Application and admission
If you are interested in doing an exchange period at SLU, start by contacting the International Office/Study Abroad Office at your home university or department. To be admitted to SLU as an exchange student you need to have the approval of your home university. This is done by having them sign your application form.
The application period for the Autumn semester or a whole academic year is 15 March-15 April.
The application period for the Spring semester is 15 September- 15 October
Autumn semester runs from September to January and the Spring semester runs from January to June. The same application dates also apply for veterinary exchange students.
Important information about the application procedures
The online application requires you to:
- Upload your Transcripts of Records in English, showing every course you have taken at university level. For European students the transcript should show ECTS credits.
- Upload a list of the courses that you have still not passed, but which you will have passed by the time you start courses at SLU. The list should be in English with credits.
- Select which courses you want to take. Here you can find detailed information: course search.
- State if you wish SLU to offer you accommodation.
After completing your application online, a PDF document will be created. Please sign it and get it signed by your coordinator at your home university and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 15 April or 15 October.
Please note that our office cannot process your application without the required documents and signatures. You will receive a confirmation that we have received your application via e-mail. After April 15th/October 15th we will start the admission process. To come to SLU as an exchange student, you must take at least 25 credits per semester. The maximum amount you can take is 45 credits.
In June/December you will receive a admission letter by e-mail. If you have been accepted the letter will show which courses you have been accepted to for the coming semester. If you are staying at SLU for a whole academic year, then you will receive an acceptance letter for the whole year and a course list for the first semester. The second semester courses will be processed in the nextcoming application session.
How to choose courses
The Swedish University Credit System awards 1.5 credits for each completed week of full-time study. This system is compatible with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). 1 Swedish credit = 1 ECTS credit. In your online application you will state your course choices. Always add a second hand choice.
The Swedish academic year is divided into two semesters, 20 weeks each. One semester of full-time studies (100%) equals 30 credits. Each semester is divided into two periods, worth 15 credits each. Not all courses can be studied full-time, and some courses may run for more than one period. Exchange students should be full-time students. During one semester the minimum requirement is 25 ECTS credits (The requirement of 25 ECTS does not apply to students within the NOVA/BOVA mobility program).
Only choose courses at one campus, as the SLU campuses are spread throughout a large part of Sweden. You are allowed to change a course during the first two first weeks of the semseter.
Example of course combinations equal to full-time studies:
10 credits + 5 credits
Make sure that you fulfill the prerequisites for the course of your choice. Talk to the exchange coordinator at your home university for advice. Count the total amount of credits that you will have by the start date of the course at SLU in order to see you if you have enough. If it is obvious that you do not fulfill the prerequisites, there is no need to apply. Course schedules are published about three weeks before course start. Please note that SLU does not provide any languages courses.
Alnarp students only have the option of 15 credit courses.
Before you can get accepted to do a thesis at SLU you have to get a teacher at SLU to agree to be your supervisor. The supervisor must email email@example.com to confirm this and send us the course code. If you do not have a supervisor at the time of the admission of the application please select Thesis/project degree. You have until 8 of May to organize your supervisor if you are starting the thesis in September. Here you can find subject areas and possible supervisors.
Accommodation for Exchange students
SLU will guarantee accommodation to all exchange students for the duration of their studies if the study application is handed in before the deadline.
The cost of the fully-furnished accommodation can vary between 2900-4200 SEK per month. Accommodation is provided for the full length of the semester. The notice time varies between 1-2 calendar months depending on where the room is located.
You apply for student housing in the application form for exchange studies at SLU.
For information about the accommodation at the different campuses please go to this link: Accommodation or contact the housing offices:
English Language Requirements
It is up to the home university to guarantee that the student has the right level in English. The recommended requirement is the equivalent of English language studies at upper secondary school in Sweden, known as English course B. In order to enrol in courses at SLU with English as the language of instruction, the recommended English language level should be:
Swedish Language Requirements
There are several ways to show that you have sufficent Swedish skills for taking courses with Swedish as the language of instruction.
- Passed a test in Swedish for University and Colleges (TISUS) and send the results to SLU together with your application. For more information, visit TISUS .
- Have completed secondary school in Danish, Norwegian or Icelandic. Send a verified copy of your grades to SLU together with your application.
- Have completed secondary school in Finnish. Send a verified copy of your grades to SLU together with your application. If you have completed secondary school in Finnish but have not taked the Matriculation Examination in Swedish, you must have taken Swedish as a subject for at least three years (or five courses), to have an equivalent qualification to Swedish Course B.
For more information, visit University Admissions .
Please note that SLU does not provide any languages courses.
Exchange students accepted to SLU are insured by th Student IN insurance. This insurance only covers accidents. All students are required to have an insurance from their home country.
Veterinary Exchange Students
Veterinary Exchange Students
SLU is the only university in Sweden that educates veterinarians. The programme is 5.5 years long and is taught in Swedish.
During the first three years the programme is focused on preclinical courses. During the autumn semester of the fourth year students attend a clinical preparation course and during the following spring semester they have clinical courses. In their final year, students have elective courses and write a thesis.
At SLU, veterinary exchange students can attend the veterinary courses in both English and Swedish, and/or participate in the clinical courses.
If you wish to attend veterinary courses in Swedish you must be from Norway or Denmark, or be able to show that you have a Swedish language level equivalent of Swedish studies at upper secondary school level in Sweden (known as Swedish course B). You find information about SLU's veterinary courses here.
For English and Swedish speaking students for
Summer semester 2017 clinic practice application deadline is 15 October 2016
Period of clinical practice is only possible during 1 June until 15 August.
Next application session will open 15 September until 15 October 2016 for the summer 2017
If you want to participate as an exchange student in a clinical course you need to be at least in your fourth year of a veterinary programme and have passed the preclinical courses and clinic preparation courses. The clinical preparation course at SLU is 30 ECTS credits and has a theoretical coverage of the common diseases and treatments of cattle, horses, sheep, dogs, cats & pigs, clinical chemistry, practical obstetrics, hygiene and prevention of infection, general surgical principles including pre-operative scrub-up and standard operating procedures for the operating theater. You need to have completed similar courses.
Spring and Autumn semester 2016 clinic practice is full!
For English speaking students the clinical courses available are:
(English speaking students will only do the practical part of the course not the lectures)
- Ambulatory clinic (large animals), variable time, possible only during summer,
- Small animal medicine & surgery,
- Horse medicine & surgery,
- Pig medicine,
Transcript of records
Transcript of Records
A transcript of record should include the following information:
- The student's full name
- The student's date of birth
- Name of the home university
- Information about the courses the student has passed:
- Course code
- Course name
- Amount of credits (For European students the transcript should
show credits in ECTS credits)
- The name and signature of the International Coordinator, Dean, Vice-Chancellor, exam board or similarly
- Stamp of the university
- Date of issue