Studies abroad in Erasmus+

As a student, you have the opportunity to spend part of your study time at one of the Swedish Defence University's partner universities in the EU, through the Erasmus+ exchange programme.

When you are part of the Erasmus+ programme you are guaranteed to be able to credit the studies abroad in your education, you are helped to find accommodation, you are insured around the clock, and you do not have to pay any course fees. You also receive extra financial support in the form of a grant.

Where can you study?

The Swedish Defence University's partner education institutions for civilian students are:

The Swedish Defence University's partner education institutions for officer students are:

Who can apply?

To apply, you need:

  • To be registered as a full-time student.
  • To have studied at least one year full-time at the time of the application and have at least 30 credits for passed studies.
  • To have adequate knowledge of the target language relevant to the exchange.

Exchange studies can only be conducted as full-time studies. For those who are studying independent courses, the exchange studies must be part of a future degree from the Swedish Defence University.

How do I apply?

When the time comes to apply, the exchange places will be announced. The application guide gives you step by step instructions on how to apply.

If your application is approved, the Swedish Defence University will recommend your chosen partner university to admit you as an exchange student. The partner university makes the formal admission decision; and this decision cannot be appealed.

Application guide


If several eligible students compete for the same exchange place, a selection process will take place.

Firstly, priority is given to students who have not previously studied at a higher education level abroad. If the number of students exceed the number of places, an assessment of qualifications is made; and the student with the best credit increment will be granted the place. The merit rating is based on:

  • The number of credits passed at the Swedish Defence University at the time of application
  • Average grades for completed studies at the Swedish Defence University at the time of application
  • Assignments for the Swedish Defence University's student union that can be certified or undertakings carried out as a student ambassador

If the assessment of qualifications is not enough, the places are allocated by drawing lots.

The grant

When you are part of the Erasmus+ programme you will receive a grant that covers additional costs during your studies abroad.

The amount of the grant depends on how long you are away and general living expenses in the country where you are studying. For the 2020/2021 academic year, the allowance is between 370 and 420 euros per month.

When is the money paid out?

80% of the total amount is paid at the beginning of your exchange. The remainder is paid after the exchange, when you have submitted the Certificate of attendance and filled in the Erasmus participant report.

Rules for CSN and other funding

You may not receive other funding from the EU or the Swedish Council for Higher Education during your exchange. However, it is possible to receive study funding from CSN during the exchange period.

Studying abroad with a disability

If you have a disability, you can apply for additional grants to cover any additional costs during your studies abroad.

Contact the international administrator of the Swedish Defence University for more information.