European Commission Erasmus Mundus

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

   

http://www.slu.se/en/

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) – develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. SLU, founded in 1977, offers a number of educational programmes. The following subjects have courses taught in English:

  • Agriculture Science
  • Animal Science
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science
  • Food Science
  • Forest Science
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Planning
  • Rural Development
  • Soil Science

All education on advanced level (Master) is carried out in English. SLU currently have 20 Master’s programmes. SLU also have a number of courses taught in English on basic (Bachlor) level but the majority of Bachelor’s courses are taught in Swedish. All courses and programmes are found on http://www.slu.se/en/education/.
SLU is heavy on research – about two thirds of the annual turnover goes to research, and close to two thirds of the staff are researchers. SLU participates in a number of national and international academic networks within the Life Science field. SLU has 3793 full time students and 712 Postgraduate students which are spread between the four main campuses; Alnarp, Skara Umeå and Uppsala.

About 370 exchange students come every year to SLU and combined to the international students following full master’s programmes this creates an international environment on all campuses’. Grant holders within the CASIA project on basic and advanced level are considered exchange students at SLU. Therefore they are guaranteed housing. PhD, Post-Doc and researchers will get assistance in finding housing.

English language requirements for students applying for a master programme (22 month)
For programmes at SLU the English language entry requirement is the equivalent of English studies at upper secondary level (post-16) in Sweden, known as English course B.

Minimum language test results required:

  • TOEFL internetbased score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • TOEFL paperbased score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575
  • IELTS an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5

Recommended English language requirements for students applying for 6 month at SLU
For courses at SLU the English language entry requirement is the equivalent of English studies at upper secondary level in Sweden, known as English course B.

In order to follow course at SLU, the recommended English language level should be:

  • IELTS
    See English language requirements for students applying for a master programme (22 month)
  • TOEFL
    See English language requirements for students applying for a master programme (22 month)
  • University of Cambridge/Oxford 
     "Certificate in Advanced English", "Certificate of Proficiency" or "Diploma of English Studies".

Courses
To create your Study Plan, please use SLUs online course search. Make sure you fulfil the prerequisites for the courses you want to take. You will only get accepted to courses you fulfil the prerequisites for. Students at SLU should study full time.

The academic year at SLU is divided into 2 semesters. One semester of full time studies (100%) gives 30 credits. Each semester is divided into two periods, 15 credits (the periods is divided into two blocks, block a and block b). Some courses might not be full time and they can also run for more than one period. Most courses give 5, 7.5, 10 or 15 ECTS. If you are taking two part time courses that are given during the same period you should try to choose courses which add up to 100% not more or less.

Academic Calendar
At SLU the wording “autumn/fall” and “spring” semester is used instead of “winter” and “summer” semester. The autumn semester starts by the end of August and the spring semester starts by mid January. For update information about the academic calendar, please see: http://www.slu.se/en/education/student-life/academic-calendar-/.

All master’s programmes starts by the end of August. No master’s programmes starts in January. Before the courses start a welcome programme is held at SLU. Students should therefore calculate to arrive a few days before the actual course start.