Is the world calling you? Every year, around 600 LiU students study at one of the 400 universities, in 50 countries, that LiU has exchange agreements with. You could be one of them!

Female student with a tablet leaving a building Why study abroad?

There are many reasons for taking the opportunity to study, do a traineeship or some other type of exchange in another country while studying at LiU.

Doing part of your programme abroad will enable you to:

  • deepen your knowledge in a particular field and boost your language skills
  • gain experiences that make you attractive on the labour market and expand your international network
  • gain intercultural experience and grow as a person
  • make new friends.

Brief facts on exchange opportunities at LiU


The number of LiU students spending time abroad as part of their LiU programme.


The number of universities worldwide that LiU has exchange agreements with.


The number of countries that LiU currently has exchange agreements with.

How can I study part of my programme abroad?

There are many choices for those looking to gain international experience.

Studying abroad through exchange agreements

LiU participates in a number of international exchange programmes in the EU/EEA, and has agreements with countries outside the EU/EEA that offer scholarships. Studying abroad through our international agreements will count towards your degree.

Examples of exchange programmes:

  • The Erasmus Programme
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  • Nordplus
  • Bilateral agreements (i.e. agreements outside the EU/EEA)
Do you want to find out more about studying abroad?

Read more about studying abroad: Study abroad (, in Swedish only)

Which countries are part of the EU/EEA?

Read more about EU/ EEA: List of EU and EEA countries (, in Swedish only)

Studying abroad as a freemover

You can also organise your studies abroad as a freemover, i.e. by making your own arrangements. Going abroad as a freemover takes more time and planning than going under an exchange agreement, but also gives you the freedom to choose from a wider array of courses and universities worldwide. As a freemover, you have to pay for this exchange yourself, as you are not applying under any of our exchange agreements.

Do you want to find out more about what it is like to study as a freemover?

Read more about studying abroad: Study abroad (, in Swedish only)

Traineeships abroad

If you are looking for a diverse working experience, you may be interested in a traineeship abroad. This will give you new perspectives on what you have learned during your studies. You may be well aware of what a specific job entails in Sweden, but a traineeship abroad may provide new insights that will come in handy in your coming career. It is also an opportunity to practise your language skills and get a foot in the door of the labour market in another country. You can apply for a scholarship under the Erasmus Programme for traineeships in the EU/EEA.

Read more about traineeships abroad: Traineeships abroad (, in Swedish only)

Which countries are part of the EU/EEA?

Read more about EU/ EEA: List of EU and EEA countries (, in Swedish only)

Broaden your education via ECIU University

LiU is part of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU), a network of 12 research-intensive universities well known for being innovators in higher education and collaboration with wider society. ECIU University is a European university where students, teachers and researchers collaborate with wider society and industry to solve relevant problems. Within ECIU University, you get the opportunity to do just that, through Challenges and Micro-modules offered at ECIU universities across Europe, both digitally and physically.

Read more about the ECIU: ECIU Challenges

We'll be happy to help

We can support you throughout the process.

Where can I go?

LiU has agreements with some 50 countries on several continents. Many of our programmes give more information on studies abroad on their programme sites at You may also contact us to find out more about what applies to the programme you are interested in.

There is also a search engine you can use to check which partner universities and exchange places LiU currently has. Keep this in mind when exploring exchange options:

  • Please note that the selection of partner universities and available exchange places may vary from year to year.

  • Some exchange places are only open to students within specific study programmes.

  • Other exchange places are open to students interested in studying within a particular subject area.

  • There are rules and guidelines regarding the selection of courses abroad and the timing of exchange opportunities within your studies. These rules may affect when and where you can study abroad.

Read more: LiU search engine

Student grants and loans

You may apply for student grants and loans from CSN (The Swedish Board of Student Finance). You can also apply for an additional loan for travel expenses.

Insurance during your stay abroad

Outgoing exchange students are covered by Kammarkollegiet’s insurance Student OUT. The insurance provides cover 24 hours a day during your study period, and the two weeks before and the two weeks after this. Some host universities will however require you to take out their insurance in addition to Student OUT.

Sustainable travel

Students under the Erasmus programme can apply for a supplementary scholarship to enable them to travel in a sustainable manner (such as train, bus, bicycle, car pooling) between their home country and the host country.

Support for students with disabilities

If you have a documented disability, you may also receive support relating to studies or traineeships abroad. For example:

  • You may receive assistance in contacting the host university to discuss your needs.
  • You may be eligible for extra student grants because of your disability.

Support for students with children

If you have been accepted under the Erasmus+ programme and have underage children, you may be entitled to receive EUR 250 per month in addition to the normal scholarship amount, regardless of whether or not you will bring your child with you. Should the actual cost exceed what is covered by the additional amount, you may also apply for a grant to cover up to 100% of the actual cost.

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