Global E3: Lund University- Sweden



Experience Swedish culture while studying engineering in Lund!  

Lund University, one of Europe's oldest - and Scandinavia's largest - institutions for education and research, consistently ranks among the world's top 100 universities. Located in the city of Lund in the Scania province, Sweden, the Lund University has eight faculties, with additional campuses in the cities of Malmö and Helsingborg, with 47,000 students, 6800 employees and almost 3000 research students.

Most courses offered in English are at an advanced level, so undergraduates need to be at least in their third or fourth year.

This exchange program is College of Engineering (ENGR) specific, meaning only undergraduate ENGR students may participate. Lund and Pitt are members of Global E3, an exchange consortium of over 60 Engineering Schools from around the world. This consortium is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) For more information about the university, see the Global E3 Lund specific website and the Lund University Engineering department website   

Lund accepts students for Fall, Spring or Academic Year.


Learning Objectives: 

As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop: 

  • the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment. 
  • non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path. 
  • a global network of peers in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in Sweden.


Partner Information: 

Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
International Office - LTH   |

Location Description: 

Lund, Sweden, is just 40 minutes from the international airport in Copenhagen, Denmark, making it a hub for travel throughout Sweden and Europe.  Lund is considered the best student city in Sweden, with a unique combination of traditional student social clubs, academic societies, and student unions organizing events and activities year round.  In Lund, students can experience the rich history and cultural heritage of a medieval Swedish town while still engaging in the dynamic international community created by Lund University students and staff.  
Sweden is one of the safest countries in the world and has been ranked as one of the best places in which to live. Known as the most creative country in the world, Sweden has one of the highest levels of gender equality in the world and is recognized as a very eco-friendly culture. Swedes have the highest proficiency in English as a Second Language in the world; English is spoken by 89% of the population, allowing students to have a unique European experience without language barriers. 

Housing Description: 

Lund University's student accommodations are spread throughout the city. Refer to Lund's website  for more details about housing options. 
More info on student life at Lund can be found on their website. 

Academic Description: 

Use the links below to see if the specific departments offer the types of courses you would like to take while studying abroad.  We suggest you review courses available with your academic advisor prior to applying to the program. 

Academic Departments: 

Visit the University's website to learn more about course offerings and check the Global E3 Lund specific website for general course information.
The following disciplines are available: 

    • Architecture (limited course offerings)
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering (limited course offerings)
    • Computer Science & Technology
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Engineering Biotechnology
    • Engineering Mathematics
    • Engineering Nano-Science
    • Engineering Physics
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Industrial Design (limited course offerings)
    • Industrial Management & Engineering
    • Information & Communication Engineering
    • Land Surveying & Management
    • Mechanical Engineering  

Minimum Requirements: 

  • SSoE student in good standing 
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA & sophomore standing or higher for SSoE students 
  • For the University of Lund, students must be third or forth year engineering students.

Courses are taught in Englsih and Swedish.

Of note: 

  • All courses must be approved by the Faculty Director of your department in the Swanson School of Engineering. A course approval form must be completed and submitted to SSoE’s Engineering International Initiatives Office. 
  • Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours.   
  • Courses taken at Lund will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. However, students must receive a C grade or higher in order for the credits to transfer. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university. 
  • Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers may be required to show evidence of English proficiency.      


Students who have attended this program in the past have taken classes in the areas of:: 

In order to gain Pitt credit, you must receive a C or higher for each course you will transfer back to Pitt for credit. 
Information about the grading scale abroad can be found on the Global E3 page. 
Transcripts: Please request that your university send a hardcopy to the Engineering International Initiatives Office. Make sure that you follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of your grades are received. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: International Engineering Initiatives, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 152 Benedum Hall, 3700 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA. 
Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.

Experiential Learning Description: 




Program Fees: 

Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.

Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad.


Items Billed by Pitt
Tuition: Check Pitt's website to verify current costs: 
Program Fee: Check Pitt's website to verify current costs 
Study Abroad Fee $400 
Total Billed by Pitt: Estimate your Pitt expenses based on current tuition and fees
How Much To Budget: 
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit  $2,000 
Room & Board $3,000 - 5,000 
Personal Expenses $1,000 - 5,000 
The Estimated Costs reflect information provided by exchange partner and are reported to OAFA to calculate financial aid packages. The listed costs are defaulted to one semester. Multiply the costs by two for two semesters.
Personal expenses vary with individual students. Review the program's page, as well as our budgeting page for more information. 
The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as a part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage will be provided to you by the Engineering International Initiatives office.  However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.  

For global scholarship opportunities, check out:

  • the Pitt GEO scholarship page for links to national, provider and private scholarship samples
  • PittFund$Me  for Pitt sponsored funding including Pitt wide global scholarships, Nationality Rooms, VIH, etc.
  • PittFund$Me  for the SSOE Global Experience Scholarships!


Program Dates: 

Pitt students enroll at Lund for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). Lund’s calendar may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Like Pitt, Lund’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. Typically, Lund’s semesters are: Fall: late August to early January & Spring: early January to mid June. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.

Application Instructions: 

You must first be accepted by the Swanson School of Engineering International Initiatives Office, then you will be directed to apply to Global E3. (Typically SSoE application deadlines are late September for Spring and early February for Fall.) A formal nomination from SSoE Engineering International Initiatives is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at Lund. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt steps in addition to Lund's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Engineering International Initiatives does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.  

Prior to being accepted, please visit the Global E3 website and read the application instructions and application deadlines. (In the past, Global E3 application deadlines have been October 1st for spring semester programs and March 1st for fall semester programs.) 
Each university might have an additional application.  Please refer to the Global E3 Lund specific website for details.  

Please contact Dr. Kristine Lalley for more information on Full Year 2020 openings for this program.


  • SSoE student in good standing 
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA & Sophomore standing or higher for SSoE engineering students 
  • For the University of Lund, students must be a third or forth year engineering student.


Additional Information: 

Questions about funding? Check out our funding pages and note that SSoE has funding specifically for engineering students! There are many other national funding sources you can review. One place to search is the Institute of International Education website. 

Academic Calendar:  

  • Fall: late August to early January
  • Spring: early January to mid June


Insurance Requirements: 

The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as a part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage will be provided to you by the Engineering International Initiatives office.  However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.

Visa Requirements: 

In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival. 

For those without the host country’s nationality, students may need to obtain a student visa to study on this exchange. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.  

In general visa application requirements may include but are not limited to the following requirements:  

  • Visa application 
  • Valid Passport 
  • Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university) 
  • Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.   
  • Passport photos 
  • Application fee 
  • Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)