August - January
January - June
Free or up to 150 000 SEK / year
There are various ways to come to Linkoping University (LIU) as an international student. If your university has an exchange agreement with LIU you can apply to become an exchange student. If you are in your last years of studies, you can come to do your Master's Degree in Linkoping. You can also take single courses at LIU as a free mover. Moreover, there is the possibility to apply for a full program at LIU. However, please note that for the latter option usually a good level of Swedish is required.
For exchange students application is made at their home university. Free movers as well as Master's students apply both on-line and by posting to LIU. Tuition is free as long as you are an EU/EEA citizen or part of an exchange agreement. For the Master's, tuitition fee are between 80 000 and 150 000 SEK.
The general application deadlines are:
April 15th for the Autumn term
October 15th for the Spring term
Please do double-check this from the university's webpage.
There are Courses offered in both Swedish and English, and also many in a combination of the two languages. Especially in the last years of studies, most courses are in English or partly in English even for the Swedish students. To browse the list of courses, see the University web page. A list of Master's programs can also be found there.
The English version of the Study Guide is not as extensive as it should be, but it is a good place to start looking for courses (applies only to the Institute of Technology, where IEM belongs).
For exchange students LIU offers Swedish courses.
The autumn term officially lasts until mid-January, but usually classes end in mid-December. After that there is an exam-period of a week or two, two weeks break for Christmas, and then another exam period. Although exceptions occur, the period after Christmas is usually for repeating exams that failed in October or before. In case you passed all exams it is often not necessary to stay in Linköping that week.
Spring term has the first examination period in mid-March. The week before the Easter holiday is free from classes, and the following week is for repeating exams. After that classes go on until the end of May. After one more week of exams (and another chance for repeating), the term ends.
Quality of Education
Linköpings Universitet is a big university, and offers a wide range of courses. It has four faculties, the Institute of Technology, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Educational Sciences. Because of this, the university is not specialized in one single area, but known within various fields of research.
The IEM program was first introduced in Sweden at Linköping in 1969. Now it is also offered in Stockholm (KTH), Gothenburg (Chalmers), Lund and Luleå. Which one is the best is constantly discussed and totally depends on who you ask. Some ranking lists (also here) exist, but they consider the whole university, not one specific program, like Industrial Engineering and Management.
IEM students from Linköping choose one technical and one economical subject to specialize in. The following are the subjects offered:
Biotechnology, Communication Systems, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering
Industrial Organisation, Industrial Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Business Software, Production Management, Corporate Finance, Quality Technology and Management
LIU has three campuses. The biggest one, Valla is situated in the western part of Linköping. This is where almost all the classes for IEM students are held. Then there is one campus, Norrköping.
On Campus Valla (see map)there are, apart from lecture halls, many smaller class rooms and group rooms. There are also computer rooms, although these require students ID to access. On the Campus there is also a very modern gym, and there is lots of accommodation for students nearby. To get an idea, have a peek at part of the campus per webcam.
How to get there
Travelling from Stockholm Arlanda Airport
To get to Stockholm Central from Arlanda airport take the airport coaches (40 min and about 80 SEK) or the fast track train Arlanda Express (20 min and about 120). From Stockholm central you can then either take the bus or the train to Linköping. Another option is to take the train directly from Arlanda to Linköping. This is however more expansive and usually there is a change required at the Central Station anyway.
Travelling from Skavsta Airport
From Skavsta airpoirt the airport coaches (90 min and 130 SEK) take you directly to Linköping Train Station.
To the university
Once at the Train Station in Linköping, known as Resecentrum, you can take the local buses 12 or 20 to Campus Valla. Make sure to buy a ticket at the station before entering the bus, since the driver will not accept neither cash nor credit card. There will also be taxis waiting outside the train station.
Some additional information can be found in LIU's travel guide.
Please note that the prices given might have changed, so make sure to check the companies web pages for yourself. Also note that it is common in Sweden to not be able to buy your ticket on-board the bus or train. It is therefore a good idea to look for a office or machine before the bus comes. Many companies also sell tickets on-line, so if you have an international credit card, you can get the tickets before leaving home. For bus and train tickets, it is usually cheaper to get them well on beforehand. However, count on that flights can be delayed and get one with possibility of cancellation.
Most international students in Linkoping stay in corridors in the area Ryd, close to the university. The corridors consist of 8 rooms with private shower and toilet and a big kitchen and living room shared among the 8. The corridors are managed by Studentbostäder, and they are distributed according to a queue list. You can join the queue without being a student yet, although you can only apply for a room after becoming registered as a student at LIU. It is a good idea to join the queue as soon as possible if you are considering coming to Linkoping, as every day in the queue increases your chances to get a good room. Joining the queue is done by registration on Studentbostäders webpage and is free of charge. The rooms often come with basic furniture, as a table and a bed. In the kitchen stoves and refrigerators are provided but you need to get your own kitchen utensils.
