Exchange partners

Global engagement

Linköping University has extensive international collaborations and is part of several networks with universities worldwide and has exchange agreements with some 400 universities across the globe. Collaboration with the surrounding society and across boundaries is in our DNA.

We want to

  • increase mobility at all levels and between different sectors in society - for greater collaboration and internationalisation.
  • ensure that the global perspective reaches every student and that international students choose to study at LiU.
  • increase the number of international collaborations and explore new fields.

The world never stops moving


Short facts


International students


Partner universities in 50 countries


International degree programmes

High-quality education and research

LiU is a university of international standing — where people and ideas converge and develop. Through high quality and relevance of its education and research, LiU contributes to making Sweden one of the most attractive international centres of knowledge.
  LiU's internationalisation strategy

We rank highly

LiU has been named as one of the world’s 200 best universities in education, materials science, sociology and electrical and electronic engineering, according to this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject. We are in the top 2% of universities in the world.

University ranking lists

Partnerships for student exchanges

Linköping University welcomes about 1000 exchange students every year. 

We offer many possibilities for incoming exchange students: from exchange semester or academic year to short courses, as well as practical placements in certain areas and other projects. We have a wide range of courses taught in English, covering various fields of studies. 

Exchange studies at LiU

Informal study environment

At Linköping University students are offered an open and informal study environment. Students are expected to take responsibility for the quality of their learning and develop critical and analytical skills and work both independently and in group. Studies at Linköping University are usually undertaken one course (unit/module) at a time, with an examination or essay at the end of each individual course. Studies at the Faculty of Science and Engineering are an exception, two or more courses are often studied in parallel.

Life as student at LiU

There is a lot more to do as a student than attending lectures and study. Linköping University offers a friendly student environment, with a number of activities, clubs, traditions and sports, and a welcome period at the beginning of the semester.

Student life

Support to students with disabilities

Universities and higher education institutions in Sweden offer educational support to students with disabilities. The assessment of support that may be required is made individually, taking into account the student’s abilities and disabilities in relation to the curriculum of the chosen studies.

Study assistance at LiU

Exchange partner profile

All information about application deadlines, insurance information, whom to contact and so forth can be found in the Exchange Partner Profile document. 

Exchange partner profile - fact sheet (pdf).


International Office

The International Office at Linköping University is part of the central administration. The International Office's mission is to promote and facilitate international cooperation with partner universities and prospective partners. The International Office is a resource for all incoming students, especially at the beginning of their stay.


Faculty of Arts and Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences provides education and research in humanities, social and behavioural sciences, commercial law, art disciplines and thematic science.


Fact sheet about the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (pdf)

Learn more about the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty of Educational Sciences

Linköping University provides comprehensive teacher education and offers postgraduate training, as well as opportunities for research.


Learn more about the Faculty of Educational Sciences.

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences conduct research and education in medicine, nursing and public health.


Learn more about the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is one of Sweden’s largest engineering education institutions.

Fact sheet about the Faculty of Science and Engineering (pdf).


Learn more about the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Find out more about what we offer incoming exchange students. 

Exchange studies

Studying abroad is not just new knowledge, but a life-changing experience. Join us as an exchange student for a taste of Swedish life on one of LiU's beautiful campuses in East Sweden.

What our students say

Five prioritised regions

Five geographical regions have been designated as high-priority and a focus for our resources.

The selection of regions is based on:

  • the existence of a broad and deep internal commitment
  • the potential for such a commitment to develop
  • that collaboration has been established with both Swedish and international external actors
  • that the collaboration will endure and contribute to increased quality in education, research and utilisation.

Although LiU has identified these five prioritised geographical regions, we are open to other collaboration initiatives. Do not hesitate to get in touch!

Europe, with a focus on ECIU

Collaboration within Europe has long been a field in which LiU’s work with internationalisation has been active. Central support is focussed on three areas – the ECIU University, Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe.

The ECIU University

The ECIU University is a pilot project financed within the framework of the European Commission’s European Universities initiative. It is intended to establish transboundary alliances of institutions of higher education within the EU to increase the mobility of students and co-workers, and to promote the quality, participation and competitiveness of higher education in the EU. LiU participates in several collaborations within the ECIU University, while within IO we participate in the project concerned with mobility.

The project provides a further possibility for students and co-workers to participate in international exchange and gain greater intercultural skills.

Read more about ECIU


Erasmus+ is the EU programme for international collaboration and exchange. It is possible through Erasmus+ to apply for grants for activities in other countries to increase expertise, or to create new structures, teaching material, or teaching methods in collaboration with other European organisations, to help develop LiU activities.

Read more: Erasmus Policy Statement - Linköping University (pdf)
Read more: Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (pdf)

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the ninth EU framework programme for financing research and innovation. It will last for seven years: 2021-2027. LiU's Grant and Program Offices is the body within LiU that has a particular focus on the programme, and can help to answer questions.


Jan Axelsson, (ECIU)

Johanna Persson Thor, (Erasmus+)

Grants and Program Offices, (Horizon Europe)

USA, with a focus on the Bay Area

LiU collaborates with the US in many areas. LiU has partner universities for student exchange and a targeted recruitment programme for our international study programmes. LiU has also an agreement with Stanford University, and two LiU students each year have the opportunity to study at Stanford.

The region is home to many LiU alumni, and several of our strategic partners such as Saab, Ericsson and ABB are active in the US. Further, Linköping Municipality is twinned with Paolo Alto in Silicon Valley.

When it comes to articles co-authored with researchers from other countries, LiU researchers frequently publish together with researchers from the US.

Margareta Alfredson,

Brazil, with a focus on Santa Catarina and São Paulo

LiU has worked with several actors in Brazil for many years, mainly within research, with a certain degree of cooperation also within education and collaboration. This is intimately coupled with Saab’s strong connection to Brazil (as an important strategic partner for LiU). Not only aeronautical engineering, but also in other areas, LiU has well-established collaboration with partners in Brazil. These are fields such as materials science, biogas and CDIO (which is an acronym for conceive – design – implement – operate, a methodology to define the role of engineer, used in the education of engineers and in other fields). In addition to collaboration in research, we also work together in, for example, the exchange of scholarship holders, and double degrees for master’s and PhD students.


Eva Lena Rodriguez,

Africa, with a focus on the southern and eastern parts of the continent

LiU has for several years given priority to collaboration within research and higher education in Africa, principally southern and eastern Africa. Part of the background for this is that this part of the world has strong economic development, while experiencing at the same time a pressing need to increase the capacity for research and education at university level. Examples of ongoing collaboration include the long collaboration LiU has had in medical education with Moi University, Kenya, and four large maths projects financed by Sida in Moçambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.


Sarah Mitchell,


Singapore has a reputation for academic excellence in Asia and across the world. The education system in Singapore is regarded as world-class and attracts academic talents from the whole world. Education has played a key role in the rise of Singapore.

LiU has collaborated with Singapore for over two decades, and now has two prominent partner universities, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National Singapore University (NUS) in Singapore. Both universities enjoy a global standing amongst the world’s top 50 according to the global university rankings. Activities between LiU and Singapore include student exchange, doctoral education, and research collaboration.


Zhe Yang,

Vision and strategies for LiU