Admission to LUMES 2020-2022 is now closed!
The next application period, for students starting in August 2021, will open in October 2020. This webpage will be updated in October 2020.
The information is arranged on this page in the following order:
- Application Instructions and Important Dates
- Additional Supporting Documents required by LUMES
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Financial Requirements
- Residence permit requirements
- Scholarship Information
All applications for study at Lund University are submitted to Sweden’s national tertiary application system: University Admissions in Sweden. To apply for the LUMES program, you will need to complete a two-stage application process via this system.
STAGE 1: Submit an online application by January 15, 2020
1. Check that you meet the eligibility/entry criteria/requirements for LUMES
2. The online application is available via the University Admissions in Sweden website. LUMES is called Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (SAESS), code: LU-18410
STAGE 2: Send the supporting documentation for your application (and, if needed, pay the application fee) by February 3, 2020
1. A number of general documents are required for all master’s level applications submitted to University Admissions in Sweden. Follow the detailed instructions on the Instructions for Master's Applicants page to submit the required documents.
2. In addition to the general documentation stipulated by University Admissions Sweden, you must also submit several LUMES-specific application documents*. These include:
- LUMES Applicant Summary
- LUMES Statement of Purpose
- Two (2) letters of Recommendation
*Detailed instructions for these LUMES-specific documents can be found below in the ‘Additional Supporting Documents required by LUMES’ section.
3. Check the country-specific application instructions and ensure you meet any additional requirements based on your home country.
4. Applicants with citizenship in countries outside the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, are required to pay an application fee. See the University Admissions in Sweden website for payment instructions. Please note that payment must be received by the above deadline of February 3, 2020, for your application to be considered.
SUBMITTING YOUR SUPPORTING APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
There are two ways to submit your documents to University Admissions Sweden - you can upload them on your page on universityadmissions.se, or send them 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 two recommendation letters – must be sent via regular mail or courier to the address listed here (if sent per regular mail) or here (if sent per courier/delivery service). Please see University Admissions in Sweden for detailed guidance regarding document submission. Unless it is stipulated that you have to submit your documents in paper format, we strongly recommend that you submit all documents - except for the recommendation letters - electronically.
Please note that the deadline for all supporting document (incl. the LUMES specific documents) is February 3, 2020. Documents received after this date will not be considered.
If you have a question about how to submit your documents to prove that you meet the general entry requirements, you should first thoroughly review the University Admissions in Sweden webpage and then contact them directly if necessary – refer to the Admissions support webpage. Please note that University Admissions Sweden receive a high volume of inquiries, so please allow them some time to respond.
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
- Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
Please note that you must attach your cover sheet* to your additional supporting documents if 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'. Include 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. If you cannot find a cover sheet on your page on www.universityadmissions.se, please take an blank piece of paper and write your name, personnummer (if you have one), your application number, LU-18410, and MASTERHT20 on it.
*IMPORTANT notice: For documents from some countries you should not attach a cover sheet, please refer to the country specific information on University Admissions webpage.
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.
We want to know your personal, truthful and concise answers to the following questions:
- Which two sustainability challenges intrigue you; do you see them as interrelated (and if so, how); and how would you like to approach them (theoretically, methodologically, empirically and/or based on your own experiences)?
- What in the LUMES curriculum has sparked your interest in particular and why?
- How do you expect to benefit from the LUMES programme and in your future plans after completion of LUMES?
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 3 questions will not be considered.
The information provided 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 GPA, or any other classification of your degree (if available).
- If applicable:
- Relevant extra-curricular activities you have been engaged in during your university studies with a brief description of activities related to the environment and/or sustainability
- Relevant employment experience
- Awards you have received
We do not have or request a specific format for the CV, you are free to be as creative as you like.
Letters of recommendation from two people (your referees) must also be submitted. Referees can be past or present employers, teachers and instructors, and other people 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 potential. 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 Recommendation for Academic Reference
- Instructions for Letter of Recommendation for Professional Reference
If a referee prefers to write the Letter of Recommendation without using the form, it should be written on paper with a proper letterhead 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 will usually not be considered.
IMPORTANT: The LUMES Applicant Summary (1), the LUMES Statement of Purpose (2) and the resumé/CV (3) can be uploaded to your online application, whilst the two Letters of Recommendation (4) must be mailed or sent by courier (in sealed envelopes). Recommendation letters uploaded to universityadmissions.se are not considered.
The letter of recommendation should preferably be mailed by the respective referees directly to University Admissions in Sweden (see address below). 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.
Regular post: University Admissions in Sweden, R 312, SE-106 53 Stockholm, Sweden
Delivery Service (FedEx, DHL etc.): PostNord Strålfors Scanning, Västberga Allé 36D 5tr, SE-126 30 Hägersten, Sweden (do not use this address for regular post).
I’ve missed an application deadline – will my application be considered?
If you have missed the application 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. It’s also important to note that it may take time for your bank to process an international payment. Any payments received after the deadline will result in your application status being changed to ‘late’. Late applications are processed at the discretion of each individual university, and only if there are places available.
What bachelor’s degrees are suitable for admission to LUMES?
This is by far the most common question we receive! The answer is that LUMES is a transdisciplinary programme and we strive to have as diverse a group of students as possible. With this in mind, we admit students from all academic backgrounds - all majors are relevant. We are convinced that sustainability requires all kinds of fields and disciplines and better communication between them.
I won’t have received my bachelor’s degree certificate by the application deadline. Can I still apply?
Yes! If you do not yet have your bachelor’s degree when you apply to the programme, you can get conditionally accepted provided you will graduate before the programme starts. Note however that you will 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 academic year. For further information (and to download a form which you can use to get certification from your current university), please see Students in their final year of bachelor's studies.
Can applications for LUMES be pre-screened?
Unfortunately, no, it is not possible for us to pre-screen applications. We only look at applications after they have passed through University Admissions in Sweden and have been deemed suitable for review. To ‘pass through’ University Admissions in Sweden, your application must fulfil the general entry requirements for master’s studies in Sweden (having a BA/BSc degree) and you must have paid the application fee (if applicable). For this reason, its really important that you follow the application instructions carefully, ensure you submit the correct documentation in the correct way, and pay the application fee on time.
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 125,000 SEK per year (62,500 SEK per semester). The application fee at www.universityadmissions.se for students required to pay tuition fee is SEK 900. Details on tuition and application fees can be found at both Lund University and University Admissions in Sweden.
Although prices in Sweden are fairly high, the typical student can manage day-to-day living on approximately SEK 8-9000 / month. Students requiring a residence permit must, by law, demonstrate that they have funds of at least SEK 8,370 per month of study. You are allowed to work on your student residence permit. 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. This means 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 on the Lund University website.
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 generally only for shorter visits to the country), but for a residence permit for studies. You need to apply for and receive 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 required before you can start the application process for a residency permit. You are advised to apply as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance and have paid the first tuition fee instalment.
Applications are completed 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) to be taken. Applications for residence permits are processed by the Swedish Migration Agency, NOT the University. The residence permit application is your responsibility.
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 University 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. Scholarships 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. 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 2020 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 a 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. Your scholarship '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, students’ financial needs are not considered in the selection process.
See Lund University Global Scholarship for more information.
Other scholarship opportunities
In addition to the scholarships offered by Lund University there may be external scholarship opportunities available. 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 specific organisations directly if you have questions about the scholarships.
lauren [dot] tropeano [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se
Feel welcome to contact our Student Ambassador if you have any queries regarding the LUMES programme, the application process, student life and life in Lund and Sweden. Lauren is currently enrolled in the LUMES programme (started in August 2018) and is happy to answer any questions that you might have!