Studentbostäder also offers one or more room apartments, mainly in Ryd, and rooms in corridors in other areas in Linkoping. However, these often require more queue points since they are closer to the city centre. Other than Studentbostäder, Graflunds (web page in Swedish) is another big provider of apartments, although these are not specifically for students, and they do not have any queueing system.
Some further information on accommodation be found on LIU's webpage. If you come as an exchange student, you can get help getting a corridor room from the university. Please note that i.e. master students cannot apply this way. Also note that even if you get a room from the university, you might be interesting in joining the queue anyhow, to get more options if you want to move later on.
Visa requirements vary depending on your citizenship. EU/ESS members do not need a visa, but if they wish to stay for more than 3 months they have to register and get a permission to stay. If you are a student of a Swedish university this should normally not be very hard. Basic information is provided un LIU's web page, and some further information can be found at the Migration Board, and on Study-in-sweden's web page.
Make sure to get an insurance before you leave your home country. If you are a EU/ESS citizen, also make sure to get a European health card before leaving for Sweden. This gives you access to public health care in Sweden, but it will not cover i.e. transport to your home country if you get very ill. With the European Health card you will pay the same prices as the Swedes, meaning about 150 SEK to see a doctor and about 300 SEK for a specialist. If you do not have the card, it will become a lot more expansive. Please note that dental care is not included in this example. It tends to be more expansive, so get a check-up before leaving your home country. More information on insurance and medical care is provided by LIU and Study-in-sweden.
For minor issues during your time in Sweden, if you need to see a nurse or talk to someone about psychological problems, you can contact Studenthälsan. This is a health centre on campus for LIU students. If you need an ambulance, call 112 (they speak English too). The same goes for Police and fire fighters. If the situation is less critical, but you need to talk to a nurse for advice on how to treat illness or how to find the closest hospital, call 1177.
In Sweden the language spoken is Swedish, a Germanic language very alike Norwegian and Danish, somewhat similar to English and German, not so much like French or Spanish and not a bit like Japanese or Chinese. Swedish is only spoken in Sweden meaning that it is quite useless for travelling. Also, there is only about 9 million Swedes, making translation of films and TV-series a rather unattractive business. The result of this is that almost anywhere you go in Sweden people will be able to speak English (and often a bit of some more language like French or German, although reluctantly). This does not only count for university staff, but also the supermarket cashiers, bus drivers and night club bouncers. If you'd like to learn a few phrases of Swedish anaway, just for fun or to impress, try On-line Swedish, or apply for a beginners course at LIU.
Most Swedish students live on a governmental student's loan. This gives up until abour 7500 SEK a month, so that is the average student's allowance. A corridor room costs between 2000 and 3000 SEK a month, apartments are a bit more expansive. Eating out is very expansive, so most students cook for themselves at home, and bring a paced lunch to university (microwave ovens are available). This way you should be able to eat a lot cheaper than calculated in this example, at the LIU webpage.
As for advice for bank accounts, it is hard to find general information. Please check with you bank in your home country for advice. Credit cards such as VISA and Master Card will work in most shops and ATM's in Sweden. American Express might be slightly more limited, but usually works too.
If you are staying for a longer time in Sweden it might be convenient to open a Swedish bank account. In order to do this you will need to register your address at the local tax office, in order to get a Swedish ID-number, personnummer. If you want to open a bank account in Sweden, visit a bank office and ask what documents are required.
Linköping is quite a small city, and a bike will take you almost anywhere. From Ryd to the university it takes only 5-10 minutes on bike, and from the university to the city centre another 15 min. A cheap (some 300-700 SEK depending on contition) second hand bike (you don't want a brand new one, because it will get stolen) can be found at local dealer or at the university notice board.
There is also bus in Linköping, and within the city a trip costs about 10 - 15 SEK. There is no bus between Campus Valla and Ryd (it is walking distance, about 20 min) but there are quite good connections between Ryd/University area and the city centre. This is nice especially in winter, when biking becomes unpleasant due to snow and rain.
