Every year, Malmö University welcomes more than 300 exchange students from all over the world. Being an exchange student is a great chance to broaden your academic horizons and get to know another country. On this page, you can find information on how to apply for exchange studies at Malmö University.

Nomination procedure

The home university shall nominate their students through an online form no later than 1 April for Autumn semester and 1 October for Spring semester. The nomination link is sent directly to partner universities via email.

Applying for exchange studies

In order to be accepted as an exchange student you need to be a student at, and nominated by, one of our partner universities. The nomination is done by your home university through an online form. The link to the nomination form has been sent to all our partners.

1. Find courses and check eligibility

When you are nominated for exchange studies from your home university, you will receive a complete list of available courses via email. A complete list of courses to choose during the autumn semester is published in mid-March every year. The complete list for the spring semester is published in mid-September each year. 

Courses offered this academic year

You may find the courses that are offered during the current academic year below. Please note that the course lists are subject to change, and the offer may not be the same in the next application round.

Courses offered for exchange students Autumn 2024 (Box)

Courses offered for exchange students Spring 2024 (Box)

Information on the course page

When you have found a course that you are interested in, you can find the following on the course page:

  • Admission requirements
  • Syllabus
  • Course dates
  • Whether it's a full-time or part-time course
  • Department: under the 'Contact' tab you can find the department or school where the course is offered

Finding out if you're eligible

You can find out if you are eligible by checking the admission requirements for the course or courses you are interested in. Some courses require that you have previously studied within the field. 

English language requirements for exchange students 

English-taught courses at Malmö University assume English proficiency to correspond to at least Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) B2 level. Your home institution is responsible to check your level of English proficiency before nomination. 

Read more about the B2 level (europa.eu)

Choosing courses

Good to know about higher education credits:

  • 30 credits are equivalent to one semester of full-time studies
  • 15 credits are equivalent to half a semester of full-time studies, or a full semester of part-time (50%) studies 
  • 7.5 credits are equivalent to one-quarter of a semester of full-time studies, or a full semester of part-time (25%) studies

Combining courses

You can choose to combine part-time courses so that they add up to full-time studies. Be sure to check both course dates and credits carefully to make sure the number of credits add up to full-time studies. Make sure that you do not, for example, choose two full-time 15 credit courses that run during the same dates.

Swedish for exchange students

All exchange students are offered a language course during their studies at Malmö University. The course, Swedish Language, Culture and Society 1A is equivalent to 5 higher education credits and is not included in your total of 30 selectable credits. 

Course information about Swedish Language, Culture and Society 1A

2. Prepare your documents

Make sure you have filled in and attached your documents. Before submitting your application you need to prepare the following:

  • Fill in the Selection of courses form for the courses that you are interested in. 
    Selection of courses form (pdf)
  • Personal Statement: a description of why you are interested in exchange studies at Malmö University. This should be no longer than 200 words.
  • Transcript of Academic Records in English: the official documentation of academic achievements from your home university.
  • Identification Document: a copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photograph, or a similar identification document.
  • If you wish to study on master’s level you will need to upload a copy of your Bachelor’s Degree Certificate as well.

4. Check your email for the Letter of Acceptance

You will receive a formal Letter of Acceptance via email when Malmö University has received and processed your application. Your home university coordinator will also receive the email. The Letter of Acceptance is usually sent after the application deadline.

Application deadlines

Spring semester: 15 October

Autumn semester: 15 April 

Transcript of Records

The Transcript of Records will be sent via email to the student with their home university coordinator on CC after the exchange.

Please note that we cannot translate our grading scales to a different system, nor use a different scale than the one specified in the course syllabus. The grading scale of each course will be explained in the Transcript of Records.

Read more about the grading systems at Malmö University

Academic Calendar

Autumn 2023: 28 August 2023 – 14 January 2024

Spring 2024: 15 January 2024 – 2 June 2024

Autumn 2024: 2 September 2024 – 19 January 2025

Spring 2025: 15 January 2025 – 8 June 2025

After acceptance

Accepted exchange students can find important pre-arrival information below.

Please note that more detailed information can be found in our 'Before your arrival' and 'Arrival Guide' sections. The links to these sections can be found under 'useful links' below.

Arrival day and Orientation

After admission, students can check our Arrival Guide to find out more details about Arrival Day, Orientation, and the Buddy Programme.

Arrival Guide

Arrival day

Arrival Day for international students is approximately one week prior to the official semester start.

Arrival Day Autumn Semester: 22nd August 2024
Arrival Day check-in hours: 09.00 – 17.00

We recommend all exchange students to arrive during the official Arrival Day in order to be able to fully participate in the Orientation, which starts the day after. Please note that university housing is not available prior to the official Arrival day.


Orientation is Malmö University's introduction programme for incoming international students. Orientation starts with the Arrival Day and is usually one week long.

Buddy programme

The Buddy programme is an opportunity to meet other students at Malmö University and make new friends. The kick-off for the Buddy programme is usually a part of the Orientation. All accepted exchange students will receive information about the Buddy programme by email before the start of the semester.

Getting to Malmö

Pre-arrival information with practical information about the university and travel arrangements etc. will be sent to accepted students approx. 1-2 months prior to the start of the semester.

Read more about how to get to Malmö University

Residence permit

Please check the 'Before your arrival' section for more information about visas and permits.

Read more about visas and permits


The Housing Office will send more information to admitted students before the housing application round starts. Please note that housing is not guaranteed and is offered depending on availability.

For more details, please follow the links below.

Read more about choosing University Housing

Read more about other housing options


All incoming exchange students are covered for accidents, liability and legal expenses through the Swedish State’s Insurance for Foreign Students in Sweden (Student IN insurance).

Read more about the Student IN insurance

EU/EEA citizens

EU/EEA citizens are covered for emergency medical and dental care through their European Health Insurance Card. Accepted students must bring this card to Sweden from their home country.

Read more about the European Health Insurance Card (Europa.eu)

Learning support and student services

Exchange students can get help from Malmö university if they have a disability. Follow the links below to find more details about learning support and other services available to students.

Read more about how to apply for learning support

Read more about services available to students

Student associations

Student Union Malmö

Student Union Malmö is the largest union at the University. Students will meet student union representatives during Arrival Day and Orientation week.

Go to the Student Union Malmö website

Email the Student Union Malmö

Erasmus Student Network Malmö

ESN is a student driven organization that welcomes all students at Malmö University to join their activities.

Go to the Erasmus Student Network Facebook page

Email the Erasmus Student Network

Useful links

Please note that more detailed information can be found in our 'Before your arrival' and 'Arrival Guide' sections.

Go to the 'Before your arrival' section

Go to the 'Arrival Guide' section

Contact our Administrative Coordinators 

Each faculty at Malmö University has at least one Administrative Coordinator, a person responsible for international matters and student exchange. This person is also the contact person that should be used on your Online Learning Agreement. On the course page under 'Contact' you can find the department or school within which your course is offered.

For general questions or if you are not sure who to contact, you are welcome to email the International Office at Malmö University.

International Office at Malmö University