The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences offers education on different levels within medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy as well as medical biology and biomedical laboratory science.

Interprofessional and problem-based learning, individually planned clinical/practical modules, and carrying out supervised research projects are some of the study opportunities offered to exchange students at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Partner universities are kindly asked to confirm their nominated students. This can be done either in an email to or in a letter which the student uploads in the web-application. 

The academic year consists of two semesters. Autumn semester runs from mid-August to mid-January, spring semester from mid-January to the beginning of June. Students doing clinical rotations usually have a study period of three months (according to agreements).

Please note - Exchange students must be present at the start of the semester, and take part in the Orientation Week. You will find the dates for the Orientation Week in the online application form (see link below).


To be accepted as an exchange student at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, your home university must have an agreement with us on student exchange within the relevant subject.

Before you fill out the application form, read the information pertaining to your programme (see links below), which will give you a clearer picture of what you can apply to do whilst with us.


Your complete on-line application should contain the following documents which need to be uploaded, in pdf-format only. Nominating emails should be sent to before 15 April for the autumn semester or the academic year (Medical Biosciences only) and before 15 October for the spring semester. No application will be processed unless you include a nominating letter in your application or we receive a nominating email. The application process is completely web-based. Mozilla/Firefox or Chrome work best. Some users experience problems with Internet Explorer.

A complete application must contain:

  1. Application form 
    The online application form is available here
  2. A Letter in support of your application
    A letter or email issued by the coordinator at your home university nominating you to studies at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  3. Transcript of records from your home university
  4. Passport
    A copy of your passport, the page with your personal details.
  5. Previous studies and skills
    This is only required for students of nursing, occupational therapy or physiotherapy. 
    The previous studies and skills form is available here (.docx)
  6. Clinical experience
    This is only required for students of medicine. 
    The clinical experience form is available here (.docx)


Läkarprogrammet programbild, läkarstudent och patient

Exchange studies medicine

Exchange students who come to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences do mainly clinical practice in a number of medical areas. We also offer one theoretical course in English during autumn.

Nursing students care for a patient lying in a hospital bed.

Exchange studies nursing

Exchange students in Nursing take part in clinical placements. The hospital-based clinical placements are undertaken at hospitals in both Linköping and Norrköping. The community-based placements take place within the county communities.

Utbildningsprogrammet Arbetsterapeut, studenter provar hjälpmedel

Exchange studies occupational therapy

Exchange students in the Occupational Therapy Programme can design their own study plan. The plan will usually combine clinical placement and/or research projects.

Utbildningsprogrammet Fysioterapeut 2015

Exchange studies physiotherapy

Exchange students in the Physiotherapy Programme can design their own study plan. The plan usually combines clinical placement and/or research projects.

Utbildningsprogram Logopedprogrammet, studenter som pratar

Exchange studies speech and language pathology

Exchange students can study courses at the Speech and Language Pathology programme for the autumn semester.

AT-studenter tränar lyft.

Exchange studies interprofessional courses

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Linköping University is well-known for its innovative pedagogical model. Problem-based learning and interprofessional learning are its key components.

Utbildningsprogrammet Biomedicinsk analytiker

Exchange studies biomedical laboratory science

This programme is taught in its entirety in Swedish, and it is therefore not possible for us to receive students taking courses within the programme.  Students from our partner universities are welcome to undertake a project course.

Experimental and medical biosciences

Exchange studies experimental and medical biosciences - advanced level

The programme offers courses that combine theoretical knowledge in medicine and natural science with advanced laboratory techniques. This combination helps students interpret, analyse and understand complex biomedical problems.

Clinical electives

Many students contact the faculty to enquire about an elective period with us. We are sorry, but due to a shortage of clinical placements, the faculty can only offer study periods for students from partner universities.

Contact information

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at

International coordinators 

Anna-Maria Josefsson

International coordinator for incoming students within Medicine and Speech and Language Pathology

Sabina Kinywa

International coordinator for incoming students within Medical Biosciences/Medical Biology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy

Exchange studies

Orientation week

Every semester at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences starts with a compulsory Orientation Week. You need to be present from the first day of the Orientation day. 

The programme introduces international students to the Swedish health care system, and provides information about practice in clinics and health care centers and working with Swedish patients.

The Orientation Week is designed to help exchange students gain as much as possible from their studies at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. The schedule will be handed out to students on the first Friday of the Orientation Week.

The week consists of lectures, meetings with academic coordinators, MRSA-test (it is advised that you test for MRSA in your home country as well, as a test positive for MRSA may result in your not being able to start clinical practice) and Swedish lessons.

The week is also of course a great way to meet new friends from countries all over the world. The period for the Orientation Week is indicated in the application form (when it is open).