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Exchange and study abroad

It is becoming increasingly relevant for Swedish social work students to anchor their knowledge of social work in an international context. This in order to further opportunities to work abroad, but also to be able to work and act in an increasingly multicultural Sweden.

As a student at the School of Social Work you have several options to study in another country. Every year, approximately 40-50 students on the BSc programme decides to do their work placements abroad. A dozen students every year travel abroad to do research for their theses, usually within the Minor Field Studies programme, on a scholarship from Sida.

It is also possible to take courses at another university. The easiest way is by applying for an exchange. LU has central contracts, LUUP, with two calls for applications per year. In addition, the School of Social Work has agreements with programmes such as Erasmus, Linnaeus-Palme and NordPlus. These can be applied for thoughout the year. Other opportunities to study abroad can involve, for example summer schools.

Study abroad

The School of Social Work has agreements with a number of universities, mostly in Europe. To study there, you can apply for an ERASMUS scholarship.

To apply for courses abroad you must find out on your own what is offered, and when to apply. If you are granted a student exchange you will not have to pay tuition fees.

To be eligible you must have completed at least 60 credits. Some foreign universities have other eligibility requirements so it is important to check this before you apply.

You apply to LU's partner universities via the Faculty of Social Sciences. The only programme that you apply through the university for, is the exchange with the University of California.

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Work placements and theses are credited automatically within the BSc in social work programme. During the stay abroad, students are insured through Kammarkollegiet Student UT insurance.


Anneli Nielsen
International coordinator