With 14,000 students, Linnaeus/Växjö University is similar in size to EIU. Over 650 international students study at Växjö each year, and many students will be on exchange programs just like you. You will find a very supportive and helpful International Office staff to assist you at Linnaeus.
The town of Växjö is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Forests, lakes, and rivers make it an attractive area for those who love outdoor activities. Växjö is a highly modern town of 76,000 inhabitants. There are excellent sports facilities plus a rich cultural life with a concert hall, theatre, museums, and cinemas.
"The abroad office [at Linnaeus] did a really great job greeting the international students and assigning them to a "Swedish Buddy" who helped them get around and meet people."
-- Tia Mick, past participant.
Linnaeus / Vaxjo has course programs (a series of courses that you will take during the semester) or individual courses (where you can pick and choose classes for the semester) offered to international exchange students, all of which are taught in English.
For more Course Information, in addition to the links below, see the Linnaeus website
Single Subject Courses:
- Management and Economics (14 different programs)
- Humanities and Social Sciences (10 different programs)
- Teacher Training and Pedagogy (1 program)
- Technology and Engineering (4 different programs)
- Bioenergy Technology
- Computer Science
- Focus on Sweden
- Forest and Wood Engineering
- Glass Chemistry and Technology
- Health Sciences
- Information Systems Science
- Literary Studies (English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Media Technology
- Social Sciences
- Social Work
- Sports Science
- Swedish Culture and Language
- Total Quality and Maintenance
It is recommended that all international students take a basic Swedish language course so they can appreciate their stay in Sweden to the fullest.
After Your Trip:
at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar
Each semester, the International Office organizes an orientation for all international students. This orientation session will help you become acquainted with classes and life at Linnaeus. You will find a lot to do on campus and in the city when you study at Växjö. International students are also paired up with Swedish students as "buddies" in order to help you get situated in Växjö.
Most Swedish students use bicycles to get around town and campus. The International Office at Linnaeus / Växjö can give you information on where to buy a used bike if you are interested. If biking does not appeal to you, you can also walk or take the public buses to get around. For lots of useful information about studying at Linnaeus / Växjö, click here
Public transportation in Europe is excellent, and you will find it easy to travel within Sweden and to other areas of Europe. Bus, train, or plane travel is more affordable in Europe than in the States.
for international students.
Study at Linnaeus
Linnaeus University arranges for accommodation for all incoming exchange students if they submit their online application within the stated deadline. Rooms and apartments are distributed on a first-come, first- serve(d) basis. By requesting help from Linnaeus University, the students certify that if they cancel their studies later than four (4) weeks prior to the arrival, they are still required to pay three months' rent.
Exchange students studying at Linnaeus / Växjö have quite a few housing options to choose from. However, space is very limited (especially for the spring semester), and you should apply as early as possible.
Following housing options at Växjö include:
- dorm room on- or off-campus
- single room flat (apartment)
- shared flat with other international students
- room rented in a private home
For more information on exchange student housing at Linnaeus / Växjö, click here
**You are responsible for making all housing arrangements and payments directly to Växjö University.**
Foreign Entry Requirements
To enter Sweden, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site
for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.
A Residence Permit (different from a Visa) must be obtained in order to study at Växjö University. The way in which to obtain the Residence Permit is to:
Travel Document Systems (TDS)
- Go to the Consulate General of Sweden in New York's website
- Click on "Study in Sweden"
- Click on "Residence Permits for Students"
- Click on post-secondary studies at college/university
- Read over requirements
- Click on Residence Permit Application Form and fill this out
- Send completed application with required forms to:
- Consulate General of Sweden
One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
885 Second Avenue, 45th floor
New York, NY 10017
- The application process is estimated to take 2-3 months in order to process the application
- The consulate in New York can be reached by:
- Telephone by calling 1-212-583-2550
- Faxing the consulate at 1-212-755-2732
- Emailing the consulate at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The website goes over the necessary documents. These documents include 2 copies of your passport photo, 2 copies of your completed Residence Permit, your National Passport, an acceptance letter from Vaxjo, documentation stating you will be able to monetarily take care of yourself during your stay in Sweden, a letter outlining your plans of stay in Sweden, as well as the application fee and return postage.
- Sweden’s consulate of New York website goes over exactly what you need in order to obtain the Residence Permit.
can also provide you with helpful information on every country, including entry requirements, cultural information, travel conditions, economy, and more.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet
. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **
Please note that EIU does not own, operate, or sponsor this program.