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Activities in Sweden

Certificate of International Merits (CIM)

There are a variety of activities you can do in Sweden. It is required that your experiences are connected in some way to your studies and future profession. You will find examples here of activities along with the rules for when you want to use them within the Certificate of International Merits (CIM). To find out more about the Department’s own activities, You can also get in touch with the contact person at your Department.

Become a mentor to an international student

Take advantage of the multi-cultural opportunity to become a mentor to an exchange student at the Faculty.

Becoming an international mentor -

What are the rules? In order to count this as one activity in Sweden, you will need to be a mentor to an international student for at least one period. You are welcome to be a mentor for more than one period, but cannot count these as several different independent activities in Sweden for the purposes of the CIM.

Get yourself involved in a Language Café

Lund University arranges various language cafés for exchange students. This is an excellent great opportunity for you to meet students from other countries and not only learn about their culture but also tell them about your own.

What are the rules? Your experiences from the language café must be linked in some way to your academic studies and future profession. You must have been actively present for at least three meetings for this to count as an activity in Sweden. You are welcome to go to additional meetings, however cannot(for example) count six meetings as two different home field activities.

Attend guest lectures with an international focus

There are a variety of guest lectures open to the public that have an international perspective. These can be included as a sub-activity within an activity. Look for tips in the calendars on the University’s various websites.

What lectures can be included? See FAQ or Speak with the CIM contact person at your Department. Can you reflect on the questions after taking part in the lecture? In order for this to be regarded as one activity, you will need to attend at least three lectures and/or seminars. You are of course welcome to attend more than that, however six lectures can not be counted as two different activities in Sweden.

Thematic international café

Some Departments offer the opportunity to participate in international cafés or other international gatherings.

What are the rules? The rules may be a bit different depending upon the particular activity. One example is the International Cafés of the School of Social Sciences for the internship in term five. You must participate at least twice, one of which is as a presenter, for this to count as an activity.

Attend conferences/participate in workshops

Your study programme, student organisations and Faculty sometimes offer various forms of international conferences/workshops with an international focus. Keep an eye on websites, Facebook and talk to your corps. In order for you to count this as an activity, the experience must be disseminated to fellow students, for example via presentations at seminars or something similar.

Which conferences/workshops can be included? See the FAQ or Speak with the CIM contact person at your Department. After having taken part in the activity, can you reflect a bit on the questions? Participation equivalent to at least one full day is required in order for a conference/workshop to be counted as an activity.

FAQ about CIM

Engage in groups with an international focus

You can initiate and/or get involved in a student group with a focus from a global perspective on your future profession. Discuss this with the contact person for CIM at your Department or with the Faculty’s CIM coordinator to receive tips and guidance.

Participate in an international course with a social science perspective

Some of the Faculty’s Departments provide courses in English where programme students and exchange students meet and interact with each other. In cases where international courses are not offered within the programme, you can find courses on your own both inside and outside the Faculty. It must be a course you have actively chosen, meaning that it is not an obligatory course that is a part of your study plan.

Which courses can count? Contact the CIM contact person at your Department. After having taken part in the activity, can you reflect a bit on the questions? A course must be teacher-led and have clear course intended learning objectives to be regarded as a home field activity in Sweden.

Faculty contact

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

Department contacts

School of Social Work
Anneli Nielsen
anneli [dot] nielsen [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se

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

Service studies
Annika Permevik
studievagledning [at] ism [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.