Study abroad

Look around the world. As a student at MDU there are opportunities for studies abroad. This means that you can do a semester or an academic year abroad at an HEI (higher education institution) with which MDU has an exchange agreement. Take the chance of getting new experiences and learning more about other cultures. The fact that you will develop as a person is a further valuable bonus.

Exchange studies

Studying for a period abroad is a fantastic chance to increase your understanding of the cultures of other countries and at the same time trying out a new academic environment. Your School can help you with most things when it comes to exchange studies. They can answer general questions but they also have knowledge of more specific questions such as the choice of courses and credit transfers. The University also arranges information meetings where you can meet other students who have already studied abroad and can tell you about their experiences.

Where can I go?

Mälardalen University offer exchange possibilities through the university’s Erasmus+ (within the EU) or Bilateral agreements (outside of the EU) with partner universities around the world, as noted in the list of placement offers below. You apply for an exchange of one semester or the duration specified in the list of placement offers below.

MDU has around 120 partner universities around the world, but where you can go depends on what you’re reading and when you apply. Certain placements are university wide, noted as “all subjects/all schools” in the placement list. Other placements are School and subject specific, please note which places are open to you School and subject area and make your choices available.

Available seats spring semester 2023

Available seats spring semester 2023. Pdf, 596.6 kB.


Erasmus+ grant

Going through an Erasmus+ placement you will also receive an Erasmus+ grant in addition to your CSN or equivalent funding. In order to receive the grant you will have to go through a few steps and provide certain documentation. More information will be provided during the application period to your host university.

You can find more information at https://www.studera.nu/erasmus External link.

When do applications open?

There are two application periods each year. One application period that refers to student exchange throughout the whole coming academic year and one application round where the available places after the regular round are advertised. The application round where the remaining places are advertised refers to the spring semester for the coming academic year.

The application period with the remaining places for exchange spring semester 2023 is open 3-17 May. For questions about specific partner universities or advice prior to application, please contact the international coordinator at your school.

We will hold information meetings (Q & A sessions) via Zoom. Instructions for applying are found in the film.

This is what the process looks like

The film describes the process of exchange studies the academic year 2022/2023: how to make your application, where you can go on exchange, information about the selection criteria’s and what happens when you have submitted your application. At the end of the film you will find contact information for the international coordinators at the schools. Take a look at the information and prepare your questions for Q&A sessions.

If you do not want to watch the film, you can access the information via this PDF. Pdf, 553.1 kB.

Important dates for the spring semester 2023

3 May 2022

  • Online application opens

17 May 2022

  • Last day to apply. Online application closes. Please note that you must email the PDF that's created when you have submitted your application to the international coordinator at your school.

Incomplete application and/or late application will not be considered.

10 June 2022

  • Notice of nomination will be published in the application portal

14 June 2022

  • Last day to reply to your offer. 

Please note that the offer of nominations is published in the application portal. To keep your place you must reply to your offer. The lack of a response is considered as a "no" and you will lose your place.


Who may apply for exchange studies?

All registered full-time students may apply for an exchange place if the criteria below are fulfilled. Exchange studies always relate to full-time studies at the HEI abroad for at least one semester and at most one academic year.

To be able apply for exchange studies you must:

  • be a registered full-time student at MDU on the final date for application
  • have successfully taken at least 30 HE credits at MDU
  • have obtained at least 75 percent of the credits for the courses on which you have been registered at MDU up to and including the semester prior to the final application date.
  • fulfil the language requirements.

Before commencement of the exchange studies you must:

  • be registered at MDU in the semester immediately preceding the exchange semester.
  • have successfully taken at least 60 HE credits at MDU
  • have pass grades in the specific language requirements that the receiving HEI requires, e.g. TOEFL test for ISEP exchange.

The minimum requirements for language skills regarding studies abroad are:

  • in English, normally no further requirements above the general entry requirements for higher education studies
  • a TOEFL test is required if you are applying for an exchange place through ISEP
  • in French, Spanish and German, a pass grade on at least 15 HE credits is required. Please note that beginners’ and basic courses in these courses do not give eligibility
  • in other languages, an assessment is made on the basis of the regulations that apply to French, Spanish and German.

