English: Written Proficiency and Academic Writing
Course · 7.5 credits
Please note that Swedish is not a requirement to take this course.
English is the most important language in our part of the world for communication between people with different language backgrounds. This is especially true of the academic world, where papers and articles are commonly written in English. English is also the dominant language on the Internet and in movies, TV, music and computer games.
Those who master the rules of written, academic English generally have great advantages in their professional lives, as well as in their academic studies and in various other situations. If you choose to take this course, you already have considerable experience of academic studies and have perhaps already started writing in English within your area of expertise.
Course description (Written proficiency and academic writing)
In this course you practise your ability to express yourself in academic English within various genres. In particular, we practice how to reflect on different writing scenarios within the academy – both in terms of disciplinary conventions and academic genres. The main focus of the course is on the academic essay or paper, but you will also be discussing academic writing in general and other academic genres more specifically.
Generally speaking, you have the opportunity to influence what you do and write about in this course to a certain degree. We take your individual needs into consideration, since we want this course to be beneficial to anyone who takes it.
One component of the course consists of grammar workshops and practical grammar exercises. The grammar part is examined through a written take-home exam. The rest of the course focuses more explicitly on academic writing and what you need to pay attention to and learn in order to produce better academic texts.
For the main part of the course, you will be working on short assignments where you reflect on, and produce, academic text. You will receive feedback from your instructor or your fellow students before you hand in all assignments in a portfolio at the end of the course. Your portfolio will be graded by the teacher.
The language of instruction is English.
After the course
After this course you will be ready for the challenges involved in writing academic essays, papers, and theses in English. You will also be better prepared for all other situations in which correct written English is expected.
Requirements and selection
General and at least 60 credits in other subjects than English. English 6/English B.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.
Start Spring Semester 2022
Day-time Lund, part time 25%
17 January 2022 - 5 June 2022
Closed for applications
Start Autumn Semester 2022
Start Spring Semester 2023
Day-time Lund, part time 25%
16 January 2023 - 4 June 2023
Will open for applications 2022-09-15
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
- Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
- Get all your documents ready:
- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
- official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants)
- passport/ID (all applicants) and
- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
* Svensk student?
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 13 750
First payment: SEK 13 750
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile, among other countries
- US student finance
- Canada student finance