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  • Locations: Vaxjo, 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 01/20/2020 06/07/2020
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:

Vaxjo Sweden

Program Highlights

  • Study at one of the greenest cities in Europe
  • Linnaeus University is named after Sweden’s most famous scientist, Carl Linnaeus
  • Study on UMD’s oldest exchange program 

Program Overview


Växjö is the capital of Småland’s southern county, Kronoberg. Dubbed Europe’sgreenest city, it offers a model in sustainability for the world to follow. With lakes and forests conducive to the city’s green image, it is hard not to feel a wonderful connection to nature all while enjoying the amenities that a city offers. Växjö is a cultural and musical destination that few communities similar in size exhibit, with museums, theaters, cathedrals, concert halls and art galleries. One of the most notable sites in the city is the Domkyrkan Cathedral with its double towers. TheKronoberg castle ruins are just outside the city for exploration, too. Another favorite site is Växjö Lake, close to campus and the town center.

Linnaeus University became one of Sweden’s newest universities when Växjö University and Kalmar University merged in 2010. This new university has a total enrollment of 42,000 (15,600 full-time students) between the two campuses. The university is “glocal” (global + local) with many courses being developed with regional partners while utilizing global networks. As a modern international university, Linnaeus University’s vision is to be an attractive international learning environment promoting curiosity, creativity, companionship and utility. View a video about student life or take a look at their International Student Guide. 



Linnaeus University (LnU) offers individual classes, 7.5 credits up to full semester classes, 30 credits. At LnU, enrollment in 30 credits per term is considered full-time. Four UMD credits are equivalent to 7.5 credits at Linnaeus University. Classes are typically taken one at a time and are usually 5 weeks long. Understand how grades and credits abroad will be converted at UMD by viewing Swedish University Grade & Credit Equivalents.

Note: there are three levels for classes offered in English. First and second level courses are offered at the Bachelor’s level while third level courses are offered at the Master’s level. You will need to meet course prerequisites regardless of the course level.

  • View current Linnaeus University course offerings here
  • Search Linnaeus University courses reviewed at UMD; syllabi are available on the LnU website.
  • Want to enroll in courses taught in Swedish? You must contact the UMD program coordinator.
  • This program counts for the UMD Liberal Education Global Perspectives Requirement 

Important Dates

The Linnaeus University academic calendar can be viewed here.
Exact details about arrival and orientation will be provided by Linnaeus University after they issue an acceptance letter.

Fall Semester 2019

Arrival:  approximately a week before the semester starts
Orientation:  typically the week/weekend before classes start
2 September 2019 - 19 January 2020

Spring Semester 2020

Arrival:  typically the weekend before spring semester starts
Orientation:  typically the weekend before spring semester starts
:  20 January 2020 - 7 June 2020

**Do not make travel arrangements until you have been officially accepted by Linnaeus University** 

Semester Program Costs

Click the links for detailed cost breakdowns for Linnaeus University:

Fall 2019 Term Costs:
Program Fee: $5.997
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $6,963
Estimated Total Costs: $12,960

Academic Year 2019-20 Costs:

Program Fee: $11,994
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $12,106
Estimated Total Costs: $24,100

Spring 2020 Term Costs:

Program Fee: $5.997
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $6,963
Estimated Total Costs: $12,960

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 orientation
  • On-site staff support
  • International buddy program (VIS Växjö)
  • 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. 


Housing is guaranteed when you apply by the deadline. Placements are first-come, first-serve and early application in encouraged. Housing facilities contain a mix of Swedish and international students. Three housing options are available: corridor, private apartment, or shared apartment. Corridors provide a shared living room, kitchen and dining room, with a private bedroom. Most often, occupants will have a private bathroom. Private apartments provide private facilities but are the most expensive option. The least expensive is a shared apartment, which is similar to dorms at UMD: students share a studio apartment that includes a kitchen and bathroom.

In Växjö, accommodations are offered in one of two locations: on-campus or in the city center. Living on campus puts all on-campus amenities within 5 minutes. Living in the city center provides access to all the city offerings while being a bike or bus ride away from campus.

Additional housing information

Foreign Calendar 

Travel Documents

  • Get a passport. It takes 6 weeks to receive your passport. Make sure your passport expiration date lasts at least 6 months after your program ends
  • A Swedish residence permit is required for participation (our office will assist the residence 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 Vaxjo, Sweden - Linnaeus University

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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

If you decide to cancel, you must login to the application system and submit a “Cancel Request.”

Apply early as space is very limited and the program will fill first-come, first-served. An essay and an unofficial transcript is required.

UMD Study Abroad Contact

You may contact Jerolyn Bruns, the Study Abroad Program Coordinator for the Exchange in Sweden Program for any questions.

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

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