You have great opportunities to study abroad as part of your programme. Find out when to submit your application, which places are available to you, and who you can contact if you have any questions.

Application periods

Autumn application period

September 15 – October 15. This application period is open for exchange places outside of Europe for the next academic year (next autumn semester and the following spring semester). There may also be places within Europe to which you can apply for the upcoming spring semester.

Spring application period

February 15 – March 15. This application period is open for exchange places within Europe for the next academic year (coming autumn semester and the following spring semester). There may also be places outside of Europe to which you can apply for the upcoming spring semester.

Find available exchange places

You can find available exchange places from your faculty or department on this page from September 15 and February 15.

Where can I go?

Depending on the programme you are studying, there are different opportunities. Find your faculty or department in the list below to see the available exchange places and to find out what applies to you.

When you are studying on an exchange from Malmö University you are insured through Kammarkollegiet’s insurance Student OUT. Make sure to read the terms and conditions before you go abroad. 

Please note that: 

  • Student OUT does not provide any coverage if you are studying from somewhere other than your host country. If you are conducting distance studies from Malmö, or somewhere other than the place where your host university is situated, you will need an additional insurance. 
  • The insurance does not cover any travels outside the host country. The exemptions are study trips with a supervisor where Kammarkollegiet have been notified in advance. 
  • From 1 July 2021 the Student OUT insurance will not be valid for travels to countries where the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advice against all travels, even if this advice is issued to another part of the country than where you are meant to be travelling. The advice against travels should be in place at the time of your travels for the insurance not to be valid. If you started your travels before the advice against travels, you are covered by the insurance for a maximum of 30 days when the advice applies. During this time you are expected to travel back to Sweden. If your domicile is in a country other than Sweden, the insurance can reimburse travel there. More information about the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advice against travels can be found on the Governmental offices website (in Swedish).
  • From July 1, 2021; if the country of study is the country in which you are domiciled, the only clauses that apply are 2.1 Personal injury cover and 2.5 Liability cover.

If something happens during the time you are away, you report this by making a claim. Information about the claim form can be found on the Kammarkollegiet's website.

Terms and conditions, Student OUT

The Faculty of Health and Society

If you are thinking about studying abroad during your studies at the Faculty of Health and Society (HS), it is best to contact the international administrator at your department in good time and review your specific opportunities.

Exchange places for students at Health and Society

The application period for exchange places has ended. When a new application period begins, a document will be uploaded where you can see the countries and universities that are open for applications from your programme, as well as how many places are available

Information about exchange studies for students at Health and Society

The oaHSen travel grant

As a student at the Faculty of Health and Society, you can apply for a travel grant. The grant is valid for international activities that are relevant to your studies or future profession and can be granted a maximum of two times during the course of your education. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

The maximum amount that can be granted is SEK 5,000 per application.

The Certificate of International Merit — CIM

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.

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.

Certificate of International Merit

The Faculty of Culture and Society

The Faculty of Culture and Society is divided into three departments, and it is through those that exchange places are advertised. Find your department below.

The Department of Global Political Studies

Within most programmes at the Department of Global Political Studies (GPS), students have the opportunity to apply for exchange studies. Check your programme syllabus to see which semester is best for conducting exchange studies. You can also apply for exchange studies if you are studying freestanding courses.

Exchange places for students at GPS

The application period for exchange places has ended. When a new application period begins, a document will be uploaded where you can see the countries and universities that are open for applications from your programme, as well as how many places are available.

Information about exchange studies for students at GPS

If I am enrolled in a programme, during which semester may I study abroad?

If you are enrolled in a programme, it is best to study abroad during your elective semester. Below is a list of elective semesters within the programmes at GPS:

  • European Studies: semester 4
  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations: semester 5
  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations, two-year master’s: semester 3
  • International Relations: semester 4 *(further information below)
  • Human Rights: semester 3 and 4
  • Political Science: Global Politics, two-year master’s: semester 3
  • Political Science, BA-programme: semester 5 (in Swedish)
  • Diversity Studies: semester 5 (in Swedish)

* For International Relations students: semester 4 is an elective semester and ideal for exchange studies. However, you can also use semester 5 for exchange studies, but it is highly recommend that the selected courses are in an IR-relevant field and on a similar academic level as the course In-Dept Studies in Global Politics (see programme syllabus). The autumn semester at the partner university must end in time for you to be able to attend the introduction for Semester 6.

What to consider when selecting courses

If you study abroad during your elective semester, you are relatively free to select whichever courses you wish. If there are any restrictions in selecting courses, this will be stated in the announcement of exchange places. As a student at GPS, you cannot study only language courses during your exchange period. However, some of the courses can be language course.

Can I study abroad for two semesters?

You may apply for exchange studies for two semesters if this is possible within your programme.

If you apply for two semesters at the same university, submit a single application.

If you apply for two semesters at two different universities, submit two separate applications.

In your Statement of Purpose, clearly state which semester is most important to you, as there may be competition for places. If you wish to study at two different universities, you need to check and make sure the semester periods do not conflict.

The School of Arts and Communication

Within most programmes at the School of Arts and Communication (K3), students can apply for exchange studies. Check your programme syllabus to see which semester is best for conducting exchange studies.

