Exchange Studies: Qualifications and Selection Criteria

Head of Student Services determines the selection criteria for exchange studies. While Dalarna University nominates applicants to exchange studies, it is the partner university that decides on admission.

Basic Requirements for Application

You must be registered in a course at Dalarna University and the study results must be recognized within your DU education.

Basic Requirements for Participation in an Exchange

  • You must be registered at least as a part-time student (50%) at Dalarna University the semester before the exchange begins.You must have achieved at least 60 credits, of which 30 were taken at Dalarna University, before the start of the exchange.
  • You must demonstrate that you studied at the normal study pace i.e., full- or part-time studies in accordance with the tempo you were admitted to study.
  • Exchange studies are full-time.
  • You must be able to use the courses from your exchange in your Dalarna University education (full recognition).
  • You need to be competent in the language required for your exchange.
  • You need to be evaluated as being suitable for exchange studies and as being a good ambassador for Dalarna University.
  • Exchange Studies in Japan: As part of the application for nomination, students must attend an interview with the head of subject for Japanese. Students must also have taken and passed the course "Nutida Japan: Kultur och samhälle, 7.5 credits" or be deemed, from the interview, to have equivalent knowledge and understanding.

If you meet with these requirements, you will be able to go on an exchange: note that on occasion, there may be competition for a position.


If more students apply than there are places available at the partner university, then a collective evaluation is conducted and a list of ranking drawn up based on the following criteria:

  1. Study results at Dalarna University
  2. If you have not been on an exchange before, you are given priority
  3. Applicant who intends applying for a degree from Dalarna University
  4. Documentation of merit for roles of responsibility, especially at Dalarna University or Student Union
  5. Study results from other universities

To qualify, you must also agree to do the following:

  • Help promote interest in exchange studies
  • Evaluate the exchange at the end of the exchange period so as to benefit future students
  • Be involved with various information meetings about exchange studies upon return from the exchange to share experiences
  • Erasmus students may have to take two language tests: one before the exchange and one in conjunction with the end of the exchange

Special Rules

  • If you are taking online distance courses, you must reside in Sweden or be a citizen in one of the countries that take part in Erasmus.
  • If you are a fee-paying student, you may be nominated for an exchange only if this does not mean a study period that extends past the date of your planned graduation from Dalarna University.

Processing and Decisions

International Relations Officers prepare applications in consultation with the Director of Programme or Head of Subject. The proposal is finalised together with the Student Union, and the final decision is taken by the Director of Student Affairs. The reasons for nomination must be clear.

To be accepted by the host institution, you must also meet with its admission requirements. The role of Dalarna University is to conduct a selection of applicants to the exchange placements available and to recommend them to be exchange students. The actual decision on acceptance is made by the partner university. Decisions on nomination are final.

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