Study Abroad

Exchange Program

Exchange Program fees are set based on UW-L tuition, fees, housing, and meal plan charges.  Fee inclusion varies by program.  Please refer to the Fees link on this website for more information.

Linnaeus University

Spring Application Deadline: August 15

Linnaeus (formerly Växjö) University—the second largest university in southern Sweden—is well known for its strong international profile.  More than 15,000 students are enrolled in one of 65 different programs and 1,200 courses in about 50 different subjects. There are also 250 Ph.D. students and 1,000 people are employed as researchers, teachers or administrative staff.  Approximately 400 students from Linnaeus will go abroad to study and the same number of international students will come to Linnaeus as part of their exchange program.  Student and faculty exchanges involve a number of universities all over the world.  Linnaeus’ student exchange is backed up by a well-developed infrastructure, computing facilities, housing, and sports facilities for the benefit of their students.

Växjö (pronounced Vex-sure) is the “capital” of Kronoberg County in southeastern Sweden.  The town is situated 250 kilometers northeast of Copenhagen and 420 kilometers southwest of Stockholm.  Växjö belongs to the Swedish province of Småland, also known as the Kingdom of Crystal as some of the world’s finest glassworks are located there.

Växjö is surrounded by a beautiful countryside.  Forests, lakes and rivers make Småland an attractive area for those who love outdoor activities.  Växjö, with some 75,000 inhabitants, is a highly modern town.  There are excellent sports facilities plus a rich cultural live—with a concert hall, a theater, museums and cinemas.

The programs offered are conducted in English (unless otherwise stated) for both Swedish and international students.  Most of the programs consist of a full-time semester of study (20 weeks) with several courses making up the curriculum.  The courses are generally on the advanced undergraduate level and usually require two years of successfully completed university studies for admission.

In Sweden, a student usually studies one course at a time (consecutive scheduling) rather than several different courses at the same time (parallel scheduling).  Examination takes place after each course and at the end of the term the student receives a cumulative mark for the program besides the individual marks for each course.

A full listing of Linnaeus' Academic Subjects available to Exchange Students are available on-line.

Introductory Swedish Course
Linnaeus University offers an introductory Swedish course for 7.5 ECTS (4 US credits).

The course equivalencies spreadsheets have been compiled from past approved Academic Plan forms.  They show when the course was last approved and how it transferred back to La Crosse.  You may notice that some classes satisfied several UWL options.

This list is not comprehensive nor does it take the place of  meeting with your advisor for final approval!  They are meant to be a guide of what courses may be appropriate for your studies abroad.

All exchange students are guaranteed accommodation on the condition that the accommodation section of the online exchange application is completed prior to the relevant deadline.  Accommodation in Växjö is provided in two areas of the city, on campus and in the city centre. You are not able to reserve housing in a specific area on your application.  Rooms and apartments are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that those students who submit their complete applications early will be placed first.

Before you travel abroad, you will need to obtain a passport, which will serve as proof of your U.S. citizenship. A passport may allow you to gain entry to (and exit from) other countries. Depending on the country to which you're traveling, a visa may be required as well. Entry requirements vary from one country to another. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings specific to certain countries, and offers tips and publications relevant to travel abroad generally. Well in advance of your departure, you should also familiarize yourself with international travel health issues, and health recommendations specific to your destination.

Linnaeus' Academic Calendar
Fall: Late-August to mid-January
Spring: Mid-January to early-June
For more precise dates refer to the Program Dates.

2.75 GPA minimum, 3.0+ GPA preferred
Junior standing preferred
Open to students from other universities

The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition (15 credits) and Administrative Fees

  • Study Abroad Health Insurance (required by UW System)

  • Orientation to Study Abroad Class

  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

  • Study Abroad Graduation Sash

Airfare not included in the program price.
cost of housing is not included in the program fee.
The program fee does not include a meal plan or meal stipend of any kind.
Financial aid awards are applicable to program fees.
Refer to Program Fees for the most current program fee.

Are you an American studying at Linnaeus?  Apply for the John Glarner Memorial Grant!
Linnaeus University has made available a grant for American students in memory of John Glarner.  John Glarner (1945-1996) was American lecturer and international coordinator at Linnaeus University.  The grant is awarded to promote contacts with Linnaeus University's collaboration partners and to strengthen cooperation between the USA and Sweden.  Students are eligible for the grant if they are an American exchange student studying at Linnaeus University for the academic year. The grant is for SEK 5,000. Applications must be received no later than May 1.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Over $300,000 is available for the 2013-14 competition. Awards are made in all fields.

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