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Exchange application and acceptance

Planning your exchange studies

Once you have been nominated to go on an exchange by your home university, you will receive a special link for Lund University’s online application for nominated exchange students and contact from your coordinator at Lund University. You do not apply for exchange studies via University Admissions in Sweden.

The academic year consists of two semesters:

  • The autumn semester begins at the start of September
  • The spring semester begins during mid-January

A total of 30 credits is considered the normal full-time study load per semester. Students typically take four courses of 7.5 credits per semester.

Each semester is divided into two study periods. Students are generally advised to take two courses in each study period. 

We encourage you to choose alternative course options in case you do not meed the admission requirements for your preferred course choices, in case of a timetable clash, or in case no places are available on the course.

At Lund University we do not have an 'Add and Drop' period - please take this into consideration when you select your courses. The only possibility you will have to make some changes is in the first weeks after your arrival in Lund.

Application for courses and housing

Online application for courses

After you have been nominated for exchange studies by your home university, you will receive a system generated email with log in details and a link to the combined online exchange student application for the following:

  • Your selected study courses – i.e. all regular courses, including Special Area Studies (SAS) and Swedish language for exchange students (SVE)
  • Swedish Introductory Language course (SUSA) -  offered before the start of the semester
  • Mentor programme

You can prepare for your application by reading the following information:

Application period

The course application period for nominated exchange students runs from 1–25 April for autumn semester studies and from 1–25 October for spring studies.

Housing application

You can apply for housing in several different ways. One way is to apply through LU Accommodation. Their housing application period for nominated exchange students is from 3–25 April for autumn semester studies and 2–25 October for spring studies.

Visit the housing webpages for information on housing options 

Check your courses with your home university

Discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home university to check you will be able to receive credits. Later on, if your course selection needs to be changed, please keep your home university coordinator updated.

Your home university sends us your transcript of records so that we review your course selection against your eligibility and the available places on the courses you have chosen.

Letter of Acceptance

Once we have received and evaluated your application against the admission requirements and course availability, your nomination for the exchange will be finalised and you will be sent a 'Letter of Acceptance' from Lund University. 

Students find out if they are accepted or not within 1-2 months of submission of their application. 

The Letter of Acceptance is from your coordinator at Lund University – this person will be a key contact and support in organising your exchange studies.

It is very important to print the Letter of Acceptance as you will need to bring this with you to Lund University and present it several times during the first few weeks. You will also need the Letter of Acceptance as part of your residence permit application.

Read more about the residence permit application

Other preparations and arrival

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Key points

  • Exchange students are required to follow a full-time study plan of 30 credits per semester.
  • Typically this will mean four courses per semester (two courses per study period).
  • Choose alternative courses in your application to allow some flexibility.
  • You will be sent the link to the combined online application for all courses, the mentor programme and the link to the housing application.
  • Check your course selection with your home university.
  • Once your application is accepted, you received a 'Letter of Acceptance' from your coordinator at Lund University.