Calling from moblie phones is cheaper in Sweden than in many other countries. Refill cards for cellular phones cost about 100 SEK to get the SIM-card, and then according to how much you call. There is also a wide range of contracts with monthly payment available. Some of the main companies are Comviq, Tele2, Halebob, Telia, Telenor and 3(all web pages in Swedish, some have basic info in English). It is quick and easy to get a SIM-card once in Sweden and it will most likely fit your normal phone. (Unless it is Japanese)
Make sure to check with your coordinator at LIU before getting a SIM-card. They often have SIM-cards that they give away or at least advice were to get a suitable one. This is a good way to find a contract making it cheap to call other exchange students with the same company, and favourable prices for international calls to many countries.
LIU has a practical guide on their home page, with more information about these kind of things.
Student Union Building
The local ESTIEM group is part of the international department of I-sektionen, the IEM section. In Linköping there are loads of student organization, and the IEM section is one of the bigger ones. Every IEM student (following the program, hence not exchange students) is a member, and out of these, about a 5th or 200 persons, are active members. If you are interested in joining the local ESTIEM group, please contact LR.
ESN is an association made especially for Erasmus students. They organize trips and events aloing with other international students as well as Swedish students. If you are feeling lonely in Sweden or if you need someone to practice your Swedish with, check out their website to see what is going on.
ISA is also a organisation for international students. Among other things, they organise iDay every year, a kind of cultural exhibition when the main hall at campus Valla fills up with exotic food and dance performances from all over the world. To find out more about ISA and the popular iDay, see their webpage.
Linkpöing is a place that many Swedes move to only to go to university. Actually, quite few of the students are actually originally from Linköping. This means that most people come to Linköping without knowing anyone, and this partly explains why there is such a number of organisations and clubs at the university. Whether your hobby is singing, cross country running or playing magic cards, there is a club for it and you will be welcome to join. However, be prepared that even if everyone speaks excellent English, meetings tend to be held in or transform into Swedish.
Linköping is not a huge city, but it's many students make it quite a place for parties. There is hardly a weekend without any special happening, and in the rare case that it should be so, there are various clubs running on regular basis every week. Alcoholic beverages are as a rule extremely expensive in Sweden, but since students have little money (see above) they often have good deals at the places where students often go.
This is the student unions house on campus, and the place for most Kravall parties. Kravall comes from the Swedish words KRAV på OverALL (overall/boiler-suit required). On these parties every one puts on their university overalls, colour depending on field of study, and spend the night rocking the dance floor.
The former farmer mansion (page in Swedish) in Ryd, has been transformed into a nightclub, especially popular among international students on Tuesday nights. If you live in Ryd it is just around the corner and it is easy to slip in almost by mistake.
Another place worth to mention is Flamman (page in Swedish), in the basement of the Flamman student residence. The fact that people are willing to queue for hours even in icy cold winter nights gives a hint of it's popularity.
If you want to go to a place where you might spot some locals and not only students, there are various places along Ågatan, a street in central Linköping. It is however not guaranteed they have prices adopted to students.
There is a sports centre, Campushallen (page in Swedish), on Campus Valla, providing both a modern gym as well as field for football, basket and such. They also offer group training and classes in for example yoga and aerobics. A one-year premium membership is 3500 SEK for students, but if you only want to attend certain activities it can get cheaper. It is also possible to get day passes.
Next to Ryd as well as between campus Valla and the city centre, there are patches of forest. Here running tracks have been prepared, and during the summer season this is a great place for jogging or strolling. Totally free of charge.
In central Linköping there are plenty of sports centres and clubs of all kinds. In Ryd there is one centre for material arts and also a nice indoor climbing gym(both pages in Swedish).
Voices about Linköping
"Studying in Linköping was an awesome experience. I got to know a new culture and a completely different study system. Besides having contact with other ERASMUS students, the Local Group in Linköping integrated me in their activities and helped me having a good start"
Tobias Hemmerlein - ERASMUS student Linköping 2008/2009
I you cannot find the information you need on LIU web page try the addresses below
General questions regarding study programmes, admission, application procedures, enrolment etc, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
IEM students will belong to the Institute of technology, and may contact the persons below.
Institute of Technology
Student exchanges (Application, courses etc):
tel +46 13 28 12 70
fax +46 13 28 28 35
(Only accommodation, activities and Orientation Programme)
Exchange Student Coordinators
Ms Margaretha Rosengren
tel +46 13 28 28 02
mobile +46 709 14 67 48
fax +46 13 28 58 10
ESN-Erasmus Student Network
Ms Catarina Lorin
tel +46 13 28 27 58
fax +46 13 28 58 10
ECTS and Socrates Institutional Coordinator
Ms Micaela Sjöberg
tel +46 13 28 68 30
For practical information, contact the local ESTIEM group at email@example.com.
If there are errors, broken links, or missing information in this article, please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your help.