Quick Info

  • Linköping University
  • Spring, Year (Fall and Spring)
  • : Exchange
  • : Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computing and Information Science, Economics, Education, Engineering, English Literature, Environmental Studies, Film and Media Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Statistics, Theatre Arts
  • : 8/12/2019 - 6/10/2020
  • : Regular Pitt tuition and fees + living expenses + airfare. See details in Inclusions & Exclusions.
  • : Fall: Friday, 03/22/2019; additional information must also be submitted to this institution directly.
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, In Good Academic Standing


Academically, LiU is divided into four faculties: Arts & Sciences, Health Sciences, Science & Engineering, and Educational Sciences.  At least 300 courses are taught in English at the undergraduate level in addition to over 20 master’s programs. 

One option that is available for students is an intensive Swedish language program which would begin a few weeks prior to academic courses.  Only students with Swedish language proficiency will be able to enroll in courses taught in Swedish. 

Using the Bologna Process’s ECTS credit system, LiU asks that students take at least 30 ECTS credits per semester and 60 ECTS per academic year.  Each semester should not exceed 45 ECTS credits.  Grades are also issues via the ECTS-scale.

More information on LiU's academics can be found here.

Student Life

LiU has a total of three campuses in both Linköping and Norrköping.  A majority of the students study in Linköping, on Campus Valla or the University Hospital Campus.  The areas around the campus are friendly to bikes, so students are encouraged to bike from one place to another as it is easiest way to get around town. 

As a part of the programming for exchange students, all incoming students are required to attend an orientation, which occurs right before the start of each semester. 

LiU has a peer student program that allows for incoming exchange students to be partnered to a Swedish student to help in adjusting to Swedish culture. 

As a part of the student support, there are three Exchange Student Coordinators at LiU to answer questions and take care of administrative matters.  


Students are not guaranteed housing, but on-campus housing is an option on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Housing includes furnished private rooms, with shared kitchen and communal spaces at the cost of 3,000 SEK per month, which is approximately $360 USD.  For those who will need to opt for off-campus housing, the LiU housing coordinator will provide exchange students with instructions on how to secure housing.  Additional information can be found here

Pricing And Dates

Arrive in Sweden Depart Sweden
Early January Mid June

Arrive in Sweden Depart Sweden
Mid August Late January


Keep in mind that dates change.  You should not book airfare until given confirmation from the host institution.


Inclusions & Exclusions

LiU recommends a monthly budget of: 

  • Accomodations: $825-1106 
  • Meals $235-282
  • Local Travel $41-59
  • Textbooks $59-118
  • Phone/Internet $35
  • Insurance, Medical care, Hygiene $59-82
  • Clothing, Hobby, Leisure, Other $88-118. 

Given that a semester at LiU is about six months in length, a single semester’s approximate costs would be about $5,000 to $6,600, whereas a full year would about $9,900 to $13,300.

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees (Student Activity Fee; Wellness Fee; Computer and Network Services Fee; Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee; International Services Fee (if applicable)), keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Deposit ($350, to be credited to your PittPay account)
  • Airfare (roundtrip ~ $1,000-2,000)
  • Visa Fee
  • Room and Board 
  • Personal Expenses (depends on personal spending habits)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.


Special Information

Visas: Students from the US do not require a Visa to study in Sweden, however in order to be eligible to receive a Residence Permit, necessary to study in Sweden, students must show evidence of having the financial means of at least 7,300 SEK (~ $860 USD) per month. Information can be found here and here.This can be obtained from the Swedish Embassy;additional Swedish visa information may be found on the Swedish Migration Board 

Insurance: Students will be required to show evidence of comprehensive health insurance that is valid within Sweden to apply for their residence permit/visa.  

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Jessica Sun

Walk-In Advising Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 2 - 4 p.m.

Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt.  I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas.  I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences.  I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose.  Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea.  Good eating and traveling!  Let me know if you should have any questions at jessicasun@pitt.edu or at +1 412-383-7165.