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Call for application for exchange studies through university-wide agreements, Spring 2022

Apply for exchange studies in countries outside of Europe through the university-wide agreements to the spring semester 2022.

Application period: 1 – 30 April. The application closes 23.59. 

Link to the application 

The application form will be visible in the portal on April 1. 

Information sessions

If you want to know more about exchange studies and the application process, you are welcome to join our online information sessions about studying abroad.

Information sessions in Swedish

Drop-in through Zoom

Come and ask your questions about the application to our International Coordinators and Study Abroad Ambassadors. You will first be put in a waiting room and will be let in when it’s your turn. 

20, 22 and 27 April at 12.00 – 14.00

Link to Drop-in

Student exchange reports

You can also read exchange reports from previous exchange students in our database for all central student exchanges. 

Database for all central student exchanges

Special information about Covid-19

The number of exchange places in the call for application for spring 2022 will be highly limited due to the effect of the coronavirus. Students who were supposed to go on their exchanges on a university-wide agreement during the academic year of 2020/2021 or the autumn 2021 have been given the opportunity to postpone their exchanges to the spring 2022, these have been given priority for the places. 

Here you will find updated information about exchange/MFS with regards to the coronavirus situation:

Coronavirus - information for students about exchange/MFS

You can only apply for an exchange at any of the universities in the list of available places. The list includes important information about the universities, such as subject restrictions and on which levels you can study. Make sure that you choose universities where you are eligible based on the information in the list of available places. 

List of available places university wide agreements_Spring_2022 (pdf) (374 Kb)

In the application you can choose up to five different universities and these should be ranked. You can find the universities with which we have agreements with in our database for all central student exchanges. Choose “Bilateral university wide agreement” as a framework to only access the university-wide agreements. In the database you can find information about the universities and exchange reports from previous exchange students that you can read for inspiration. Please note that all the universities in the database will not be available in the call for application. You can only apply for an exchange place to the universities that are available in the list. 

Database for all central student exchanges

To be able to participate in an exchange through the university-wide agreements you have to fulfil the admission requirements. 

Admission requirements

Further admission requirements 

There may be specific, further admission requirements, which you and your exchange coordinator at the department must verify before making the preliminary course selection. To find out if there are any restrictions of subjects at a specific university, please check the list of available places that is published when the application opens. 

Examples of possible further requirements:

  • Language or subject skills.
  • Lowest acceptable grade.
  • Documentation of language level (high school diploma, TOEFL/IELTS or similar).
  • Intention to graduate at Stockholm University.

Students studying at GIH who conduct a part of their studies at Stockholm University can also apply, provided a certificate of enrolment from GIH.

The application is submitted in the system MoveON and the full application should be made in English. The link to the application portal will be published on this website 1 April. You log in using your SU-id (university account) and you can save and continue at a later stage as many times as you want during the application period. If you have any issues with the portal, take a screen shot of the page and e-mail studentutbyte@su.se.

Application instructions to university-wide agreements

Attached documents in the application: 

  • Preliminary course selection: Approved by your department or the Degree Office.
    Use the following template: Preliminary Course Selection (pdf) (543 Kb)
    Read more about the course selection under the section “Course selection” and in the application instructions.
  • Personal Letter: Motivate and describe the purpose of the exchange in the template published in the call for application. The letter cannot be longer than one A-4 page and shall be written in English. The letter should be addressed to Stockholm University and not the host university. You should motivate your choice of exchange country/university and how it relates to your current studies. Describe in what way you are a good ambassador for your department/university, why you want to participate in an exchange and how it will help you to evolve both academically and personally. Note that you shall only write one letter, no matter of how many universities you apply to.
    Use the following template: Personal Letter (pdf) (74 Kb)

Enter your preliminary course selection for the top three universities you have applied to in the template “preliminary course selection”. The ranking must correspond with the online application. If the rows are not enough, please fill in the rest of the courses manually. You must find the courses yourself by accessing the university websites. Also, all courses should pertain full-time studies. Please note that the exchange coordinator at your department or a degree officer at the Degree Office must be made aware of your choices beforehand and their name must be included in the document as well as your online application. International Coordinators at Student Services cannot provide counselling regarding your course selection.

How do I find courses on the host university websites?

Applying for courses for your exchange is an independent job and part of your preparations for your upcoming adventure. The Student Service do not have the capacity to look for courses for individual students. It is recommended that you look for courses at the host institutions website under “courses” or “faculties” to find the course catalogue. Links to the course catalogues are available in the list of available places, find the list above under the heading "Where can you go?". In some cases, it might look like universities only offers programmes and not free-standing courses but exchange students are usually able to choose freely among the courses and usually do not have to follow a special program (if you don’t want to).

How do I know how many credits equal 30 credits (högskolepoäng) at Stockholm University?

You should apply for courses at the host university where the credits correspond to one fulltime semester at Stockholm University, 30 credits (högskolepoäng). Please note that it is only a recommendation and you should always consult with your home department (student counsellor, or exchange coordinator) or the Degree Office about the exact number of credits they approve for transferring of credits to Stockholm University. In the list of available places there is usually an indication on how many credits equals full time at the host universities.  Your department need to approve your preliminary course selection in the application. 

