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FAQ

Read the information presented at this webpage before you apply for exchange studies. If you have already been nominated for exchange studies, please read: FAQ for nominated students. 

1. What are exchange studies?
2. Where can I go?

3. When should I apply?

4. How do I apply?

5. Can I submit my application per email or post?

6. What are the eligibility requirements?

7. What are the language requirements?

8. What is a Statement of Purpose and a Study Plan?

9. How do I pick my courses at the partner university?

10. Can I get help with my application?

11. Can I apply even though I study independent courses?

12. Which semester should I study abroad?

13. Can I study abroad during two semesters?

14. I am a Master's student, can I study abroad?

15. I am not a Swedish citizen, can I still study abroad?

16. What happens if several students apply for the same place?

17. Can I study abroad on my own?

1. What are exchange studies?

To study abroad through an exchange programme means that you as a student spend one or two semesters of your education abroad at one of Malmö University’s partner institutions. The credits obtained during the exchange studies should be possible to include in a final degree from Malmö University. The exchange agreements guarantee that you will not have to pay any tuition fees. You apply for an exchange place through your department (K3) and the department nominates candidates. After you have been selected you will receive information about your application to the partner university.

2. Where can I go?

 There are different types of exchange programmes for studying abroad.

Erasmus+: an Erasmus+ exchange means that you study at one of our partner universities in Europe.

Linnaeus-Palme: a governmentally funded exchange programme that makes it possible for you to study in a developing country. It includes a 25 000 SEK scholarship.

Read more about Erasmus+ and Linnaeus-Palme.

Bilateral agreements: the agreements we have with universities outside Europe, for instance with universities in Australia, Asia and North America.

3. When should I apply?

 The application period is one month; there are two deadlines per year: 15 February to 15 March and 15 September to 15 October. Exchange opportunities are announced 6 months to 1 ½ years prior to the exchange semester.

4. How do I apply?

As a student of K3 you can select up to four universities; please note that you should rank the institutions in order of personal priority. Read about the application process here.

Submit a printed copy of your application with supporting documents in the box that is marked "Application for Exchange Studies: K3" outside the Student Administration, 5th floor, Building B at Niagara. Do NOT leave it at the International Office. Note that you have to submit three copies, each containing an application form and all other required documents. You can thus take two copies of the original application. Staple each application into a complete set. Do not use paper clips. Use glue to attach the photos. There has to be a photo on all of the applications, and at least one of them has to be original. For questions concerning the submission, please contact International Coordinator at K3: Nicklas Karlsson.

5. Can I submit my application per email or post?

 We do not accept applications by email, but you are welcome to send it by post. If you send your application by post it must reach the International Coordinator no later than the first workday following 15 March/October. It is important that you post it on time! Students at K3 shall send it to:

Nicklas Karlsson
Malmö högskola
Fakulteten för kultur och samhälle
205 06 Malmö

6. What are the eligibility requirements? 

Read the eligibility requirements for basic eligibility here.

There may also be specific requirements for each country or university, which will be stated in the announcement.

7. What are the language requirements?

If you are applying to a university through Erasmus+, usually you do not have to prove your English proficiency (please see the current announcement for exceptions and specific details). However, if you apply to a university outside Europe, and the language of instruction is English, there are special requirements and you must submit specific documents. Read more about language requirements.

If you are applying to a university and the language of instruction is not English, you have to submit:

  • Documents supporting your proficiency in the language of that country. This can be a certificate from a language course or your results from a language exam. 
  • If you do not have any such document, you can explain how you have learned the language and your level of proficiency in your Statement of Purpose. The exceptions to this is universities in Latin America; they require official proof. 
  • You need to write your Statement of Purpose in the language of the country, but you also need to submit a translation into English.

