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Cooperation programmes

To further promote the internationalisation at all levels of the University, Lund University participates in a number of cooperation programmes.

Group sitting in a row in front of the main University Library in spring


Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme for collaboration in higher education. Erasmus+ started in 2014 and will run until 2020. The programme offers opportunities for international exchange and strategic collaboration projects, and funding for policy reforms. The sub-programmes within Erasmus+ include: Erasmus+ exchange mobility, joint Master’s degrees, strategic partnerships, knowledge alliances and capacity building projects.

Read more about Erasmus+ on the European Commission website

Erasmus+ exchange mobility

The exchange mobility within Erasmus+ is based on bilateral agreements between higher education institutions. These agreements lay the foundation for exchanges for students and teaching staff, who can receive grants when they go on an exchange. There are also grants for students who do work placements and for administrative staff. A new feature of Erasmus+ is that exchange mobility also includes bilateral agreements with universities outside Europe (International Credit Mobility). The aims of the programme are increased international mobility among students and teaching staff, greater openness, and recognition of academic study and qualifications. The funding is primarily for cooperation between European universities, but there is also some funding for cooperation with higher education institutions outside Europe.

Read about Erasmus+ exchange mobility at the European Commission website

International Credit Mobility

The International Credit Mobility programme provides opportunity for collaboration and exchange between so-called programme countries (countries in Europe that participate in the Erasmus+ programme) and so-called partner countries (non-European countries that participate in some parts of the Erasmus+ programme).

Teaching staff at higher education institutions have the opportunity to teach at a higher education institution in another country. Other staff members, teaching and otherwise, also have the opportunity to conduct job shadowing or undertake other forms of knowledge sharing.

Higher education institutions can also invite employees from businesses or organisations to teach.

Students at all levels (first, second and third cycle) can study for 3–12 months in another country. The student needs to be registered at a Swedish higher education institution to apply.

Read more about international mobility at the European Commission website

Strategic Partnerships

Within the Strategic Partnerships sub-programme, there are opportunities for universities to apply for projects with other higher education institutions or with businesses, other organisations or government agencies. Examples of possible activities include joint course development, conferences, intensive programmes, professional development initiatives or experience exchanges. Applications should involve at least three partners from three different programme countries.

Read more about Strategic Partnerships at the European Commission website

Knowledge Alliances

The sub-programme Knowledge Alliances is about projects that focus on collaboration between universities and companies. Such projects could include the development of new learning methods, the development of programmes and activities in collaboration with business, course development in collaboration with business, or the introduction of a stronger focus on entrepreneurship in study programmes. Knowledge alliance projects are to include at least six partners from at least three different programme countries, of which at least two must be universities and at least two must be companies.

Read more about Knowledge Alliances at the European Commission website  

Capacity-building projects

Capacity building provides funding for joint projects to develop new courses, curricula, education centres, higher education administration or national education reforms, and contribute to the modernisation of higher education and to democratic development in the partner countries. Universities, individually or in collaboration can apply for funding for partnerships with Erasmus+ partner countries worldwide.

Read more about Capacity-building at the European Commission website 

Joint Master’s Degrees

Erasmus+ provides support for the development of joint Master’s degrees, as well as scholarships for students to participate in a degree programme being offered. Applications to offer a joint Master’s degree must involve at least three universities from three different programme countries. It is also possible to cooperate with higher education institutions in other countries. The degrees are to include compulsory mobility between at least two countries within the consortium.

Read more about Joint Master's Degrees at the European Commission website

Jean Monnet

The Jean Monnet programme aims to promote quality in teaching and research within the area of EU studies. The programme is open to higher education institutions worldwide and the key activities include courses, research, conferences, networking activities, and publications in the field of EU studies.

Read more about Jean Monnet at the European Commission website


The Nordplus programme is the Nordic Council of Ministers’ programme to support collaboration between the Nordic and Baltic countries. Nordplus is to help strengthen the sense of community and Nordic-Baltic identity that follow from the countries’ historical, cultural and democratic ties.

The programme supports mobility, specific projects and network activities in the Nordic and Baltic countries and also offers grants for students and teaching staff.


Minor Field Studies

Students at Lund University can collect material for their papers or their degree projects in a developing country through the Minor Field studies programme. The programme aims to prepare students for work in a global context and to give universities the opportunity to establish and strengthen international contacts.

The programme is financed by the Swedish International Cooperation Development Agency and is administered by the Swedish Council for Higher Education. Please note that only students with a Swedish citizenship or permanent residence permit are eligible to apply.

Read more at (in Swedish)


Linnaeus-Palme is an exchange programme that aims to strengthen collaboration with universities in developing countries. Through this programme, funding is available for preparation trips and for teaching staff and student mobility.

The programme is financed by the Swedish International Cooperation Development Agency and is administered by the Swedish Council for Higher Education.

Linneaus-Palme information on (in Swedish, see PDF:s in English)

Cooperation in the Baltic Sea region

The Swedish Institute’s Baltic Sea engagement, commissioned by the Swedish Government, is to develop and strengthen Swedish relations and cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. The Swedish Institute provide Swedish organisations (including higher education institutions) with funding, useful advice and help in finding partners in the collaborating countries.

Read more at the Swedish Institute website

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Contact information

European Mobility 
Petra Moser Noergaard
petra [dot] moser-norgaard [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 47 53

Capacity building projects
Miguel Cornejo-Herrera
miguel [dot] cornejo_herrera [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 93 83

Joint degree programmes
Patricia Tennberg
patricia [dot] tennberg [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 3860

Jean Monnet
Petra Moser Noergaard
petra [dot] moser-norgaard [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 47 53

Petra Moser Noergaard
petra [dot] moser-norgaard [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 47 53

Minor Field Studies
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Henrik Hofvendahl
henrik [dot] hofvendahl [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 3015

Baltic Sea Region Cooperation
Petra Moser Noergaard
petra [dot] moser-norgaard [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 47 53