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International opportunities

As a current student at Lund University, you have ample opportunities to gain more international experience and intercultural competence, both on campus and abroad.

Three students talking and laughing at the harbour in Helsingborg in summertime.
Photo: Johan Persson.

If you are an international degree student at Lund University, you are already aware that international experience and intercultural competence are valuable assets. You have found out firsthand that international experience facilitates personal growth and enhances your intercultural, subject-specific, and language skills. In their turn, these merits naturally boost future career opportunities.

If you want to continue on this track and further expand your international experience either at Lund or abroad, there are plenty of exciting opportunities for you. 

A truly international university

As a student at Lund, you are part of a truly international campus with fellow students and staff from over 140 different countries. In that sense, studies and student life at Lund University are an international experience in their own right. The University's top 50 rank in the 'Most international universities in the world 2022' ranking by Times Higher Education (THE) is a testimony to that. Besides the proportions of international students and staff, this ranking also takes into account research collaborations and universities' global reputation.

Being a part of an international university that prioritises further internationalisation translates into a range of interesting opportunities. These of course include, but are by no means limited to, traditional one- or two semester exchanges with one of our over 500 partner universities around the world. Other options are short-term exchanges, virtual exchanges and competitions, becoming an international mentor, joining language cafés, and more.

International opportunities on campus

You do not need to go abroad (again) to gain valuable international experience. You have a host of options open to you right here on campus. Learn more about the available opportunities below.

In Canvas, you can find a list of current and upcoming digital activities for students. These are often hosted in collaboration with our partner universities and networks.

Examples of activities are:

  • webinars
  • student competitions and
  • virtual exchanges.

New activities are published throughout the semester.

Extracurricular International Opportunities – log in to Canvas

Stand-alone courses taught in English

If your degree programme has an optional or elective part, or if you would like to and are able to take an additional course or courses on the side, you can browse our course catalogue and find courses of interest to you.

You can apply for courses either within or outside of your subject area, provided that you meet the entry requirements. 

You can find the entry requirements on the course webpage, and should apply in the way stated there.

Special Area Studies (SAS)

SAS courses are special type of course that give you an opportunity to learn more about subjects outside your main subject area. Many of these courses are interdisciplinary and tackle contemporary societal and environmental issues.

While SAS courses are aimed at exchange students in the first place, regular students can also apply. Note that the application process is different for exchange students and degree students.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

MOOCs are free online courses open to anyone with an interest, regardless of previous experience. You can sign up for MOOCs at the Coursera platform. Please note that you cannot include a MOOC as a part of a degree or receive university credits for it.

Lund University offers a number of MOOCs that may interest you, but you can also have a look at other universities' offerings. 

By becoming an international mentor, you will play an important role in helping (fellow) international students settle into Lund’s student life and Swedish everyday life.

Being a mentor gives you the chance to meet students from all over the world and expand your network. This is not only fun, but is also an experience that can be seen as a qualification when applying for jobs.

Become an international mentor

There are a couple of language cafés where you can meet students from a range of countries and practise languages together, for example Café Multilingua and Eos Language Café. 

If you are looking to improve your Swedish and learn more about Swedish culture, there are even more options. 

On some of the faculties' websites, you can find tips about additional international activities on campus and in the region.

The vibrant student life at Lund University gives you the opportunity to meet like-minded people from all over the world at student organisations, nations or other student forums. 

I definitely increased my social skills and leadership skills.


          Stéphan,
          international mentor

International opportunities abroad

Lund University has exchange agreements with over 500 partner universities in around 70 countries all over the world. This gives you a unique opportunity to study abroad. This can either be short-term, as with summer courses, or longer-term, as with one- or two-semester exchanges.

Every year, we send around 1 300 students on exchange. Perhaps you can be one of them! 

A traineeship or fieldwork abroad during your studies here are other options. 

See the different opportunities below. You will find information about eligibility, how to apply and potential funding options by clicking the links.

As a current degree student, you may be able to study at one of Lund University's 500 partner universities for one or two semesters. The University of California exchange programme is our oldest and largest. 

If you would like to study in another Nordic or European country, you can apply for a Nordplus or Erasmus+ mobility grant. 

You may be able to undertake a traineeship/internship within or outside of Europe and be eligible for a grant.

Traineeship in Europe

If you want to undertake a traineeship in Europe, you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ traineeship grant. The traineeship can either be a part of your studies, or be an optional addition.

Traineeship abroad via Erasmus+

Internship outside the EU

If you want to undertake an internship, clinical training or a work placement outside the EU, you may be eligible for a travel grant from the Crafoord Foundation.

Crafoord Foundation travel grant for internships outside the EU

You can study at one of Lund University's partner universities during the summer months. This short-term opportunity could be especially interesting if want to broaden your education or for any reason cannot or do not want to go on a longer exchange.

You can also combine both options.

Summer courses abroad

In Canvas, you will find several international activities for students, such as: 

  • short-term exchanges
  • webinars and
  • student competitions.

New activities are published continuously throughout the semester.

Extracurricular International Opportunities – log in to Canvas

Some international students are eligible for the Crafoord Foundation travel grant or the Minor Field Studies (MFS) scholarship for data collection in connection with a (degree) project.

Note that very specific eligibility requirements apply in both cases.

You can also apply to universities abroad that do not have an exchange agreement with Lund University on your own.

If you wish to do this, you need to arrange everything yourself. If there are fees, you need to pay them yourself and you are also personally responsible for obtaining valid insurance.

A mosaic of six pictures with students posing in urban environments abroad.

Follow our students around the world

More opportunities at your faculty

Depending on what you are studying, there may be additional opportunities in connection with your degree programme or subject area. 

Find more information and contact details on the faculties' websites: 

Certificate of International Merits (CIM)

A CIM is a certificate that attests that you have gained international experience through different intercultural activities.

Only some of the faculties at Lund University currently offer this opportunity. Contact your faculty to see what applies in your case.