Plan your exchange studies
1) Prepare well in advance
If you would like to study at a university outside Europe, we recommend that you start planning your exchange about a year in advance. If you want to go on an exchange within Europe, six months in advance is usually sufficient. If you need help planning your exchange, speak with your study advisor or international coordinator. We recommend that you complete at least one and a half years of studies at Lund University before your departure.
Universities outside Europe and certain Nordic universities (Nordlys)
Regular application period: 1 October–1 November for exchanges the following academic year. Application period for any remaining study places: 15 January–1 February.
University of California has its own application period: 15 October–1 November for exchanges the following academic year.
Erasmus exchange (Europe)
For studies during the spring semester, the application period is 1–15 October.
For full year studies or studies during the autumn semester, the application period is 1 February – 1 March.
2) Make sure you are eligible
You are eligible if you:
- At the time of application, and the semester before your planned exchange, are a registered full-time student at the Faculty of Science, or have been granted approved leave from studies.
- At the time of application have completed at least 30 credits at the Lund University Faculty of Science.
- At the time of departure have completed at least 60 credits in Science (some departments require 60 credits within the main field of study).
- Have no more than 15 credits of non-completed courses within your main field of study.
- Are able to present a study plan that contains courses equivalent to full-time studies, and that are eligible for a credit transfer towards a degree at the Faculty of Science. For help with your study plan, please contact the international coordinator at your department.
3) Decide when you want to go
When is the best time for you to go on an exchange? Please consult with your study advisor or international coordinator. We recommend that you complete at least one and a half years of studies at Lund University before your departure.
4) Choose the universities where you would like to study
To ensure a place on an exchange programme, we recommend you to apply for several different universities. Unfortunately, you can’t count on being accepted to your first choice. See the list of our partner universities below. Note that the list may vary slightly from one year to the next.
5) Draw up a study plan
Now it’s time for you to draw up a study plan that shows the courses you want to study at the universities you have selected. The study plan is preliminary, but it is important that you fill it in as accurately as you can. We need to see that you have found courses that fit your study programme. You will need to write a study plan for each university you want to apply for.
Keep in mind that the courses you study abroad must correspond to full-time studies and be eligible for a credit transfer towards your degree at the Faculty of Science. It is important that you comply with Lund University’s guidelines for what is considered full-time studies, rather than those of the partner university.
Next step: Apply for exchange studies
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