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Our programmes from A to Z

Below you find brief descriptions of the international exchange and partnership programmes for which the Swedish Council for Higher Education is responsible.

Note that the programmes can primarily be applied for by organisations within Sweden.


ASEM-DUO Sweden is an exchange programme for students at Swedish higher education institutions and students at higher education institutions in a number of Asian countries. The Swedish student applies for the programme and, along with the Asian student, can receive funding for four to six months of studies.

Read more about ASEM-DUO at asemduo.org (new window)

Atlas Programmes

Atlas is aimed at preschools, primary schools, secondary schools and adult education institutions. The programme gives Swedish schools the opportunity to apply for funds in partnership with equivalent education organisations, preferably in countries outside the EU/EES. The project shall be based on identified development needs within the schools, and there should be a desire to develop long-term international contacts for collaborations. Any country, preferably outside the EU/EES, can take part in Atlas projects, apart from work-based learning within the Atlas Trainee Programme which is not possible in the United States due to visa regulations. As an international partner organisation, your network and professional skills will be strengthened.

Read more about Atlas


Athena is an exchange programme for teachers and students in vocational upper secondary education, upper secondary education for students with special needs and vocational adult education. One or two schools in Sweden and one or two schools in a low- or middle-income country carry out mutual exchanges with a focus on vocational education.

Read more about Athena


Erasmus+ is the European Commission's programme for European cooperation in education, training, youth and sport for 2014 to 2020. Within the programme it is possible for pre-schools, schools, higher education institutions, vocational training centres and organisations in adult education and the youth sector to apply for project funding for international partnership projects and exchanges.

Read more about Erasmus+


eTwinning is a digital platform that gives pre-schools and schools the opportunity to work with schools in other European countries through the use of ICT tools. eTwinning is part of the Erasmus+ EU programme.

Read more about eTwinning at etwinning.net (new window)

Euroguidance Sweden

Euroguidance Sweden is a national resource centre for advice and guidance that supports counsellors who provide information about opportunities for foreign studies and placements. The aim is to make it easier to study and go on placements in other European countries.

Read more about Euroguidance Sweden (new window)


Eurydice is an information network about European education systems and policies. Its aim is to provide a picture of education in Europe and to support and develop the exchange of information in the education sector. The Swedish Council for Higher Education is responsible for Eurydice in Sweden.

Read more about Eurydice (new window)

The Global School

The Global School offers professional development for teachers in Sweden within the area of education for sustainable development. The purpose is school development by exploring global issues and promoting intercultural meetings and active learning in the classroom.

The aim is to provide students with knowledge to participate in the democratic process, make conscious decisions and develop an ethical approach to their environment, allowing them to contribute to a sustainable society in a global context.

Read more about The Global School


Linnaeus-Palme supports long-term, bilateral collaboration at the department level between higher education institutions in low- and middle-income countries and Sweden. The collaboration takes place in the form of projects based on teacher and student exchanges, each of which must have a concrete academic purpose. Integrating global perspectives and new knowledge into learning processes raises the quality of higher education. The Linnaeus-Palme programme provides an opportunity for teachers and students to exchange experiences within first- (bachelor's degree level) and second-cycle (master's degree level) education at the university level.

Minor Field Studies (MFS)

Students in Swedish higher education have the opportunity to conduct a field study in a low- or middle-income country though the Minor Field Studies (MFS) programme. As a partner university you will provide invaluable learning experiences to the participating student. The period abroad should last for a minimum of eight weeks. The MFS study should have specific relevance to the participating student's subject area and be related to a development challenge. The student should focus on issues that affect the economic, social or political development of the country where the study is conducted.

Read more about Minor Field Studies


Nordplus is the Nordic Council of Ministers programme for educational cooperation in the Nordic and Baltic states. Schools, higher education institutions and adult education organisations can apply for project funding via the programme, for partnerships and exchanges with the Nordic and Baltic countries. The Swedish Council for Higher Education has the primary responsibility for Nordplus Junior, which focuses on pre-schools, primary schools and secondary school on the Nordic and Baltic states.

Read more about the various Nordplus programmes at nordplusonline.org (new window)

One year in France, One year in Spain, One year in Germany/Austria

The programme allows upper-secondary school pupils in Sweden to study for one academic year in France, Spain, Germany or Austria. The aim is that pupils will improve their language skills and gain increased understanding of other European cultures. In order to apply, pupils must be studying French, Spanish or German at a minimum of Stage 3.

Read more about the One-year Programmes

The Youth Trainee Programme

The Youth Trainee Programme provides young adults in Sweden, aged 20 to 30, with the opportunity to do an internship with an organisation in a low- or middle-income country. At least four months should be spent abroad. The trainees take part in the programme through an organisation based in Sweden.

Read more about The Youth Trainee Programme

Research Training Partnership Programme

The programme allows higher education institutions in Sweden to apply for funding for doctoral level education, in order to work with higher education institutions in countries with which Sweden has long-term research partnerships. The aim is that the joint projects will contribute to building up doctoral education in these countries.

Scholarships for fee-paying students in higher education

A scholarships programme for students from non-European countries who have been admitted to Swedish higher education. The Swedish Council for Higher Education allocates central funding for scholarships to the higher education institutions. Students who wish to apply for a scholarship do so via the Swedish higher education institution to which they are admitted.

Read more about scholarships for fee-paying students at universityadmissions.se

Sida's travel grant

Sida's travel grant provides students and new graduates from Swedish higher education institutions the opportunity to apply for a grant if they have been accepted for an unpaid placement at an international organisation. The grant is primarily for students who have been accepted on placements at UN and some EU institutions. Following the completion of the internship, the host organisation provides the intern with a certificate confirming the length of the placement.

Read more about Sida´s travel grant