Linköping University fact sheet

Linköping University

Linköping, Sweden

Spring semester 2021

Application due to OIA by September 15, 2020

University: Linköping University (LiU)

Student body: 32,000 students     (1,300 graduate students)

International students at university: 2,400 international students


Academic units:

The College’s agreement enables students to study in these two schools.

  • School of Science
  • School of Humanities and Social Science

Course load: IU students are expected to take 15 credits. Approximately 30 ECTS credits equal 15 credits of courses, and students are required to take 30 ECTS credits for residence permit requirements.

Course catalog: View course catalog - Select “Programmes & Courses”

Exchange courses:

Language of instruction: English and Swedish

Grades + Transcripts: LiU uses different types of grading systems depending on the course: 

LiU will provide transcripts upon request. 

At the student’s request, IU departments will review courses to determine how they will apply to your degree. Please note that IU does not accept Pass/Fail.

Academic calendar:

Spring semester: Late January – Early June (depends on Faculty of Arts and Sciences or Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Arrival date: 2-3 weeks before the semester starts
[Academic Year: Mid-August – Early June]

View academic calendar dates

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Traveling to & living in Sweden

Student visa information: U.S. students will need to apply for a residence permit via the Swedish Migration Board. Students of other nationalities may need to apply for a visa. Information about how to apply for a residence permit/visa after being admitted to LiU is found here:

Air travel: Exchange students will be responsible for arranging and purchasing their own round-trip international airline tickets for dates appropriate for the term at the host university. Exchange students should only purchase tickets once LiU has confirmed the dates of arrival. Students who are nominated for the exchange are eligible for a travel grant from OIA.

Nearest international airport: Linköping City Airport (LPI) or Arlanda Airport (ARN) in Stockholm 

Housing: Student housing is a short distance off campus, with individual or shared rooms with a shared kitchen and living space.

Learn more about housing

Pre-departure orientation: The College OIA staff will provide an orientation near the end of the fall semester to help students prepare for their programs.

Departure preparation + arrival details: Visit to learn more about packing information and departure details.

See for official Arrival Days where the International Office team can welcome you at the airport. See also LiU’s Welcome Activities

The optional Peer Student program pairs you up with a Swedish LiU student.

Estimated costs per semester:

  • Tuition: IU Tuition
  • Food: $1,225
  • Student accommodation: $2,075
  • Transportation and other expenses: $425
  • OVST administrative fee: $238
  • Plus insurance, visa, airfare, and any extra course fees

Application information

Student eligibility requirements:

  • Must be pursuing a degree within the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Have completed a minimum of one year at IUB prior to enrolling abroad, and not be in your final semester
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Have a passport by the time applications are due at the host university, valid at least 6 months after the anticipated return date

For this exchange program, students must be nominated by the College Office of International Affairs (OIA).

Deadline for student applications to OIA:

  • September 15, 2020

Application process:

  • If you would like to apply for this exchange, please visit
  • Complete the form and upload a statement of intent.
  • Send the recommendation form link to the person who will supply a reference for you. It must be submitted by the application deadline.
  • OIA staff will conduct interviews with select students (semi-finalists) to determine their suitability and preparedness for the exchange. Students must come to the interview prepared with a list of prospective courses they might like to take abroad.
  • OIA will nominate finalists to LiU. Upon acceptance, LiU will contact students to invite them to apply for admission. An academic transcript and copy of your passport will be required at this point.

Have questions?

Questions can be directed to the College Office of International Affairs at

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