Admission to LUMES 2017-2019 is now closed.
The next application period will open in mid-October (and close in mid-January, 2018) for students starting in August 2018. This webpage will be updated in October 2017.
The last day to complete your online application on University Admissions in Sweden's webpage was January 16, 2017. After you have submitted your electronic application, you must complete your application with various documents (see below) and your application fee, if required. The deadline for completing your application with these items is February 1, 2017
The information is arranged on this website in the following order:
- Requirements for Admission to LUMES »
- Additional Supporting Documents required by LUMES »
- Financial Requirements »
- Residence permit requirements
- Scholarship Information »
If you want to apply to LUMES, you must:
- Perform an Online Application at www.universityadmissions.se
between October 18, 2016 and January 16, 2017.
LUMES is called Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science
- Send the documentation supporting your online application as stipulated by
University Admissions in Sweden
- In addition to the general documentation stipulated by University Admissions
you must also submit
1. LUMES Applicant Summary
2. LUMES Statement of Purpose
4. Two (2) letters of Recommendation
Note that there are two ways to submit your documents to University Admissions – you can upload them on universityadmissions.se, or send them in via regular post or courier. Some documents can always be uploaded, while others – especially academic qualifications from some countries (see country specific information) and your recommendation letters – must be send via regular mail or courier. Please see University Admissions for information on how to submit your documents. The LUMES Applicant Summary (1), the LUMES Statement of Purpose (2) and the resumé/CV (3) can be uploaded on your page on universityadmissions.se whilst the two Letters of Recommendation (4) must be mailed or sent by courier (in sealed envelopes) to University Admissions in Sweden, FE 20102, SE-839 87 Östersund, Sweden. Recommendation letters uploaded to the webpage is not considered.
- Admission application deadline*: January 16, 2017
- Deadline for receipt of ALL supporting documents and documentation of fee exempt status (if required)*: February 1, 2017
- First Notification of Selection Results: Late March, 2017**
- Last date to reply to your offer: Mid April, 2017**
- Second Notification of Selection Results (no reply required): Late April, 2017**
- Start of LUMES batch 21: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
*Strict deadlines: If you have missed the deadline your application will not be considered and there is nothing we can do. Please take into consideration that it may take several days or even weeks for documents sent by regular mail to reach University Admissions in Sweden. If your documents arrive late we can do nothing and your application will not be considered. Unless it is stipulated that you have to submit your documents in paper format, see 'Special instructions for my country of study' we strongly recommend you to submit all documents excempt for the recommendation letters electronically.
**See University Admissions in Sweden for exact date.
Please find all requirements for admittance to LUMES here.
One of the most frequently asked questions that we get is "I have a BA degree in X, am I eligible?" or "what does a major in topics relevant for the programme mean?". The answer is that LUMES is a transdisciplinary programme and we strive to have an as diverse group of students as possible, therefore we admit students from all academic backgrounds. Hence, all majors are relevant. We are convinced that sustainability requires all kinds of fields and disciplines and a better communication between them.
If you do not have your degree when you apply to the programme, you can get conditionally accepted provided you will graduate before the programme starts. Note however that you need to submit an official document from your current university stating that you are likely to be awarded your bachelor’s degree by the start of the Swedish programme. For further information (and a form which you can use to get certification from your current university), please see Students in their final year of bachelor’s studies
In addition to the documentation stipulated by University Admissions we also require you to submit the following documents
- LUMES Applicant Summary »
- LUMES Statement of Purpose Form »
- Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV) »
- Two (2) Letters of Recommendation »
Please note that you must attach your cover sheet to your documents each time you mail them to University Admission in Sweden. You can find the cover sheet when you log in to 'My pages' on www.universityadmissions.se, under 'Application'. Place the cover sheet as the first document. You do not need to attach a cover sheet to your documents if you upload them to your profile on www.universityadmissions.se.
The LUMES Applicant Summary must be filled in completely and signed. If you fill out the whole form by hand, please write neatly using block letters.
The Statement of Purpose Form must be filled in completely and must be signed by you personally.
The questions we want your personal, truthful, and succinct answers to are the following:
- What are your main interests within the field of Sustainability and Environment?
- What in the LUMES curriculum has sparked your interest in particular and why?
- How do you expect to benefit from the LUMES Programme?
- What are your future plans after completion of LUMES Programme?
