University of California exchange programme

Each autumn, Lund University makes available a number of tuition-free exchange student seats at the University of California (UC), through the University of California Education Abroad Program Lund (UCEAP Lund).

An exchange student posing on the UCLA campus in a UCLA hoodie

When to apply for an exchange at the University of California

The application period for exchange studies during the academic year of 2021–2022 is open from 15 October to 1 November 2020.

Application instructions:
Application UC autumn 2020 (PDF, new window)

Supporting documents:
UC Campus Priority Sheet (Doc)
UC Study Plan (Doc)

About the University of California exchange programme

The Lund University exchange programme with University of California has been in existence since the mid-1960s. It is Lund University's very first and longest running exchange programme. It is also the exchange programme that receives the most applications and is the largest exchange programme for Lund University in terms of the number of students participating each year.

Lund University students returning from an exchange at UC are, without exception, always very satisfied with their UC stays. We therefore encourage you to apply if you meet the eligibility requirements (see section below for detailed information) and have an interest in studying at UC.

Note! This exchange programme is not intended for Master's programme students/students at the Master's level. 

Eligibility requirements

The Lund University exchange programme with University of California is intended for Bachelor’s degree students/students at the Bachelor’s level.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • at the time of application have completed a minimum of 30 Lund University/higher education credits at the undergraduate level (grundnivå) at Lund University and are registered for full-time studies at Lund University (or have been granted an approved leave/studieuppehåll from your studies at Lund University)
  • are able to present a study plan for your intended stay at UC corresponding to full-time studies and where coursework can be transferred/part of a subsequent degree at Lund University
  • have sufficient proficiency in the relevant language of instruction
  • note that some faculties/departments at Lund University have additional eligibility requirements – contact your Lund University faculty/department.

You can apply to the following UC campuses

  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz

University of California (UC) is a substantial campus system where the campuses combined hold over 238 000 students. The UC campuses and their various departments typically place very well in terms of international rankings. Each UC campus is largely an independent entity within the University of California campus system. The campuses are spread throughout the State of California and they all have their own unique character.

Learn more about the University of California's campuses (PDF, new window).


Please contact University of California Study Center: UCStudyCenter [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se.

Do you have questions for the UC Study Center during the application period?


Fri 16 Oct, 13:00–15:00
Wed 21 Oct, 13:00–15:00
Wed 28 Oct, 13:00–15:00
Fri 30 Oct, 10:00–12:00

UC Study Center:
+46 46 222 38 85

Information and Q&A via Zoom

  1. Mon 19 Oct, 10:30–12:30
    Join the Zoom session here*
  2. Fri 23 Oct, 13:00–15:00
    Join the Zoom session here*

*How to join a Zoom session?
See Canvas for more information


For questions at other times, please contact us via email: UCStudyCenter [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se.