Plan your outgoing exchange studies
Erasmus exchange (Universities in Europe)
- 1–15 October: Application period for studies during the spring semester.
See partner universities in the Erasmus call, 1–15 October
- 1–15 February: Application period for full year studies or studies during the autumn semester.
Universities outside Europe and certain Nordic universities (Nordlys)
- 15 October – 2 November: Regular application period for exchanges the following academic year.
- 15 January – 1 February: Second application round – for the remaining study places.
University of California
University of California has its own application period and application round.
Prepare well in advance
Contact your study advisor or the international coordinator at your department for help with the planning of your exchange and deciding the best time for you to go. We recommend that you complete at least one and a half years of university studies before your departure.
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.
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, Lund University, or have been granted approved leave from studies.
- At the time of application have completed at least 30 credits at the Faculty of Science, Lund University.
- 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, Lund University.
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. Click on the link below to see a list of our partner universities. Note that the list may vary slightly from one year to the next.
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Draw up a study plan for each university
You will need to draw up a study plan for each university you want to apply for. The study plan shows the courses you want to study at the partner university. 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.
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, Lund University. It's important that you comply with Lund University’s guidelines for what is considered full-time studies, rather than those of the partner university.
Contact the iinternational coordinator at your department if you need help with your study plan.
Next step: Apply for outgoing exchange studies
When you've gotten this far, it's time for the next step – applying for outgoing exchange studies.