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Do you want to study internationally for two years and complete your DU degree and earn a master's degree from a top 100 university?
A Global Masters program is an articulated agreement between a DU academic department, a strategic partner institution, and the DU Office of Internationalization
where the curriculum is mapped to ensure student success. See the Global Masters Scholars
page for an outline of the program design and available subjects. The program is based off a 3+1+1 model, which consists of the first 3 years of undergraduate study taking place at DU, then 1 year of study abroad at the partner institution (DU's fourth year). By doing this, the DU bachelor's degree is completed. The second year abroad (the Masters Year) takes place at the partner institution for a master's degree awarded by the Lund University (students are formally admitted to the Master's program at the partner institution during their final year of undergraduate study).
Students enrolled at DU can apply to Global Masters Scholars programs if they meet eligibility requirements laid out by their DU academic departments.
The Global Masters Faculty Advisor in your DU department will help you determine whether this program is a good fit for you, what courses are required, and recommended for your time at Lund University. They support the academic side of the program.
Global Masters Faculty Advisors at DU
Cell Biology & Ecology: Dr. Shannon Murphy
Gender & Women's Studies: Dr. Lindsey Fietz
Geography: Dr. Michael Keables
Political Science: Dr. Lisa Conant
Study Abroad (OIE) Advisor for LU: Benjamin Koziol
The Study Abroad (OIE) advisor for Lund University will help you navigate the logistics of your senior year abroad. This includes standard study abroad steps (the study abroad process starts in your junior year), applying for a Swedish residence permit, and navigating DU Passport.
DU students must meet eligibility requirements at each university, DU's study abroad and exchange requirements, and any additional requirements specifically determined for any of the Global Masters Scholars programs. These include:
Minimum GPA: 3.5
Departmental Advising: Students are required to meet with the Global Masters Faculty Advisor for their department at DU before applying to the Global Masters Scholars program. See Program Advisors for departmental contact information.
Mandatory OIE Advising: Students are required to have an individual meeting with Benjamin Koziol about this program in their junior year before the application deadline in order to be considered for nomination. [ Make an appointment with Benjamin Koziol . ]
Disciplinary Record: Students’ disciplinary records are reviewed as part of the nomination process. A significant disciplinary record may result in not being nominated for this program. See your Study Abroad (OIE) Advisor if you have questions or concerns.
Global Masters Provisional Acceptance: Students will need to apply directly to their DU academic department first, often during their second year. See Program Advisors for departmental contact information. After students apply, they must receive a departmental acceptance into the Global Masters program from their department at DU (and the related LU department).
Global Masters Process Flowchart
Level of Program Support: Medium-Low
If you’re a good fit for this program, you are a student who enjoys figuring things out by yourself; you are independent and can bounce back easily from setbacks. You will need a medium-high degree of self-advocacy and flexible thinking. To be successful on this program, you can expect to:
- Independently organize timelines, research, and reach out to multiple resources in order to solve problems
- Deal with some unexpected or ambiguous situations with limited guidance while not letting negative emotions overwhelm you
- Read and complete all requirements (e.g., immigration status, housing, course selection, etc.) with limited guidance
- Seek out help from and work with multiple offices in order to solve issues and find information
- Know how to use in-country resources in the event of an emergency (e.g. police, ambulance, fire department, local clinics/hospitals, insurance companies, etc.
Program Structure: Direct Enroll
In your senior year abroad, you will be directly enrolled at LU while remaining a DU student. With direct enroll programs, the DU Office of International Education (OIE) works directly with a foreign institution abroad.
- DU students will likely need to communicate with the foreign institution over various time zones to complete required paperwork prior to departure.
- The equivalent international office at the foreign university may provide limited support for international students coming to their school.
- If you enroll directly and take classes at a university abroad with local students, you will experience the day-to-day life of a local student at that institution. This means you will have to learn and navigate a new university system in a single term with less support.
- Many students feel that this higher level of autonomy helps develop confidence and self-advocacy skills. Remember, be patient with yourself as this is part of the experience.
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Lund University is one of the University of Denver's Strategic Partners. LU was founded in 1666 and is one of the oldest universities in Sweden. With over 47,000 students, Lund University prides itself as an international center for research and education. The University offers over 300 courses taught in English, which you can take alongside local and other international students. Most courses will be lectures with groups of 25-30 students.
Lund University operates on the semester system, with two periods per semester (Periods 1 & 2 for Autumn Semester; Periods 3 & 4 for Spring Semester). This means students usually take two courses at a time and have an examination or essay at the end of each individual course. Courses can be anywhere from 2–20 weeks long, with 5, 10 and 20 weeks being the common ranges. The Swedish credit system is the same as ECTS credits, where one semester of full-time study is equal to 30 ETCS (usually 24 DU credits). Single subject courses typically vary from 7.5–30 ETCS.
Choosing Courses: As a Global Masters student, you have specific course requirements. Meet with the Global Masters Faculty advisor in your DU department to determine required and recommended courses for your time at LU. See Program Advisors for departmental contact information. There are multiple Global Masters programs:
- Cell Biology
- Gender & Women's Studies
- Political Science
- Physical Geography
Students do NOT have the ability to drop classes once matriculated. Therefore, students must be able to commit to their course schedule prior to registration and arrival. Registration typically happens several months before arriving in Sweden (e.g., in April for Fall Semester).
