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Certificate of International Merits (CIM)

You can register for the Certificate of International Merits at any time during your studies. You are responsible for applying and registering for activities that may be part of your international CIM profile.


Contact the CIM contact person at your department, who will assist you further according to the structure of your department. Please note that CIM certificates do not apply to programmes that already have elements of international experience built into their syllabus.

Some departments have a CIM platform, which provides you with a digital portfolio to collect and document your activities.

Your portfolio of international activities

If your department uses digital portfolios, you collect your activities and reflections after each activity you participated in. You also document your attendance which you put in the portfolio. If your department does not use a digital portfolio, find out how to register and document your activities. 

It is always important that you take responsibility for collecting all the information, documenting it, and writing down your reflections after each activity, while it is fresh in your mind.

Tips: Take a look at the International Opportunities on the University’s website and monitor your student e-mail inbox.

Criteria for obtaining a certificate

  • You participate in at least three different types of activities with an international focus, including at least one activity abroad and at least one at home. In some cases, an activity may consist of several sub-activities - see FAQ.
    FAQ about CIM
  • You are enrolled at Lund University while you gather your international activities, and are registered as a student at the Faculty of Social Sciences when you apply for your degree.
  • You document your activities on your own in a digital portfolio (or equivalent).
  • You will write a final summary report of approximately 3000 words excluding the cover page. This will be sent to the contact person at your department and quality assessed.
  • You will then present your experiences to fellow students (according to agreement with your department). 
  • You will receive a certificate once your final summary report has been quality assessed and you have made a presentation of your experience to your fellow students.

Registering activities after participating in them

If you have participated in international activities during your educational studies, it is possible to register them afterwards. Remember that you need clear proof of attendance or participation.

The activities you wish to included in your international portfolio must be approved by the CIM contact person at your department. See the contact information in the information box on this page. 

Faculty contact

Faculty International Office
outgoing [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se 

Department contacts

School of Social Work
Roberto Scaramuzzino 
roberto [dot] scaramuzzino [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se

Read more about CIM on School of Social Work's website

Service studies
Annika Permevik
annika [dot] permevik [at] ses [dot] lu [dot] se

Sociology of Law
Anna Sonander
anna [dot] sonander [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se

Strategic Communication
Frida Hessel
frida [dot] hessel [at] isk [dot] lu [dot] se

Please note that CIM certificates do not apply to programmes that already have elements of international experience built into the syllabus.