From the school: Lund University is ranked among the world’s top 100 universities and is one of Northern Europe’s largest, oldest and broadest universities with 42,000 students and 7,500 staff. Located in the cute and compact university city of Lund (in southern Sweden) we are 40 minutes by train to Copenhagen. Our English-taught education includes 5 Bachelor’s degree programs (three-year duration) and 100 Master’s degree programs (one- or two-year duration), taught in English, across a wide range of subjects. Education and research are offered in architecture and design, economics and management, engineering and technology, environment and sustainability, fine and performing arts, humanities and theology, international and development studies, law, medicine, social sciences, and science. We have one of Sweden’s strongest and broadest ranges of research activity and over 30 of our research fields are world-leading, according to independent evaluations. Lund University is a dynamic meeting place which attracts international students and researchers from over 130 countries. Considered the best student city in Sweden with a thriving student life and 90% of the population speaks English. ·US applicants may use FAFSA/US Loans at Lund University, Lund University offers merit-based scholarships for top academic students, including those from the US. ·Students with a European citizenship do not pay tuition fees.
Lund is known for their active student life. Students register with Studentlund and receive a membership card which gives access to the nations, unions, and clubs at Lund in addition to a wide range of discounts around town. Student nations have a lot of similarities to Greek life in America, except that they are coed and non-exclusive. Lund is one of two schools in Sweden known for the active life of nations (there are 13 at Lund). Nations are welcoming social clubs with parties, weekly banquet meals, brunches, sports teams, and balls. Even if you don't join a nation, you can still access some of the activities with a Studentlund membership. Further, members of any nation can participate in the activities of other nations. Student unions are connected to a student's study department. Not only are they members student advocates regarding departmental decisions, but they also arrange social activities, career fairs, and more. There is an abundance of student associations including those focusing on different areas in music, drama, art, film, dance, religion, politics, sexual orientation, sports, media, international students, and more. The weekly Language Lounge is another popular event among international students. It is a social event that provides the opportunity to practice Swedish speaking skills. Students receive discounted rates to join Gerdahallen, the gym and health center run by Lund University. They offer over 200 classes per week and have an abundance of sports and fitness options, including tennis pilates, TRX, toning classes, yoga, spinning, kettlebell, Zumba, boxing, and more. Students also receive discounted rates at Viktoriastadion which has courts for tennis, squash, badminton, handball, basketball, and volleyball.
Non-EU international students receive a housing guarantee. Housing options include studios, shared apartments, and corridor rooms (single room with shared common room, kitchen, and sometimes bath). Rooms are furnished and most housing options are under 400 euros per month.
Lund is one of the most picturesque European towns I have seen. The city is very compact and it only takes 30 minutes to get from one side to the other. The campus is large so the area has a real college town feel. The cobbled streets leading to campus are full of charming bakeries, shops, and cafes. Unlike many European universities, Lund University has a true campus. The Academic Society building (known as the AF building) anchors the campus and looks out onto a quad-like area. The AF building houses the student cafe as well as the offices of student unions and student societies. Active student life is another feature that appeals to students. Lund has 13 nations. These are co-ed social groups that students join, as opposed to needing to be selected. Students who join one nation can still go to the events, clubs, and meals at the other nations. Each nation has its own building with a pub, dining/kitchen, and some even have nightclubs. Nations host parties, brunches, clubs, poetry nights, and more. Student life is not confined to the nations. Student societies and the International Department offer many social opportunities as well. Further the last day of April there is a huge outdoor party to celebrate the start of spring that includes the entire university students, faculty, and staff. For both administrators and students, I spoke about the non-competitive approach to grades. Critical thought is highly valued and the goal is for students to really understand the concepts being taught. Students are allowed to retake failed exams up to six times without the grade showing, but the tradition is that if a student actually gets to the sixth time they must take the exam in full formal wear (think ball gowns and tux with tails). This speaks to the personality I felt at Lund-they have a great reputation academically and also know how to have fun.