Who approves my course selection?

All courses should be transferred to Stockholm University after the exchange. Particularly if the courses should be transferred within your study program, it is important that you have talked to your department about credit transfer before the exchange takes place. 

Can I change the course selection after nomination to a host university?

The course selection in your application is preliminary. A new course selection can be done when you apply to the host university. Your new course selection should also be approved by your home department or the Degree Office.

Applications are assessed based on the following selection criteria:

General selection criteria

You will get an e-mail approximately two months after the closing of the application round with information regarding whether or not you have been selected to be nominated to an exchange. 

The information will be sent out by e-mail so make sure to notify Student Services at studentutbyte@su.se if you change your e-mail address after submitting your application. You will be notified regardless of whether you get accepted or not. The e-mails often end up in the spam folder so please add noreply.su@moveon4.de and studentutbyte@su.se on your list of safe senders. Also make sure to regularly check your spam folder so that you don’t miss important information. 

If you have been selected for a nomination of exchange studies, the next step is to accept or decline your offer. Stockholm University will nominate you to the host university once you have accepted your offer. 

If you have accepted an offer for an exchange place, you need to apply to the host university according to their instructions. You will receive information and assistance from either the responsible International Coordinator at Stockholm University or directly from the host university. Make sure to carefully follow the instructions and submit the application before the deadline. 

Below, you will find practical information if you have been nominated to a place within the exchange programme. This may help you plan the before, during and after of your studies.

Practical information about exchange studies

How can the corona pandemic affect my exchange?

The number of exchange places in the call for application for spring 2022 will be highly limited due to the effect of the coronavirus. Students who were supposed to go on their exchanges on a university-wide agreement during the academic year of 2020/2021 or the autumn 2021 have been given the opportunity to postpone their exchanges to the spring 2022, these have been given priority for the places. 

Here you will find updated information about exchange/MFS with regards to the coronavirus situation:

Coronavirus - information for students about exchange/MFS

Keep yourself updated about current travel restrictions to the countries you are interested in, for example on swedenabroad.se or the countries own websites. 

What universities can I choose between in the application?

In the list of available places that will be published when the application opens you will find all the possible universities to choose from.

I can’t log in to MoveON, what should I do?

Take a print screen on the webpage and e-mail studentutbyte@su.se. We will look in to the issue and get back to you with a solution. 

What documents do I need to upload to the application?

You should fill out and upload two (2) documents to the application:

  • A Preliminary course selection
  • A Personal Letter

You can find the forms above under the headline "Application instructions and mandatory documents".

Should I take a language test now (e.g. TOEFL/IELTS) before the application?

No, you should not submit any language tests with this application, unless stated otherwise in the list of available places. You will have to take a language test if you get nominated to a host university that requires it.  Please allow some flexibility as partners may change their policies sometimes.

I can’t find any courses

In the list with available places that will be published when the application opens, there are for most partner universities links to course catalogues (to the far right) that you can use. You can also use the search field at any university website.

What should the Personal letter contain?

In the personal letter you motivate and describe the purpose of the exchange. The letter cannot be longer than one A-4 page. The letter should be addressed to Stockholm University and not the host university. You should motivate your choice of exchange country/university and how it related to your current studies. Describe in what way you are a good ambassador for your department/university, why you want to participate in an exchange and how it will help you to evolve both academically and personally. Note that you shall only write one letter, no matter of how many universities you apply to.

I have been on an exchange before, does it affect my chances to get nominated?

If you have been on exchange studies before on a departmental level agreement or through the university-wide agreements or networks at Stockholm University you will be placed in selection group 6. We want to give students who have never been on an exchange the opportunity to be nominated. 

When will I get information whether I have been nominated or not?

You will get an e-mail approximately two months after the closing of the application round with information regarding if you have been selected to be nominated to an exchange. You will get your answer in good time before you need to apply to the host university. 
The information will be sent out by e-mail so make sure to notify Student Services at studentutbyte@su.se if you change your e-mail address after submitting your application. You will be notified regardless of whether you get accepted or not. Also make sure to regularly check your spam folder so that you don’t miss important information.

Will there be a new call for application for remaining places?

No, when the selection has been made and if there are places left, we will conduct a lottery where students who applied for a nomination in this call but didn’t get an offer can choose to participate. 

What happens if I decline my offer?

Then the exchange place will go to the lottery where applicants that didn’t get a place can participate. You can apply again in the next call for application if you want to. 

Is there a chance I won’t be admitted to any partner university (if I get nominated)?

There is always a risk. We can’t guarantee that you get admitted to the university since only they can admit you. However, it rarely happens that our students don’t get admitted once they are nominated.

Can I apply again if I was not nominated?

Yes, you can apply again as many times as you want. 

For more information about studying abroad through the university-wide agreements, please visit our website or contact the International Office at studentutbyte@su.se or by contacting us during our phone hours:

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More information on studying abroad

If you have questions concerning approval of courses within your degree, please contact the exchange coordinator at your department:

Departmental International Coordinators

Please contact the Degree Office for courses that your department are not able to approve:

You will find their contact details on this website

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