Linnaeus-Palme supports long-term, bilateral collaboration between departments at higher education institutions in low- and middle-income countries and Sweden.

Cooperation takes place in the form of projects based on teacher and student exchanges, each of which must have a concrete academic purpose. Integrating global perspectives and new knowledge into learning processes raises the quality of higher education.

The programme provides an opportunity for teachers and students to exchange experiences at Bachelor’s or Master’s levels.

Report: Positive effects and successes within Linnaeus-Palme programme (pdf)

Report: Global partnerships in the implementation of sustainable development (pdf) 

How can we participate?

If you wish to participate in the Linnaeus-Palme programme, the first step is to identify a Swedish higher education institution that you can partner. With your partner, define a topic to focus on.

A partnership in the Linnaeus-Palme programme usually starts with a planning trip, as part of the Linnaeus-Palme Planning section of the programme. On planning trips, the partners visit each other to plan and discuss their upcoming cooperation and exchange based on the relevant conditions and needs. 

The next step is to apply for an exchange for teachers and students through the Linnaeus-Palme Partnership. These applications must include a letter of intent from the foreign higher education institution.

Linnaeus-Palme is built upon reciprocity, so all projects within the programme must include mutual exchange.

Who can apply and participate?

The partnering Swedish higher education institution prepares the project application and is responsible for operational aspects of the cooperation. Students or teachers apply to their own department to participate in the programme.

Find partners to cooperate with

Help and tips for finding partners are available at

Letter of intent

A letter of intent from the foreign partner must be appended to the application.

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