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About Lund University
The University is ranked as one of the top 100 in the world. We tackle complex problems and global challenges and work to ensure that knowledge and innovations benefit society. We provide education and research in engineering, science, law, social sciences, economics and management, medicine, humanities, theology, fine art, music and drama.
Our 42,000 students and 7,680 employees are based at our campuses in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg. The University has a turnover of around SEK 7 869 million (EUR 834 million), of which two thirds is in research and one third in education.
We are an international university with global recruitment. We cooperate with 600 partner universities in over 70 countries and are the only Swedish university to be a member of the strong international networks LERU (the League of European Research Universities) and Universitas 21.
Two major facilities for materials research are currently under construction in Lund: the MAX IV Laboratory, which will be a world-leading synchrotron radiation laboratory and ESS, a European facility that will be home to the world’s most powerful neutron source. These will be of decisive importance for materials and life sciences and for industrial development. In Lund, Medicon Village has also been established and will offer a unique environment for life sciences; integrating research, innovation and enterprise creates the conditions for improved health and quality of life.
Faculty of Engineering
The Faculty of Engineering, LTH, is a faculty of Lund University and has overall responsibility for education and research in engineering, architecture and industrial design. Our strategies are based on diversity and cross-boundary cooperation and are characterised by gender equality, participation, quality and renewal.
For more than 50 years, education, research and innovations with their roots in LTH have made a significant and lasting impression on society.
Today, we are home to some of Sweden’s most attractive study programmes, and have a broad research base. We are world-leading in a number of fields, including nanotechnology, combustion physics and medical technology.
The Faculty of Engineering, LTH, is home to 9,600 students and 1,500 employees from all over the world. Most of our programmes are taught in Lund, but a few are housed at the campus in Helsingborg, and the School of Aviation is located in Ljungbyhed.
Faculty of Science
The goal of the Faculty of Science at Lund University is to conduct operations of the highest standard in order to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.
At Lund University’s Faculty of Science, we study and describe the physical world. We seek to understand everything from the smallest components of nature and molecular processes in the human body to the sensitivity of climate systems and the capacity of exoplanets to support life. Research in science enables the development of new drugs, new building materials and models that predict climate change, and offers us the giddy realisation that we may not be alone in the Universe.
The Faculty of Science is ranked among the top 50 in the world for several subjects (Times Higher Education and QS). We have undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses that aim both to satisfy our students’ burning interest in science and to meet the need of society for competent science graduates.
Faculty of Law
The Faculty of Law at Lund University is a modern faculty with a clean international profile. We offer an environment which is suitable and welcoming for Swedish and international students, lecturers and researchers alike. Education, research and interaction with the surrounding community are the three mainstays of our work. The connection between these three mainstays is particularly apparent in the programmes and courses on offer, where students meet both researchers and professionally active lawyers with qualifications and experience from various areas of law.
The faculty's geographical location, in the heart of the Oresund region, brings unique opportunities for boundary-crossing cooperation in the surrounding area; at the same time we also have well developed contacts with different universities throughout the world. We have a large number of exchange agreements which make it possible for our students to study abroad within the framework of their degree programme, while law students from a host of other countries can study for one or several semesters at our faculty.
Faculty of Social Sciences
The Social Sciences consist of a number of disciplines which strive to understand people and human relationships in terms of structures and systems.
Most of the challenges of our time are the result of human activity and must be solved through societal processes. Scientists provide important contributions to identifying and explaining environmental problems, for example. Engineering and medicine can create
solutions for these problems. But implementing new ideas requires a combination of knowledge about and questioning of human behaviour and our social and political institutions.
Our researchers’ task is to make the functioning and dynamics of society comprehensible, thereby creating the opportunity to change and, in the best case, prevent the occurrence of problems. Education and research in the social and behavioural sciences generates knowledge and solutions that contribute to efficient social organisation, economic competitiveness and socially sustainable development
Faculty of Medicine
Our Faculty offers a wealth of research, postgraduate and undergraduate education programmes in medicine, nursing and health. The Faculty encompasses 2,800 full-time students enrolled in 8 degree programmes, as well as 1200 graduate students and 1800 employees.
