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Exchange studies

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

As a student in the Master's Programme in Asian Studies, you have the opportunity to apply for a semester abroad as an exchange student. If your application is successful and you are nominated by the Faculty, you can spend the third semester abroad as an exchange student. Your studies abroad as an exchange student can be credited in your exam and does not prolong the total study length.

Please note that, if admitted to exchange studies, you are still 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. 

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

General requirements

As a student at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, you are required to meet the following general requirements when applying for an exchange spot.

  • 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 so please make sure that you send her an e-mail with your course selection and make sure you also inform her and get her approval if you make any changes in your course selection later on in the process.
  • You can not apply to go for exchange studies to your home country.

Additional information

Please also note that depending on the host university's semester dates, it might not be possible for you to participate in the applied fieldwork stay organized by the Centre at Fudan, Thammasat, and Waseda, which typically starts in early January.


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)

or contact the International Office at the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology