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.

Applying for exchange studies

In order to be accepted as an exchange student you need to be a studying at, and nominated by, one of our partner universities. 

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 March every year, and the complete list for the spring semester is published in September each year.

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. You may also have to prove English-language proficiency;

English language requirements for exchange students 

Exchange students from countries not included in the Erasmus+ Programme and whose mother tongue is not English need to prove English-language proficiency. You do this by uploading the result of your TOEFL or IELTS, together with other required documents.

  • IELTS: an academic test with an overall mark of 6.5 and no module under 5.5
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): total score of at least 575. The written test must be at least 4.5 (scale 1–6)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): total score of at least 90. The written test must be at least 20 (scale 0-30)

Exchange students from countries included in the Erasmus+ programme are recommended to have at least B2 level. 

Read more about the B2 level

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. It is very important that you 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 the Introduction Programme at Malmö University. The course, Swedish for Exchange Students: Beginners I, is equivalent to 4,5 higher education credits and is not included in your total of 30 selectable credits. 

Course information about Swedish for Exchange Students: Beginners I

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
  • Nomination form (pdf): to be filled in and signed by the international coordinator at your home university;
  • 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: 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.
  • Proof of English proficiency. (For more information about English language requirements, see step 1).

Application deadlines

Spring semester: October 15

Autumn semester: April 15 

Contact our Administrative Coordinators 

Each faculty at Malmö University has at least one Administrative Coordinator, a person responsible for international matters and student exchange. On the course page under 'Contact' you can find the department or school within which your course is offered.

Faculty of Culture and Society

Åsa Ulemark, School of Arts and Communication and Department of Global Political Studies

Nicklas Karlsson, Department of Urban Studies

Faculty of Education and Society

Johanna Boussard

Faculty of Health and Society

Åsa Nilsson, Department of Social Work and Department of Criminology
Viktoria Supranovich, Department of Care Science and Department of Biomedical Science

Faculty of Odontology

Contact information for the Faculty of Odontology

Faculty of Technology and Society

Martin Andersson