Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Sweden and choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English at one of the best universities in Sweden. Founded in 1666, Lund University is now a modern international center for research and education. The semester and year options begin with orientation and an intensive language program (ILP) to provide you with a basic knowledge of Swedish and ease your introduction to Swedish culture. During the fall and spring terms, you take regular university courses; there are many offered in English. You can also take advantage of excursions and activities offered through the university to learn about Sweden and the region.
Lund University also boasts a fun and involved student life with many course-specific unions, academic societies, and student events hosted year round. Two exciting student events include the student carnival Lundakarnevalen (held every four years) and Valborg/Sista April, a spring festival held on the last day of April with breakfast, barbeques, and bonfires. A charming medieval college town, Lund is also the city with the healthiest and youngest population in Sweden.
This video gives a quick overview of what you can expect from life in Lund!
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Athough the primary language at Lund University is Swedish, there is an extensive curriculum offered in English.
The program begins with a mandatory Swedish intensive language program (ILP). Additional Swedish language study during the semester is optional.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early August to late December
early January to mid-June
early August to mid-June
Summer L&C + Fall
mid-June to late December
Summer L&C + Year
mid-June to mid-June of the following year
Consider applying for the summer Language & Culture, Lund University
program prior to attending the fall or year option. If you sign up for the fall semester you can decide after arrival to extend and stay for the year.
You will live in one of the large, modern student complexes with UC, Swedish, and international students. The single rooms are usually larger than typical UC dorm rooms and kitchens and common living spaces are shared. More Information on Housing
See these short video clips made by former students for a closer look at Lund housing:
Exterior View of a Dorm
Students at Lund University belong to a student organizational unit known as a Nation. Belonging to a Nation is a great way to meet Swedish and international students. There are 13 of these social groups, each representing a different area of Sweden (Helsingkrona Nation, Smålands Nation, Lunds Nation, etc.). Throughout the term each Nation offers social events, courses, excursions, and entertainment. Activities are open to both members and nonmembers and are an excellent means for making social contacts and joining activities. Nations present a number of opportunities, from working at their social events to writing for their newspapers and working with student TV and radio stations. You can visit the Nation offices for information about activities.
Volunteer opportunities are typically available at Swedish schools (grade schools through high school), hospitals, and various non-profit organizations. These are not formal programs; you must personally make the contact with the local organizations to set it up.
If you choose to stay after the program and you have acquired sufficient knowledge of Swedish, you can look for an internship through Lund’s Arbetslivscenter (Career Center). Some internship opportunities may be available in English. UCEAP Study Center staff will help you arrange them upon your arrival to Sweden.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UCEAP staff in Lund will help you integrate into the local culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
Lund University offers a Mentor Programme, a service provided by volunteer students to help international students learn about living in Lund. The university also offers the Friend Family Programme, through which local families and individuals welcome an exchange student to their home for a meal or to participate in some family activities.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
This program offers regular university courses in most UC subject areas and instruction is in English. Lund University has particularly strong course offerings in anthropology, biology, business and economics, chemistry, environmental studies, history, international studies, math, physics, political science, and sociology. Most coursework is at the upper-division undergraduate level.
This program is ideal for engineering students who want to take courses abroad in their major in English. The Engineering department at Lund offers courses in most Engineering disciplines including bioengineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, computer science, and more. How to search for engineering courses at Lund University.
Every semester Lund University offers exchange students the unique opportunity to take Special Area Studies
courses in a wide range of subject areas that introduce you to Swedish culture and society and European global issues.
As a UCEAP student you can take courses at the Master level provided that you have the appropriate background and meet the prerequisites. In general, graduate-level courses should be taken only within your major. These courses will transfer back to UC as upper-division undergraduate credit.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
You will take a full-time course of study while abroad.
Fall ILP: 4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units required; one course
Spring ILP: 3 quarter/2 semester UC units required; one course
Term: 24 quarter/16 semester UC units required; usually three-four courses
Research and Independent Study
UCEAP students have the opportunity to participate in research and/or lab work organized through the departments at Lund University, particularly in the fields of Biological Sciences and Engineering. If you are interested in doing research in a particular field, you should contact the faculty after your arrival in Lund to see what opportunities are available. Find out more...
