Study Abroad in Sweden

  1. Program Details

    Stockholm, founded more than 700 years ago, combines old-world charm with the vibrant life of a modern European capital. Choose from a suite of core and elective courses, taught in English, in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Global Economics, International Relations, Literature, Medical Practice & Policy, Neuroscience, Psychology, Public Health and Terrorism & Security, which all include exciting study tours to other sites in Europe.

    Location Stockholm, Sweden
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session
    Housing Apartment, Homestay, Other
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 3.0
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Study Abroad in Sweden

    Take courses in a select set of disciplines: Gender & Sexuality Studies, Global Economics, International Relations, Literature Medical Practice & Policy, Psychology, and Publich Health with beautiful Stockholm as your classroom. Choose from several housing options, including a homestay, and join the locals in this bustling and vibrant metropolis spread over 14 islands.

    Housing & Meals

    Housing & Meals

    The Study Abroad in Sweden program offers several housing choices so you can tailor your experience to perfectly fit your lifestyle. Choose between a homestay, a Living & Learning Community, and the Residential Community.

    All housing options include a furnished room with towels, a blanket, a pillow, and bed linens. You will also have access to laundry facilities and Internet, and you will receive a transit pass that will allow you to get from your housing to classes. All housing options also include either most meals or a food stipend to help offset the cost of buying groceries.

    An overview of each housing option is below. For more detailed information on these housing options, visit DIS's website.

    Homestay

    Live with a Swedish family and immerse yourself in Swedish family life. This housing option is the most popular option at DIS and provides you with an excellent perspective of Swedish culture, as well as a built-in support network.

    Studentboende

    Live alongside local Swedish and DIS students in a Studentboende, which are dorm-style residential buildings located throughout Stockholm. This housing option gives you the opportunity to meet Swedish and international students, while still having a DIS support system.

    Living & Learning Community

    A DIS Living & Learning Community (LLC) is a co-curricular housing experience that integrates a shared interest through the lens of exploring Stockholm or Swedish culture within your housing experience.

    Residential Community

    Live with other DIS students in Stockholm and enjoy a network of friends when you’re at home. Previous students living in DIS Residential Communities (DRCs) have commented that they experienced a good social life connected to their academic environment and enjoyed having a "little bit of home" but with Sweden right outside the door.

    Excursions

    Study tours are one of the features of DIS that students find most attractive. Programs include both a short study tour to another part of Sweden and a week-long study tour to another country. These study tours are an integrated part of your core course, and as such they are academic in nature and included in your program fee. 

    DIS also provides students with a variety of ways to meet Swedes, and experience Swedish culture on a daily basis. Involve yourself in the many cultural opportunities offered to you while studying at DIS, and find out who the Swedes really are across a variety of contexts. Pursue a passion and join a club or sports team with friendly Stockholm residents, exchange cultural perspectives with a Visiting Host, give back to the community by volunteering, attend evening seminars and network with local experts, learn to speak some Swedish, and end the semester calling Sweden a second home.

    Flight

    Students are responsible for booking their own transportation to and from Stockholm according to their program dates. Confirmed students receive detailed information to assist in booking flights.

    Learning Outcomes

    During your semester at DIS, plan to meet the following objectives:

    • Challenge yourself to raise questions, examine issues from different perspectives, explore new mindsets, and reflect on your own values and identity through new experiences and discussions
    • Expand your knowledge in your field through a unique European lens in the DIS classroom, on field studies, and on study tours
    • Build your cross-cultural competencies, gain real-world knowledge, and become more flexible in order to live, work, and succeed in an increasingly globalized world
    • Gain the ability to connect theory and knowledge through observation and practice, and to reflect on all that you learn through these methods
    • Engage with the Swedes and depart your time here knowing Stockholm is your second home

    Faculty & Staff

    DIS services begin in the US and continue when you arrive in Sweden. The DIS North American Office, which has close ties to the Learning Abroad Center, is there to assist you in registering for courses, selecting the most suitable housing option, advising on flights to/from Sweden, and other pre-departure activities. On arrival in Stockholm, the numerous DIS on-site staff members are on hand to help, providing a broad array of services ranging from personal and academic counseling to sending mail, Internet access, and much more.

    DIS faculty bring real-life expertise from their field into the classroom. Most work as professionals in the areas they teach, giving you direct access to resources and networks both in Stockholm and on study tours. They will introduce you to a network of leading researchers and health professionals, European politicians, innovative business leaders, cutting-edge architects and designers, forward-thinking entrepreneurs, ground-breaking activists, fascinating historians…and the list goes on and on.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Field Study, Study Abroad Center
    Program Level 3000-level and above
    Courseload

    15-16 per semester; 3-11 for summer

    This program appeals to students who want to take courses in English in a suite of subject areas. Courses are taught by Swedish and European faculty who are also practitioners in their fields, and courses include excursions and field trips in order to allow you to see the industry at work.

    Coursework

    Semester & Academic-Year Coursework

    The Study Abroad in Sweden program offers academically rigorous courses in a wide variety of subjects. Each track has one required core course with two accompanying study tours. For your other courses, you can choose from electives related to your program or select courses from a variety of other disciplines. Instruction is in English by Swedish faculty. Receive 30 credits per year, 15 credits per semester.

