Linnaeus University is one of Sweden's newest higher education institutions. The university was formed when the University of Kalmar and Växjö University merged in 2010. Linnaeus University is inspired by the spirit of Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish scientist with a global impact. Internationalization, sustainable development, equal conditions, curiosity, creativity, companionship, and utility characterize the university's work. Mason students have the opportunity to study at either of Linnaeus' campus: Växjö or Kalmar.
Växjö is the capital of the Kronoberg region in southeastern Sweden and is a modern city with over 90,000 inhabitants. The area around Växjö has forests, lakes, hiking trails, and beautiful countryside, making it an attractive area for those who love the outdoors. There is a rich cultural life as well as an active nightlife. Everything on campus is within five minutes' walking distance - student accommodation, classrooms, the library, restaurants and pubs, lakes, and other leisure facilities.
The city of Kalmar is situated on the south-east coast of Sweden. Within a five to ten minute walk, you will find just about everything you need - your lecture halls, the sea, the gym, or the city center, Kvarnholmen. Small beaches and places to swim are dotted around the city center and the nearby island of Öland offers top class beaches with miles of white sand. Kalmar has roughly 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages. Kalmar Castle and the city are are favorite hang out spots for students.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
Nearly all courses at Linnaeus are conducted in English.
Examinations are held after each course and at the end of the term the student receives a cumulative grade for the program in addition to the individual grades for each course.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
The academic calendar at Linnaeus is fairly similar to Mason. The autumn semester runs from late August to mid-January and the spring semester runs from late January to early June.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time abroad. A full-time course load is 30 credits . Courses are typically worth 7.5 credits.
- 7.5 credits at Linnaeus= 3-4 credits at Mason
Students generally take 4 courses. This will allow you to transfer back 12-15 credits.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at this institution.
| Linnaeus Grade
|B (Very Good)
|FX or F
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Accommodation in Växjö
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. The majority of dorm rooms and apartments have an Internet connection and there is always the possibility of using the university computer labs or your own laptop on campus.
Accommodation in Kalmar
All exchange students are guaranteed accommodation in Kalmar, provided that the online application is completed and submitted prior to the relevant deadline. The majority of exchange students are housed centrally in Kalmar and the university iseasily be reached by foot, bike, or bus. Internet access is available in all dorm rooms for a monthly fee of SEK 130 (wireless internet is not provided, meaning you need a cable to access the internet).
Additional housing details can be viewed online.
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $325 (for semester length programs) or $525 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid March*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid September*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit Swedish Migration Agency's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.