Lund University is located within Lund, Sweden, a medieval city with the university at its heart. A thousand years of history and academic excellence have created a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment. The city has striking architecture and, in a city of 100,000 people where approximately 38,000 of them are students, the atmosphere is vibrant and stimulating.
Lund is situated in the far south of Sweden, about 10 minutes by train to the modern city of Malmö, 30 minutes by train to Copenhagen, Denmark, and within very easy reach of the rest of Europe. The region is internationally recognized for research and commericial activities with many world leading companies located in it. Lund is a historic and lively university town, and the active student life on campus is particularly welcoming to international students.
Lund University enrolls about 47,000 students. The University actively promotes exchanges with universities around the world, and offers more than 300 courses in English annually, attended both by international and Swedish students. Lund is ranked as the best comprehensive university in Scandinavia.
Social life at the University is organized into "nations". Historically, each "nation" was the social and academic center for students from the different regions of Sweden. Today, all students, including exchange students, are required to join the student union and one of the nations after arrival in Lund. The nations offer many activities and programs, including intramural sports, movie srceenings, weekly pub nights, student choirs, and holiday parties. Many offer excursions to different parts of Sweden and amenities such as photography courses and computer facilities. Each nation has an international secretary who helps exchange students become involved in nation activities and who assigns each new exchange student a Swedish student as a mentor.
Semesters at Lund are divided into blocks. Blocks 1 and 2 are in the fall semester and Blocks 3 and 4 within the spring semester. Students should take this into account when searching for courses.
Courses offered in English include architecture, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, physics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, law, business administration, economics, education, communications, political science, psychology, sociology, archaeology, English literature, ethnology, film, history, linguistics, theology, and music.
Students are required to take 30 ECTS a semester (equivalent to 15 credits at NC State) while studying at Lund, which is generally between three and five courses.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at Lund University. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.
Swedish Language Courses Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the brief Introductory Swedish class available during the orientation weeks. Students may also choose to continue studying Swedish during the regular term. Knowledge of Swedish is not necessary since most Swedes speak excellent English, but a basic knowledge of Swedish is very useful.
Students are encouraged to apply for housing through LU Accommodation. However, there is usually great demand for housing within Lund and LU Accommodation cannot guarantee housing. Students should apply for housing as soon as applications are available. Accommodation agencies offer additional housing opportunities if students are not awarded housing through LU Accommodation.
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Students need a residence permit in order to study in Sweden for a semester, and they should apply online for the residence permit as soon as official acceptance information is received from Lund University. Students should review the following resources for additional information on the Swedish residence permit.
Cost information is shown in the budget link, above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad.
The fall and spring terms at Lund University are not exactly aligned with the NC State academic calendar. Students should consult the LU academic calendar for exact dates.
Fall Term Approximate start date | mid-August
Approximate end date | mid-December Please note: the fall term at LU runs until mid-January; however, exams typically finish by mid-December so NC State students can return before the start of the spring semester.
Spring Term Approximate start date | mid-January
Approximate end date | early June
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details. Contact us: email@example.com