Selection process and advantageous activities

How do applicants compete for exchange places and what can I do to increase my chances of getting a place on an exchange?

Selection process

Each applicant competes for an exchange place using selection points calculated by the International Office after applications have closed.

Selection points comprise:

  • The number of credits you have from Södertörn University.
  • Half the number of VG (pass with credit) credits you have from Södertörn University.
  • The number of extra points provided by positions in the students’ union, its associations or the equivalent.

Please remember that only studies that have been reported in Ladok by the application deadline are included in your selection points. If you have courses from a higher education institution other than Södertörn University in your programme, you must upload a national official transcript of records from Ladok with your application, so that all your credits are registered prior to selection. If you have been admitted to a Master’s programme at Södertörn University but have a Bachelor’s degree from another university, you receive 90 extra points. (Remember to append a copy of your degree certificate to your application.)

  • One year of study at Södertörn University gives 60 points.
  • VG (pass with credit) on 30 credits of courses gives 15 points.
  • A certificate from the students’ union showing you have mentored a student gives 7.5 extra points.
  • 60 + 15 + 7.5 = a total of 82.5 selection points.

Order of priority

First-time applicants for exchange studies via Södertörn University are prioritised. Students who have previously received a place through Södertörn University’s exchange programmes or agreements have the lowest priority for exchange places, regardless of selection points.

What activities are advantageous?

Being involved in student life and helping improve courses and programmes are to developing high quality education with legal certainty, strong student influence and a thriving campus. The university wants to reward students who have worked for the students’ union and contributed to achieving the university’s and the students’ unions’ visions and goals, so selected student activities at the university are worth extra points when you apply for exchange studies. You can receive a maximum of 30 points during your studies.

Applications for points are submitted when you apply for exchange studies. Several associations and positions may be included in your documentation. Tasks must have been completed if they are to provide points. You cannot request points for the same position/task more than once.


Leadership position | 15 points
This applies if you have had a management position, such as spokesperson, chairperson or editor-in-chief. Secretary, treasurer or similar positions with significant responsibilities may be included, depending the scope of the position and the size of the association.

Active involvement | 7.5 points
Awarded to students who have had a long-term position in an association, mentored exchange students, been a student representative or officer in one of the students’ union’s activities. The basic requirement for being awarded points at this level is that the positions has covered at least eight (8) hours over one semester.

Short-term positions | 3.5 points
Awarded to students for commitments and tasks performed over a short period for one-off projects that have covered less than eight (8) hours over a semester.

Certification for your application

Requests for certification for positions/commitments/tasks as part of the students’ union should be submitted to SöderS. Each item for which points can be awarded will be checked with the relevant person. Decisions to award points are made by the chair of SöderS or are delegated.

Membership of SöderS – Södertörn University’s students’ union – is required to receive points.