Responses should be between 100 and 180 words and fit within the allotted space given on the form. Please note that an application without answers to all the 4 questions will not be considered.
The information given in your CV is also an important part of the overall assessment of your application to LUMES.
Your CV must include the following:
- Your academic degrees, including the GPA, or any other classification of your degree (if available).
- Courses taken for the degree/s with the grades received (can be omitted if you include Transcript of records with course list).
- If applicable:
- Relevant extra-curricular activities you have been engaged in during your university studies with a brief description of activities related to Environment and Sustainability
- Relevant Employment experience
- Awards you have received
Letters of recommendation from two persons (your referees) must also be submitted. Referees can be past and present employers, teachers and instructors, and other persons who know you in an academic/professional capacity and can judge your overall competencies to participate in the programme.
At least one of the referees should be one of your university teachers and instructors, or someone who is equally able to assess your academic achievements and potentials. The referees must be available for contact at a later date.
Your referees should be encouraged to use one of the following forms:
The forms are self-explanatory and can be filled in directly before being printed.
Referees preferring to write a Letter of Recommendation without using the form, can follow the relevant instructions below:
- Instructions for Letter of Recommendaiton for Academic Reference (pdf)
- Instructions for Letter of Recommendation for Professional Reference (pdf)
If a referee prefers to write the Letter of Recommendation without using the form, it should be written on a paper with a proper letter head from the institution/company and should be stamped with the official stamp of the institution/company. Note that a Letter of Recommendation written on plain paper and without a stamp can normally not be considered.
IMPORTANT: Recommendation letters for LUMES should not be uploaded to universityadmissions.se. The letter of recommendation should preferably be mailed by the respective referees directly to University Admissions in Sweden. Please note that you have to make sure you have given your referee a copy of your cover sheet (you can find the cover sheet when you log in to 'My pages' on www.universityadmissions.se, under 'Application'. The cover sheet should be placed as the first document), so he/she can attach it to your reference letter (if the cover sheet is missing the letter may not be connected to your application). If for some reason a referee does not agree to mail the letter directly to University Admissions in Sweden, the applicant can mail the letter to University Admissions in Sweden provided the referee has put the recommendation letter in a sealed envelope and written his/her signature across the seal.
University Admissions in Sweden
SE-839 87 Östersund
Tuition Fee and Application Fee
In August 2011 Swedish universities, including Lund University, introduced tuition fees and application fees for students from outside of the EU/EEA (and Switzerland).
Students required to pay tuition and application fees:
Students who are citizens of countries outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are generally required to pay application and tuition fees. There are some exceptions to this general rule, please see Lund University website.
How much are the fees?
The tuition for the LUMES programme is 110,000 SEK per year.
The application fee at www.universityadmissions.se for students required to pay tuition fee is SEK 900.
Although prices in Sweden are fairly high, the typical student can manage the day-to-day living on approximately
SEK 8000 / month.
You are allowed to work on your student visa. But keep in mind that it is hard to a find a part-time job and that LUMES is a full time master’s programme. Meaning that if you do find a job it might be difficult for you to combine it with your studies.
More information on money and living costs can be found at
In general, all students from countries outside of the EU/EEA need to have a residence permit to study in Sweden if they are planning on staying for more than three months. Students should not apply for a visa (which is genereally only for shorter visits in the country), but for a residence permit for studies.
You need to apply for and recieve your permit before you travel to Sweden. The permit must be valid and you need to bring it with you when you travel to Sweden.
Your admission results/notification of results or letter of acceptance is necessary in order to start the application process and for the Swedish Migration Agency to complete it. You are adviced to apply as soon as you recieve your letter of acceptance and paid the first tuition fee instalment.
You apply online at the Swedish Migration Agency website. After you have applied, you will also need to visit a Swedish embassy or consulate in your home country for your biometric data (photos and fingerprints). Applications for residence permit are processed by the Swedish Migration Agency, NOT the University. The residence permit application is your responsibility.
Citizens from the European Union can apply for a residence permit after having arrived in Sweden. All other nationalities must have a valid residence permit before coming to LUMES.
LUMES or Lund University cannot support your stay financially. However there are a limited number of scholarships for master’s students in Sweden.