We conduct a wide range of research, from experimental to applied, in order to answer questions related to clinical practice, health sciences and society.
The Faculty of Medicine and Region Skåne interact to strengthen developments in healthcare and clinically focused medical research in the region. The university and the healthcare system strive to work together to formulate new methods to prevent and combat disease. The Faculty educates tomorrow's healthcare personnel and much of this education takes place within the regional medical system.
Faculties of Humanities and Theology
The Faculties of Humanities and Theology offer a number of programmes and courses that are taught in English and in other languages. Most of the courses that are taught in English are at an advanced level, but the SAS-courses (Special Area Studies) and a certain number of other courses are available for undergraduate students.
The Humanities and Theology form one faculty area at Lund University. The area consists of eight departments and offers studies in subjects ranging from cultural sciences, history, philosophy, archaeology, languages and literature to theology and religious studies. A number of the subjects taught through the Faculties of Humanities and Theology have been part of the curriculum at Lund since the university was founded in 1666. Studies in these fields today are mostly individually designed, being combinations of independent courses. There are also fixed degree programmes.
School of Economics and Management
The School of Economics and Management is one of eight faculties within Lund University, and our activities cover education and research in business administration, business law, economic history, economics, informatics, and statistics, as well as research policy.
More than 4 000 students and 400 researchers, teachers and other staff members study and work at the School. The totals for Lund University is around 46 000 students and some 6 000 employees.
Lund University School of Economics and Management is an EQUIS accredited member of EFMD since 2001, having met the high standards of the European Quality Improvement System - EQUIS. In addition, Lund University is a member of the prestigious research-intensive university networks Universitas 21 and the League of European Research Universities (LERU).
Faculty of Fine & Performing Arts
The Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts in Malmö is a faculty of Lund University and includes the Art Academy, Academy of Music and Theatre Academy. These three academies all have their own identities, but also work together in many areas under the management and coordination of the faculty.
The activities of the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts often result in public activities such as exhibitions, concerts, performances and much more. The faculty has many close international relationships, with collaborations, guest lectures, and student and staff exchanges, as well as international recruitment of both academic staff and students. Intercultural diversity and diversity of expression have a key role to play.
The Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts offers Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in fine art, music and theatre, as well as a number of courses of varying lengths.
There is also research and research studies in the fine and performing arts. Being part of Lund University brings many advantages, in particular within research, with an interdisciplinary perspective, internationalisation and quality assurance.
History of Lund University
Lund University has a long and vibrant history covering almost 350 years of teaching. It has evolved from just a few hundred students and professors being paid with meat and grain into its present form, with around 42 000 students and a position of excellence in international teaching and research.
Lund University was founded in 1666 as a step in the process of making Skåne Swedish and to demonstrate the re-establishment of Swedish control. There had previously been a studium generale (the equivalent of a university college) for priests in Lund, founded in 1438 and operational in the 16th century.
The new university was given the name Regia Academia Carolina. At the beginning there were only four faculties – theology, law, medicine and philosophy.
Originally, the University did not have any premises of its own for teaching. At the end of the 17th century Karl XI donated Kungshuset in the Lundagård park to the University, which thus acquired its first main building.
The real rise of the University came during the 18th century. New chairs were established and the number of students increased.
In 1852 the University was given new statutes that replaced the outdated regulations in force, and the state took over responsibility for finances. In the 1880s the first few female students began studying in Lund.
In 1900 there were only 1 000 students in Lund, a small elite who were educated for higher public office as priests, teachers, doctors and lawyers. Lund University grew strongly throughout the 20th century and is today Sweden’s largest institution of higher education and research.