Lund University Departments & Courses
(Once at the link, select the department in order to research courses in that department)
Pre-approved Courses: See which courses from this program are already pre-approved in TIERS. If already in TIERS for the desired course requirement, you do NOT need to submit a course approval request. For complete information on course approvals, see the Study Abroad Handbook.
Credit and Grade Translations
To see how grades and credits from this program translate back to DU, look at the conversions in the Global Grade & Credit Scales
. Note that grades are NOT
translated for students on Global Masters programs; they will appear just as they are listed on your LU transcript. To determine how many DU credits you will earn abroad, simply multiple LU credits by 0.8 to calculate DU credits. All credits earned during your senior year abroad will be considered DU resident credit.
Lund University lies in Lund, Sweden, in the southern province of Skåne. Students make up almost half of the population, making it the top Swedish city for students. Regional trains allow residents to access Sweden's third-largest city (Malmö) in just 15 minutes and Scandinavia’s largest city (Copenhagen, Denmark) in under an hour.
Lund University offers an exciting campus environment with an international atmosphere and vibrant student life. Most students purchase a Studentlund membership, which gives access to student unions, student nations, and the Academic Society. This allows students to fully immerse themselves in Swedish university culture, participate in a variety of activities, and meet both Swedish and international students.
Housing Areas: During your Study Abroad Year, student typically live in furnished rooms/flats in and around Lund. See a map and description of housing areas offered by LU Accommodation in Lund. Housing area options vary each year and are typically updated in February. DU students may not stay in options managed by AF Bostäder. Sofieberg, Sparta International, and Spoletorp South are popular location choices for DU students. Eddan is farther from central Lund but a convenient location for students taking economics or engineering classes. For students who prefer a campus community, it's important to indicate that a central location is the only important factor when you apply for housing. Some housing options are on the outskirts of town and involve a commute; these are better suited for students who seek privacy. Housing is guaranteed but particular locations are not. DU students may not arrange their own housing or choose an independent housing option on this program.
Room Types: Most students choose a Corridor Room: generally a single room situated in a corridor of 10–12 rooms where you live among other international students. See more about the room types.
Meal Plans: In all cases, there are no meal plans. However, fully equipped kitchens are available.
Amenities: Amenities vary by location and room type. Students in Corridor Rooms have access to a shared living room in addition to a shared kitchen. In some cases, bathrooms are also shared. Most housing options have internet access, but students must provide their own cable. Wireless access is not included and involves purchasing a router. Look at the details for your housing area to see the internet options for your room/apartment, and contact LU Accommodation about these options.
Housing During the Masters Year Abroad: You will work directly with LU during your Masters Year abroad to secure and pay for housing. Be sure to reach out to LU to make sure you understand whether housing is guaranteed during your second year, what the application timeline looks like, and what costs to expect.
Students will be billed the following fees by DU for the DU term(s) they are abroad during the Study Abroad Year. These will be billed on the standard DU billing cycle regardless of program start date.
- DU Tuition
- DU Technology fee
- DU Housing fee
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while abroad:
- Local transportation
- Books and supplies
- Start-up costs (i.e. bedding, linens, kitchenware)
- Medical needs
- Other living costs
- Required immigration application costs*
- Internet (in some residence halls)
- Refundable Housing Deposit: Students are required to pay this directly to LU Accommodation to confirm their housing assignment
*This is a Cherrington Global Scholar benefit for the eligible students' senior year abroad
Cost of Living: The cost of living in Sweden is higher than in Denver. LU offers information to help students understand the cost of living & budget for their term(s) abroad.
- Immigration Requirements: All students must hold a valid residence permit in order to study in Sweden. To obtain this permit, the Swedish government requires students to submit documentation about 3 months before the program starts; these documents must prove the student has at least 40,050 SEK (~$5000) per semester in a savings/checking account in their name only (no shared accounts). Students traveling on non-US passports may have additional requirements. For more information on immigration requirements, consult the Swedish Migration Board.
- Course Prerequisites: These are irrelevant to your courses, as you are on a set curriculum for your Global Masters Scholars program.
- Global Masters Scholars Policies: Please review DU's Global Masters Scholars policies and GMS student responsibilities in the Lund GMS Preparation Guide. Note that these supersede all other policies. See an advisor to clarify any questions you have about these policies.
- Learn Swedish Before You Go: Consider taking INTZ 1101: Swedish as a Foreign Language: Level 1 at DU in Spring Quarter before going abroad. This 4-credit online class is a great head-start to your time in Sweden, especially if you won't have time to take a full Swedish class in Lund. It's equivalent to LU’s Fall SFSA11 course, so it allows you to jump straight into 2nd semester Swedish (SFSA12) at LU if you're interested in further language study. This course is highly recommended for students who want to dive right into Swedish language and culture, as well as those who will be in Lund for a year or longer.
DU's Sweden Guide
Meet Your DU Global Masters Faculty Advisor: The department application process will start there. See the Program Advisors section above for Faculty Advisor contact information. You must first be accepted to the Global Masters program by both your DU department and the related LU department. See Eligibility Requirements above. As part of the application process, you will have a required interview with LU. If eligible, you will receive a provisional acceptance into your program. Your department will then notify the Office of International Education of this provisional acceptance.
Complete OIE Steps: You will not need to complete a standard Study Abroad Nomination application through the OIE to study abroad at Lund during your Study Abroad year. This includes additional steps to complete, mostly reading information about study abroad and completing forms for housing, registration, etc.
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