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Summer courses abroad

As a student at Lund University, you have the opportunity to study abroad during the summer.

Someone standing in front of a lake and mountains in New Zealand, picture provided by University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Applying for summer courses abroad

The aim of summer courses is to give students the opportunity to experience what it is like to study in a country other than Sweden. For some summer courses, you do not need to pay tuition fees if you are a student at Lund University, whereas for others you do need to pay them yourself. When you apply, you should be aware of the costs associated with the exchange, such as travel costs, living expenses and visa costs. If you are nominated for a summer course, you can still be nominated for exchange studies.

Make your application online

The preliminary dates for the application round for summer courses in the summer of 2022 are 25 January–5 February 2022. 

Find eligibility requirements, application instructions and information on attachments, the assessment of your application and notification of nomination below.

Eligibility requirements

In order to be considered eligible you must fulfil the following requirements:

  • You must be registered as a full-time student at Lund University at the time of application.
  • You must have earned at least 30 credits at the time of application, and 60 credits at the planned time of departure.
  • You must have good language skills in the language of instruction.

Summer courses

The links below connect you to a database where you can find more information on each of the summer courses. The course list below shows the course offer during a normal year (during 2021 no courses were announced due to the Covid-19 pandemic).

The information connected to the 2022 summer courses will be updated continuously until the first day of the application period.

Summer courses with no tuition fees

Tuition fees for the following summer courses are covered by Lund University. You need to cover your own travel expenses, visa- and living costs. 

  • Summer Courses at Aarhus University, Denmark
    6–24 July and 27 July–14 August 2020
    The duration of each of these courses may vary. Courses in the following disciplines are offered: Business, Social Sciences, Science, Technology, Health, Humanities
  • University of Southern Denmark Summer Courses
    3–14 August 2020
    Courses in the following disciplines are offered: Business and Economics, Chemistry Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Civil and Architectual Engineering, Physics, Robotics nad Drone Technology, Political Sciences and Public Administration
  • Tampere Summer School, Tammerfors, Finland
    3–14 August 2020
    The duration of each of these courses may vary. Courses in the following discipline are offered: Business/Finance, Social Sciences, Science, Technology, Health, Humanities
  • Utrecht Summer School, the Netherlands
    6 July–14 August 2020. The duration of each of these courses may vary. Courses in the following disciplines are offered: Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Hamburg International Summer School, Germany
    6–31 July 2020, Particles, Strings & Cosmology
    6–31 July 2020, Language Diversity, Education and Social Participation
    6–24 July 2020, Health Economics
  • Korea University, International Summer Campus
    4 weeks: 30 June–23 July 2020 (cancelled)
    6 weeks: 30 June–6 August 2020 (cancelled)
    Courses in the following disciplines are offered: Business and Economics, Humanities, Sociology and Psycology, Fine Art/Design, Science, Engineering, Law, Politics and International Relations, Korean and East Asian Studies, Korean Language
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong, International Summer School
    The summer courses are offered during two time periods: 
    30 June–3 August 2020 (cancelled)
    27–22 August 2020
    Courses in the following disciplines are offered: Business and management, Chinese language (Cantonese and Putonghua), Environment, Science and Technology, Humanities and Social Science
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong Global Summer School
    a) Two-week courses (9–24 July 2020) focusing on the following topics:
    - Chinese Policy and City Governance
    - Discover China
    - China's Policy on Climate Change, Energy and Environment
    - Practice in Restoring Chinese Historical Buildings
    - Chinese Landscape Architecture Culture and Ecological aspects
    - Technology to Shape the Future of Media & Entertainment in China – Digital Innovations and Smart Construction
    - Green Technology for Environmental Pollution Control
    - Frontiers in Biomedical Engineering
    - Precision Agriculture and Future
    - Outlook of Future Techniques in Aerospace Engineering
    - Reversing Climate Change
    - AIoT and AR/VR
    - Blockchain and its Application in Energy Internet
    b) Three-week courses (9–31 July 2020) focusing on the following topics:
    - Machine Intelligence and Robotics 
    - Artificial Intelligence Principles and Applications

Summer courses at the Nordic Centres in Asia

The Nordic Centres in China and India aim to increase understanding and create closer ties between the Nordic countries and China/India through research and education cooperation. To take part in these summer activities, you need to be nominated by Lund University. You cover the tuition fees, travel expenses, any visa fees and living expenses yourself. 

Application and attachments

Your 3 highest ranked choices in the application for summer courses will be taken into account. The attachments required for a complete application may vary depending on which summer course you are applying for. 
Attachments should be uploaded in PDF or word formats. Name your files 'type of document', first- and family name (e.g. CV-Johan-Johansson.pdf).

The following attachments are compulsory:

  • 1 Statement of purpose – present your reasons for wanting to attend a summer course abroad in connection to your current studies and/or future career (only 1 SoP for all application choices, max 1 A4).
  • CV (max 1 A4).
  • Transcript from Ladok (your own print is accepted).

Special attachments are required for some application choices:

  • Study Plan – choice of courses (only for: Aarhus, Korea, CUHK, NC Fudan, NC India)
  • Separate application forms (only for Nordic Centre Fudan)

Assessment of your application and notification of nomination

The applicants will be selected on the basis of the following:

  • The application with attachments must be complete and in correct English; incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Statement of Purpose/ description of reasons for travel and what you want to get out of your summer course are important in the assessment process (one A4 page).
  • CV – previous qualifications and engagements are reviewed.
  • Study results retrieved from Ladok are reviewed.
  • Special attachments are taken into account.
  • Attachments should be uploaded in PDF or Word format. Attachments in other formats that cannot be opened are considered incomplete.
  • Applicants with no previous experience of exchange studies at LU are prioritised.
  • An equal distribution between applicants from different faculties is sought.
  • International students who apply for summer courses in their home countries are not prioritised.
  • Exchange students at Lund University are not prioritised.

All applicants are notified via email approximately three to four weeks after the application deadline. If you receive an offer but do not reply, you are assumed to have declined the offer.

Credit transfer

Credits from summer courses can sometimes be included in your degree, but this is not a requirement for being eligible to apply.

Non-EU/EEA students (who are required to pay tuition fees at Lund University) that are nominated to these summer schools and who choose/ are allowed to get the course accredited by Lund University will pay the regular tuition fee per number of credits accredited. Lund University will issue an invoice that will be sent to the student after accreditation. 

Contact information

Primary contact via email:
sommarkurs_utomlands [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se

You can also visit the International Desk during regular opening hours:

The International Desk

Contact information

Primary contact for summer courses abroad:
sommarkurs_utomlands [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se

You can also contact the International Desk.

More summer courses abroad

Some summer courses abroad cover specific subject areas and can only be applied for by students already studying in the field. Read more on your faculty website: