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International opportunities during your PhD programme

You have many opportunities for international experiences during your time as a doctoral student at the Faculty of Medicine. You can attend courses, participate in research schools, seminars and conferences abroad, visit or shadow colleagues abroad to learn new approaches, methods or technologies, and collaborate with foreign universities or research institutions to further develop your dissertation or to teach.

If your LU supervisor is part of a larger research collaboration with a university abroad, you may be able to take part in a joint or double degree programme. 

Take the opportunity to gain a new perspective and to broaden your international network, opening new paths for your future career!

To consider before planning to go abroad

  • Why? What are the goals you aim to achieve with your time abroad? How are these goals relevant to your research projects and dissertation?
  • What? Which activities abroad will help you achieve these goals?
  • Where? Where can I achieve these goals? What destination would be the most relevant and meaningful for me? Do I or my supervisor have any connections, collaborations or networks that could be of use?
  • When? Start planning and discussing with your supervisor early! Have you come far enough along in your PhD programme and research projects to reach your goals? Do you have enough time left of your programme to apply the lessons learned after your period abroad?
  • How? Create a budget and a schedule in collaboration with your supervisor. What internal and external funding is available?

For information about traveling as an employee of Lund University, including information about travel insurance, see:

Business travel (Lund University Staff Pages) 

Opportunities and funding

Apply for compulsory or elective courses at a university abroad. You may be exempt from paying tuition fees if Lund University has a cooperation agreement with the host university. If you hope to transfer course credit towards a compulsory course at Lund University, contact the LU course leader early in the process. More information is available at the following link: 

Credit transfers

Teach, lead seminars or supervise at another university and develop your pedagogical and language skills. Combine a teaching assignment with a study visit, course, conference, or work as a guest researcher in another research group.

  • Seek funding through Erasmus+ teacher mobility for educational assignments in the EU/EEA.
    Erasmus + teacher mobility (Lund University Staff Pages)
  • There must be a formal cooperation agreement with the receiving university in order to access to the Erasmus grant. If there is no agreement with the university you are interested in, contact the International Office to discuss possibilities.
    International Office

The Faculty of Medicine and Lund University are active in various international networks around doctoral education, with opportunities for participation in the network, at conferences, summer schools and workshops.

The links below will take you to their websites.

Job shadow or visit a research group or colleague abroad. They may have equipment or a method that you would like to learn to use, or you may want to learn to project manage from colleagues who have successfully run a large, well-funded project. This could broaden your network and improve your skill sets, and better preparing you for your future career.


Maria Sjöström
International Coordinator
maria [dot] sjostrom [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 14 98