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An overview of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Below is a brief presentation of some features of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, one of four faculties at Linköping University. More detailed information on each key area, that is, education, research, international cooperation and issues relevant especially to international students, is found via the menu to the left.

Presentation of Arts and Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is part of Linköping University. The management of the faculty is "traditionally" organised, headed by a Dean, a Faculty Board (with regular and personal deputy members) and a number of committees for different issues (e.g. appointments, postgraduate studies, quality development work). The administration is managed by the Office of the Dean.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences houses nine departments and ten centres. The departments, in turn, house research environments and graduate schools.

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The faculty offers education relevant to the international community and contemporary society at all levels: basic, introductory, advanced and master's. Studies are available both in Swedish and English and range from traditional to interdisciplinary.

Apart from offering undergraduate studies such as single-subject courses, bachelor's and master's programmes, the faculty offers additional undergraduate courses especially for international students, for example College Course in Swedish and Sweden - Language, Culture and Society.

At the faculty, academics or university graduates having a non-Swedish higher education qualification with at least three years of studies are offered supplementary training, Aspirant Education, 60 credit points, to increase their chances of attaining a job. Master's programmes taught in English and fully twenty English-language courses are open to students who are linguistically proficient and meet the admission requirements.


The faculty's research also ranges from being more disciplinary (in traditional terms) to interdisciplinary. Unlike the faculty's education, however, which is offered by departments, the faculty's research is organised in research environments - a key word - which are housed by departments. The research environments comprise scientific work, doctoral training and research within broader research areas or research themes, two other important notions. Doctoral training is also offered by graduate schools which are the result of the faculty's cooperation with the other three faculties at Linköping University.

International cooperation

One important objective for the faculty is to sustain and at the same time continuously develop the global cooperation initiated back in the 1970s when Linköping University acquired full university status. Through various agreements, exchange programmes, financial support from the EU-commission and networks, the faculty today has cooperative ties to around hundred universities in twenty countries.

Recently, the faculty has undergone a change of its education offering so that this fits into the new system for higher education according to the Bologna process. This change resulted in, among other things, development of a new structure for master's programmes and for doctoral studies. Linköping University, hence the faculty, has participated 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 recognising students' studies abroad.

International students

The faculty welcomes international students interested in the faculty's education and research areas: behavioural sciences, economics and business administration, commercial law, humanities, computer science, natural sciences and social sciences. Annually, between 300 and 400 international students take part in the faculty's courses and programmes; a figure which heavily increases when the number of international students visiting the other three faculties is added.

Most international undergraduates spend their time here as exchange students; students who visit LiU and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on the basis of a bilateral agreement (e.g. Socrates/Erasmus) between LiU and their home university. Another group of international students consists of free-mover students who wish to spend a semester or two at LiU and apply without reference to a bilateral agreement.

Via the menu to the left, international students can quickly find information about, for example, courses and programmes, the application and admission procedure, what it is like living in Linköping/Norrköping as a student, and some student matters that need to be attended to before leaving Linköping/Norrköping and returning home. Again - welcome!


  • 11 000 full-time students
  • 200 postgraduate students
  • 40 research assistants
  • 80 junior lecturers
  • 190 senior lecturers
  • 70 professors
  • 40 subject areas
  • 15 Bachelor programmes
  • 3 Vocational programmes
  • 19 Master's programmes
  • 250 single-subject courses
  • 23 postgraduate programmes


Arts and sciences

  • Behavioural sciences
  • Economics and business administration
  • Commercial law
  • Computer science
  • Humanities
  • Natural sciences
  • Social sciences

Faculty symbols

The colour green (nature, life, joy)
Laurel wreath (crown), given to doctorates at the conferment ceremony
The line (at the conferment ceremony), symbolizing freedom of thought; intellectual reasoning; movement - demarcation

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Last updated: 2016-02-23