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north2north – student exchange with a scholarship

north2north is a network within the University of the Arctic, where universities and colleges around the Arctic Circle cooperate.

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The student exchange programme offers scholarships and placements for one or two semesters at one of the program's partner universities in the United States (Alaska), Canada, Iceland, Finland and Norway. Students can apply for a north2north scholarship through the Swedish Institute. 

All students at Stockholm University, regardless of subject, can apply to north2north. However, students who study courses with emphasis on the Northern and Arctic regions are prioritised.

Information sessions about studying abroad (page in Swedish)

Here you find updated information about exchange/MFS with regards to the coronavirus situation:

Coronavirus – Information for students about exchange/MFS


Students can apply to all universities within the north2north student mobility network. The North American higher education institutions participating in north2north allocate a number of places each year, which means that as a student, you do not need to pay tuition fee. See section ‘Places to study at a North American university’ for further information.

Further information about the north2north network within the ‘University of the Arctics’ is found here

In your application, you can select up to three partner universities that you rank as first, second and third choice.

Participating north2north universities (excluding Denmark)

Waiver of North American universities

The north2north student mobility program has at its disposal a number of north2north tuition fee waivers from North American partner universities. The study places of the partner universities in Canada and the United States (Alaska) are guaranteed and distributed among applicants from the four Swedish universities participating in the north2north program. The participating Swedish universities are Stockholm University, Mid University, Luleå University of Technology and Umeå University.

Please note that the waivers may vary from year to year. The list is updated regularly according to the information received from the north2north network.

north2north tuition waivers 2022/23 (349 Kb) (updated on 16 December 2021)

For reference only:  north2north tuition waivers 2021-22 (572 Kb)

Information for students with a citizenship from outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland.

If you are an international student currently studying in Sweden and looking at studying abroad, please read through this FAQ (the section for Exchange studies) before you apply. Applying for an exchange may affect your residence permit in Sweden. 

FAQ about Costs, fees and scholarships


Stockholm University can hand out a maximum of five (5) scholarships per application round. The scholarship varies from year to year, however it has previously been around SEK 19,000 per student (including a travel grant). Stockholm University priorities cooperation with North American universities, and students that study courses with emphasis on the Northern and Arctic regions, but can grant scholarships to all countries (though with smaller scholarship sums). The scholarship will be distributed according to a selection list (see selection criteria below). 

Please note: The scholarship is not guaranteed. Stockholm University can hand out seats to a partner university without a scholarship, this depends on how much funding the university receive as well as how many students that are nominated for a seat (if more than five).


To be able to participate in a north2north exchange and eligible to apply for a scholarship you have to fulfill the below criteria (both the general eligibility requirements and the special eligibility requirements for the north2north programme). 

General eligibility requirements

General admission requirements 

Special eligibility requirements for the north2north-programme

  • Study at bachelors or masters level.
  • Completed your first year of study (60 ECTS) before departure to the partner university.
  • Study at least three months, but no more than ten months at the host university (1-2 semesters).
  • Hand in a travel report after exchange studies.

*Note for previous applicants through university-wide agreements and networks. Applicants that have accepted a nomination and have cancelled the nomination after contact has been established with partner university is not eligible to apply again.


The application period for the north2north network is done once per year, please find the below dates. Please note that the locations available for exchange will vary from year to year.


Exchange period                                    Application period
Autumn semester, academic year or Spring semester    1 Dec – 15 Jan

Note: The application deadline is at 23:59.

Fill out the application form in Stockholm University's student exchange portal (must be in English):

Link to the application

Please note that the application form is only available during the application periods. Your SU-ID is your login to the application portal, and you can save and return to your initiated application during the entire application period.

In your application you can choose up to three universities, you have to prioritise them in first, second and third choice.

The following documents should be attached in your application (in English):

  • Personal/motivation letter. This document must be no more than one (1) page. The letter replaces a personal interview. Think about what you would tell us in an interview. We want to know why you want to apply and why you should go abroad on exchange and tell us if you have done anything in particular that makes you a suitable candidate.
  • Preliminary course selection approved by your departments Exchange Coordinator (use this template:  Preliminary course selection (61 Kb) ). Please find further details about your course selection under the below heading “Course selection”.

You can find a step-by-step guide on how to apply here 


How do I find courses on the host university websites? 

Use the UArctic Studies Catalogue for information about courses and programs in order to learn more about the institutions:

The Student Service do not have the capacity to look for courses for individual students. It is recommended that you look for courses at the host institutions website under “courses” or “faculties” to find the course catalogue. You can always contact the host institutions International Coordinator if you do not find any course catalogue. It is part of the challenge in the application process to find your courses. 

north2north Institutional Contacts

How do I know how many credits equal to 30 credits (högskolepoäng) at Stockholm University? 

