Karlstad University cooperates with universities in many other countries through visiting researchers and the exchange of teaching staff and students. We have agreements with about 200 universities and are involved in a number of international networks.
Our ambition is to increase understanding for other cultures and to strengthen the University’s role in the international knowledge community. We have a wide range of bilateral cooperation agreements with European and Nordic universities both within the framework of the Erasmus and Nordplus programme and outside it. The university is also involved in a number of projects in the Erasmus programme and other European Union programmes and initiatives. Further, Karlstad University was one of the founding members of the Compostela Group of Universities, a network of over eighty universities throughout Europe centred on the University of Santiago de Compostela.
Cooperation with universities outside Europe is also of great importance and the University has agreements with institutions in many countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, India, South Africa, Korea, China and Latin America. For a number of years, the University has been an active member of a number of international netowrks such as Erasmus, Nordplus, Compostella, the European University Association (EUA) and the SANORD network, the Southern-African-Nordic-network. Most recently Karlstad is proud to become a member of the Nordic Centre in India.
Although student and staff exchange are perhaps the major form of cooperation at the moment, there is also considerable international activity in the form of research and development work, symposia and conferences. Guest researchers come from several countries, such as USA, Germany, Finland or India.