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Global collaboration

Lund University collaborates and cooperates with top universities all over the world through international networks, programmes and platforms. Below we present some of our larger, university-wide collaborations.

Universitas 21 (U21)

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

The aim of the network is to provide a platform to facilitate collaboration, nurture global knowledge exchange and share best practice. The network focuses on three main strategic areas:

  • Educational Innovation
  • Student Experience and
  • Researcher Engagement

and offers opportunities to students, researchers and staff.

Universitas 21 website

Scholars at Risk (SAR)

Lund University works to be able to receive threatened researchers.

Lund University has been a member of SAR since 2014. SAR is a network of more than 500 member institutions in 42 countries that works to help threatened researchers and promote academic freedom worldwide. This sits well with Lund University’s values of human rights, respect, tolerance and speaking out against injustice.

We have for example organised a lecture on the theme of threatened researchers and participate in the network's various events, such as conferences and fairs, both nationally and internationally.

The University also plays an active role in building up a Swedish network and acts as support for new Swedish member universities.

Scholars at Risk website

International Credit Mobility (ICM) – Erasmus+

The ICM-programme provides opportunities for collaboration and exchange between Lund University and so-called partner countries (countries outside of the EU/EES that participate in certain parts of the Erasmus+ programme). 

A bilateral agreement forms the basis for student and teacher exchanges, who can receive scholarships for mobilities. 

About international mobility – European Commission website

ICM for outgoing exchange students

Students att all levels: 

  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • doctoral/PhD

can study in a different country for 3–12 months.

ICM for incoming exchange students

Students studying at one of Lund University’s partner universities outside of the EU/EES have the opportunity to study at Lund University to gain international experience and qualifications, and to develop new contacts.

Speak with the international coordinator at your home university to find out more about upcoming study opportunities. Students nominated for the Erasmus+ ICM grant will receive detailed information from the Lund University mobility coordinator at the time of selection.

ICM for teaching and non-teaching staff

Teaching staff at higher education institutions are given the opportunity to teach at a higher education institution in another country. Both teaching and non-teaching staff are given the opportunity to conduct job shadowing or undertake other types of professional development activities.


Linnaeus–Palme is a programme that aims to establish long-term partnerships with universities in low- and middle-income countries.

Through this programme, departments can apply for funding for the following activities: 

  • planning trips
  • mutual exchanges for teachers and students
  • language training
  • workshops
  • thematic seminars
  • digital initiatives
  • other capacity building and partnership building activities.

The programme is funded by the Swedish International Cooperation Development Agency (Sida) and is administered by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR).

About Linnaeus–Palme – (in Swedish)

Minor Field Studies (MFS)

MFS is a programme that offers students scholarships for fieldwork in a developing country for at least eight weeks. The aim of the fieldwork is to collect material for a degree project at Bachelor's or Master's level. 

MFS gives students the possibility to gain practical experience from a developing country and prepare for work in a global context. Participating higher education institutions, in their turn, gain a broader international network and thereby an increased opportunity to establish and strengthen international contacts.

The programme is funded by the Swedish International Cooperation Development Agency (Sida) and is administered by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR).

Please note that only students with a Swedish citizenship or permanent residence permit are eligible to apply.

Contact information

Universitas 21
Isabelle Nilsson
isabelle [dot] nilsson [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 (0)79 063 09 72

Scholars at Risk
Pär Svensson
Par [dot] Svensson [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 (0)46 222 77 42

(International Credit Mobility, collaboration outside the EU/EES)
Petra Moser-Nørgaard
petra [dot] moser-norgaard [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 (0)46 222 47 53

Henrik Hofvendahl
henrik [dot] hofvendahl [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 30 15

Minor Field Studies
Hilda Fhager
mfs [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 (0)46 222 01 37