8. What is a Statement of Purpose and Study Plan?

The Statement of Purpose is a personal letter in which you motivate why you want to study abroad. The letter should be one A4 page, maximum, in length. The letter should be written in English and if you apply to a country where the language of instruction is not English you also need to submit a translation (e.g. in Spanish, French or German). Read more about Supporting Documents here.

In the Study Plan, which is part of the online application form, you state which courses you wish to take at the partner university. The number of Study Plans depends on the number of universities that you are applying to (maximum four).

9. How do I pick my courses at the partner university? (For the Study Plan) 

You must familiarise yourself with their system and find courses, equivalent to 30 credits at Malmö University, that are relevant to the degree you are pursuing at Malmö University. The courses that will be offered for the semester you are applying for may not be available at the time of the application. You have to base your selection on the information available when you apply, for instance last years courses.

A good idea on where to start is to look for the incoming/inbound landing page at the host university's website. To search the host university website to find courses, you should look for units/subject/courses/modules (the names vary by university). Sometimes you need to click on specific programmes to access various subcourses. If you cannot find relevant courses, you can list subjects or programmes that are interesting to you.

The selection of courses that you include in your application is not final. If you are nominated your course selection will probably change several times before you travel. If you study abroad during your elective semester, the choice of courses is more or less optional. If there are any restrictions regarding electing courses, this will be stated in the announcement.

A lot of students want help with selecting courses, but you have to use your own judgement. It is the student’s responsibility to find what he/she needs to complete the application.

10. Can I get help with my application?

In connection to each announcement of exchange places there is an information meeting called How to Apply. At the meeting, you will get information about the application process and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

11. Can I apply even though I am studying independent courses?

 Yes. If you are studying independent courses you have the same opportunities as students on programmes to apply for exchange studies, provided that you intend to get your degree from Malmö University. In order to prove this, you need to attach a study description in which you describe how you plan to obtain your degree.

12. Which semester should I study abroad? 

If you are enrolled in a programme, the elective semester is best for studying abroad. Please check your syllabus. Here is a list over elective semester in the various K3 programmes (for students admitted to programmes from autumn 2016):

  • English Studies: semester 4 and 5
  • Interaktionsdesign: semester 5
  • Grafisk design: semester 5
  • Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap: Medieaktivism, strategi och entreprenörskap: semester 5
  • Produktdesign: semester 5
  • Visuell kommunikation: semester 5

 

13. Can I study abroad during two semesters?

You can apply for exchange studies during two semesters depending on your programme. 

  •  If you are applying for two semesters at the same university: submit one application
  • If you are applying for two semesters at two different universities: submit two separate applications.

Some places are more popular than others, so please detail your priority semester in your Statement of Purpose. If you wish to apply for different universities, check the Academic Calendars to make sure it is actually possible to combine the two semesters.

14. I am a Master’s student, can I study abroad?

 Currently K3 has no exchange opportunities for Master's students. 

15. I am not a Swedish citizen, can I still apply?  

Yes. Everyone can apply for exchange studies, regardless of nationality. However, there are exceptions for some places. For places within the Linnaeus-Palme programme, you must be a Swedish citizen or a permanent resident. For students on distance courses, applying for an Erasmus+ exchange, you must be a citizen of one of the Erasmus+ countries or live in Sweden.

16. What happens if several students apply for the same place? 

If we receive more applications than there are places, we will compare the applications. We will look at academic merits and course selection but we will also asses the Statement of Purpose. We will  discuss which student will be a good representative for Malmö University and assess the student’s language skills. We might conduct interviews. 

17. Can I study abroad on my own? 

  Of course! To plan your studies abroad on your own gives you lots of options. You get to decide where to go, what to study and for how long. But it requires a lot of work on your part. You have to find all the information you need and contact the university yourself. It will also be your responsibility to complete the application, arrange courses and to take care of other practical matters. Remember that you might be required to pay fees, which you do not have to if you go as an exchange student. Contact the university directly and ask for information and application materials.

Find further information about studies on your own.

Last updated by Nicklas Karlsson