Exchange Studies

Broaden your global knowledge. Learn about a different culture. Discover life in a foreign place. Learn a new language. All this is possible when you take the first step to becoming both an exchange student and, in the process, an international citizen.
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Dalarna University Nominations to Partner Universities

To go on an exchange, you need to apply to be nominated by Dalarna University: the start-to-finish process is explained below. 

Application Periods

The closing date for late applications for remaining places with start spring 2020 is September 1, 2019.

The application period for the next academic year (2019-2020) is open from December 1, 2019 to February 15, 2020.


During your traineeship period, you are covered by StudentUT Insurance: see Insurance (webpage).

Before your Erasmus+ exchange, you can take preparatory courses online in these languages: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish.

You can also apply for an extra grant if you take a preparatory language course once in the country where you will be completing your exchange. After application to one, send your application notification and any costs for the course to Dalarna University's International Coordinator (see contact information below).

Obligatory Language Test (Erasmus+)

You must take a language test before and after your exchange if the language you will be using during your exchange studies is English, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish or German. However, you do not need to do this test if the language in question is your first language or if the language in question is used for instruction in your courses at Dalarna University.

Before you go on an Erasmus+ exchange, you will receive an email from Dalarna University's Coordinator of International Affairs with log-in details for the online test.

When? - Which semester would be best?

If you are a programme student, read through your programme syllabus and contact your Programme Director to help plan your exchange. Non-programme students contact the Graduation Office to find out how your studies can include an exchange study period.

Where? - Which partner university would be best?

Our Partner Universities

Nordplus Collaboration

Nordplus, a Nordic network, allows for student and staff mobility for long and short exchanges.

Japanese Universities

Applicants will be nominated for one exchange semester. You must have taken and passed the course "Nutida Japan: Kultur och samhälle". You must attend an interview on campus before a decision on nomination can be made.


Before you begin the online application, be sure to have information about the universities you are interested in. Your application is considered complete only when all obligatory documentation has been submitted along with your online application.

Application for Outgoing Students (this will take to you to a portal: log-in may be required)

Supporting Documents: Application for Exchange Studies - Programme Students

Exception: students who have applied to go on an exchange during the elective semester (see below) do not need to submit the supporting document.

  • Graphic Design semester 4 = spring semester, second year
  • ITM semester 4 or 5
  • Social Sciences Programme, semester 5 = autumn semester, third year

Supporting Documents: Application for Exchange Studies - Non-Programme Students

We look forward to nominating you for exchange studies as soon as we have processed your application. If there are many applications for an exchange, then a selection is made based on set criteria: see Exchange Studies: Qualifications and Selection Criteria.

  1. When you receive the decision about your nomination, you need to inform us whether or not you plan to accept the exchange position; at the same time, you will be called to attend an information meeting.
  2. We will send a nomination email to the partner university. Do not yourself contact the partner university until this is done.
  3. The partner university will email you a welcome letter with instructions on how to apply for courses and accommodation. Contact if you have not received this email within four weeks of your nomination.
  4. When you have found the courses you want to take at the partner university, you need to prepare a Learning Agreement: see Learning Agreement (webpage).
  5. Erasmus+ Students: apply for a grant and apply for an online preparatory language course. Contact the Coordinator of International Affairs.
  6. The partner university will send a Letter of Acceptance to you once it has accepted your application. Forward this to
  7. During the exchange, you have insurance through Kammarkollegiet: see our Insurance webpage. Order an insurance card from the International Office prior to your departure.For exchanges within the EU, also order an EU-kort from Försäkringskassan.
  8. Contact CSN if you receive funding from them and want to retain this during the exchange. CSN automatically receives information about your exchange studies; however, they may also need documentation about your exchange.
  1. Register your exchange in studentladok. In order for the Student Insurance to be valid, it is important to register.
  2. If there are any changes related to the courses you planned to take, then you need to update your Learning Agreement. Email with the changes and course syllabi.
  3. Before returning to Sweden, request a Transcript of Records from the partner university. Ask when and to what address they will send this.
  4. We would like you to inform others about the opportunity to study at Dalarna University when requested to do so by the partner university. Contact us if you need help with this.
  5. You will take a Dala Horse with you: order one from our International Office. Use it in photographs that we would ask that you send to us for our internationalisation campaign. At the end of your exchange, give the horse to somebody at the partner university/the place you lived whom you found to be especially helpful.
  6. Don't forget that while on your exchange, you are still a Dalarna University student and can access all our resources just as you can when you are in Sweden.
  1. The Transcript of Records you ordered from the partner university is sent either to your home address or directly to Dalarna University. If you receive it at home, send a certified copy to
  2. The credits for the courses you completed successfully are entered into Ladok as soon as we receive your Transcript of Records. We also post this to you.
  3. If you are an Erasmus student, you will complete a web-based evaluation and may have to take a language test upon your return. In both cases, you will receive an email from our Erasmus Coodinator with links and instructions.

Share Your Experiences

Upon your return, we would appreciate your help informing other students about exchange opportunities.

Coordinator of International Affairs
023-77 81 53
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