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How to apply

The term exchange student implies that your home university has a formal agreement for exchange studies with Lund University.

You apply to our department via your International Office at home. Once you have been selected and nominated by your home university you are accepted as an exchange student to Lund university. You will get an email with instructions of how to apply in our system. You are advised to strictly adhere to the deadlines and instructions outlined in the package to ensure efficient arrangement of your studies in Lund. Your assigned coordinator is responsible for your stay in Lund, and will assist you with all formalities and questions regarding your studies in Lund, except for questions on housing.

Freemovers cannot apply to the exchange programme at our department. Learn more about study on your own in Lund or Sweden on

Apply for courses

Applications are made online semester-wise. Username and password will be sent to nominated students via email.

1. The following supporting documents are required:

  • An official transcript of all your previous academic studies (in English)
  • A list of ongoing courses (if not included in the transcript)

2. Choose courses adding up to 30 credits and state two alternatives per course. Check that all courses, including your alternatives, can be transferred before coming to Lund. It is very difficult to change courses after the semester has started*. You have to take at least 15 credits at The Department of Political Science, and for that you need between 30-60 credits in Political Science to be eligible.

*You can apply for change of courses on Registration Day, but since courses start immediately the first day of the semester there is no time to check with home university after the Registration Day if an alternative course is validated or not. Discuss your choice of courses with your home university beforehand!

3. Sign up for the SUSA-course (Swedish language course) and mentor at the same time.

Apply for Housing

Like in many other university cities, housing is always in great demand in Lund, especially at the beginning of each semester. The LU Accomodation provides a limited number of rooms for exchange students and will do their utmost to help you, but we cannot guarantee a room for everyone.

Learn more on Lund University's website

Application periods

Autumn semester: April 1 – April 25
Spring semester: October 1 – October 25

Applying before the deadline is important! Please note that, even if you apply for housing on time, there is no guarantee that you will get housing through LU Accomodation. You should also look into other options before coming to Lund.

If you have any questions about housing, please contact LU Accomodation:
Phone: +46 46 222 01 00
E-mail: luacc [at] se [dot] lu [dot] se

Preparing to come

On you can find information that is useful for you when you are preparing for your studies.

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Key dates and deadlines

Academic Calendar

Autumn semester 2020:
August 31st 2020 - January 17th 2021

Period 1: August 31st 2020 - October 30th 2020
Period 2: November 2nd 2020 - January 17th 2021

Winter break:
December 22nd 2020 - January 6th 2021

Spring semester 2021:
January 18th 2021 - June 6th 2021

Period 1: January 18th 2021 - March 23rd 2021
Period 2: March 24th 2021 - June 6th 2021

Nomination period
Spring 2021: September 1st 2020 - October 1st 2020
Autumn 2021: To be announced

Application period
Spring 2021: October 1st 2020 - October 25th 2020
Autumn 2021: To be announced

Arrival Day
Autumn 2020: August 17th 2020
Spring 2021: January 11th 2021

Orientation weeks
Autumn 2020: August 17th 2020 - August 30th 2020
Spring 2021: January 11th 2021 - January 17th 2021


The International Office at the Department of Political Science develops and administers the international exchange programme at the department.

The office also issues transcript of records and deals with transferring of credits.

Helen Fogelin

International coordinator for incoming students to Lund

E-mail: helen [dot] fogelin [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se
Telephone: +46 46 222 89 51
Room: Eden 234

Visiting hours by appointment!

Postal address
Department of Political Science
Box 52
221 00  Lund, Sweden

Visiting address
Department of Political Science
Paradisgatan 5, House H, Eden
223 50 Lund