Exchange Program-Sweden

Linneaus University

About Linnaeus University:  
Formerly Vaxjo University, Linnaeus University (LU) was set up in 1967 by the national government, as a subsidiary of Lund University, 200 km. to the south. After achieving its independence in 1997, the university has expanded to more than 11,000 undergraduates and also offers masters and doctoral degrees. Each year approximately 350 students from LU study abroad and 450 international students are in residence each semester.  

Location:  Vaxjo, Sweden 

Website: or for more information regarding exchange: click here.

Academics Available:  Business administration, economics, management, international studies, international relations, political science, psychology etc. (see Classes Available below). To view a guide to choosing appropraite courses click here. To view all courses available to exchange students click here.

Please find enclosed links to useful information about studying at Linnaeus University: Guide for international students:!Guide%20for%20international%20students.pdf. This guide contains practical information for students that will be essential before arrival and throughout their stay in Kalmar or Växjö. All students will receive their own copy of the guide in their Welcome Package, which is handed out upon their arrival at Linnaeus University. All printed information and other necessary information can be found on our homepage:

Classes are available in set programs, during each semester. Note: students enroll in a pre-set Linnaeus program consisting of four specific modules or courses. The following programs are currently available:

Fall Semester (late August to mid-January)

1. Business Administration Program-course modules in Organization Theory, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Business Logistics.

2. Organization & Management Studies Program -course modules in Organization Theories, Leadership Theories, Organizational Change and Renewal and Modern Perspectives on Organization and Management/

3. Modern Marketing Practices Program -course modules in International Marketing, Consumer Behavior and Relationship and Service Marketing.

4. Supply Chain Management Program-course modules in Business Logistics, Production Management, Industrial Organization and Purchasing and Supply Chain Management.

5. Economics I Program-course modules in Mathematical Economics, Econometrics and Portfolio Choice Theory or Intermediate Microeconomics, The Economics of Welfare and Migration Economics.

6. International Law and Human Rights Program-course modules in Introduction to International Law, International Human Rights Law, Terrorism: A Multidisciplinary Approach and International Human Rights Law II.

7. English Literature Program-course modules in Literature and Literary Theory, Texts and Story Telling and Essay.

8. Peace & Development Studies Program-course modules in Peace and Development in a Global World, Development Theory and International Development Cooperation, International Political Economy and Conflict and Conflict Resolution.

9. Globalization and Society Program-course modules in Perspectives on Globalization, Democratization in the World, International Law and International Organizations and Interregional Relations.

10.  Political Science Program-course modules in Theory and Methods in Political Science and Specialized Research courses.

11.  Aspects of Scandinavia-course modules in Scandinavian Society in Historical Perspective and Scandinavian Culture in an Historical Perspective.

Spring Semester (from mid-January to early June)

1. Management Accounting & Information Systems Program-course modules in Management Accounting and Information Systems, Management Across Borders, A Scandinavian Perspective and Company Project Work..

2. Management in a Global Context Program-course modules in Organization Theories, Leadership Theories and Managing in a Global Context.

3. Strategic Marketing and Design Program-course modules in Marketing Strategy, Design Management, European Marketing and Strategy and Company Field Study.

4. Economics II Program-course modules in Environmental Economics, Econometrics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Socio-Economics and Development Economics.

5. English Literature Program -see above (fall).

6. Concepts in Film Studies with a Scandinavian Perspective-course modules on Scandinavian and Swedish Film, Practical Film Making Techniques and Writing for the Screen.

7. Intercultural Studies Program-course modules in Socio-cultural Theory with Applications, Intercultural Reactions and Cultural Analysis with Field Work.

8. Aspects of Scandinavia - see above (fall).

Overview of the Swedish Higher Education System 

Dates to Remember:


Application Due

Study Abroad Dates

Fall Semester

April 15

August 29 - January 15

Spring Semester

October 15

January 16 - June 3

* Please remember HPU Study Abroad Application Deadline is Mid-March for Fall and Mid-October for Spring. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have attended HPU for one semester
  • Must intend to graduate from HPU
  • Must have at least a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be fluent in English

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the Student Exchange Program data sheet.
  • Schedule and attend a formal interview with Melissa Matsubara
  • Be prepared to discuss your motives for studying abroad and your degree plan.
  • Select an exchange partner university that has courses which can be used for your intended HPU degree.
  • Fill out the exchange university’s admissions application.
  • Obtain recommendation letters to be turned in with your application. (This depends on the individual university’s application requirements)
  • Passport photos (Amount and size depend upon each university)
  • Sign a Course Request Approval (CRA) to verify your foreign coursework and HPU equivalents.

To view a Linneaus application guide click here.

Health Insurance:  Health Insurance is mandatory for all study abroad students.  HPU recommends health insurance from Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) for students study abroad. There is more information medical coverage and rates of CISI health insurance at

Housing Accommodations:  LU has various housing options available, including form room, single room apartment and a home stay program. 

Linnaeus University arranges accommodation for all incoming exchange students from outside of Europe, provided that they submit their online application within the stated deadline. Rooms and apartments are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. By requesting help from Linnaeus University the students certify that if they cancel their studies later than four weeks prior to the arrival, they are still required to pay three months' rent.

The number of applicants to Linnaeus University has increased significantly and we are under more pressure than ever regarding housing. Information on how to apply for housing and contact details to the housing companies in both Kalmar and Växjö can be found at

Currency:  The current exchange rate can be calculated online at

Visa Information:  Student exchange participants apply for a visa through the Consulate of Sweden in New York. U.S. Passport information is available at 522-8283 (recording) and on line at

Melissa Matsubara
Director, International Exchange and Study Abroad
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI, 96813
Tel: 1-808-544-0288, Fax: 1-808-544-9355
Skype: melissa.matsubara