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International collaboration

Lund University collaborates and cooperates with top universities all over the world through international networks, programmes and platforms for research and education.

A group picture outside of the Centre for Languages and Literature, with someone holding a Swedish flag
Students and staff at Lund University have good opportunities for international experience through our collaboration with universities all over the world.


Among others, our international collaboration involves teacher and student exchanges, research collaborations, interdisciplinary platforms and capacity building projects.

Collaboration with top universities

Universitas 21 (U21)

U21 is a global network comprising 27 research-intensive, comprehensive and prominent universities in 18 countries. 

About our membership in U21

League of European Research Universities (LERU)

LERU is an organisation consisting of 21 leading research universities in Europe. 

About our membership in LERU

Collaboration in different continents

Learn more about our university-wide international collaboration in the following regions: 

International student exchanges

During 2021, 1335 international exchange students came to Lund University while 729 Lund University students left for exchange studies at one of our partner universities all over the world. In 2022, the numbers were 1891 and 1325, respectively.

We have collaboration and exchange agreements with some 680 universities in around 75 countries. On top of that, over 140 of our degree programmes are taught entirely in English.

We also collaborate in several exchange programmes, for example Erasmus+ and Nordplus.

Collaboration at all levels

At the university-wide level, the Division of External Relations works with network collaborations, agreements and programmes. In addition, our faculties and departments have their own specific international collaborations. 

Guidance for academic collaborations – Global Dynamic Engagement Framework (GDE-F)

The GDE-Framework at Lund University highlights the full range of the University’s current global engagement activities. At the same time, it aims to find new ways to further develop academic collaborations in various regions.

In order to achieve this, we set priorities for each region both at the faculty- and university-wide level, based on a mapping of current research- and education collaborations as well as academic cooperation.

Collaborations at the faculty- and department level 

The University's faculties and departments present their faculty- and department-specific collaborations on their own websites:

Contact information

International Office
Contact information for universities and collaboration partners

Global Dynamic Engagement Framework (GDE-F)
Teresia Rindefjäll
teresia [dot] rindefjall [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 62 40

Internationalisation at Lund University

Internationalisation is a prioritised area at Lund University. 

The primary aim is to increase the quality of the University's operations, among other things by giving our students and employees the best opportunities for international experience and intercultural competence.

This is, for example, done by: 

  • exchanges for students and staff
  • recruitment of international students and staff
  • joint study programmes with foreign universities and
  • 'Collaborative Online International Learning' (COIL).

More about the University's work with internationalisation on the Staff Pages:

More about international opportunities for students and staff: 

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