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  • Locations: Lulea, Sweden
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.4 Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships or Service Learning Available: No
Housing: Apartment, Dormitory Type of Program: Exchange
Program Description:

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Program Highlights

  • Live near the Arctic Circle and get a chance to experience the midnight sun
  • Take advantage of the university’s own mountain resort, Vassijaure, located at the foot of Mount Vassitjakka
  • Explore the lovely Luleå archipelago, with over 1,700 islands accessible year-round via ice roads in the cold months and boat in the warm months 

Program Overview


Luleå, located in northern Sweden, lies on the Gulf of Bothnia and at the mouth of the Lule River. Even though it sits a mere 70 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the city experiences a climate similar to northern Minnesota. Likewise, the region is one of the best to witness the Aurora Borealis. Luleå is home to the most popular shopping district in Sweden, Smedjan, with over 6 miles of shops that run through the downtown area. The city is also home to Facebook’s first data center outside of the U.S. The center is on par to be the most efficient and sustainable data station in the world. Lastly, be sure to visit the Ice Hotel in nearby Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.

Luleå University of Technology is Sweden’s northernmost university. Founded in 1971, it is a modern research university with 19,000 students, including over 400 international exchange students. The university prides itself in building an attractive, sustainable society. Learn from faculty conducting significant and high quality research that is progressive on a national and international scale. 


Luleå University of Technology uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Four UMD credits are equal to 7.5 ECTS credits. Classes are typically 7.5 ECTS credits and enrollment in 30 ECTS credits per term is considered full-time. Understand how your grades abroad will convert at UMD by viewing the Swedish University Grade & Credit Equivalents. Classes are most often taken one at a time and are 5 weeks long. When selecting courses, look at which quarter and module the course is offered. Semesters are split into two quarters: fall term includes quarters 1 and 2, while spring term includes quarters 3 and 4. To avoid time conflicts, don't select courses with the same modules in the same quarter. Applicants will need to meet course prerequisites regardless of the level the course.


Semester Program Costs

Click the links for detailed cost breakdowns for Luleå University:

Fall 2019 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $5,997
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $7,005
Estimated Total Cost: $12,890

Academic Year 2019–20 Costs:
Program Cost: $11,994
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $11,990
Estimated Total Cost: $23,984

Spring 2020 Term Costs:
Program Cost: $5,997
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $7,005
Estimated Total Cost: $12,890

Compare this program cost to UMD’s cost of attendance for an academic year.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What’s included in the program fee?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • Entry visa assistance
  • On-site pick-up by Luleå University Reception Committee
  • On-site orientation
  • On-site staff support
  • International buddy system (via LURC)
  • Foreign transcript issuance
  • Grade posting at UMD
  • Foreign course evaluation at UMD
  • Re-entry support

Financial Aid

Consult with One Stop to see how financial aid can apply to study abroad

  • Receive guidance about all things money related
  • Ask for estimates and budget samples
  • Learn when and how financial aid is disbursed
  • Ask about other scholarship opportunities & loan info


Plan your budget

Download this Study Abroad Budget Planning Form to estimate costs. Create duplicates to compare this program with others. 


Student housing is guaranteed for students who submit their application by the deadline. All exchange student housing options in Luleå are within 2 miles of campus.

Housing consists of either an apartment or corridor (dorm). Corridors offer a private bedroom and bathroom with a shared kitchen, living room and dining room for 5–12 students. Apartments are shared between four people and offer a private bedroom with a shared bathroom, kitchen, living room and dining room. More information about Luleå University of Technology accommodations can be found on their website

Travel Documents

  • Get a passport. It takes 6 weeks to receive one and make sure the expiration date is at least 6 months after your program ends
  • A Swedish residence permit is required (our office will assist with the permit application)
  • Roundtrip airfare should only be purchased after official acceptance from the foreign university

How to Apply

Note: A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of your online application. Provide the following program info when you apply:

Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: (Fall/Spring/Academic year etc.)
Country: Sweden
Program Name: Exchange in Luleå, Sweden - University of Technology

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After you apply

  1. You will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions for submitting your checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your application and monitor the progress of your checklist
  4. Your program coordinator (or short-term program leader) will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted, you must complete a confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed
  7. If you decide to cancel, you must login to the application system and submit a “Cancel Request.”

NOTE: Although applications are received and processed at UMD, Luleå University of Technology will issue final acceptance. 

UMD Program Contact

Contact Jerolyn Bruns, the Study Abroad Program Coordinator for the Exchange in Sweden Program, with any questions.

UMD Study Abroad
138 Kirby Plaza,
1208 Kirby Drive, Duluth MN 55812
(218) 726 8764 or (877) 755-4200

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