Experience Swedish culture and make friends from all over the world

Each year Linköping University welcomes around one thousand exchange students. Take the chance to become one of them and come study at Linköping University for one semester or for a whole year. Studying abroad is not just new knowledge, but a life-changing experience.

We have a wide range of courses taught in English, covering various fields of studies. Take a look at the courses offered by each faculty and find the ones that are best for you. Contact the international studies coordinator at your university to find out more about exchange programmes. Application deadlines are 15 April for the autumn semester and Academic year, and 17 October for the spring semester.

We are looking forward to seeing you at Linköping University!

Courses and application

Exchange students are selected by their home universities. For information about exchange programmes, agreements, admissions, and applications, please contact the international coordinator at your home university.

If you are selected for an exchange programme, make sure you have sufficient knowledge of oral and written English to take part in the courses, which are taught in English. Your home university’s application form or web page will provide information about the documentation needed.

Exchange students do not pay tuition fees.

When applying to study at Linköping University, you can also apply for accommodation and a beginner’s course in Swedish.

Students outside of the European Union must take courses of at least 30 ECTS per term, which corresponds to full‑time study. Studying 30 ECTS per term is one of the requirements for being granted a residence permit by the Swedish Migration Board.

Courses are intended for exchange students who have completed at least one year of study at their home university. If you are applying to the Faculty of Science and Engineering you must have completed two years of study at your home university.

Exchange students cannot normally combine courses to obtain a final degree at LiU.

Under each subject area courses are divided into Undergraduate and Advanced/master's level courses. To be eligible for courses at Advanced/Master's level, you usually need a bachelor degree of 3 years and/or three years of studies within the subject area. There will also be specific requirements in the course information. Advanced/master’s level is marked “A1X” or ”A2X”. Undergraduate level is marked ”G1X” or ”G2X.

Application

Application deadlines: The deadline for the spring semester 2018 is 17 October 2017, 23.59 o'clock (UTC +2h). Autumn semester and academic year: 15 April.

Decision on admission will take one month or more after the application deadline. After that, letters of admission with all additional information will be sent out.

For more information and application form please choose the faculty with which your home university has signed an agreement below.

NB: Students within Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy find information about the clinical placements on offer here.

Select your faculty

Swedish language courses

We offer the following courses in Swedish for Exchange students:

Intensive beginner’s course in Swedish, level A1, 7.5 ects

Full time in August and January
This three-week intensive course is intended for exchange students who wish to gain an introduction to the Swedish language. The aim of the course is to give a short introduction to Swedish everyday life and the Swedish language, its grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Intensive beginner’s course in Swedish, intermediate level, 7.5 ects

Full time in August and January
This course is intended for exchange students with knowledge of Swedish equivalent to the Intensive Beginner’s Course in Swedish or Beginner’s course in Swedish, level A1. Students will improve their Swedish language proficiency and broaden their knowledge of Swedish society. They will also acquire a deeper knowledge of important basic grammar as well as an elementary working vocabulary.

Beginner’s course in Swedish, level A1, 7.5 ects

Part time course, once a week during the semester
This course is intended for exchange students with no previous knowledge of Swedish and has the same content as the A1-course above. The aim of the course is to give students a basic knowledge of Swedish with an emphasis on oral skills. The course includes pronunciation exercises, oral training, basic Swedish grammar and short, writing exercises.

Beginner’s course in Swedish, level A2, 7.5 ects

Part time course, once a week during the semester
This course is intended for exchange students with knowledge of Swedish equivalent to the Intensive Beginner’s Course in Swedish or Beginner’s course in Swedish, level A1. Students will improve their Swedish language proficiency and broaden their knowledge of Swedish society. They will also acquire a deeper knowledge of important basic grammar as well as an elementary working vocabulary.

Beginner’s course in Swedish, level B1:1, 7.5 ects

Part time course, once a week during the semester
This course is intended for exchange students with knowledge of Swedish equivalent to the Intensive Beginner’s Course in Swedish or Beginner’s course in Swedish, level A2. Students will be able to discuss matters of everyday life in mainly correct Swedish and give an account of their knowledge of Swedish society and culture based on the course literature.

