A Certificate of International Merits will give you credentials for the international experiences you gain while studying at Malmö University. It’s a verification of your academic, personal and professional progress, your international and intercultural competence, as well as your ability to make international comparisons related to your profession.

Information

The certificate can currently only be applied for by students at the Faculty of Health and Society and the Faculty of Odontology. The certificate will be available at more faculties in the future.

How to participate

During your studies, you will need to take part in at least three activities with an international focus. Many of these activities are advertised through Canvas, but you can also create your own activity. These activities can take place abroad and at home. For example:

  • study abroad, take a summer course or write your degree project abroad
  • participate in international conferences and workshops
  • participate in seminars connected to internationalisation and your future career
  • become a mentor for an international student

How to apply for CIM

The way to apply varies depending on your faculty. When your application is approved you will get access to the Certificate of International Merits canvas page for your faculty. Here you will find everything you need to get started.

How Matilda got her Certificate of International Merits

For Matilda Öreberg, who studied to become a nurse, it was an obvious choice to go for a CIM. She wanted to cultivate her interest in global health and also be able to present her acquired international experience to future employers.

How Matilda got her Certificate of International Merits

For Matilda Öreberg, who studied to become a nurse, it was an obvious choice to go for a CIM. She wanted to cultivate her interest in global health and also be able to present her acquired international experience to future employers.

–The international profile was one main reason for me to choose Malmö University when starting my nursing studies, so it was obvious to me that I should aim for a CIM as well. I wanted to take the chance to go abroad during my clinical placements and I also wanted to continue to cultivate my interest in global health. The opportunity to gather my knowledge, experiences and commitments in a Certificate of International Merits was valuable to me, as it is a convenient way to show my experience to future employers.

–To participate in CIM gives the opportunity to choose between activities that takes a few hours of your time and bigger projects that lasts for month – both at home and abroad. CIM has something to offer to anyone interested in internationalization. My first CIM activity was a lecture on medical care at the scene of a catastrophe with Johan von Schreeb, the founder of the Swedish Doctors without borders. This was an activity that I found myself and got accepted as part of my CIM after speaking to my CIM coordinator. The following activity I participated in was a 4-week exchange to southern India during a clinical placement in primary health care. I travelled together with two other nursing students, and together we got a good insight into Indian health care, society and culture. I also got an opportunity to practice my English. In addition, I also made new friends and valuable contacts with Indian nursing students and local faculty members as well as fellow exchange students from around the world.

–Due to the corona pandemic, I wasn’t able to fulfill my plans to do my bachelor’s thesis as a MFS* in Ethiopia, nor was I able to go to Slovenia for another exchange clinical placement during the last semester. Instead, I participated in a digital exchange project with nursing students from Hong Kong and Australia. We worked together during a couple of weeks with a patient case, and I got insights in how my international nurse colleagues deal with patient-related matters. I also learnt more about similarities and differences between our societies and health care systems.

–Altogether, I believe that the CIM activities has broadened my perspectives on the world in general and on global health in particular. I have started to build a valuable international network of contacts and gotten a chance to practice my English skills. To participate in CIM, which sometimes is challenging and take both courage and patience, makes you grow on a personal level. I would recommend giving CIM a chance to anyone interested with an aim for an international career or just an interest in global matters. It is fun!

* MFS = Minor Field Study. This is an eight-week field study as part of a thesis, founded by Swedish SIDA. 

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