The Linnaeus-Palme exchange programme aims to promote long-term mutual collaboration between universities in Sweden and in developing countries, which will in turn enhance the quality of education as more perspectives and new knowledge are added or replaced. The ultimate aim of Linnaeus-Palme is to raise the quality of higher education by integrating global perspectives in learning. The programme is administered by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) and funded by Sida.

Linnaeus-Palme provides teachers and students in first- and second-cycle courses and programmes opportunities for exchange experiences. Students who would like to participate in the Linnaeus-Palme programme should turn to their department, as the departments select which students may go on an exchange.

The programme comprises mutual:

  • planning trips for well-established teachers (1-2 weeks);
  • teacher exchanges (incl. language studies) (3-8 weeks);
  • student exchanges (1-2 semesters);
  • evaluation trips.

Potential partners

Potential partners are countries on the so-called DAC List.

Project period

The collaboration should be long-term. First-time applicants apply for one year at a time, while projects that have been in the programme for at least two years can apply for two years of funding. The maximum period of time for which a project can receive funding within Linnaeus-Palme is eight years.


Some level of self-funding is required of the participating institutions (e.g. for salary costs).


It is the department at Stockholm University that prepares the project application and has the operational responsibility for the collaboration. Each project application is assessed individually; it is not possible to refer to a previous application. The department will send its project application to the Student Services who gathers all applications and send them to Universitets- och högskolerådet, UHR. 

Contact seminars

UHR organises regular contact seminars. Contact seminars enable universities to come into contact with non-European universities in order to establish future collaborations. Upcoming seminars are advertised on

Additional information

It is possible to apply for extra funding to cover additional costs associated with a participant’s disabilities.