slightly more than 1,000 incoming exchange students that study at Linnaeus University each year also receive support and guidance during their studies.
Why Linnaeus University?
Linnaeus University is the result of a merger between Växjö University and University of Kalmar. By establishing Linnaeus University, quality, attractiveness and potential for development will be enhanced for teaching and research at our new seat of learning.
Who was Linnaeus?
Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) is probably the most internationally renowned of Swedish scientists. He is most well-known for his approach to ordering nature in his classification system put forward in 1735 in his book Systema Naturae. Linnaeus was innovative and pioneering, and his work paved the way for the new scientific paradigm of his times. Linnaeus was also known as a great teacher who stimulated his students to cross both geographical and mental boundaries.
Where are we?
Linnaeus University is situated in the cities of Kalmar and Växjö, in southern Sweden. Teaching and research is conducted at both sites. The distance between Kalmar and Växjö is 110 km and the journey between the two cities takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes by train. Students and staff usually travel by train between the two cities.
What are the advantages for our partner universities?
Linnaeus University is a comprehensive university, offering over 300 courses and programmes in a wide range of disciplines. The new university increases opportunities for co-operation between disciplines and between different levels of study.
Will exchange students need to commute between Kalmar and Växjö?
When applying to Linnaeus University, students will be asked to specify their choice of study location and will undertake their studies at this location during their exchange term. Students staying for a full academic year may, if they wish, change study location in their second term.
Can exchange students choose courses offered at both locations?
Exchange students are strongly advised to follow a degree programme / course at only one study locality. While it is possible to study a single course at the other site, students are responsible for travelling costs when travelling between study locations as well as ensuring that no timetable clashes occur.
Linnaeus University has agreements/cooperation with universities around the world. The agreements can include a wide range of activities, such as teacher exchange, student exchange, and research cooperation. Many of the agreements only include cooperation within specific subject areas.
For information about existing agreements at Linnaeus University, please email