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Linnaeus University
Kalmar, Sweden (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Provider:
Gustavus Adolphus College
Program Term(s):
Minimum Class Standing:
Minimum GPA:
Previous Language Study Req?:
Language of Instruction:
English, Swedish
Language courses offered:
Housing Options:
Apartment (Alone), Apartment (Shared), Homestay, Residence Hall
Areas of Study:
Bioenergy Technology, Business Adminstration, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Design, Development, Economics, Electrical Engineering, English, Film, Forest and Wood Technology, Health Care Sciences, History, Informatics, Law, Math/Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Technology, Peace Studies, Pedagogy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Scandinavian Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Swedish, Terotechnology Program Design: Direct Enroll, Exchange
Program Description:
Special Note:

No prior Swedish language study is required, but students with sufficient language skills may take University courses taught in Swedish.

The Gustavus Adolphus Exchange program has traditionally been with Växjö University.  As of January 1, 2010, Växjö University merged with Kalmar University creating Linnaeus University. Gustavus students will have the option of studying at either campus of the newly formed Linnaeus University. The International Office's in Kalmar and Växjö have now become International Relations Office. The International Relations Office has offices in both Kalmar and Växjö. All partners and students can expect the same high quality of service at both study locations.

Gustavus Exchange with Linnaeus University
Växjö and Kalmar, Sweden
The University and the Cities

On January 1, 2010, Växjö University and Kalmar University merged to create Linnaeus University, a modern, international university in the Småland region of Sweden. The University serves 34,000 students, making it one of the larger universities in Sweden. Students will have the option of studying in either Kalmar or Växjö.

Linnaeus University is well known for its international profile. The faculty and student body represent over 30 countries throughout the world, and the University itself participates in a number of exchanges. These exchanges have also resulted in a well-developed support system for international students. Approximately 1000 international students study a Linnaeus each year as part of the exchange program.

Växjö is a modern city, which attracts high-tech industries and has a well-developed infrastructure. Traditional crafts still operate successfully in the city, including a world-renowned crystal industry. The campus is a great mix of the old and new. It boasts its own castle, Teleborgs Castle, but many of the buildings are newly renovated. The campus also has cafes, pubs, and a discotheque. There are nearly 40 student organizations, and the Student Union is always organizing activities for students.

Kalmar is situated on the beautiful southeast coast of Sweden. Despite Kalmar being a modern city with about 60,000 inhabitants, the city has managed to keep its old charm. Old buildings have been preserved and the new ones have been adapted to fit into the old environment. The University is no exception. It is situated in old buildings of great social and historical interest as well as in modern, specially adapted buildings, blending the old and the modern, just like the city of Kalmar.


All academic departments at Linnaeus offer courses in English. No previous study in Swedish is required though with the proper language background, a Gustavus student is welcome to take courses in Swedish. A full-time semester is a 30 point course load. Linnaeus offers 30-point programs or the student may combine courses to total 30 points. Linnaeus is on a "block" type schedule, in which students take one class at a time, and the exams are combined at the end of the semester for a cumulative program grade rather than several different grades.
A Swedish language course is required while studying at Linnaeus. A 30-point credit load is equivalent to a four course credit Gustavus load. The University requires two years of college courses before admission, therefore study at Linnaeus is only for Gustavus Juniors and Seniors.


At Linnaeus students are offered accommodation in apartments shared by two students, private dorm rooms, or private apartments. Many of the student rooms on campus have an internet connection, and the campus has several computer rooms, although an internet connection cannot be guaranteed. In a single room apartment you cook your own meals and live independently. The number of flats (apartments) on campus is limited but has recently been increased. Shared apartments available to exchange students are studio (one-room) apartments shared by two students. All apartments are located in the newest residence buildings and include a private kitchenette and bathroom. Dorm rooms cannot be shared with another student..Please note that you are not able to reserve housing in a specific area on your application. Student housing is competitive and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Many exchange students are typically housed off-campus.


The Gustavus program with Linnaeus is a tuition exchange; students pay tuition to Gustavus for the semester in Sweden, and receive tuition at Linnaeus. Housing and food costs are paid in Sweden by the student. Students are responsible for their own transportation, visa costs and personal expenses. Generally all financial aid applies, except student employment and certain scholarships that require participation on campus. A $500 deposit is due upon acceptance into the program.


Fall semester at Linnaeus runs from the end of August to mid-January. Spring semester begins at the end of January and runs through June.

Linnaeus University Websites:

Exchange Program:


TO APPLY for Gustavus approval:

For more information, contact:
Gustavus Adolphus College
Center for International and Cultural Education


Vaxjo cathedral

Växjö Cathedral



Studenter i K-huset

Linnaeus University is a modern, international university with the emphasis on the desire for knowledge, creative thinking and practical innovations. For us, the focus is on proximity to our students, but also on the world around us and the future ahead.

A modern university

The underlying rationale for the merger between the University of Kalmar and Växjö University is the ambition to create a university where the focus is fixed firmly on quality and competitiveness.

Linnaeus University will be

•a fully integrated, dual-campus university
•an active initiator of stronger research
•bigger, more visible and more influential
•a driving force behind new forms of collaboration and coproduction with the local communities which it serves
Linnaeus University will have approximately

•31,000 students
•15,000 full-time equivalents
•2,000 members of staff