Special Area Study (SAS) courses
Nominated exchange students can apply for so-called 'Special Area Study' (SAS) courses in a wide range of subjects across eight out of nine faculties at Lund University. These courses are a wonderful opportunity for you to learn more about subjects outside your major. The course offerings include courses mostly focusing on one discipline as well as interdisciplinary courses tackling contemporary societal and environmental issues at different levels.
Use the links below to learn more about the SAS courses and the application process.
- Eligibility for SAS courses
- Value and pace of SAS courses
- Practical details concerning admission to SAS courses and enrolment
- How to apply for SAS courses
- Current SAS course offerings
- SAS course schedule
While SAS courses are more specialised courses at the undergraduate level, previous studies in the subject are not required for admission. To be eligible, you must have completed at least one year of academic studies in any subject (which is a general requirement for exchange studies). This creates a unique opportunity for you to to broaden your knowledge outside of your main subject area and gain exciting new perspectives.
The course contents are developed and taught by teaching staff specialised in the subject, who are happy to share their expertise and offer their guidance. Apart from fellow exchange students, your classmates will likely be regular students, who can also apply for these courses. Bringing different cultural and educational backgrounds into the mix when discussing topics or issues of specific interest to you and societies at large can be a highly rewarding experience and lead to useful new insights.
SAS courses are each worth 7.5 ECTS credits. Note that their pace may differ, however. While a course delivered at a full-time pace takes approximately one fourth of a semester (five weeks) to complete, most courses have a part-time pace and therefore last longer (often up to ten to fifteen weeks). It is therefore often possible to study several courses in parallel. Make sure to consider whether the courses of your interest can be combined with each other.
Your home university decides how to credit these courses based on the course-specific information provided.
Note that SAS courses are very popular and that admission is limited to places available. It is therefore always good to select some backup options (keeping in mind that there may be schedule clashes for certain course combinations).
Students admitted to an SAS course must attend the introductory lecture to be enrolled and may not withdraw from the course without informing the relevant department first.
Note that the application process differs depending on whether you are a nominated exchange student or a regular student at Lund University. This webpage is targeted at exchange students. Regular students must consult the Swedish national application website (universityadmission.se or antagning.se) for instructions on how to apply.
Once you have been nominated for an exchange to Lund University, you can apply for SAS courses as part of your online application for exchange studies. For questions, please contact the person who signed your Letter of Acceptance at Lund University.
Below you will find a list of currently available SAS courses by faculty, institute or centre. Their title is followed by their course code (between parentheses) and the semester(s) in which they are taught (autumn, spring or both).
More courses may be added continuously, so please check back here for updates.
The course webpages that are linked to are external webpages on the respective host's website.
See below for SAS course offerings at:
- The Faculty of Engineering (LTH)
- The Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts
- The Faculties of Humanities and Theology
- The Faculty of Law
- The Faculty of Science
- The Faculty of Social Sciences
- The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE)
- Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM)
- An Introduction to Information Security (SASC01) | Spring (not offered every year – next round will be in Spring 2025)
Contact incoming [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se (incoming[at]lth[dot]lu[dot]se) if you have questions about SAS courses at the Faculty of Engineering.
- Arabic Rhythms (SASL06) | Autumn
- Ensemble Music at Odeum – Orchestra playing or choir singing (SASL03) | Autumn
- Ensemble Music at Odeum – Orchestra playing or choir singing (SASL04) | Spring
- Swedish Folk music (SASL08) | Autumn
Contact Sara Engblom, sara [dot] engblom [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se (sara[dot]engblom[at]mhm[dot]lu[dot]se), if you have questions about SAS courses at the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts.
