Strategic Urban and Regional Planning, Master's programme - Information for admitted students

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It is our great pleasure to congratulate you on having been accepted to our master’s programme at Linköping University (LiU). We are looking forward to greeting you on Campus Valla in Linköping.

Please read the information as it highlights the important dates and events to attend upon your arrival.

Roll call and programme start

A roll-call will take place on 21 August 10.15-12.00 on Campus Valla, Tema Building, room TEMCAS. Participation in the roll call is mandatory. You must attend in person - on campus - to confirm your place on the programme. If failing to attend, you will lose your place. After the roll call, there will be an information session where you will meet the staff and you will be given an overview of the programme. Thereafter, you will have the possibility of joining a campus walk to introduce you to the facilities on our campus organized by LiSA - the student section for Urban and Regional Planning at LiU.

During the run-up to the programme introduction in August, you will receive more information about the student reception and plans for the first semester of studies. For more general questions about the welcome period, accommodation, visa and insurance issues, please contact LiU's International Office.

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.

Preparing for your first semester

The first course, “Strategic urban and regional planning”, starts on 23 August. This course introduces three main tracks; (1) how strategic urban and regional planning relates to challenges such as climate change, digitalisation, urbanisation globalization and social equality and also how it contributes to spatial patterns and changes at a local, regional, national and global level; (2) how projects function as a form of work and how projects can be planned and managed with the help of different methods and tools in urban and regional planning; (3) introduce fundamental planning tools such as GIS. The course also addresses the planner's role in decision making, working methods and approaches in strategic planning. The course involves several teachers from various disciplines. We will send you more specific information and a list of literature for the first course in June.

It is important to note that studies at master’s level are demanding. We take education very seriously and our ambition is that your time with us will be as fruitful as possible. From our experience, we know that this does not prevent you from enjoying your stay in Sweden and the exciting student life in Linköping. Above all, you will make many new friends from around the world.

You may want to prepare for your studies in the programme. In the summer you will receive a reading list of introductory readings that you may want to explore before your studies begin. If you do this, you can be sure that you will be excellently prepared. Our teachers are engaged in the courses and work closely with the students to continuously improve the quality of the education. You can follow our activities and news via our website (Tema T) or via our Twitter account @Tema_T_Eng

Christmas vacations

Christmas vacations will be on week 52 in 2023 and in week 1 in 2024.

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 pursue your education 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 2023 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. The Admitted students page is also a hub of information. Swedish students may find Antagen more relevant.

Read about our students



We welcome you again to our exciting intellectual environment and challenging programme. You will receive more information at a later stage, but do not hesitate to contact the programme director Kristina Trygg with any questions you may have about the contents of the programme. For information on practical matters, please contact LiU's International Office.


We are looking forward to meeting you in August!

Contact details

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)