Examine innovation across a variety of disciplines and consider how solutions to society’s problems require creativity and collaboration.
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students|
|Language||No language prerequisite|
A century ago, Sweden was among the poorest nations in Europe. Today, the country is a world leader in innovation—ranked #2 on the 2019 Global Innovation Index—despite being home to just 0.13% of the global population.
Students will examine innovation across a variety of disciplines and consider how solutions to problems facing society require creativity, collaboration, and new ways of thinking. In particular, we will explore how organizational, political, cultural, and social environments can foster innovation, using the Swedish context. By immersing in Swedish culture, we will better understand its role in facilitating an innovative environment as we examine the reasons behind Sweden’s ranking (#2 in 2019) on the Global Innovation Index and the Nobel Prize, international awards bestowed by Swedish institutions that recognize significant academic, cultural and scientific advances. As a learning abroad seminar, students will learn about their level of intercultural competence and strategies to increase their competence, as well as engage in a practical experience of navigating another culture in an intentional and reflective way. Through examining innovation through the Swedish lens and across disciplines, students will emerge with an understanding about how business and government practices to foster innovation in a country beyond the United States.
Stay in shared housing with other program participants. A welcome and farewell meal as well as some additional meals are included in the program fee.
While in Sweden, your surroundings will become your classroom. Explore Swedish culture and its role facilitating innovation across disciplines—such as the arts, education, science, and technology—through readings, lectures, and visits to various sites. Learn about the Swedish context and how work environments can foster space for creative thinking and expression. Potential excursions, lectures, and points of interest may include:
All program participants are required to and responsible for booking their own round-trip flight through Village Travel, a local travel agency that the Learning Abroad Center works with. The flight is listed as a cost that you will incur prior to departure and the Learning Abroad Center will notify confirmed participants of flight options to book through the travel agency.
It might be possible to deviate your return flight. Inquire with your program contact if interested.
*COVID-19 Updates: Given COVID-19 and entry regulations into the host country, program participants may be required to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 48 hours of travel to the country, as a negative result will allow for a faster arrival process through the airport. Costs related to COVID-19 testing before arrival will be incurred by the individual student.
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This seminar offers you opportunities to examine:
This course is led by Nikki Letawsky Shultz, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and International Programs, College of Biological Sciences.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Level||3000-level coursework|
One 3-credit course
Throughout the course we will explore many essential questions, including:
Receive credit for: BIOL 3905
Approved for: Global Perspectives liberal education theme
Please note that this syllabus is from an embedded study abroad model that will be adapted to reflect a 3-week, in-country global seminar: Spring BIOL 3905 syllabus
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|May Session 2021||May 16, 2021 – Jun 6, 2021||Mar 1, 2021|
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 16 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|May Session 2021||TBD||TBD|
Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. Generally, the program fees range from $5,500–$7,500. You must also budget for the international flight, passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.
The Learning Abroad Center has worked with Village Travel to identify a coordinated flight that program participants will travel on together. You can view your coordinated flight itinerary here. You will be responsible for booking this flight for the program through Village Travel mid-March. The program contact will let you know when you should book the flight. The Cost of Participation lists the estimated flight cost in the Estimated Additional Expenses box. Please note that the flight cost is subject to change.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||May Session 2021|
|Program Name||Global Seminar: Beyond the Nobel Prize: Innovation in Sweden|
|Track Name||Beyond the Nobel Prize: Innovation in Sweden|
Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.
Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.
Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.
All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
For further information or questions about this program, emailAmy Garwood-Diaz or call at 612.624.1537.