Lund University

  • Location: Lund, Sweden
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors.


*****This program has been temporarily suspended for the 2016-2017 academic year due to an exchange imbalance.*****

Lund University is a non-profit, public university, and it is the largest university in Sweden, with 47,000 students. It has its origins all the way back in the Middle Ages and was established in 1666. It is consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. Lund is truly an international university, cooperating with 680 partner universities in over 50 countries, and it is the only Swedish university to be a member of LERU (League of European Research Universities) and Universitas 21.

  • Visa:

    Residence permit required. Students should apply for a residence permit two months before arrival. Students will be required to show they have at least $5,500 in their checking account.

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition to Haverford College. Haverford is responsible for submitting payments to the program. Students pay room and board directly to Lund University.

  • Requirements

    Students who participate are generally juniors or seniors, although exceptions are sometimes made for highly qualified sophomores. Additional requirements vary by department, and prerequisites for individual courses can be found online.

    Recommended for science majors, especially Chemistry and Biology majors. Non-science students can also apply provided space is available in the desired department. Interested students should contact Dean Mancini no later than December 1 for Spring and January 20 for Fall.

    Direct Enrollment

    There are no American representatives on site. Students work with university personnel. Students should be mature, independent and resourceful, as they are expected to function on their own.

    Exchange Details

    See Student Exchange – Lund University

    Academic Credit

    Students are required to take 30 ECTs per semester of study (30 L.U. credits = 4 Haverford credits). Courses in the Swedish language are available as part of the course of study. Students are required to take Swedish. Only the Intensive course fulfills Haverford language requirement. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Courses for exchange students are taught in the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science (including Mathematics), Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Economics and Management, Faculties of Humanities and Theology, the Malmö Academy of Music, and Campus Helsingborg. Lund also offers Special Area Studies and Swedish Language Courses for exchange students.

    Course Highlights

    Astronomy, Bioinformatics, Biology, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, GIS, Health Studies, Mathematical Statistics, Mathematics, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Physics, Political Science, Public Health, Service Management, Sociology, Swedish and Scandinavian Area Studies, Swedish Language

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Takes place a week before the start of the semester. The Orientation Programme aims to help students settle in smoothly at the university and in the student life of Lund. During Orientation students will participate in a general information meeting, introductory Swedish classes, and the International Mentor Programme.

    Number of Students: Approximately 47,000

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Due to limited accommodations Housing is not guaranteed. Apply as early as possible! It is the student’s responsibility to find housing. Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.

    To be eligible for a room through the International Housing Office, the Office must have received notice that the student has been accepted for studies. An Exchange student can apply for housing online. Semester I: March 1-April 25; Semester II: September 10-October 25.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Additional Orientation Activities: includes a welcome reception, campus walking tours, a university treasure hunt, and a sport’s day. Tickets for a Skåne region tour, a visit to IKEA, a taste of Sweden experience, and a welcome party will be sold during Arrival Day.

    Events: The Student Union organizes social events and other activities for students.

    Sports: Local sports clubs, social sports organized through the “nations” (on-campus clubs).


A good option for students who want to study in a non-English speaking country. Students are assigned a Swedish student mentor who is available to help with all problems.

Individuals with Seasonal Affective Disorder may wish to consider a different program, due to the substantial hours of darkness in this longitude.

Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester/Year/Exchange
  • Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Direct Enrollment
  • Semester I: Late August to mid‐January
  • Semester II: Late January to mid‐June
  • Year: Late August to mid‐June
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: March 15
  • Semester II: October 1
  • Year: March 15
Faculty Contact

Karin Åkerfeldt