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Ongoing international work

In 2014, the Committee for International Affairs formulated a strategic plan for the faculty's internationalization. This plan, based on Linköping University’s international strategy and the faculty’s own strategy, was approved by the Faculty Board and will be valid until 2016. The following objectives are part of the ongoing international work:

  • Internationalization of the faculty's different study programmes.
  • Increase the number of courses offered in English.
  • Increase of the number of teachers who teach in English by supporting their competence development.
  • Increase of the number of teachers who participate in exchanges by finding using new ways of supporting such activities.
  • Enhance relations with prioritized universities.

Below are some current examples of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences' ongoing international work.

  • The faculty takes part of exchanges within programmes like Erasmus, Nordplus and Linneaus-Palme, a Swedish-financed exchange programme with developing countries.
  • Several departments take part in the scholarship program Minor Field Studies (MFS). This programme targets students with an international interest, who want to gather material for their thesis in a developing country to illuminate aspects within the essay subject which is of importance for developing countries’ economic, social, political, cultural or knowledge development.
  • The faculty is working on the quality assurance of all its bilateral exchange agreements.
  • The faculty is working to improve the information available about the different scholarships and international programmes for both students and employees.
  • Theachers and other target groups at the faculty have the possibility of participating in English courses at Centre of English Studies, Oxford.
  • In August and January every year, the faculty offers an Intensive Course in Swedish for incoming Erasmus students.
  • Linköping University, hence the faculty, participates in European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) projects since 1992. LiU has implemented ECTS fully for incoming and outgoing students since 1997 which means that it adheres to, and continuously improves, common procedures of recognizing students' studies abroad. Every student receives a diploma supplement with his/her degree certificate.

Exchange agreements

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences works intensively with exchange agreements. It has established over 100 exchange agreements with universities in Europe and more than 50 exchange agreements with universities from all over the world. Under these agreements, the faculty is conducting extensive educational exchanges with partner institutions.

Most of the exchange agreement within Europe are part of the Erasmus programme. The agreements outside Europe do not belong to any framework programme and are considered to be so called bilateral agreements.

List of exchange agreements >>

The exchange agreements at the Faculty of Arts & Sciences can be classified into two different categories:

  • Exchange agreements at faculty level: These agreements include faculty-wide exchanges of students and/or exchange of teachers.
  • Exchange agreements at departmental level: These agreements imply exchanges of students and/or teachers in specific departments or programmes.

The different departments and programmes included in the faculty are encouraged to develop their specific network of exchange agreements in order to complete the faculty-wide agreements. Accordingly, the departments will be able to offer relevant exchange opportunities to their students in concrete study areas.

The Faculty of Arts & Sciences follows established university procedures to guarantee high-quality educational partnerships.

Linköping University’s policy about exchange agreements (in Swedish)

Johanna Persson, international coordinator, works with exchange agreements at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Please feel welcome to get in touch with her for any question. She can help you to get in touch with the academic coordinators at the different departments.


The Faculty of Arts & Sciences belongs to different international networks. Among other activities, the networks may include student and teacher exchange. Most of the networks are active in a concrete subject areas, which have turned out to be the most efficient form for network collaboration. The number of subject areas included in faculty work makes it difficult to find corresponding faculty-wide networks.

The Faculty of Arts & Sciences is an active member in the following networks:

  • NORDPLUS - Nordlys

Subject area: Faculty-wide network
Description: Nordlys is one of the most extensive networks in the Nordplus programme and its purpose is to enhance the cooperation in higher education among Nordic universities by increasing student and teacher exchanges. Nordlys was created to offer exchange possibilities to students that cannot participate in subject-specific Nordplus networks or who wish to study a different subject than the one they have chosen at their home university.

Website: http://www.nordlys.info/
Contact person: Lisa Dobrosch

  • ESST - The European Inter-University Association on Society, Science and Technology

Subject area: Science, Technology and Society
Description: The European Inter-University Association on Society, Science and Technology (ESST) is an association of universities who jointly teach and research in the field of social, scientific and technological development. Its members are universities from whole Europe.

Website: http://www.esst.eu/
Contact person: Veronica Brodén

  • NORDPLUS - Norek

Subject area: Business, Economics
Description: Norek is one of the networks included in the Nordplus programme that offers scholarships to students and teachers in order to make exchanges in the area of business and economics possible.
Contact person: Malin Gröndahl Maass

  • ECIU (university wide network)

Subject area: LiU-wide network

Description: European Consortian of Innovative Universities. A partnership established in 1997 and registered as a Foundation under Dutch law with 11 European members and 3 associate partners (from Mexico, Australia and Russia).

Contact person: Ida van der Woude

International Projects

The Faculty of Arts & Sciences participates in the following international projects:

  • Linnaeus-Palme project: Bilateral exchange of student and teachers with a university located in a developing country. The Departments of Political Sciences and Environmental Sciences are involved in a L-P cooperation with South Africa.
  • Minor Field Studies: Scholarships for students who carry out field studies in developing countries. Different departments within the faculty offer their own MFS-scholarships to the students.
  • EU-USA project, Atlantis: The Department of Business participates in this project which includes the exchange of students between two European universities, LiU and ECE Paris, and two American universities, DePaul University and Western Illinois University. As a group, the students spend a semester in France and a second semester in Sweden. The students spend the third and fourth semester in one of the American universities. The students receive a bachelor degree from Linköping University and a master degree from one of the American institutions. Teacher exchanges take place between all the institutions.

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Last updated: 2017-01-27