    Core Courses

    Choose one of the following core courses:

    • Affective Neuroscience: Emotion, Cognition, and Behavior + Lab
    • European Security Dilemmas and Intelligence
    • Forensic Psychology
    • Gender, Equality, and Sexuality in Scandinavia
    • Imagining the Other in European Literature
    • Positive Psychology
    • Public Finance: European Perspectives
    • Public Heath and Migration
    • Translational Medicine: From Bench to Bedside

    Elective Courses

    Choose from elective courses such as:

    • Developing Brain: From Infancy to Adolescence
    • Economics of Gender
    • Economics of Global Monetary Policies and Capital Flows
    • Epidemiology: Swedish Case Studies
    • Glued to the Screen: TV Shows, Norms, and Culture
    • History of Sweden in Europe and the World
    • Human Trafficking and the Sex Trade
    • Immunology and Infectious Diseases
    • Independent Research Project
    • Medical Ethics
    • Neurodegenerative Diseases
    • Nordic Contemporary Art
    • Philosophy of Technology and Human Values
    • Positive Psychology Practicum: Methods and Practice
    • Power of the Mind: Psychology of Performance
    • Psychology of Emerging Adulthood
    • Psychology of Loneliness
    • Public Health Policy in Practice
    • Research Assistant (multiple options)
    • Scandinavian Crime Fiction
    • Songwriting Workshop: Swedish Pop Music
    • Storytelling Lab: How Narrative Works
    • Swedish Language and Culture
    • Swedish Politics and Society
    • Terrorism and Anti-Terrorism
    • Transgender in Scandinavia
    • Tumor Biology and Oncology
    • The Vikings
    • Ways of Seeing: Storytelling Through Photography

    Visit the DIS website for the full list of offerings and descriptions.

    Students register for 30 credits per year or 15 credits per semester. Students may request to take one course pass/fail (S/N) in consultation with DIS and the Learning Abroad Center. Please review the relevant DIS and LAC academic policies for further information.  

    Summer Coursework

    During the summer, we offer several 3- and 4-credit courses within a variety of academic fields, in Copenhagen and Stockholm. The courses are offered in 3 consecutive sessions. There are also several summer options related to Architecture and Design, which are for 7 weeks and 9 credits. Visit DIS's Summer website for a full list of offerings.

    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on this program. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Summer 2019 (Session 1) May 20, 2019  –  Jun 8, 2019 Apr 1, 2019
    Summer 2019 (Session 2) Jun 11, 2019  –  Jul 2, 2019 Apr 1, 2019
    Summer 2019 (Session 3) Jul 4, 2019  –  Aug 2, 2019 Apr 1, 2019
    Summer 2019 (Session 4) Jun 11, 2019  –  Aug 2, 2019 Apr 1, 2019
    Fall 2019 Aug 17, 2019  –  Dec 14, 2019 Apr 10, 2019
    Spring 2020 Jan 10, 2020  –  May 9, 2020 Oct 1, 2019

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    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.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Summer 2019 Thursday, April 25, 2019, 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. 425 Blegen
    Fall 2019 Thursday, April 25, 2019, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. 425 Blegen
  5. Fees for Study Abroad in Sweden

    Summer 2019

    Session 1Session 2Session 3Sessions 1 + 2Sessions 2 + 3Sessions 1, 2, + 3

    Fall 2019

    Cost of Participation

    The program fee reduction provided to UofM students by DIS is reflected as "Program Discount" in the Cost of Participation.

    Academic Year 2019-2020

    Cost of Participation

    The program fee reduction provided to UofM students by DIS is reflected as "Program Discount" in the Cost of Participation.

    Spring 2020

    Cost of Participation

    The program fee reduction provided to UofM students by DIS is reflected as "Program Discount" in the Cost of Participation.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  6. Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Dates page for term options
    Program Name Semester: Study Abroad in Sweden (DIS) Summer: Summer in Scandinavia (DIS)
    Track Name Semester: See DIS program options Summer: See DIS for sessions and locations
    Country Sweden

    Note: If the specific track and term of the affiliated program you wish to apply to cannot be found within the application system, select “Program Not Found” on the application, and enter your specific application information in the fields given to request an application. Our staff will review your application and update your program, track, and term information.

    Submit

    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    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.

    Complete

    Upon submitting the online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

    • Application Essay
    • Academic Recommendation
    • A $50 application fee will be charged to your UofM student account

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

    Next Steps

    1. Upon submitting the online application, you will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
    2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit all of the items. Your application is not considered complete until all items on your application checklist are either received or waived.
    3. Your completed application is reviewed by our program team.
    4. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist. Log into the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
    5. Accepted participants will also receive login instructions for the DIS online registration system by email.
    6. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log in to the online application and submit a Cancel Request. You must also notify DIS of your cancellation.
  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Maria Mantey or call at 612.626.7535.

University of Minnesota students participating in a research project on this program may be eligible for the International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP) Scholarship