7. How to apply

Outgoing exchange students

Carefully consider what you would like to study during your exchange semester. Browse the universities websites and find out which universities are most interesting for you. Please make sure you find out if there are any restrictions concerning available subjects, language levels or other requirements.


Submit your application - always in English - via the application database Solemove. Login to the application system Solemove using your student account username (LUCAT-ID) and password. 

Application link to exchange studies in Solemove
Applications can only be submitted during application rounds.

The application period for remaining seats Spring 2021 is now closed. Late applications are not considered.

For coming application periods, please see 2. Application periods and information meetings (opens in new window).

Due to Covid-19, Spring semester 2021 is more uncertain than usual (there may be restrictions decided upon at a later stage). Should you receive an exchange offer and agree to be nominated for exchange studies, please note that the decision on final admission is always made by the host university.

1. Search for availiable universities

When in Solemove, click "Exchange destinations Abroad and feedback " if you want to browse for universities (if you have started your application already, you might have to click the "home icon" in the top of the page to find the "Abroad" option).

There is no need to select any 'home unit'. Please use the Advanced search option and only select: Application period Faculty of Social Sciences and the present application round dates to see the available universities.

Subject requirements

In the list of universities, pay attention to if it says Divison of External Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences and/or a specific department, for example Department of Human Geography. 

This will indicate which subject the agreement covers. Everyone eligible to apply for studies through the Faculty of Social Sciences can apply for universities marked with Divison of External Relations (the agreement is university wide) and Faculty of Social Sciences (the agreement is within the area of Social sciences in general. 

However, to apply for universities marked with Department of X you will have to be either a student within that department, or have or going to have experience in the specific subject (often equal to a year of full time studies when it is time for departure) and/or chosen the subject as a major.

When applying to subject specific agreements (marked with a specific department) you must be prepared to have at least a majority of your selected courses abroad within that subject.

Info Sheet

Browse the information and websites of the universites to decide which universities you are interested in. Read the Info sheets (shown under Enclosures) to learn more about each option. Remember to check if there are any restrictions in which courses are available or any language requirements.

2. Apply

When you know which universities you would like to include in your application, click "Application form for outgoing student mobility" in the left column, and start your application.

Please take your time to fill out all the details in the application form. The system will alert you if data is missing. Not until you completed the full form, you will be able to send in your application.

For instruction manual on how to apply through Solemove, click here (opens in new window)

For Solemove related questions, please turn to LU system support through solemove [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se.

You can apply to up to ten universities in your application. Rank them in order of priority. Your application should include the following attachments (all attachments should be written in English, you will find instructions for attachments below):

  • Statement of Purpose
  • CV
  • Study plans
  • Transcript of records

When you have completed your application and uploaded the attachments, you can submit your application. 

Instructions for attachments

Statement of Purpose

Introduce yourself briefly. Explain how an exchange term would benefit your studies and your future academically. Focus on the academics! If it makes it easier you can write about your top choice only, there is on need to mention all the selected universities.
The Statement of Purpose should be written in English, max. 1 A4 page. Send in only 1 Statement of Purpose in total.

  • CV

Your Curriculum Vitae should reflect a relevant academic background, language skills/certificates, work experience and/or other applicable activities. It should be to the point and written in English. Do not put any effort in how it should look like, the content is more important.

Se example (PDF)

  • Study plan

Fill out your study plan according to the courses you would like/plan to study. Please complete one separate study plan for every university you apply to. Please note that the study plan is preliminary and, should you be nominated, your courses will likely change during the exchange university’s application process. It may be difficult to find updated course catalogues, course codes and information about Faculty/Department but do your best with the information available. It is, however, important that you fill out your study plan completely in order for us to see that you have found courses and a study plan that suits your current studies and curriculum in Lund so that the courses can be transferred after the exchange.

You're welcome to use this template when creating your study plan:

Study plan template (Word document)

  •  Transcript of records

If you have studied at another university, please  attach a copy of your official transcript of records from that university, but you do not need to attach transcripts for your current studies at Lund University.   



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Next step: 8. Selection and decision

Faculty International Office

E-mail:outgoing [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se

Postal adress: Lund University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Box 117, 221 00 Lund, Sweden

Visiting address: Sandgatan 13A, Building R, Gamla Kirurgen, Lund (map)


Due to the current situation, drop in visiting hours are cancelled. Please email or call us instead.


Katarina Follin
Phone: +46 46-222 72 04

Visiting hours: Tuesday 10:00-12:00

Room 142, ground floor, building Gamla Kirurgen


Lina Jönsson
Phone: +46 46-222 48 43

Visiting hours: Wednesday 13:00-15:00

Room 142, ground floor, building Gamla Kirurgen