Worth noting is that most of the University’s partner universities offer courses where tuition is given in English even if this is not the official language of the country. At the same time they offer language courses for beginners in the country’s home language.

Apply online 3-17 May

Applications for exchange studies are made by an online application.

To make an application you click on the link shown here, below the application period. You log in with your user-ID and come to an application portal. There you click on the link to Online application for exchange studies and start to fill in your application.

More information on how to fill in the application is in the portal. Remember that you must send the PDF file created in connection with your application to the international coordinator at your School.

After the application period you will receive information on whether you have been offered a place. To save your place you must reply to the offer within the time stipulated.

Apply for exchange studies

Apply here

Selection criteria for exchange studies

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places, a selection is made based on credit increments.

A person’s second choice can never outcompete someone’s first choice. If you cannot get your first choice you have the chance instead of your second or third choice. If you have experienced or previously been offered mobility you are placed in a separate selection group which is offered nomination after everyone else and subject to availability.

If there is competition for the places the following system of points is used:


20 points. If you have been involved in the Student Union’s international activities at MDU.

HE credits

  • 10 points. If you have 30.5 – 45 HE credits at MDU on the final application date.
  • 20 points. If you have 45.5 – 60 HE credits at MDU on the final application date.
  • 30 points. If you have 60.5 – 75 HE credits at MDU on the final application date.
  • 40 points. If you have 75.5 – 90 HE credits at MDU on the final application date.
  • 50 points. If you have at least 90.5 HE credits at MDU on the final application date.

Completed courses as a percentage

  • 20 points. If you have obtained, by the final application date, between 80% and 90% of the credits for all the courses registered on at MDU up to and including the previous semester.
  • 30 points. If you have obtained, by the final application date, more than 90 % of the credits for all the courses registered on at MDU up to and including the previous semester.

In case of equal points, selection is made by lot.

What happens if I’m offered a place?

  • If you are offered a place you will need to accept the offer.
  • You will receive information on how the application process works at the overseas HEI, fill in the application and send it to the partner university (in good time before the deadline).
  • You write a learning agreement together with your international coordinator.
  • When the recipient university has received your application you will receive an admission decision and information letter of welcome.
  • If you are applying for a place outside Europe you must submit an application for a visa and enclose a copy of the admission decision. It is your responsibility to contact the Embassy.

“My time abroad has given me new perspectives of what quality is”

Lina Sundström

Student at the Special Educational Needs programme at MDU

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Additional exchange opportunities through MDU

MDU participates in several different exchange programmes.

MFS - Minor Field Studies

Minor Field Studies, MFS, is a Sida-funded scholarship programme in developing countries.

Read more


Linnaeus-Palme is an exchange programme where Swedish universities cooperate with universities in low- and medium-income countries.

Read more

Student exchanges between universities in the whole world

Take the chance to study at an English-speaking university in some other part of the world. The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) arranges exchanges with e.g. the USA, Argentina, Korea, Japan, South Africa and Australia.

International Student Exchange Program

Studying abroad by yourself

The University has agreements with a number of partner universities around the world. If your School cannot offer you a place you would like, you can apply for a study place abroad by yourself.

When you are applying by yourself for a place at a university in another country and wish to have the credits from these studies transferred to your Swedish degree, it is often called in English Study Abroad. One or two semesters is the usual length. These studies do not lead to a degree at the overseas university.

Practical preparations

Even if you choose yourself to study at a university abroad you can have the credits for these studies transferred to your Swedish study programme. For this you are required to have your courses at the overseas university approved by your School at MDU. Get in touch with your School before you leave.

Support to participants with disabilities

For participants in exchange programmes who need educational support or special adaptations during the period abroad, there is an opportunity to apply for additional funding for extra costs that may arise in connection with transport, teaching material, assistants/companions and accommodation.

It is MDU that applies for this allowance. Before applying you need to discuss your individual need for student support together with the Coordinator for Educational Support at the Student Centre, and the international coordinator at your School.


More information

For more information about exchange studies, please contact your international coordinator.

School of Business, Society and Engineering, EST est-international@mdu.se

School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, HVV hvv-international@mdu.se

School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, IDT idt-international@mdu.se

School of Education, Culture and Communication, UKK ukk-international@mdu.se