What do you need to consider when doing an exchange semester, from the early planning stages until you get back to Malmö.


Before your application

Remember to start early. Which semester you are able to apply for exchange studies varies depending on what programme you are studying. Review your syllabus to find out what applies to your particular programme.

Information meeting

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Information about your degree programme

Find out when your faculty/department is holding an information meeting about where you can go and how to apply. Times for the information meetings are sometimes added to your schedule and posted on canvas, so keep your eyes open.

Where you can go

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Open exchange places

There are different exchange opportunities available depending on what programme you are studying. You can find more information on what partner universities you can apply to here.


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Read about previous students' experiences

Find out what previous students thought about the university you are interested in applying to. You can find evaluations from previous exchange students in our database of partner universities.

When is the application open?

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Applications are open twice a year

When you should apply depends on whether you want to go on an exchange within Europe or further afield. Click here for more information.

How do I apply?

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Apply in MoveON

You apply through our system MoveON.



What does it mean to be nominated? When you apply to one of the University's exchange places, you apply to be nominated for exchange studies at a specific university. It's first after you have been nominated that you send an official application to a partner university, with the help of an International Administrator.

Notification of exchange place

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Notification of nomination

The decision regarding your application for exchange studies will be sent to you by email within 15 working days of the application deadline. Being assigned a place for exchange studies is referred to as ‘nominated’. Being nominated means that Malmö University will notify the host university that you are the student chosen to apply there.

Application to the host university

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Apply to your host university

All nominated students need to submit an application to their host university. You will be contacted when it’s time to start your application. It is the host university that decides whether you are admitted or not.

Learning agreement

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Choose your courses

A Learning Agreement is a list of the courses you wish to study during your exchange.

Top tips

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Start early

Some of the documents you need to submit to your host university might take some time to collect, for example list of vaccinations or certificate of student funding from Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN). See our checklist for more information.


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Meet other exchange students

During the meeting, you will get information helpful to your preparations. You will also have the chance to fika with other students going on exchange.


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Apply for scholarships in time

Explore the opportunities to apply for a scholarship.


At the host university

Before your departure

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Keep yourself updated

If you are a Swedish citizen, we recommend that you keep yourself updated. Register on the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affair’s list, download its app 'UD Resklar' and get current information from the Swedish embassy in your host country.

Submit documents

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Changing courses?

If you make changes to your courses at the host university, you must update your Learning Agreement.


When you come back to Malmö


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Get your courses transferred

When you have returned to Malmö, you will receive your grades from your host university. You must then transfer your courses to Malmö University.

Student Exchange Evaluation

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Share your experiences

What do you wish you had known before you went on an exchange? By filling out the Student Exchange Evaluation you get to share important lessons and experiences with future exchange students.

Get involved

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Inspire others

You can help future exchange students by sharing your experiences. There are opportunities to participate in information meetings and seminars at, for example, the Go International Week and the Kick-off. You can also join to be a buddy for international students through the Buddy programme.