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Lulea University of Technology


Lulea University of Technology's main campus is located approximately three miles from downtown Lulea. The city center of Lulea is located on a peninsula where the Lule River flows into the Gulf of Bothnia. Founded in 1621, the city is the administrative center for Sweden's most northern province. It has a lively cultural life and is the home of nationally elite hockey and basketball teams.

The School of Music is located in the town of Pitea, approximately 30 miles south of Lulea. Due to its marvelous beaches and sunny summer climate, Pitea is nick-named the northern Riviera. Music plays an important role in Pitea's cultural life, which includes an annual music festival.

In the Lulea/Pitea area, sailing is a popular outdoor activity, as is cross-country and downhill skiing at one of the area's two nearby ski slopes. In addition, the mountains of Lappland with marvelous hiking trails and ski resorts are less than six hours away by car. Stockholm is approximately an hour away by air.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

Program Dates
Academic year: August to June; Semester 1 (quarters 1 & 2): August to December; Semester 2 (quarters 3 & 4): January to June

Fast Facts
Lulea, Sweden (pop. 45,467)
Student Enrollment: 6,350
Language of instruction: English, Swedish
University Home Page
Courses offered in English

Engineering (chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, ergonomics, mechanical, mining engineering & industrial engineering & management, computer science, materials technology, space); Business (economics, international business, marketing, political science, social science); Human Work Science/ Ergonomics; Music (composition, conducting, orchestra & choir, solo performance [various instruments & voice], sound engineering, studio musician); Health Sciences.

Courses taught in English
Wide selection of courses - both undergraduate and graduate - in Business Studies, Engineering and Human Work Science.

Course instruction language for most classes can be changed from Swedish to English if demand exists.

Academic Notes
ISEP students are usually admitted as advanced undergraduates and may have access to graduate-level courses with the approval of the instructor. Graduate students working on their Master’s degree in various engineering fields will find many suitable courses offered in English. Students are admitted to the Schools of Engineering and Business in either fall or spring semester for one or two semester exchanges (academic year exchanges preferred). Exchanges in education and music must begin during the fall semester; placement for the spring semester only in these fields is not possible.

The International Business Program offers courses in various fields of international business each spring. The program includes students from several countries as well as Swedish students. Semester programs are available in economics (fall semester) and political science (both semesters). Organization and marketing courses can be taken both semesters.

Flexibility is the key word at Luleå University of Technology. Students can concentrate on courses in their own academic fields or mix courses from various professional schools in order to satisfy their specific needs. Students of music must concentrate on music subjects, however, since the Piteå School of Music is located on a separate campus in Piteå, 30 miles from the main campus in Luleå. Individualized study plans, including project work, can be arranged. The School of Health Sciences is located on a separate campus in Boden, 20 miles from the main campus in Luleå.

The typical student takes 60 Swedish points per year (equal to 60 ECTS). Most courses are 7.5 points each. 1 Swedish credit point equates to 0.5 US credit hour. The academic year is divided into 4 quarters. Q1 & 2 are the fall semester; Q3 & 4 are the spring semester. Each quarter ends with an exam period. SM1 students can take exams before Christmas break to be able to return home in time for the spring semester starting in January at his/her home university.


Transcript issued for Semester 1: mid-February
Transcript issued for Semester 2: September
Transcript issued for Full Year: September.

Transcripts are sent to ISEP Central and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language courses: Beginner- and intermediate-level Swedish language courses are offered throughout the academic year. An intensive beginning-Swedish course is offered during the last two weeks of August (included in ISEP benefits).

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? No
TOEFL: 79 iBT / 550 PBT / 213 CBT
Institutional TOEFL accepted? No

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Most courses require upper-division standing.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Applicants to the Piteå School of Music must submit an audition tape by April 1 for consideration. Multilateral applicants please note that preference is given to students from non-European institutions.

Hints for Researching Courses
Follow this link: Courses offered in English search

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in student residence halls and apartments located within 3km of campus. A shared kitchen is available on each floor or apartment. ISEP students receive a one-time meal stipend at the beginning of the semester. It is usually used to eat hot lunches in university campuses and prepare other meals at home. Married student housing can be arranged.

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: SEK $3500-4000

ISEP students are encouraged to join the annual August orientation period planned for 1st year students. Intensive Swedish lessons are given to international students. At the same time, math & physics lessons are given to incoming 1st year engineering students & a business administration preparation course is given to business administration students & an education preparation course is given to education students. During this time, upper division students arrange a complete program for all newcomers including orientation to student life. During the orientation period, exchange students are placed in groups with Swedish students led by "faddrar," student mentors. At the start of the academic year, each exchange student is assigned a "faddrar," student mentor, who has expressed an interest in introducing international students into Swedish society. The Fall orientation starts with 2 days of information for exchange students only! During the Orientation there are a number of evening parties, the party fee is about 600 SEK for all the parties; you can’t buy tickets to individual parties. The party fee is not included in ISEP benefits. The orientation period is included in the period of benefits.

ISEP students can be met at the airport or the train station by a member of Luleå University of Technology Reception Committee provided prior arrangements have been made.

Founded in 1971, Luleå University of Technology (LTU) is one of 12 higher education institutions in Sweden with a fully developed research organization. Students benefit from excellent laboratory facilities. Of particular interest are the high power laser laboratory, electron microscopes, HIP and RBSN equipment, acoustic and robotics laboratories, deep-drilling equipment and heavy-load laboratories, and a mineral surface reaction laboratory.

The main campus features a new library, student computer centers in all university buildings, a sports hall, and a language laboratory. The School of Music is housed in a new building equipped with three organ auditoriums, concert hall and state-of-the-art sound engineering labs. Total enrollment: 12,500 undergraduate and 500 graduate students, including about 250 exchange students.