Lund University Global Scholarship
The Lund Global Scholarship programme is targeted at top academic students who are citizens of countries from outside the European Union/European Economic Area (and Switzerland). The scholarship is selective and completely merit based. Scholarship may cover 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the tuition fee. The Lund University Global Scholarship does not cover living costs.
When and how to apply: To apply for a Lund University Global Scholarship, you must first apply to LUMES, using the online, national website, www.universityadmissions.se, during the application period (October 18, 2016 - January 16, 2017). Once you have made a complete application and paid the application fee, you will receive information about how to apply for the scholarship. For autumn 2017 studies, this will be communicated to applicants after the application period is over, i.e. in early February.
As part of this online application, you need to upload your scholarship 'motivation letter'. Please note that the scholarship 'motivation letter' is different from the Statement of Purpose that you are asked to submit as part of your application to LUMES. You scholarship personal 'motivation letter' should explain why your academic performance and reasons for applying to Lund University make you an appropriate recipient for a Lund University Global Scholarship.
The selection process for scholarships is undertaken in parallel with the programme selection process. Priority is given to students with high academic performance, who are assessed as a good fit for LUMES and who demonstrate a strong commitment and desire to study at Lund University.
As the scholarship is merit based only, no consideration is taken of the students' financial needs in the selection process.
See Lund University Global Scholarship for more information.
Lund University's 350th Jubilee Scholarship
Lund University is celebrating 350 years of education and research with €350,000 in scholarships! Win a scholarship for your programme by showing that you share Lund University's vision to understand, explain and improve the world and the human condition. Lund University’s 350th Jubilee Scholarship is open to prospective Master’s students from outside the EU, EEA, and Switzerland who are required to pay tuition fees for their studies in Sweden. Anyone can enter the competition, however, submissions will only be considered after the participant has applied to a Master’s programme through www.universityadmissions.se and been admitted to Lund University. January 15th, 2017 is the last day to register for the scholarship competition.
See Lund University's 350th Jubilee Scholarship for more information and to enter the competition.
Swedish Institute scholarships
The Swedish Institute (SI) offers scholarship programmes for international students studying at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS)
The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) is open to highly qualified students who are citizens of countries on the OECD/DAC list and who will study full-time for a master’s degree in Sweden. The scholarships cover both living costs and tuition fees. The goal is to enable the scholarship holders to play an active role in the positive development of the societies in which they live. Important: The application process for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship consists of two steps. The first step will be an online application form from 1 December 2016 – 16 January 2017. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of January 2017 and asked to submit a detailed application for the second step, 1 – 10 February, 2016. The two-step application process aims at offering transparency in the selection criteria and to avoid students dependent on the scholarship from paying the application fee to University Admissions in vain. See The Swedish Insitute Study Scholarships webpage for more details on selection, eligibiliy criteria the application process.
The Swedish Institute Study Scholarship for South Africa
In connection with the Binational Commission agreement between Sweden and South Africa, the Swedish Institute allocates up to 10 scholarships for South African citizens attending master’s studies starting in the autumn semester 2017. See The Swedish Institute Study Scholarship for South Africa webpage for more information on the application process. Scholarship application period: 1 December, 2016 - January 16, 2017.
The Visby Programme
The Visby Programme offers scholarships for academic and expert mobility within the Baltic Sea region, as well as scholarships for inbound and outbound mobility. The programme targets master’s students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Scholarship application period: 1–10 February 2017.
The SI scholarships cover both living costs and tuition fees. See Swedish Institute Scholarships for more information.
Student loans for students from the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries.
Lund University is a participating institution in the US Government Federal William D. Ford Loan Programme for undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral programmes. This includes the Stafford Loans and the Graduate Plus Loans. Please note that this loan programme is only available to US citizens or eligible non-citizens.
Read more about US student finance here.
Students from Canada and the United Kingdom may be able to use their respective government students loans to support their study time at LUMES.
Read more about Canada and UK student finance here.
External scholarship opportunties
In addition to the scholarships offered by Lund University there may be external scholarship opportunities. See Lund University website for a list of some examples of scholarship organisations around the world that may be able to help finance your studies. Note that these scholarships are not managed by Lund University. Please contact the sepecic organisations directly if you have questions about the scholarships.
LUMES students (from batch 19) on study visit to Malmö, October 2016.
LUMES Fact sheet
How to apply for a Master's programme at Lund University, Sweden
A-Z of studying in Sweden