University Information Luleå University of Technology is a modern research university, founded in 1971, located in the northern city of Luleå, Sweden with about 14,000 students. Many courses are available in English with the widest selection in engineering, followed by business and music. Students at Luleå also may take courses in media, teaching, health sciences and drama. The campus is about 5 kilometers from downtown Luleå.
Luleå is a city of 75,000 located in northern Sweden on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia and at the mouth of the Lule River. Being only two hours south of the Arctic Circle but next to the sea, the area experiences a similar climate to northern Minnesota. Though the length of day is limited during the winter months, sunlight is available most of the day during summer, providing a great opportunity to experience the Midnight Sun. Luleå offers a wide range of outdoor activities in all months, from sailing through the archipelago in the summer to skiing and sled-dogging in the winter. Also, a popular excursion for many visiting Sweden during the winter is the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden (near Kiruna).
Luleå University of Technology offers English-taught courses in several areas: applied physics, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil & environmental engineering, chemical engineering, business administration, economics and social sciences.
Course Offerings To view the most up-to-date course offerings, please visit the courses offered in English at the Luleå University of Technology web site.
Credits are measured in European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits, or hec. A class that is 7.5 hec is equivalent to 4 UMD credits. Classes are typically taken one at a time and are usually 5 weeks long.
Degree seeking students at any University of Minnesota campus who have completed one full year of study prior to the beginning of the exchange are eligible for this program. For some areas of study, students should have completed substantial upper division course work. The minimum GPA is 2.4, and students need to consult with a study abroad advisor in the International Education Office (IEO) in 138 Kirby Plaza before they apply. Tentative acceptance will be issued by IEO. Final acceptance is given by the Lulea University of Technology.
Our goal is to keep prices similar to those of attending UMD. The program cost per semester to attend Luleå University of Technology is can be found here.
Fluctuating currency exchange rates may increase or decrease the cost of your international experience. Financial aid may be applied toward the cost of exchange programs. There are several study abroad scholarships for University of Minnesota students.
Deadlines occur the semester prior to the start of a program.
To study: Fall Semester or Full Academic Year
UMD Deadline to apply: March 15
Fall arrival dates: mid-August
Fall orientation dates (in country): end of August
Fall semester dates: end of August - mid-January
To study Spring Semester
UMD Deadline to apply: October 1
Spring arrival dates: mid-January
Spring orientation dates (in country): mid-January
Spring semester: mid-January - early June
For more information on the academic calendar at Luleå University of Technology, click here.
One pre-departure orientation and one on-site orientation will be held. Pre-departure orientation will include information regarding international insurance, the Swedish student residence permit, classes, travel tips and safety when abroad, and more. Orientation held at UMD will also provide an opportunity to meet past participants and current exchange students from Sweden at UMD to further help prepare you for your program participation.
Student housing consists of small apartments for 2-4 students or corridors for 6-12 students. Corridors consist of individual bedrooms and usually their own bathrooms, and share living room, kitchen and dinning room with corridor mates. Typical corridor mates will include Swedish and international students.
Before applying, it is a good idea to follow the steps under steps to studying abroad. The IEO website also provides information on financing, health & safety and other important information to consider when choosing to study abroad. When ready to apply, students must complete the online application and attach the required accompanying materials (unofficial transcript and essay). Students will be billed the non-refundable $50 application fee to their student account.
All Exchange in Sweden participants will need to apply and be approved for a Swedish Residence Permit. Students can apply for a permit after they have received their official acceptance by Umea University. Early application is highly encouraged.