Exchange places for students at K3

The application period for exchange places has ended. When a new application period begins, a document will be uploaded where you can see the countries and universities that are open for applications from your programme, as well as how many places are available

Information about exchange studies for students at K3

If you are enrolled in a programme, it is best to study abroad during your elective semester. See the programme syllabus.

  • English Studies: semester 4 and 5
  • Interaction Design: semester 5

If you study abroad during your elective semester, you are relatively free to select whichever courses you wish. If there are any restrictions, you will find them when the exchange places are advertised.

Keep in mind that introductory language courses are not approved (unless the partner university has made them mandatory for all exchange students).

If a course has the same title as a course within your programme, make sure that the two courses cover different content.

Supplement your application with examples of previous work.

Keep in mind that at some of K3's partner universities, you need to compile a portfolio of your creative work. An academic coordinator will usually help you with this.

The Department of Urban Studies

Students at the Department of Urban Studies (US) have a one-semester exchange. The semester in which the exchange occurs varies among the different programmes. Check your programme syllabus to see what applies to you. If you do not have an elective semester, it is important to review the courses offered at the partner university in order to ensure that they fit within the framework of your education. If there are any general restrictions regarding course selection, you will find information about this when the exchange places are advertised.

Exchange places for students at US

The application period for exchange places has ended. When a new application period begins, a document will be uploaded where you can see the countries and universities that are open for applications from your programme, as well as how many places are available

Information about exchange studies for students at US

Urban Studies students have a one-semester exchange. The semester in which the exchange occurs varies among the different programmes. Check your programme syllabus to see what applies to you. If you do not have an elective semester, it is important to review the courses offered at the partner university in order to ensure that they fit within the framework of your education.

If there are any general restrictions regarding course selection, you will find information about this in the current call.

List of programmes and recommended semesters for exchange studies:

  • Urban Studies master’s programme: semester 3 (elective)
  • Leadership and Organisation: Societal Challenges and Organisational Changes, master’s programme: semester 3 (elective)

The Faculty of Education and Society

As a student at the Faculty of Education and Society (LS), you have many opportunities to study abroad. One important prerequisite is that what you study abroad can be credited within your programme and that the courses are approved in advance by a head of the subject at the faculty.

Exchange places for students at the Faculty of Education and Society

The application period for exchange places has ended. When a new application period begins, a document will be uploaded where you can see the countries and universities that are open for applications from your programme, as well as how many places are available

The Faculty of Technology and Society

If you are a student at the Faculty of Technology and Society (TS), you can study abroad. You are entitled to student financial aid during your stay abroad.

Exchange places for students at Technology and Society

The application period for exchange places has ended. When a new application period begins, a document will be uploaded where you can see the countries and universities that are open for applications from your programme, as well as how many places are available

Information about exchange studies for students at Technology and Society

Students at the Faculty of Technology and Society have one semester available for exchange studies. Which semester is most suitable is different between the programmes, see your programme syllabus to find out.

Partner universities

Malmö University has agreements with several hundred universities around the world. In the search portal, you can find out which countries and universities we work with. You can filter your search to see which agreements are open for the faculty/department at which you are studying.

Search for a partner university

To see how many credits at the host university you need to study in order to reach the equivalent of full-time studies (30 higher education credits), you can check the list of partner universities outside of Europe.

Full-time credits at our partner universities

Studies abroad on your own

If you do not find a suitable university among the University's partner universities, you can apply for studies abroad on your own. Planning your studies abroad independently gives you a lot of freedom of choice. You decide where, what and for how long you want to study. It also requires a lot of effort from you. You must obtain all the information yourself, keep in touch with universities and government authorities, and handle course selection, the application process, and everything else by yourself. If you know the country to which you wish to travel, embassies and consulates or affiliated institutions can often help with information.

Important things to consider when planning your studies abroad

  • You must find out all the facts about the university yourself and apply on your own as an ‘international fee-paying student’ (or ‘Free mover’).
  • You must often pay tuition fees (which you do not have to do if you go as an exchange student through Malmö University).
  • No credit transfer is assessed and guaranteed in advance. If you wish to apply for credits, you must do so after completing the exchange, using a specified form together with their foreign grades.
  • You must arrange your own visa, accommodation, insurance and other practical matters.
  • Find out what you need to know and make arrangements

    If you are eligible for student financial aid and wish to apply for it, then you need to check whether the foreign university you wish to attend is recognised or under government supervision. You need to find out what the education is worth and whether it qualifies for student financial aid. You must ensure that you are eligible for the courses you plan to study and have sufficient language skills.

    Translation of your upper-secondary school transcript

    A template for translation into English can be found on the website of the Swedish National Agency for Education. If you need a certified translation of your transcript, you can search the website of the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency for certified translators. Never send your original transcript. If you need a certificate showing that you are eligible for university studies, you can obtain one from the Swedish Council for Higher Education.

    Order application documents directly from the university

    Contact the university directly and ask for information and application documents. Some countries have central admissions processes and others want you to apply directly to the university. The procedure can also vary within a country.

    Be careful when filling out your application. An application that is not correct may be sorted and discarded immediately.

    Private recruiters/advisors

    A number of private institutions recruit students to universities abroad. They know their universities and usually help with the application process and related matters free of charge because they are funded by the universities to which they recruit students. This means that you will have to pay tuition fees at ‘their’ university. If you are interested in these institutions, you must seek them out yourself.