Life at Linnaeus University

To study abroad is more than just getting an education. Studying means making new friends, learning about a new culture, falling in love, building a career, learning a new language, getting a bicycle, and becoming part of a community. Linnaeus University is full of life. Choose a university where life is possible

A university in two nature-loving cities

Kalmar – the student city by the sea

The city of Kalmar is located on the coast, something Linnaeus University recently took advantage of by building new university buildings right by the harbour, to gather the university in one place. As the harbour is found in the city centre, students can go about their daily business downtown and fill the city with the buzz of activity. Kalmar has roughly 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages – which will not go unnoticed as the majestic Kalmar Castle lies just a few hundred metres from campus. The city has been voted “Sweden’s Summer city” more than once, perhaps thanks to the many days of sunshine, the beaches dotted around town, and the events and concerts.

Universitetskajen at Linnaeus University
Kalmar castle by Linnaeus University
Students at Linnaeus University having coffee in Kalmar city centre
Gästhamnen i Kalmar
Kalmar slott
Kalmar

Växjö – a living campus

Everything on campus in Växjö is within five minutes’ walking distance – student accommodation, classrooms, the library, restaurants and pubs, lakes and leisure facilities. Campus is full of life and energy and is a natural meeting place for all students and interests. Växjö has about 90,000 inhabitants and has been declared “the Greenest city in Europe” because of the environmentally-sound solutions implemented. The name Växjö literally means “the city of lakes”, which is something that doesn’t go unnoticed as one of the many lakes is found right next to campus. Combined with the surrounding woods, it becomes the perfect place for walking and jogging.

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Castle in Växjö at Linnaeus University
Växjö city centre at Linnaeus University
Winter day at at Linnaeus University
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Student talking on the phone by the lake in Växjö

Located in the south-east of Sweden – Småland

Linnaeus University is located in the heart of Swedish entrepreneurship, in Småland. It’s the very county where IKEA was founded, as well as a major player within the wood industry, Södra. That’s something we’ve been taking advantaged of by creating a close collaboration with both parties. In addition to its entrepreneurship, Småland is also known for its rich nature.

Lush forests of Småland

The rural parts of Småland are vivid, with a rich wildlife and numerous historical sites and villages to visit.

Credits: Patrik Svedberg/imagebank.sweden.se

Hiking in the forest

Hike on the John Bauer trail in the dense forests of Småland. The trail is 46 kilometers long and there are several sights along the way, such as historical homesteads, remnants of an old monastery, a historical village and a mountain with beautiful views over the surrounding nature. 

Credits: Patrik Svedberg/imagebank.sweden.se

Biking with a view

There are several mountain bike trails available in Småland, with varied terrain ranging from asphalt or gravel to pump tracks and technical courses. Småland has a varied nature, which is great for outdoor activities.

Credits: Patrik Svedberg/imagebank.sweden.se

Moose

The moose is king of the Swedish forrest. The Bull can be over 2 m high and weigh as much as 700 kg. There is plenty of moose in the Swedish forrests but now a days there are so-called Moose parks where visitors can come and see this majestic animal.

Credits: Maria Emitslöf/imagebank.sweden.se

Kalmar Castle

The legendary renaissance castle which goes back 800 years. Dating back, the castle was an important fortification, protecting the Swedish territory from the Danish.

Credits: Emmy Jonsson/Scandinav Bildbyrå/imagebank.sweden.se

The Edible Country

Swedish forests are filled with edible treats such as berries, mushroom, nettles and other greens. The Swedish Right of Public Access entitles you to forage and set up camp almost anywhere you want in Swedish nature.

Credits: August Dellert/imagebank.sweden.se

Traditional red cottage

Korrö is a lovely little village in Småland. The village is filled with traditional, red Swedish houses which gives you an instant feel of Bullerbyn from the Astrid Lindgren saga.

Credits: Alexander Hall/imagebank.sweden.se

Biking in the forest

97% of Sweden consists of mountains, forest, water and fields, meaning that nature is always close at hand. The forest of Trollberget is said to be magical. There are trolls and hidden treasures in the forest, according to folk belief.

Credits: Alexander Hall/imagebank.sweden.se

Countryside

Walking in the Swedish countryside, along traditional red houses and meadow. The reason why many houses are red in Sweden is because the paint was a by-product from the copper mining industry.

Credits: Emma Ivarsson/imagebank.sweden.se.

Student life

Student unions

Participate in sports events, play music in a student orchestra, join movie sessions, sing or be engaged in writing. Student unions are great both for your interests and your social life! The main student union is Linnaeus Union which works closely with the university with questions relating to student rights.

Then you have two student unions specifically for international students, one in Kalmar and one in Växjö. They’re called ESN Kalmar and ESN Växjö. Feel free to engage, enjoy their events and make friends.

The buddy programme

As an international student, it can be very helpful to have a local friend from the start who can show you how to do everyday things in a new country. The buddy programme matches international students with other (mostly Swedish) students. Your buddy will introduce you to life in Sweden and studies at Linnaeus University.

Chat with our students!

I would say it’s the people in general that make a university what it is, and at Linnaeus University the people are the best thing. You’ll make friends with people from all over the world and the teachers are very helpful.

Cajsa, USA, Peace and Development work.