Beginner’s course in Swedish, level B1:2, 7.5 ects

Part time course, once a week during the semester
This course is intended for exchange students with knowledge of Swedish equivalent to the Intensive Beginner’s Course in Swedish or Beginner’s course in Swedish, level B1:1. Students will be able to discuss matters of everyday life in mainly correct Swedish and give an account of their knowledge of Swedish society and culture based on the course literature.

Preparations

Admitted students

Make your travel arrangements. Make sure you arrive in time for the Orientation Programme where you will receive important information about your studies and LiU. If you have been assigned accommodation through LiU, arrange so you arrive during office hours if you want to pick up the key for your accommodation. If you arrive outside office hours, you will have to arrange for accommodation at a hotel or youth hostel for the first night. Inform the Exchange Student Coordinators of the date of your arrival. Mail address: intco@liu.se

If you are interested in having a peer student, you have the possibility to sign up in the Peer Programme at Linköping University before your arrival. Students at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences will be assigned a peer student through the faculty, but can of course also sign up for the Peer Programme.

Read more about welcome activities, peer students and accommodation below.

Tips from exchange students

News about exchange studies

Frequently asked questions

Can I be admitted as an exchange student?

Exchange students are selected by their home university to take part in an exchange programme, based on an agreement with Linköping University. For information on exchange programmes and agreements students should thus contact the international studies co-ordinator at their home university.

Do you offer Swedish language courses for exchange students?

For exchange students who wish to apply for credited courses in Swedish, there is a full-time beginner's course of 7,5 credits in August and a part-time evening course of 7,5 credits running throughout the semester. Fill in your choice on the application form for exchange studies.

It is also possible to study Swedish on the Internet. See information about Swedish language studies on www.studyinsweden.se

How much is the cost of living for a student?

A Swedish student usually requires approximately SEK 8,010 per month. Non-EU students must prove to the Swedish Migration Agency that they have enough money to support themselves throughout the planned study period, with a minimum amount of currently SEK 8,010 per month (amount valid 2015) for ten months of the year. The sum does not include expenses for travel within or outside of Sweden, medical care, course literature or expenses for household furnishings.

Is it possible to study and work part-time?

Students from Nordic, EU and EEA countries are permitted to work in Sweden throughout the academic year. Students from other countries may work and do not need a work permit to do so provided they are enrolled at the university and have obtained a residence permit. However, full-time studies require 40 hours of work a week and are difficult to combine with part-time work. Please bear in mind that opportunities for part-time work in Sweden are limited and that most jobs require knowledge of Swedish. Read more on the Swedish Migration Agency website.

Do I need a visa or residence permit?

Citizens of the EU/EEA no longer need to register for the right of residence in Sweden. Citizens of Switzerland need to register for a residence permit if their study period is longer than three months. This needs to be done within three months of arriving in Sweden.

If you are not a citizen of the Nordic countries, or the EU/EEA and plan to study for longer than three months, you must apply for a residence permit at the Swedish embassy or consulate in your home country. The permit or visa must be entered in your passport before your arrival in Sweden. Students from some countries need a visa to enter Sweden.

Please check for further details with the Swedish embassy or consulate in your home country or with the Swedish Migration Agency.

When is the application deadline for exchange students?

15 April for the autumn semester
15 October for the spring semester

How do exchange students find accomodation in Linköping or Norrköping?

Exchange students can apply for accommodation when submitting the on-line application form for exchange studies. Please note that Linköping University cannot guarantee a room for all applicants. In the autumn term approximately 75-80 % of the exchange students will receive a room via the university, while in the spring term approximately 90% will receive a room via the university. It is very important that applicants also search for accommodation on their own. The sooner you start your search the better the chance to find something.

When does the academic year start?

The academic year consists of two semesters. The autumn semester usually runs from the middle or end of August to mid-January and the spring semester from mid-January to the beginning or middle of June. There is usually a teaching break of two or three weeks at Christmas.

When will be the perfect time for my arrival?

Exchange students should arrive in Linköping/Norrköping in time for the orientation programme or at the latest for the course start.
The orientation programme offers important information about studies and student life.

Contact

Contact our faculties

Faculty of Science and Engineering, incoming@lith.liu.se

Faculty of Educational Sciences, international@kfu.liu.se

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, international@medfak.liu.se

Faculty of Arts and Sciences, international@ffk.liu.se