Incoming exchange students

Every year we welcome many international exchange students through our agreements with universities around the world.

Bild: P. Horálek/ESO

At the Department of Astronomy you can find a wide selection of courses taught in English. This includes all courses at the advanced level, as well as the third-year courses in our Bachelor programme.

Many courses at advanced level reflect the research areas we have at the Department of Astronomy and all our teachers are active researchers. Our research groups also host diploma workers, something that is highly appreciated by our students. You can find out more about our research here.

The Department of Physics, located in the same building, also offers courses in English which are available to our exchange students. The Department of Mathematics is also nearby, and you may be able to find complementary courses there.


Courses available at the Department of Astronomy can be found on the page Courses and programmes. We also offer exchange students the possibility to do degree projects or internships in our research groups.

Please note that some courses are not given every year. If you want to make sure whether a certain course is given, please contact our international coordinator before submitting your application. Although you are welcome to choose from all our courses given in English, please note that you need to meet the requirements for each course in order to be accepted.

The choice of courses cannot always be guaranteed, although every effort will be made to give students the courses they have chosen. If courses are cancelled in advance of your arrival or you do not meet the requirements, you will be contacted by our international coordinator. Stockholm University cannot be held responsible for cancelled courses or students not being accepted to courses due to classes being full or students not meeting the academic requirements.


In order for you to pursue exchange studies with us, you must be a student at one of our partner universities. Students outside Europe will most often come through one of the university-wide agreements of Stockholm University. European students can instead make use of departmental agreements. The application procedure is different for the two types of agreements, so please contact the international coordinator at your home university to learn more. You can also write to our international coordinator if you want to know if there is an agreement with your university.

If you are coming via a departmental agreement, you will normally first be nominated by your home university. When we receive your nomination, we will contact you with instructions on how to apply. The final application should be sent directly to us at the Department of Astronomy. The exact deadline will change each year, but as a rule these dates apply:

  • Students starting in the autumn semester need to apply by May 1.
  • Students starting in the spring semester need to apply by October 1.

Learn more about the application process and other practicalities that specifically apply to exchange students by following the link below:

Exchange students at Stockholm University


As an exchange student you have the possibility to apply for student housing. Unfortunately we are not able to guarantee accommodation for all incoming students. More information about housing can be found via the Housing office.


Meet our exchange students

The Department of Astronomy is a very international department, where both staff and students come from all over the world. Our incoming exchange students are important to us, and we are happy to receive students from our partner universities throughout Europe. We also welcome students coming on university-wide agreements from further afield. But what are the reasons to choose the Department of Astronomy, and what’s it like to study at Stockholm University? Here is what some of our students had to say.

The relaxed working environment was a thing that really surprised me a lot

Marco Dall’amico - Exchange student
Marco Dall’amico - Exchange student

Name: Marco Dall’amico
University: University of Padova, Italy
Study period: 2018/19

Marco Dall'amico: The relaxed working environment was a thing that really surprised me a lot





International coordinator

The international coordinator is responsible for the various exchange agreements that the Department of Astronomy has with other higher education institutions. Here you can get information about where you can go on an exchange, and how to apply. You can also get answers to questions concerning crediting of your studies abroad. The international coordinator also handles all administration for incoming exchange students, including admission, course selection and certificates of arrival and departure.

International coordinator
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