Living as a student

Dorms? Single apartments? Shared accommodation? We have them all! Most international students prefer to live in dorms, some like to live in their own separate apartments and some choose to share a bigger apartment between friends. Your accommodation is usually no more than a 10-minute bike ride from your lectures.
As a fee-paying student, you will get help from us to find a good place to live. One thing less to think about!

“It’s great that Linnaeus University does its best to assist international students with getting an apartment, especially because not all universities offer this service. The location I got allows me to access everything I need. It takes 10 minutes to cycle to most places of interest, such as the mall, the university and the beach.”

- Thato, South Africa, Leadership and Management, Master programme

Modern study environment

The buildings in which you study at Linnaeus University are up-to-date. Both campuses are newly-built and we are always working to make sure all facilities look flawless.

The Swedish weather

Does the idea of Swedish weather frighten you? Well, it’s not all snowy and cold; it actually varies quite a lot! With Sweden being up in the North, we enjoy the full expression of all seasons. And with Linnaeus University being located in the southern part of Sweden, it’s significantly warmer than many other parts of the country.

Temperatures can go down to -5 or -10 degrees Celsius in winter, which means we do get snow! But the summers can be quite hot, with temperatures reaching up to 30–35 degrees Celsius at most.

To sum it up, you can expect varying weather in Sweden! One summer week can be full of rain while the next one is bright, sunny and warm.

Spring
Students paddle in Kalmarsund
Autumn
Snowy forest

Estimated cost of living

Getting a job

Did you know that you can work both during and after your studies? It’s true! When you have a student visa, you’re free to work as much as you want during your studies. When you’re finished with your studies, you’re free to stay one year to look for a job. If you find a job, you can easily apply for a work visa.

More information at about visas

We wouldn’t say it’s easy to get a job as a student in Sweden. But to help you a bit along the way, we have a career portal where you can search for available jobs in your region. We also offer career counselling if you feel that you need help getting started in your job searching process.

More information about our career services

Student at a library

Studies

The Swedish teaching style has many advantages and might differ from what international students are used to.

Informal

The lectures have an informal climate, providing room for discussions to flow freely between students and teachers. You can call your teacher by their first name. And if you feel lazy – no one will judge you for wearing sweatpants to lectures.

One course

Having difficulties focusing on several things at once? No worries. In Sweden we only study one course at a time, giving you the opportunity to focus all your energy and time on one topic. You see what this means right? NO EXAM SEASON!

Flexible

Prefer studying late at night? Or are you an early bird? Swedish universities are quite flexible and have changing schedules between courses. You can do most of your studies at what time you like. Also, the exam forms changes between seminars, exams and essays.

Group work!

Each course is designed differently but Sweden love collaborations. We believe that everyone can contribute with different perspectives and experiences. To work in groups is also a perfect way to make friends and learn about other cultures.

How well do you master the Swedish language?

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Lagom is Sweden's favourite word – what does it mean?

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Learn some Swedish along the way

If you’re curious to dive a little deeper into the Swedish language than “Hej” and “Fika”, you’re free to attend one of our Swedish courses. We offer both non-credit courses, which are easy to combine with other studies, and credit courses.

Life after Linneaus University

So you decide to study at Linnaeus University, but then what? Meet some of our previous students!

Alina Veksler
 

I learned a lot from the local entrepreneurial spirit in Småland, which I’m convinced will prove valuable in my future career.

Alina Veksler, Russia
PhD student in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Luleå University of Technology

Former student in Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Social Change, Master Programme at Linnaeus University

I gained experience of the local entrepreneurial context in Småland, which is invaluable for my future career.

Alina Veksler, Russia
PhD student in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Luleå University of Technology

Former student in Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Social Change, Master Programme at Linnaeus University

Rina Dalimunthe
 

I got the chance to write my thesis in collaboration with Volvo which gave me a deeper understanding for supply chains. 

Rina Dalimunthe, Indonesia
Hacktiv8 Teknologi Indonesia, Start up

Former student in Business Process Control and Supply Chain Management, Master Programme at Linnaeus University

 

I got the chance to write my thesis in collaboration with Volvo which gave me a deeper understanding for supply chains. 

Rina Dalimunthe, Indonesia
Hacktiv8 Teknologi Indonesia, Start up

Former student in Business Process Control and Supply Chain Management, Master Programme at Linnaeus University

Osama Zarraa
 

The knowledge I have gained during my internship is invaluable. Working with something you like in a supportive, innovative and engaging environment is everyone’s dream.

Osama Zarraa, Syria
System developer, Kalmar Energi

Former student in Software Technology Programme at Linnaeus University

 The knowledge I have gained during my internship is invaluable. Finding yourself to work with something you like in a supportive, innovative and engaging environment is the dream of everyone.

Osama Zarraa, Syria
System developer, Kalmar Energi

Former student in Software Technology Programme at Linnaeus University

Miranda Kajtazi
 

I acquired the skill of critical thinking as an important tool to understand processes better and reflect why and how business and society progress in the way they do.

Miranda Kajtazi, Kosovo
Assistant Professor, Economics and Management, Lund University

Former student in a number of master courses in informatics, computer science and media technology at Linnaeus University

 

I acquired the skill of critical thinking as an important tool to understand processes better and reflect why and how business and society progress in the way they do.

Miranda Kajtazi, Kosovo
Assistant Professor, Economics and Management, Lund University

Former student in a number of master courses in informatics, computer science and media technology at Linnaeus University