The course is a international masters programme in Applied Ethics, run by the university in association with universities in Holland and Norway.
The objective of the course, according to the university’s web site, is to help students identify and analyse moral problems within social and professional contexts
But that was apparently lost on the student, who began the course earlier in the autumn with an Erasmus grant from the EU of 21,000 euros per year.
More than a third of that had already been paid out when Linköping University was tipped off about the student by an African university, which had itself been alerted by a British university.
According to the application, the student had read philosophy and ethics at the African university and had received the highest possible grades.
But nobody of that name had been at the African university, so Linköping University reported the matter to the police.
“We always report false applications to the police,” said the head of admissions, Taisto Maaniidi, to Östgöta Correspondenten.
“It’s completely routine.”