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Office of International Programs

Sweden - Kristianstad University (KU) – Högskolan Kristianstad (HKR)

Spring Semester

Program Dates:

Fall: Late August to Mid-January
Spring: Mid-January to Early June

Program Type: Semester Exchange
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» Information for Admitted Students

Kristianstad University, much like Minot State University, is large enough to offer a variety of academic programs, yet small enough to allow students to get to know their classmates and teachers personally. Emphasis is placed on creating and maintaining a friendly atmosphere for all students.

Program Features:

Location: Kristianstad, Sweden - located in Skåne County in southern Sweden. Kristianstad has a population of approximately 35,000.

Language: A selection of classes is offered in English. Swedish is the official language of the country, but English is prominent as most Swedes speak it fluently.

Program Type: Exchange Partnership Program (this means that you pay tuition directly to MSU at your normal rate and do not pay any fees for tuition to Kristianstad University). Students will pay housing, meals and other miscellaneous expenses while in Sweden (not to MSU).

Areas of Study: Kristianstad University offers courses taught in English in the fields of Business Administration and Humanities. Other courses offered may count as degree electives or general education requirements here at MSU

In addition, HKR offers courses designed especially for international students (taught in English) that deepens the exposure to Swedish culture and language:

    • Swedish Language for International Students (for beginners)
    • Swedish, Past and Present
    • Intercultural Communication

Search for courses that will be offered during your semester abroad.

See a list of courses that have been pre-approved to replace MSU degree requirements or electives.

* While preparing to study abroad, students should consult their academic advisor for assistance in choosing the most appropriate courses for their degree program.

Housing: Kristianstad University guarantees accommodation for all exchange students. Dormitories near the campus offer students shared double rooms equipped with basic furnishings and internet. Students accepted into the program must fill out the accommodation form and submit it on time to Kristianstad University. Please, check Kristianstad University’s Survival Guide for further information regarding accommodations.

An on-campus cafeteria is available. However, most students cook their own food in their residence.

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Want to Learn More?

» Learn what past HKR exchange students have to say
» View the HKR study brochure [pdf]
» Minot State students in Sweden

How to Apply

Application Deadline: September 15th

Application Procedure:

    • Step 1: Submit a completed MSU Study Abroad Application to the MSU Office of International Programs by Sept. 15th
    • Step 2: Receive letter of acceptance to study abroad through MSU from the MSU Office of International Programs
    • Step 3: By the appropriate deadline, complete the online Kristianstad University exchange student application.
    • Step 4: You will receive an acceptance letter from Kristianstad University informing you of your final acceptance status. If admitted, complete the process outlined below for Admitted Students along with any other instructions you receive from HKR.

Eligibility: Undergraduates, with sophomore status and at least a 2.5 GPA (cumulative)

Contact Information: Kaitlyn Anderson, Study Abroad Coordinator:


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Malmo Train Station

Kristianstad City

Information for Admitted Students
* Although we make every attempt to keep this information up to date, please defer to information provided to you directly from the host institution as the best resource. If there are discrepancies between the protocols listed here (applying for housing, getting registered for courses, etc.) and those told to you by your host institution, default those of the host institution. However, health insurance requirements, course equivalencies, credit transfer and grading are determined solely by MSU.

Complete the 7 steps for admission on the Kristianstad University website.

Check out the HKR Survival Guide for important information that will help you prepare for your program!

Visa: Terminology note: the words 'visa,' 'residence permit' and 'study permit' are used interchangeably to describe the document that authorizes a person to enter or leave the country for which it was issued.

Information about your Swedish Residence Permit: All North American exchange students going to HKR must apply for a residence permit to study in Sweden. Please follow the instructions given by the closest Swedish Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Swedish Embassy in the USA (for American citizens). Swedish Embassy in Canada (for Canadian citizens).

After your final admission, you will receive an acceptance letter from Kristianstad University which will provide pertinent information needed for your residence permit application. You will then need to complete the application for your residence permit online. The current fee for a residence permit is 1,000 SEK (Swedish kronor, about $150 USD). General information about the process can be found here.

Planning your travel: Wait to make your travel arrangements until you have received guidelines from HKR regarding official arrival dates and times, as well as dates of your final exams at the end of your program. After booking all travel arrangements (flights, trains, etc.) is is imperative to schedule your arrival with your coordinator at HKR.

Global Health Insurance: Insurance coverage necessary for your study abroad program differs from what most domestic insurance policies offer. To address these special needs, the Office of International Programs has identified an affordable and comprehensive international health and travel policy through Cultural Insurance Services that all MSU study abroad students participating in a partner program must purchase. Instructions on how to register and make payment will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting.

Academic System: Course load for your spring semester in Sweden will typically consist of two to three courses that will each complete with a comprehensive final exam. This may seem different for students when compared to many courses at MSU that have a greater emphasis on weekly homework and tests throughout the semester.

Classes at HKR also differ from those at MSU in their start and end dates; not all classes will commence and complete on the same dates, so pay extra attention. Semesters are divided into different study periods by weeks. For example, “2014 W04 – 2014 W23” depicts that the class will start on the 4th week of the year and complete in the 23rd week. For "100% rate of study” courses, 1 week of class is equivalent to 1.5 ECTS. For "50% rate of study" courses span a longer period of time. It is advised not to take more than one "100% rate of study" course within the same study period.

Credit for courses taken at Kristianstad University is recorded in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). According to MSU policy, 2 ECTS credits are equivalent to 1 credit earned at MSU. A typical semester enrollment would be 30 ECTS credits to be considered full time. Each student is responsible to maintain full enrollment, taking a minimum of the equivalence of 12 MSU credit hours (24 ECTS).

Grading: Scores received at Kristianstad University will be evaluated according to World Education Services (WES) grading standards published on the WES website. Conversions can be accessed by selecting ECTS from the drop-down box.


Last updated May 3, 2017