Business Administration, Master's programme - Information for admitted students

It is our great pleasure to congratulate you on having been accepted to the business administration master's programme of Strategy and Management in International Organisations (SMIO) at Linköping University (LiU).

You will be part of an international class to which students from many countries have been admitted, which means you will have the opportunity to get to know the world through this programme. What could be a better setting for learning about international organisations and strategy?

Prior to your arrival, there are a few important activities and dates to keep in mind:

Roll call and programme start

A mandatory roll call will take place at 10.15-12.00, 19 August on Campus Valla, in room A25 in the A Building. You must attend in person - on campus - to confirm your place on the programme. If failing to attend, you will lose your place. Find out more about mandatory roll calls here.

You will start the first course already on the day after the roll call. Therefore, we recommend you to settle yourself at least a week before the roll call to be ready to attend the first course from the start. Knowing that the first course is intense and start with assignments and examinations from the first week, it will be good to be ready from the start.

Conditionally admitted students

If you are conditionally admitted you must upload your degree certificate and transcript of your last semester(s) both in original language and with an English translation to your Universityadmissions account as soon as possible.

Roll call for prospective students who are waitlisted in the national round

Prospective students placed on our waiting list in the national round will be contacted via email immediately after the roll call on August 19, if places become available. Students will be contacted according to their ranking in the waiting list. If you are waitlisted, you must be available by email on Monday 19 August from 13.00-17.00. You must have decided in advance if you want to accept the offered place and will be expected to reply immediately to this email. If you fail to respond via email during the time frame (13.00 - 17.00), the place will go to next person waitlisted.

To contact you, we will use the email address you provided in your application at Please make sure that we have correct contact details for you.

Preparing for your first semester

SMIO is a programme where you will get to know your classmates well, and your teachers will know who you are and expect a lot from you. The tempo will be high and the coming two years will provide learning opportunities where you will be reading, listening, discussing, thinking, analysing, solving problems and writing, but also demand that you take responsibility, organise, lead, and help others to grow. Make sure that you make the most out of every opportunity. 

Moreover, these two years will provide challenges and growth opportunities on a more personal level. For many of you, this program will be a big step in your life, meaning that you will pack up your belongings, say ‘see you again’ to your friends and family and move to a foreign country. That is a challenge from which you will gather important experience and grow as a person. 

As a special note, the language of the program is English, and academic English at that. From the first day, you will be required to read books and articles, write and reflect, discuss in class, and socially exchange in English. If you feel that you could improve your English language abilities, please consider the time until the programme starts as potentially useful to perfect your language abilities. You will find yourself so much more at ease and at an advantage.

The SMIO Big Brothers and Sisters (senior SMIO students) will send out newsletters and have given each of you a personal mentor who can answer your practical questions. On Facebook ( you can follow the programme, post questions to our senior students, and also get in touch with your future classmates (maybe find a roommate?). 

Christmas vacations

Your second course Contemporary International Management Paradoxes will be interrupted by Christmas vacations that will be on week 52 in 2024 and in week 1 in 2025.

If you want to decline your offer

While we really want all of our admitted students to choose Linköping University, it can happen that you decide to attend elsewhere. If this is the case it is very important that you let us know you won’t be attending the programme as soon as possible, by declining your offer at You do this by logging into your account and following the instructions under the 'Applications' tab. This might free up your place to someone on the waiting list.

Residing in Sweden

Students who are not citizens from Sweden or the EU/EEA are required to pay their tuition fees by 15 May 2024 to commence studies at LiU. This is also the recommended deadline for applying for a resident permit from the Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket). Until you are sure you can reside and study in Sweden, we advise students not to book any non-refundable travel.


LiU will be sending out an email series to all students admitted to an international programme at LiU in the lead up to the autumn semester with details about accommodation, tuition fees, scholarships, residence permits and other important steps to consider if you are an international student. For concerns on practical matters such as the welcome period, accommodation, tuition fees (, scholarships, residence permits, visa and insurance issues please contact LiU's International Office (

The Admitted students page is also a hub of information. Swedish students may find Antagen more relevant.

For information about accommodation, please check:

For information about tuition fees, please check:, for questions about tuition fees, contact:

For information about scholarships, please check:

We look forward to meeting you in August.

Welcome to the SMIO family!


Contact details

General questions

If you have general questions about the welcome period, accommodation, visa and insurance issues, please contact us.

Study information

A detailed syllabus, curriculum, and information on the courses you may take can be found in our study information database via the link below.

Preparing to move to Sweden

What do I need to do?

First steps: Where will you live? Do you have fees to pay? Are you allowed to reside in Sweden?

Studying Social Sciences programmes at LiU

Webinar about the academic side of studying a master’s programme in Social Sciences, Business or Humanities at Linköping University. In this webinar for newly admitted students two current students share their experiences of being a student at LiU while a faculty coordinator gives advice on what to expect. Recorded in April 2022.

Admitted students information hub

(For incoming students who have not started their studies yet)

Getting set up (checklist and tips)