Lund University, with seven faculties and a number of research centers and specialized institutes, is the largest unit for research and higher education in Sweden. The main part of the university is situated in Lund, but a number of departments for research and education are located in Malmö and Helsingborg. Lund University was founded in 1666, partly in order to knit the provinces that had been ceded by Denmark in 1658 closer to Sweden. Since then, the University has developed into a modern international center for research and higher education. At present, more than 34,000 students are enrolled at Lund University and altogether some 6,000 people are employed.
Lund, centrally situated in the attractive and expansive Öresund region, is built on a medieval network of streets and bears a cultural-historical identity provided by its old buildings and surroundings that have been preserved for centuries. The university and students give the city a youthful and multicultural atmosphere, which has led to an active cultural life full of activities and entertainment. Lund is where more than a thousand years of history are blended with modern knowledge and visions. Here one finds the charms of the small town side by side with the temptations and comforts of the big city. Lund offers classical museums, art galleries and other sights. Theatres, music, lectures, inviting restaurants and cafés - you will find them in the center of Lund, all within walking distance. In the eastern districts of Lund, Dalby, Genarp, Södra Sandby and Veberöd, one can experience a mixture of traditional culture and beautiful natural surroundings.
Graduate students should search for masters-level courses, taught in English, that accept exchange students using the following curriculum guides:
Note that certain courses listed on faculty or departmental websites may be restricted to students registered for a full degree program, and may not be not available for exchange students. Many masters-level courses at Lund are 15 ECTS credits, which equates to approximately 7.5 US credits. Students are encouraged to be flexible with courses, and work with their UVA departments to determine if any of Lund's upper-division bachelors-level courses maybe be appropriate to reach full-time enrollment.
- Fall Term: mid August - mid January
- Spring Term: mid January - early June
- Review more detailed information on Lund's Academic Calendar.
Swedish Language & International Orientation;
Swedish Language (SUSA) is a short language introduction course of 3 credits offered to all exchange students before the regular semester and courses start. The goal is to give students a smooth integration into the Swedish culture. Learn more about SUSA and other Swedish language options on their website.
The orientation weeks for international students include a variety of activities that aim to help students settle in smoothly at the University and in student life. Read more about Arrival Day and orientation on Lund's student life page.
Sweden does not have a campus accommodation system as certain other countries do. As a special service to exchange students, Lund's International Housing Office manages a limited number of student rooms. Since demand sometimes exceeds supply, housing is not guaranteed. Rest assured that the International Housing Office and the International Desk will do their very best to help you.
In general, the standard of student rooms in Lund is very high. All of them are perfectly functional and the majority have private toilets and showers as well as Internet connection. Students need not wait to be formally accepted for study at Lund University. As an exchange student you may apply for housing as soon as your home university has nominated you. Housing in Lund is very limited so you should be prepared to apply as early as possible.
UVA students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for housing and meals, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for housing. See the “Accommodation” section above for more information about housing.
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.
Tuition and Fees:
Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to each student’s SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals:
Students are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.
Travel and Travel Documents:
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa. Students should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found at educationabroad.virginia.edu/insurance
Students should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Students should also budget for additional personal expenses; examples include laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
If you are not able to find accommodation costs or application, cost of living, or other information you need in order to prepare for your study abroad program, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.
You can find detailed information regarding financial aid and study abroad on the following websites:
Please contact your Education Abroad Advisor with any questions.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a Residence Permit to participate in this program. All students must consult the Lund University and Swedish Migration Agency website(s) for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.