Institutional Accreditation or Recognition
- Utbildningsdepartementet, Sverige
- Swedish National Agency of Higher Education (SNAHE); European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD-EQUIS)
Lund University in world rankings
- Top 100 university: 70th place in the QS Ranking 2015/2016
- Lund University is the highest ranked university in Sweden in the QS Ranking 2015/2016
- Top 100 university: 90th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2015/16
- Top 101-150 university: in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU 2015)
- Top 100 university: 97th place in the U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings 2015.
Living and studying in Sweden
The Swedish currency is the krona. It is abbreviated SEK. To compare, SEK 100 is roughly EUR 11 or USD 12. (1 SEK = 8.19 RUB)
Students requiring a residence permit must, by law, demonstrate that they have funds of at least SEK 7 974 per month for 10 months.
As a comparison you can see what a budget of around 865 EUR/month (8 000 SEK/month) could be composed of:
- Food - 250 EUR (2 300 SEK)
- Accommodation - 345-520 EUO (3 200-4 800 SEK)
- Course literature - 40-100 EUR (400-1 000 SEK)
- Other: clothing, telephone, leisure, etc. - 160 EUR (SEK 1 500)
When you join Studentlund, you get ’Studentkortet’ (student card) that (together with your regular ID card) give you access to discounts at certain cafés, restaurants and on travels (e.g. Skanetrafiken and SJ) as well as on computers, mobile phones, fashion and books etc., in shops and online.
Lund University has a selection of stand-alone courses and one full degree programme available through distance learning.
Distance learning programmes
- Master's in Geographical Information Systems programme - this two-year degree programme is taught entirely online and can be studied at either a 100%, 50% or 25% pace of study.
- Master's in Environmental Management and Policy - only the first block of this two-year degree programme is available as a distance learning option. The pace of study is 100%.
- Master's in Religious Roots of Europe - parts of this two-year degree programme are taught through distance learning, however the programme requires campus time and is a joint programme between the Nordic universities. The pace of study is 100%.
MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses
MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course – a type of free university course delivered online and open to everyone. Lund University offers three MOOCs – online courses that are free and open to all. You can sign up now at the Coursera platform for MOOCs.
The Lund University MOOCs are open to anyone with an interest, regardless of previous experience. The courses are free of charge and are taught in English.
You will receive a certificate upon completion of a course. However, you cannot include a MOOC as a part of a degree or receive university credits for it.
Swedish language courses
Our Study Abroad Swedish language programmes are designed for non-EU students who wish to learn the Swedish language. The language studies are intense and are available as course packages for one semester (covering beginner levels 1-4 or advanced levels 5-8), or as a two-semester package covering levels 1-8.
We offer two Master's degree programmes focused on Swedish/Scandinavian languages, for students who already have a profound knowledge of the language.
Students coming to Lund University for other studies have the opportunity to attend Swedish language classes during their time on campus.
Top reasons to study at Lund University:
An education from Lund University is internationally recognised. We are consistently ranked as one of the world's top 100 universities, placing us among the world's top 0.4% universities.
- A top 100 university in the world (ranked 70th).
- Sweden’s top-ranked university.
- A top 100 university for graduate employability according to the New York Times
- The #1 choice for international students studying in Sweden, offering a choice of over 100 international degree programmes, as well as exchange and PhD studies.
- Founded in 1666 - one of the oldest and broadest universities in northern Europe.
- A non-profit, public university with 42,000 students.
- We attract students from 130 different nationalities, creating a truly international campus.
- Global class environments where students gain cultural perspectives and develop international networks - highly valued by employers worldwide.
- Sweden ranks fifth best in the world at providing higher education by the Universitas 21 ranking.
- The breadth of the University creates excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary research and education.
- Lund University is a member of international research-intensive university networks such as LERU and U21.
- Lund is home to over 30 world-leading research environments and is the location for two of Europe’s largest research facilities currently being built; ESS and MAX IV.
- Students in Lund are given excellent opportunities for business interaction, as the city, with its unique, world-class environment for technology, knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship, hosts an impressive breadth of global companies.