“As a Neuroscience major at UC Santa Cruz, my research internship at the Molecular Neurogenetics Lab in Lund, Sweden was a truly captivating experience. This internship allowed me to practice molecular biology techniques and introduced me to experiments and procedures that are being widely used in research today. I also attended seminars, poster presentations, and lectures which have inspired me with the on-going research in Sweden. Overall, studying abroad in Sweden has also encouraged me to become more involved in my academic studies and have broadened my perspective culturally and academically.”
- Emily, Neuroscience, UCSC
“While in Lund I had the opportunity to work with one of my professors on my own independent science research project. I had the opportunity to work alongside him in his biotech lab and even got credit for my independent project with UCSD. This opportunity not only gave the chance to see the real life applications of the things I was learning in the classroom but has also given me a great reference that I can use to apply for jobs now that I am back in the US.”
- Abigail, Biology, UCSD
Lund University is organized into Schools (Faculties), Institutes, and Research Centers, which offer the enterprising student impressive opportunities for intellectual growth. In addition to Social Science, School of Economics and Management, Humanities-Theology, Science, Medicine, and Law, Lund boasts a world-renowned Faculty of Engineering. Lund has a two-block per semester system, although the courses may still overlap the blocks and they can also be of various lengths. Schedules can also vary from week to week.
The School of Social Science
- Focuses on human relationships in departments such as Political Science, Sociology, Geography, Human Ecology, Psychology, Gender Studies, Social Anthropology, Sociology of Law, Media Studies, and the new Center for European Studies
The School of Engineering (Lund Institute of Technology, LTH)
- Offers mainstream engineering courses (mechanical, electrical, computer, and chemical engineering), as well as bioengineering, fire-safety engineering, industrial design, environmental engineering, and nano- & robot technology
The School of Economics and Management
- Contains the departments of Business, Economics, and Design of Information Systems, focusing both on hands-on computer science and theoretical business education
The School of Humanities-Theology
- Includes a large number of highly respected fields such as Languages, Literature, Archaeology & Ancient History, Arts & Cultural Sciences, History, Media & Communication, Philosophy, and Theology & Religious Studies
The Faculty of Science
- Consists of all natural science departments, including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences, Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics
- Students may participate in undergraduate, hands-on research work in conjunction with their courses
The School of Medicine
- Encompasses the departments of Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Logopedics & Audiology, and Biomedicine
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Research-based internships at Lund University laboratories
- Local Public and private companies
- Non-profit organizations
- Departments at Lund University offer internships, after acceptance inquire with your department to see what opportunities are available
Please note- Current internship offerings may vary, you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- All internships are secured on-site
- The Study Center staff is available for advice on internships
“This opportunity was unique, rewarding, challenging, highly professional, and, when I left from home, entirely unexpected; after doing well in a course on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during my first semester in Lund, and asking my instructor if he needed an assistant, I found myself recommended and then hired for a newly opened position during my second semester. My job required 30 hours a week, and close cooperation with my supervisors. It afforded me the opportunity to contribute valuable information to a conference paper, two forthcoming journal articles and to travel to Israel.” -Henry Waldman, UCI, International Peace and Conflict Internship within the Political Science department at Lund University
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Pre-Departure expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Tuition at host institution
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions and activities
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page
for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Study abroad scholarships for Sweden
American Women’s Club in Sweden
The American Women’s Club in Sweden annually awards a travel grant to an American woman studying in Sweden. Find out more
Standard Filter Corporation: Swedish Educational and Cultural Honorarium
This honorarium is offered to students studying in Sweden (and to students studying Swedish educational and cultural activities in the US) and provides one $4,400 award annually, although in exceptional cases, the amount may be split between two equally worthy applicants. Find out more
Junior, Senior, Graduate
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Lund University.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: