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Service and support for outbound students

The role of the officer vs that of the nominated student

Exchange students need to take great responsibility when applying for exchange studies through Lund University. The international coordinator supports and facilitates the process. The boundary between the student's own responsibility and that of the international coordinator sometimes needs to be clarified.

  • Provide the student with correct information so that the student submits a correct application to the host university 
  • Be available to the student for questions and support 
  • Function as a link between the student and the host university 
  • Manage issues concerning study support for students with disabilities
  • If necessary, guide students in choosing an exchange destination. For example, inform about useful information on sexual orientation laws in all parts of the world. 
    Read more at ILGA World – International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

  • Find suitable courses at the appropriate level on the host university’s website 
  • Ensure that there is a dialogue about the transfer of credits from the courses (before the exchange, in case of any changes and on return)
  • Stay informed via SoleMove about e.g. course restrictions, additional costs and language tests.
  • Calculate the Grade Point Average (GPA) if required by the host university.
  • Book and undergo the language test in cases where it is required 
  • Search for information and apply for a visa where applicable.
  • Read information before departure about e.g. vaccination requirements, insurance conditions.
  • Be reachable via email (also monitor the spam section of the email inbox)
  • Be a good ambassador for Lund University during the exchange studies
  • Write a travel report on return (according to the faculty’s instructions)

Videos - create an exchange application

A series of four videos available on YouTube describes what students should consider when applying for exchange studies via Lund University. The films are in Swedish with English subtitles. Feel free to spread to students via the faculty's channels.

The videos can be found via:

The descriptions of the videos below targets students.

In order to go on exchange studies via Lund University, you need to make a good application. Start by making sure you are eligible to apply. 

Watch the video 'Create your exchange application: General eligibility requirements' on YouTube (in Swedish with English subtitles)

The Statement of Purpose is an important part of your application for exchange studies via Lund University. But what should a Statement of Purpose contain? In this video, you get valuable tips that make writing easier.

Watch the video 'Create your exchange application: Statement of Purpose' on YouTube (in Swedish with English subtitles)

To make an application for exchange studies via Lund University, you need to make one Study plan for each university you want to go to. Here you get tips on what you need to think about, from restrictions and course levels to accreditation.

Watch the video 'Create your exchange application: Study plan' on YouTube (in Swedish with English subtitles)

In this video you will find out what to highlight in your CV when you apply for exchange studies via Lund University. Don't forget information about language skills, international engagements and experiences - and make sure to get help with proofreading.

Watch the video 'Create your exchange application: CV' on YouTube (in Swedish with English subtitles)

Practical information for students going abroad 

University-wide information on preparations for departure for outgoing exchange students can be found on the webpage "Practical information for outgoing students". Here, students can read about study grants, travel bookings, visas, etc.

Practical information for outgoing students
Via the page, you can also find the following web pages that are relevant for outgoing students:

Course, webinar and workshop
Student UT insurance
Student ambassador abroad

Scholarships for international student mobility 

University-wide scholarships managed by External Relations:  

Other scholarships 

Read more about the Scholarships for current students on

Student ambassador abroad 

During the exchange period, the student has an important role as a representative of Lund University. The website 'Student ambassador abroad' explains what it means to represent Lund University and Sweden they are exchange students from Lund University. Here the student will find the most important messages and a toolbox containing videos, a PowerPoint presentation and useful links.

The International Desk can send marketing material to students who will participate in a Study Abroad Fair at a partner university. Requests from partner universities and students regarding the dissemination of promotional material can be directed to the head of the Student Experience and Mobility team. Decisions are then made concerning which partner universities the International Desk should send materials to and the extent of the distribution.

Information for students about being a Student ambassador abroad on

On return 

Returning to Sweden after exchange studies entails an adjustment referred to as a 'reverse culture shock'. Students may find this transition difficult and even painful.

  • Pick up on students who want to talk about their exchange experience – invite them to informal workshops where they get an opportunity to swap experiences with others. The workshop needs supervision and a clear purpose. Can the students’ experiences be used to improve the service to exchange students? Examples of discussion topics: ”Why should you go on exchange studies?”, ”Challenges of being an exchange student?”, ”How do you grow as a person?”, ”What support/information do returning students need?”. The workshop can be run as a Zoom meeting with the possibility of using break-out-rooms. 
  • Students who want to talk about their exchange studies can usefully also be engaged for marketing, for example through online profiles, short videos that the students can produce themselves.
  • Encourage the students to continue to build on their international involvement as international mentors.
  • If the student needs support and someone to talk to about readjusting and adapting after returning from abroad, encourage them to contact the Student Health Centre.

International opportunities via Instagram

External Relations has 2 employed exchange ambassadors. The exchange ambassadors are students at Lund University with personal experience of international mobility. Their main task is to increase students’ interest in and awareness of the international opportunities offered at Lund University and to contribute to inspiring them. The project was launched in spring 2019 and is funded by UHR and Erasmus+. The exchange ambassadors’ main channel is @lund_university_abroad.

  • To be a platform to disseminate information about international opportunities.
  • To highlight various types of international opportunities and inspire people to make the most of them.
  • To enable students to inspire other students.
  • To be a channel for outbound students before, during and after their mobility.
  • To contribute to increasing the number of outbound students from Lund University.


  • Students on exchange, traineeship or field work abroad take over the account for a week showing images, videos and stories from their everyday life abroad.
  • Marketing of application deadlines for e.g. exchange studies and scholarships. 
  • Creating engagement and interactivity through e.g. competitions, stories with Q&A.
  • Target group-adapted videos e.g. for students about to apply, before they leave, on their return.

Draw your students’ attention to @lund_university_abroad

Help to disseminate information on @lund_university_abroad through your faculty's information meetings, web pages or newsletters.

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Follow students abroad on Instagram

Lund University offers lots of opportunities to gain international experience. The Instagram account @lund_university_abroad is run by students for students. Here you can see the everyday lives of Lund University students abroad, take part of their travel stories and tips and ask questions.

Follow @lund_university_abroad

Exchange student in Berlin

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Students from Lund University Abroad


ILGAS's world map. Illustration.

Attitudes towards LGBTQ issues in the world

ILGA World – maps sexual orientation laws