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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 our department, The Department of Political Science, and for that you need between 30-60 credits in Political Science to be eligible. This regards only if you are coming within an agreement with our department.

    *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 15
Spring semester: October 1 – October 15

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 2023:

Semester: Aug 28th 2023 – Jan 14th 2024
Period 1: Aug 28th – Oct 26th 2023
Period 2: Oct 27th 2023 – Jan 14th 2024

Spring Semester 2024:

Semester: Jan 15th - Jun 2nd 2024
Period 1: Jan 15th - Mar 19th 2024
Period 2: Mar 20th - Jun 2nd 2024

Nomination period 2023:

15th of March – 31st of March
Application period: 1st of April – 15th of April

Nomination period 2024:

15th of September – 30th of September
Application period: 1st of October – 15th of October

Arrival Day: 15th of August

Orientation Program: TBA
Orientation weeks: TBA


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 (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
Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14, Eden

How to find Eden