Linnaeus-Palme is an exchange programme for teachers and students at Higher Education Institutions (HEI) who teach or study at first-cycle or second cycle level. The programme aims to stimulate cooperation between Swedish Higher Education Institutions’ (HEI) and HEI's in low and middle income countries, in order to raise internationalisation.

Linnaeus-Palme consists of two aspects:

  • Linnaeus-scholarships for teachers and students from Sweden who teach or study in low or middle income countries.
  • Palme-Scholarships for teachers and students from low and middle income countries who teach or study in Sweden.

One programme - two parts

Linnaeus-Palme planning

Usually an exchange is initiated with mutual planning trips in order to further plan prospective teacher and student exchange. The department at Umeå University and the department at the partner university discusses the objectives of the exchange, as well as quality assurance of prospective exchange. The programme provides support for visits of a maximum of two participants from each institution. At least one of the visiting participants must be a teacher who is well-established. The application for the planning trip need not be included within the scope of the University's application. It can be sent directly to the Swedish Council for Higher Education. Refer to the handbook at , thoroughly, before submitting your application (online). Application deadline for Linnaeus-Palme Planning is 16 November.

Linnaeus-Palme Partnership

This application covers teacher exchange, student exchange, language studies, extra funding for travel incurring visa expenses and evaluation trips. It is possible to apply for funding in both programme parts , i.e. Linnaeus-Palme planning and Linnaeus-Palme Partnership, simultaneously. The planning trip need not have commenced or concluded, for one to apply for a Linnaeus-Palme partnership.

Teacher Exchange

Teacher exchange covers full-time teaching, 10 hours/week, within the regular teaching at first-cycle or second cycle level. The instruction can consist of lectures, seminars, and group and individual supervision. Teacher Exchange should create a foundation for student mobility and strengthen the cooperation between the institutions. This can mean dealing with quality assurance of the instruction and clarifying how the courses can be transferred. When a teacher is instructing in a developing country it ought to be in close cooperation with the host institutions teacher and vice-versa.

A teacher exchange spans 21 to 56 days and one may apply for funding for travel and subsistence. You can also apply for grants for a two week language course prior to the exchange. It is possible to apply for additional funding for visa travel expenses for Palme students.

Student Exchange

Student exchange should provide the students from Umeå University, and the students from developing countries, an international experience, meritorious academic experience and understanding of other cultures. Students that wish to apply do so directly with their department. The department select the students that may go on an exchange. The selected students receive a scholarship to cover the additional costs incurred during the exchange period. It is possible to apply for additional funding for visa travel expenses for Palme students.

Terms of student exchange

  • The student must have studied at University level at least one year before the exchange. It has to be full-time studies for a minimum of twelve weeks and a maximum of 40 weeks and the credits must be transferred after the exchange.
  • A Linnaeus-student has to be a Swedish citizen or have a permanent residence permit in Sweden, alternatively be a Nordic citizen who has been registered with the Swedish Tax Agency at least a year before the exchange.
  • A Palme student need to have citizenship in one of the countries on the list of approved partner countries to be able to take part in the exchange.

Additional funding for participants with disabilities

It is possible for the home University to apply for additional funding for participants with disabilities to cover costs for special needs.

Evaluation trips

When a partnership within the Linnaues-Palme programme have received funding for at least three years, it is possible to apply for an evaluation trip.
The purpose of the trip is to evaluate the partnership from an academic as well as administrative perspective.

Application Linnaeus-Palme partnership

  1. Establish the project at your department/faculty and request a confirmation from your prefect.
  2. Read the handbook at thoroughly before starting the application process.
  3. Fill in the application and print out the application overview. All parts must be filled.
  4. Send the overview, and confirmation from your prefect, to Umeå University's Coordinator, Monika Larsson at International Office, latest by Friday 23 October.
  5. The coordinator will file the project, along with the University's compilation of application.
  6. The Vice-Chancellor approves the University's compilation.
  7. The coordinator sends out the signed compilation to all the project managers.
  8. You attach a copy of the signed compilation to the departments application, before you submit it to the Swedish Council of Higher Education (UHR). Remember to attach the current statement from the partner University.

Last date to submit the application, along with the attached statement from your partner University and the signed compilation, to the Swedish Council of Higher Education (UHR) is 16 November. Incomplete applications may not be supplemented after the deadline.

Application, and the handbook with information concerning the application, is available here (in Swedish)

Applications must be submitted to Monika Larsson at International Office latest by 23 October 2015.




Contact details

Monika Larsson
International Office
090-786 60 87

Sandra Åström