Study opportunities

Last changed: 23 November 2017

Studying abroad is a good way for you to broaden your knowledge of your subject and SLU has agreements with hundreds of universities around the world.

Most students on three-year programmes choose to go on an exchange during their final year, while students on longer programmes usually find it best to do their exchange studies during year four or five.

You can apply for student finance from CSN for your exchange studies. In addition, if you choose to study at a university in Europe with which SLU has an agreement, you are eligible for a scholarship.

SLU International Course Package (ICP)

The ICP titled Working with local natural resource management in low-income countries contains two courses: an online preparation course and a field course in Kenya. The aim of the package is to provide students interested in global development with an introduction to working with the complexity of natural resource management and resource-use systems in developing countries. The ICP will start for the first time in spring 2018.

More information about the courses:
Field course in Kenya
Online preparation course

SLU Travel Grant

Travel Grants for Internationalization are available to SLU students for participation in a study visit abroad, or a course, congress or equivalent activity. The scholarship can be used for travel costs, accommodation costs and conference fees. To be qualified to apply you must be admitted at SLU as a postgraduate student or have taken your doctor’s degree not more than two years prior to the closing date for this application. The student must be able to show that the proposed travel is essential for his/her postgraduate studies.

Minor field studies (MFS)

MFS is a scholarship addressed to students at the undergraduate level with the purpose to provide opportunities to acquire knowledge and experience in developing countries. MFS is a Sida financed travel grant for a small field study of at least eight consecutive weeks as the basis for a C alternative D dissertation or thesis at the corresponding level. Every year SLU awards approximately 25 MFS scholarships.
More information about MFS from The Swedish Council for Higher Education 


Erasmus+ is the EU's program for the promotion of international cooperation and exchange in education, youth and sport. Erasmus+ is meant to serve as a tool and part of the work to meet and address the major challenges facing Europe today and in the future; to reverse the socio-economic crisis in the EU countries, boosting growth and employment and promote social equality and integration.

Within the Erasmus+ program the Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree is an opportunity for you to apply for a scholarship to study your entire Master’s or Doctorate programme abroad. In 2016 over 100 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degrees and 17 Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates were offered. You can find more information on which Master’s and Doctorate programmes are offered at the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) website.

More information about Erasmus+ from The Swedish Council for Higher Education

More information about MSc and Phd studies on the Europeean Commission's website. 


The Linnaeus-Palme is a Sida financed programme that supports collaboration in the form of projects based on teacher and student exchanges between higher education institutions in low- and middle-income countries and Swedish partner universities, one of them is SLU. Each exchange project should be based on a concrete academic purpose integrating global perspectives and new knowledge into the learning process. The Linnaeus-Palme provides an opportunity for teachers and students to exchange experiences within bachelor's and master's degree level education at the university.

Global Challenges University Alliance (GCUA)

The GCUA initiative was launched by SLU in 2016 to give focus to agricultural research and educations issues in relation to current global challenges. The aim is to involve 25 of the world’s top "bio‐economy" universities involving all continents. By 2050 the world's population will exceed nine billion, requiring agricultural, forest and fisheries systems to produce food, animal feed, fibres, energy and materials for another two billion people. The crucial issue is how to achieve this without causing unsustainable ecological consequences and during an on‐going climate change.

The Global Challenges Summer Schools are arranged for MSc/PhD students each summer. The aim is to train our bio-economy leaders of the future and provide them with an active global network very early in their careers. Each summer school has a theme based on a current topic, e.g. Reducing antibiotic resistance in livestock farming, The future of forests and Green and sustainable cities. 

Single subject courses

At SLU there are many interesting courses offered which have an international orientation; a number of these are given in English where the students come mostly from an international background. You can also find exchange possibilities in single subject courses other Universities in Sweden, as well as abroad. Use the search term ‘Global development’ at  to find courses at Swedish universities, and use this SLU portal to find single course exchange possibilities abroad. 

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Margarita CuadraCommunicator SIANI-SLU Global theme
Phone: +46 (0)18-671153


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