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Exchange studies

Lund University is ranked as one of the top twenty universities in Europe for student exchange. Our partner universities are top 100 universities across the globe.

These pages (see under "Useful links" to the right) hold all information you need in order to apply for exchange studies through the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology

To go abroad as an exchange student means that you are studying at one of Lund University's partner universities for one semester of your training, a partner university is a university that Lund University has cooperation and exchange agreements with.

As a student in the Master's Programme in Asian Studies, you can go abroad as an exchange student during the third semester of the master's programme. Your studies abroad as an exchange student can be credited in your exam and does not prolong the total study length.

Please also note that during your semester abroad you are required to take our mandatory course Asian Studies: Methodology in Practice (7.5 credits) which will be offered online for students away on exchange studies. 

General requirements

In order to be awarded a place by the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies you must meet the following general application requirements:

  • You must be an active student and registered for full-time studies at Lund University at the time of application.
  • You must have studied two terms of full-time studies at the master (second cycle) level at Lund University at the time of the mobility period.
  • You must have completed at least 45 credits (ECTS) on the master (second cycle) level upon departure.
  • You must have sufficient language proficiency to be able to receive instruction and take examinations in the language of instruction at the host university.
  • Your planned studies should be within the social sciences unless otherwise authorized by the Director of Studies at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies.
  • The courses you choose should be important to your thesis work. They should be Asia-related or closely related to your thesis topic (a minimum of 7.5 credits must be Asia related, and all non-Asia-related courses must be relevant to the thesis)
  • Language studies can be approved in certain cases but are decided on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Studies.
  • Your courses at the host university should preferably be equivalent to full-time studies at the master/graduate/post-graduate level, equal to the master (second cycle) level at Lund University, however, bachelor-level courses can also be approved. 
  • The Director of Studies must approve the courses beforehand.

Additional information

During the third semester of the programme, you are required to take our mandatory course Asian Studies: Methodology in Practice (7.5 credits)  which will be offered online for students away on exchange studies. 


If you have any questions, please contact

Nina Brand
International Liaison Officer

Phone: +46 46 222 3861
E-mail: nina [dot] brand [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se (nina[dot]brand[at]ace[dot]lu[dot]se)