Swedish and Scandinavian Area studies
- Technology and Swedish Culture: Historical Perspectives (SASH83) | Autumn
- Introduction to Scandinavian Culture and Society (SASH55) | Autumn & spring
- Modern Design in Scandinavia (SASH56) | Autumn
- The Religious Impact of Migration in Sweden (SASH76) | Spring
- Survey of Swedish Literature (SASH16) | Spring
- Swedish Art in a Scandinavian Context (SASH74) | Spring
- Swedish Film (SASH03) | Autumn
- Swedish History from a Nordic Perspective (SASH64) | Autumn
- Swedish Music in Contemporary Culture (SASH80) | Autumn
- Swedish Politics – Past and Present (SASH63) | Spring
- Swedish Society and Everyday Life (SASH60) | Autumn
- Viking Age Scandinavia (SASH02) | Autumn
European Dimension and Other Cultural Regions
- Barbarians and Romans (SASH79) | Spring
- Communism in East and Central Europe: Present, Past, and Future Perspectives (SASH62) | Autumn
- European Integration at a Crossroads: History, Identities and Values (SASH91) – Autumn
- The Emergence of European Culture (SAS85) | Autumn
- Governance and Conflict in the Middle East (SASH38) | Spring
- History of the Holocaust (SASH65) | Spring
- Introduction to the Middle East (SASH23) | Autumn
- The Roman Empire (SASH39) | Autumn
Global Issues of Contemporary Interest
- Critical Animal Studies: Animals in Society, Culture and the Media (SASH68) | Spring
- Cultural Perspectives on Health, Lifestyle and Medicine (SASH61) | Spring
- Diversity of the World's Languages (SASH26) | Autumn & spring
- Food, Tradition and Innovation (SASH86) | Spring
- Gastronomy: Sustainable Eating (SASH59) | Autumn
- Globalization in the Pre-Modern World (SASH35) | Spring
- Health and Diet Through Human History (SASH73) | Spring
- Intercultural Communication (SASH82) | Autumn
- Inter-religious Relations: Conflict and Community in the Historical Past and the Lived Present (SASH89) | Spring
- Lund University in the Global World (SASH99) | Spring
- Media and Armed Conflicts – Past and Present (SASH67) | Autumn
- Media and the History of Political Rhetoric (SASH69) | Spring
- One World, One Language (SASH81) | Autumn – this course will not be offered in autumn 2023 as it has been temporarily moved to the spring 2024 semester instead. The course will, however, go back to its normal routine in autumn 2024.
- One World, One Morality (SASH66) | Spring
- Religion and Politics (SASH49) | Autumn
- Social AI through the Looking Glas (SASH92) | Autumn
Contact international [at] ht [dot] lu [dot] se (international[at]ht[dot]lu[dot]se) if you have questions about SAS courses at the Faculties of Humanities and Theology.
- Introduction to European Business Law (SASJ01) | Autumn
- Introduction to International Law (SASJ02) | Autumn
Contact incoming [at] jur [dot] lu [dot] se (incoming[at]jur[dot]lu[dot]se) if you have questions about SAS courses at the Faculty of Law.
- The Scientific Method (SASF10) | Spring
Contact incoming [at] science [dot] lu [dot] se (incoming[at]science[dot]lu[dot]se) if you have questions about SAS courses at the Faculty of Science.
- Gender, Citizenship and Migration (SASA25) | Autumn
- Gender, Social Change and Modernity in Sweden/Scandinavia (SASA16) | Autumn & spring
- Scandinavian Models of Equality (SASA27) | Autumn & spring
Contact incoming [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se (incoming[at]sam[dot]lu[dot]se) if you have questions about SAS courses at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS)
- Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science: Concepts, Challenges and Approaches in Sustainability Studies (SASI03) | Autumn
Contact amanda [dot] elgh [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se (amanda[dot]elgh[at]lucsus[dot]lu[dot]se) if you have questions about SAS courses at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies.
Contact patricia [dot] felix [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se (patricia[dot]felix[at]iiiee[dot]lu[dot]se) if you have questions about SAS courses at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics.
- Swedish Economic Development (SASE10) | Spring
- Economic Change, Labour Market and the Population (SASE11) | Spring
- Introduction to e-health (digital) (SASE40) | Autumn
- Family and Work: Scandinavia in International Perspective (SASE12) | Spring
- International Economics (SASE31) | Autumn
- Population Aging and the Welfare State (SASE13) | Autumn
- Social Innovation – a Strategy for Sustainability (SASE21). Course plan (PDF, 243 kB, new tab) | Autumn
Contact incoming [at] ehl [dot] lu [dot] se (incoming[at]ehl[dot]lu[dot]se) if you have questions about SAS courses at Lund University School of Economics and Management.
- SAS course schedule spring semester 2024 (102 kB, new tab)
– updated 25 Septmeber 2023.
- SAS course schedule autumn semester 2023 (101 kB, new tab)
– updated 13 March 2023.
- Find course schedules in the scheduling system TimeEdit*
* Note that certain course schedules may not be available much in advance.
Keep in mind that not all SAS courses can be combined with each other and that there may also be schedule clashes between SAS courses and regular courses.