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International exchange

Information for exchange students coming to Sweden

By becoming an exchange student at Lund University you will enter an exciting chapter in your life. Lund University was founded in 1666 and is one of the oldest universities in Scandinavia. Voted the best place to live in Sweden, Lund is a safe city with the healthiest, richest and youngest population in the country. The combination of old traditions and history together with the bustling student life makes Lund a great place to live and study.Please note
  • To be accepted as an exchange student you must be nominated by your home university.
  • Freemovers cannot apply to the exchange programme at our department. To study on your own in Lund or Sweden, read more on

How to apply

The term exchange student implies that your home university has a formal agreement for exchange studies with Lund University. You apply to our school via your International Office at home. Once you have been selected and nominated by your home university you are accepted as an exchange student to Lund University.

We will send you an e-mail with further information and instructions on what to do next. You are advised to strictly adhere to the deadlines and instructions outlined in the package to ensure efficient arrangement of your studies in Lund.

Your assigned coordinator is responsible for your stay in Lund, and will assist you with all formalities and questions regarding your studies in Lund except for questions on housing.

Deadline for nominations for autumn term is April 15 and nominations for spring term is October 15.

Applying after the deadline

If a course is not full after the first round of admissions it may open for late applications, thereby giving interested students a second chance to apply.

Please note that a late application is not a guarantee that you will be admitted to the course, and that the applications are handled by the Admissions Department at Lunds University and not by us here at the Department of Sociology.

We have no way to influence the time that process takes.

For more information about applying after the deadline, visit

Apply for housing

Like in many other university cities, housing is always in great demand in Lund, especially at the beginning of each term. The LU Accomodation provides a limited number of rooms for exchange students and will do their utmost to help you, but we cannot guarantee a room for everyone.

Application periods:

Autumn term: March 1 - April 25

Spring term: September 1 - October 25

Applying before the deadline is important. Please note that, even if you apply for housing on time, there is no guarantee that you will get housing through LU Accomodation. You should also look into other options before coming to Lund.

If you have any questions about housing, please contact LU Accomodation:

Did you know...?

The official academic year at Lund University is divided into two terms (autumn and spring), each lasting 20 weeks. Examination periods are included in the term- periods.


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