Nordlys gives you the chance to experience the common culture of the Nordic countries and the linguistic similarities, whilst also getting to know the differences and nuances. An exchange within the Nordic region gives you new perspectives on your studies, a variety of courses and a high quality education.
Nordlys is a central network within Nordplus. If you want to go on an exchange in the Nordic countries, please contact your department to see if they have an exchange agreement with the Nordic host university of your interest. If there is no exchange agreement through your department, or if you like to study another subject outside your main area of study, you are welcome to apply for an exchange through the central Nordlys network.
All students at Stockholm University, regardless of subject area can apply for Erasmus+ exchange studies within the Nordlys network. The programme is aimed at higher education students at bachelor’s or master’s level. All students offered a place through the Nordlys network can apply for a Nordplus scholarship (through Erasmus+).
Here you find updated information about exchange with regards to the coronavirus situation:
Coronavirus - information for students about exchange/MFS
Where can I go?
Students can apply to all universities within the Nordlys student mobility network. There is not as set number of places (seats) to each partner university.
Click here for a list of partner universities under "framework" Nordlys
Please note: It is important that you click on the partner university in the agreement database and confirm that there is no restricted area of study (course restrictions).
In your application, you can select up to three host universities that you rank as first, second and third choice.
Scholarship from Erasmus+
All students offered a place through the Nordlys exchange programme can apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship.
Please note, students that conduct their exchange study at The University of the Faroe Islands are not able to receive a scholarship through Nordlys Erasmus+.
To be able to participate in a Nordlys exchange and eligible to apply for a scholarship you have to fulfill the below criteria (both the general eligibility requirements and the special eligibility requirements for the Nordlys programme).
General eligibility requirements
Special eligibility requirements for the Nordlys Erasmus+ programme
- Study at Bachelor and Masters level
- Study at least three (3) months, but no more than twelve (12) months at the host university
- Be a registered student at Stockholm University, where you intend to graduate. (Students on study leave may not apply)
- Not been on an Erasmus exchange/traineeship before during the same study cycle so that the total mobility period will exceed 360 days (previously + planned mobility)
- Not currently receiving other scholarships through the Swedish Council of Higher Education, UHR, at the same time (for example; Minor Field Studies or the Stockholm University scholarship scheme for international fee-paying students)
Application and documents
The application period for the central Nordlys network is done two times per year, see the dates below. Remember to confirm with your department if they have a subject specific exchange agreement in the Nordic countries that you can apply for, which would be relevant to your area of study. Your department may have different application deadlines throughout the year.
|Exchange period||Application period|
|Autumn 2021 or academic year 2021/22||1–31 March 2021|
|Spring 2022||1 March–6 Sept 2021|
The deadline for all applications is at 23:59.
Fill out the application form in Stockholm University's student exchange portal (must be in English):
Please note that the application form is only available during the application periods. Your SU-ID (University Account) is your login to the application portal, and you can save and return to your initiated application during the entire application period.
In your application you can choose up to three universities, you have to prioritise them in first, second and third choice.
The following documents should be attached in your application (in English):
- Personal motivation letter. This document must be no more than one (1) page. The letter replaces a personal interview. Think about what you would tell us in an interview. We want to know why you want to apply and why you should go abroad on exchange and tell us if you have done anything in particular that makes you a suitable candidate.
- Preliminary course selection (58 Kb) . You will find further information about your courses under the section “course selection” below.
How do I find courses on the host university websites?
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. You can always contact the host institutions International Coordinator if you do not find any course catalogue. It is part of the challenge in the application process to find your courses.
How do I know how many credits equal to 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. 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 institution about credit transfer before the exchange takes place.
- Your home department at Stockholm University: approves courses within a programme and free standing courses within the subject area. The department approves course choices for transferring to SU before departure.
List of departmental coordinators
- The Degree Office: Approves credit transfers of courses that any department is not able to approve and if courses are given within many different subject areas.
Please find further information about the Degree Office.
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.
Questions and answers
When will I receive information whether I have been nominated or not?
All applicants will receive an email with the result of the application about one month after the application deadline.
Your decision will be sent via email through the online system MoveOn. We recommend you to check your junk mail regularly. All students that applied will be notified of the result, both if you received a seat for nomination or not. Please make sure that you notify the Student Services if you change your email address after you submit your application.
Will there be a second application round with spare seats?
Can I apply again if I did not receive a seat (was not nominated)?
Yes, you can apply again in the next application round.
Is there a chance I won’t be admitted to a partner university (if I get nominated)?
There is always a risk. Stockholm University cannot guarantee that you get admitted to the host university since only they can admit you. However, it rarely happens that students don’t get admitted once they are nominated.
If your application has been accepted
When you have been selected for a nomination of exchange studies through Stockholm University your next step is to accept or decline your offer. Stockholm University will nominate you to the host university once you have accepted your offer. Then you apply to the host university, according to their instructions. You will receive information and assistance from their International Coordinator. When you have received a confirmation that you have been accepted to the host university, it is confirmed that you can conduct your exchange study abroad.
When you have been nominated to the host university you will receive an email from the Erasmus Coordinator at the Student Services about your next steps to apply for the Erasmus+ scholarship.
Below you will find useful information if your application for exchange studies has been accepted. Please note, the information is for all outbound exchange students at Stockholm University, there are a few differences for you applying via the Nordlys network.
Useful information for students with an Erasmus+ scholarship (before, during, after your student exchange)
If you have any questions regarding the Nordlys scholarship programme, please contact Student Services' via firstname.lastname@example.org (write "Nordlys" in the subject line).
If you have questions concerning approval of courses within your degree, please contact the exchange coordinator at your department.
Please contact the Degree Office for courses that your department are not able to approve.
Last updated: February 26, 2021
Source: Student Services