You should apply for courses at the host university where the credits correspond to one fulltime semester at Stockholm University, 30 credits (högskolepoäng). Please note that it is only a recommendation and you should always consult with your home department (student counsellor, or exchange coordinator) or the Degree Office about the exact number of credits they approve for transferring of credits to Stockholm University. Your department need to approve your preliminary course selection in the application.

Who approves my course selection?

All courses should be transferred to Stockholm University after the exchange. It is important that you have talked to your department about credit transfer before the exchange takes place, particularly if the courses should be transferred within your study program. 

  • Your home department at Stockholm University: approves courses within a programme and free standing courses within the subject area. The department approves course choices for transferring to Stockholm University before departure.
    List of departmental exchange coordinators
  • The Degree Office: Approves credit transfers of courses that any department is not able to approve and if courses are given within many different subject areas.
    Please find further information about the Degree Office.

Can I change the course selection after nomination to a host university?

The course selection in your application is preliminary. A new course selection can be done when you apply to the host university. Your new course selection should also be approved by your home department or the Degree Office.


The application will be assessed according to the selection criteria below (both the general selection criteria and the north2north selection criteria). 

General selection criteria

General selection criteria

north2north selection criteria

Tuition waivers to the North American universities is decided in a selection among the four participating Swedish universities: Stockholm University, Mid University, Luleå University of Technology and Umeå University. Each university has its own list of applicants. The tuition fee waivers are handed out through a lottery.

In case of competition with more applicants than available places the selection is made primarily by priorities:

  1. Students with focus on programs and courses, such as Thematic Network activities and Circumpolar Studies (courses with emphasis on the Northern and Arctic regions) and secondly by
  2. Number of Higher Education Credits at Stockholm University taken and registered at Stockholm University documented in Ladok. Transferred credits are not taken into account.

An applicant cannot accept a nomination through both a university-wide agreement and a network agreement (i.e. north2north, Nordlys, Civis). The applicant can only go through with one nomination/seat.


When will I receive information whether I have been nominated or not?

All applicants will receive an email with the result of the application about one month after the application deadline.

Your decision will be sent via email through the online system MoveOn. We recommend you to check your junk mail regularly. All students that applied will be notified of the result, both if you received a seat for nomination or not. Please make sure that you notify the Student Services if you change your email address after you submit your application.

Note: That you have received an exchange place at a partner university does not mean that you have received a scholarship. 

Will there be a second application round with spare seats?

No. When the selection is complete and if there are places left, a draw will be held between the Swedish higher education institutions. Then those who applied in this round and did not get a place are offered to participate in the draw. The draw takes place between the four Swedish higher education institutions: Umeå University, Stockholm University, Mid Sweden University and Luleå University of Technology.

Can I apply again if I did not receive a seat (was not nominated)?

Yes, you can apply again in the next application round.

If I say no to my place, what happens then? 

The place will be handed out to the next student on the list from the lottery. If you say no to your place you can apply again in the next application round.

Is there a chance I won’t be admitted to a partner university (if I get nominated)?

There is always a risk. Stockholm University cannot guarantee that you get admitted to the host university since only they can admit you. However, it rarely happens that students don’t get admitted once they are nominated.


Dennis Besseling, a Master's student at the Department of political science
Participant of the Korea Arctic Academy 2017

"I study political science and I am very interested in the Arctic and its future. The main reason why the Arctic is an interesting region is its great importance for the regional and global climate. The Arctic is also interesting because of the impact the melting ice has on regional and global politics and economy."

Read more about what students say about their north2north exchange:

Student reports - Shared Voices - UArctic´s annual print magazine 

Shared Voices - UArctic´s annual print magazine 



  • Announcement of allocation of exchange places through Stockholm University (via email). This is a confirmation that you meet the eligibility requirements and in the selection process have been given a place to be nominated to the partner university. 
  • You accept or decline the place for nomination.

March - April:

Once you have accepted your place, Stockholm University will nominate you for your exchange to the host university.

April - May:

You apply to the partner university according to their application instructions. If you are going to travel during the spring semester, you may apply already now but most likely during the autumn. You will receive more information and help from the partner university's international coordinator when it is your turn.

Once you have received confirmation that you have been accepted from the partner university, it is confirmed that you can carry out your exchange. It is at this stage that you get more information if you receive a north2north scholarship via Stockholm University. More information about scholarships can be found under the heading "Scholarships from the Swedish Institute".

Below you will find useful information if your application for exchange studies has been accepted. Please note, the information is for all outbound exchange students at Stockholm University, there are a few differences for you as a north2north student (i.e. to apply for your scholarship).

Useful information for outgoing exchange students



If you have any questions regarding the north2north scholarship programme, please contact Student Services' via (write “north2north” in the subject line). 

If you have questions concerning approval of courses within your degree, please contact the exchange coordinator at your department.

Departmental international coordinators

Please contact the Degree Office for courses that your department are not able to approve:

Please find further information about the Degree Office

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