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On this program, UNC students enroll at Lund University for a semester or academic year as an exchange student for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life. You will take courses along-side degree-seeking Lund students, have access to student housing, and participate in all aspects of student life.
Lund University offers many courses taught in English. Additionally, English is widely spoken in Sweden so UNC students are able to easily navigate the university and city without a language barrier. Lund University does offer Swedish language and culture courses for those interested in learning the language.
Lund University (LU), founded in 1666, is one of the largest, oldest, and broadest universities in Scandinavia and is consistently ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. LU is an international center for research and education and has evolved into one of the most internationalized universities in Sweden. LU has 33.000 students, of which roughly 3500 are international. It is a very large university in a small city, which makes for n rich and stimulating environment.
Lund, a city of nearly 100,000 inhabitants, is located in southern Sweden, about 15 minutes by train from the major city of Malmo, Sweden, and less than an hour by train from Copenhagen, Denmark. Lund is one of the oldest cities in Sweden but with the healthiest and youngest population in the country. They city is compact and charming, with picturesque old houses, romantic cobblestone streets, and beautiful green surroundings.
The easiest way to get around the city is by bike and everything is within biking distance. Lund is a city in which the university has an enormous presence, a true student city where students can choose to study at one of the many cafes, green parks, or student buildings. IN addition there is a public transport system including buses and trains to get around Lund and get to nearby Copenhagen.
Coursework at Lund University
Lund may be a good academic fit for students pursuing courses in the following fields, though with over 300 courses offered in English, students from other disciplines also may find ample coursework of interest.
- Social Sciences (including gender studies, human geography, media and communication studies, psychology, political science)
- Sciences* (including astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, math, physics)
Visit Lund’s website for listings of courses offered in English .
Exchange students also have access to the following courses:
- Special Area Studies (SAS) Courses. These are special interest courses in subjects such as Swedish culture and society, European students, regional courses, and global issues of contemporary interest.
- Introductory Swedish Language course (SUSA). A short course designed especially for exchange students to give them an introduction to the Swedish language. This free of charge and optional course is offered during orientation week. Participation is highly recommended.
- Swedish for Exchange Students (SVE) . A Swedish language course offered during the semester.
Exchange students will generally take four courses per semester at Lund. Lectures are a common form of class instruction, though group work and discussions may also be found. Students should be prepared to be more independent in their coursework and studying.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
Most exchange students secure housing
through LU Accommodation. There are a variety of housing options, with the most common being corridor room where you will have your own room and share common spaces with other students.
The University departments and housing areas are spread throughout the city; accordingly, Lund University does not have a particular campus area where student housing is located. Lund is a small university city and wherever your housing is located, you are never far away from your classroom. If you choose to live in Malmö or Helsingborg, there are regular trains and buses making it easy to commute to Lund.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
- Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
Exchange spots on this program are usually competitive. Competitiveness depends on many factors, primarily the number of students that apply, which varies. Review the program carefully, research the host institution, and put a lot of thought into your application. If you are not selected for an exchange spot, the Study Abroad Advisor will work with you one-on-one to find a good alternative. It is not necessary to re-apply, though a new program may require additional application items.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access
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