Exchange studies


Going abroad as an exchange student means spending a semester at one of LUSEM's partner universities.

What is an exchange?

Spending a semester abroad allows you to take advantage of excellent academic programmes around the globe. There are many benefits of going on an exchange:

  • Gain a global education.
  • Broaden your academic horizon by taking courses of interest that you may not have otherwise been able to take.  
  • Boost your employability. 
  • Improve your language skills.
  • Experience a brand new culture.
  • Become part of a growing global community of exchange students, including those who come to study at LUSEM.

Students who are not required to pay tuition fees in Sweden are also not required to pay tuition fees to the host university. Tuition-fee-paying students who are non-EU/EEA citizens will be required to pay a tuition fee to Lund University during their exchange semester, but not to the host university.

The academic credits you have earned may be transferred based on programme-specific requirements, and may be included in your degree.

Covid-19 affected my time in Lisbon in many ways, both as a student and as a visitor, but I feel happy that I was able to go through with my exchange semester

Elon (Bachelor’s in Design of Information Systems), exchange at NOVA University Lisbon in Portugal

Where did you spend your semester abroad and why did you choose this country in particular?
I spent my semester abroad in Lisbon, Portugal, and lived in one of the older parts of the city, Alfama. Many of my friends, who also spent their semester abroad in Lisbon, recommended me to apply because of its amazing culture, food and of the city as a whole. Apart from everything that I had heard about being a student in Lisbon, a big reason why I chose that city in particular was because of all of the possibilities to travel and discover Portugal and its amazing nature.

How did Covid-19 affect your time in Lisbon? What were the restrictions in Portugal?
During the first few months, there were very few restrictions and I was enjoying myself at restaurants, pubs, beaches and parks as long as I was wearing a mask and taking the necessary precautions. The classes were given in both physical and digital form which definitely affected the connection with other students, which is a big part of being abroad. As things were getting worse, the restrictions were stricter and a lot of my time was spent at home. Luckily, if I can phrase it like that, the school work was intensifying at the same time which would have resulted in me having to stay home to study anyways. In short, Covid-19 affected my time in Lisbon in many ways, both as a student and as a visitor, but I feel happy that I was able to go through with my exchange semester.

What were your highlights and what challenges did you face during your semester abroad?
I faced many challenges getting used to juggling five courses and finding ways to prioritize these in the best way possible. The highlights were all the different and new courses and things I learned as a student within the field of informatics and economics. The challenges I faced in my everyday life was to adapt to life during a pandemic in a new city and the precautions that I had to take as well as all the things that were not possible to do as a result of it. On the other hand, the highlights were the complete opposite - the things that I was able to do and see in Lisbon and its surrounding areas.

What advice can you give to students who are about to start their semester abroad or thinking about applying for an exchange?
The process of getting the right papers and certificates in time during the months before the semester, and to find accommodation, i stressful and sometimes overwhelming and you might be afraid that you missed something important. Of course, starting to prepare early always releases some of that stress but a lot of these things work out in the end even though some things take longer than you expected or that you forgot some things. It is normal that the period before leaving for the exchange semester is a bit chaotic and I think that more people planning on applying for an exchange need to hear that. Apart from that, a lot of going on a semester abroad is about working things out as they come, which is my final advice to other students: do not be afraid to contact other students who are in the same position and solve things together as you go and enjoy the journey, because it is one of the best experiences one can have.

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Who can apply?

You have the option to go on an exchange semester if you are studying:

  • A Bachelor's programme at LUSEM.
  • A Bachelor's programme that study part of their education at LUSEM.
  • Freestanding courses with the aim of earning a Bachelor's degree from LUSEM.
  • MSc in Economics or MSc in Innovation and Global Sustainable Development

See the links below for information on when and how to apply for an exchange.

Application process
Key dates and deadlines

All exchange places are applied for through the International Office at the School of Economics and Management, except for the one-year exchange places at the University of California, which are to be applied for separately through the UC Study Center.

Information about exchange studies related to  Covid-19

Navigating in the ever-changing circumstances caused by the pandemic situation has been challenging for universities and students alike, but especially for you who have been planning and organizing your upcoming exchange studies. Please see the information below for students nominated for an exchange, and students currently participating in an exchange semester.

Information for nominated students

(information for students currently on exchange below)

Many uncertainties concerning exchange studies
There are a few reasons to why your exchange studies might not be able to be carried out as planned, for example closed country borders, quarantine regulations in the host country, visa restrictions, travel restrictions/recommendations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or changed terms and conditions for insurance (Student UT).

Conditions may change on a short notice, before and during your exchange. Due to the uncertainty of the situation, LUSEM strongly recommends that your decisions are considered carefully. Our general advice is if you feel worried, then perhaps staying in Lund might be the better option.

Arrange for a back-up plan.  
In order to be ready for studies at LU if your exchange is not possible, you should apply for courses as a back-up plan. Do this before 15 October/15 April by applying at If you are studying a programme with semester registration, you should instead contact an administrator at your programme. If you are going on exchange, you should decline your offer so that another student can take your place in the course.

Please consider the following as part of your preparations and during your exchange:

Online courses from the host university
In the case that you are not able to carry out your exchange semester, you may still be able to participate in online courses from your host university instead.

Please note that Student UT only covers you in your host country. If you choose to study online courses from your home, you therefore need to make sure to have home insurance to cover any unforeseen incidents.

If you want to withdraw from the exchange
If you determine you cannot (or don’t want to) undertake your exchange studies, it is important to inform the International Office at LUSEM. 

Help and support
Lund University is closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation and related developments. You are welcome to contact us here at the International Office, should you have any questions or concerns.

Your host university has information for you on what is important to consider when being a student there. Don't hesitate to contact them and ask for advice.

During your exchange 

It’s important that you continue to stay up-to-date with the information from your local embassy and from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.  

Your host university can provide you with on-site support and assistance. 

Always keep the International office at LUSEM informed should you decide to cancel your exchange and leave your host country. If you decide to continue your studies online, please see the information above. 

Travel assistance 
If you are affected by closed country borders or changed travel restrictions, contact Falck Global Assistance (open 24/7) for advice and help:

Immediate assistance 
In case of personal injury, accidents, changed safety conditions etc., in which you need immediate assistance, please contact Falck Global Assistance:

It is also recommended to stay in touch with the insurance administrators at Kammarkollegiet:   

If you need to use the insurance Student UT, you must make a claim. The claim form must be signed by you and sent with any reports and/or receipts to the International Office at LUSEM. Thereafter it will be sent to Kammarkollegiet. If you are in Europe, you should use the European Health Insurance Card for any health-related matters. 

Our partner universities

We have over 130 partner universities in more than 30 countries!

See full list of partner universities


International Office
Lund University School of Economics and Management

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Last published: 2022-09-02