Learning Abroad Center
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Study Abroad in Sweden

Europe
LAC Program

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.

Program Details

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 Prerequisite
No Language Prerequisite

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About

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, Studentboende, 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 local hosts and immerse yourself in Swedish 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 students, 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 neuroscience researchers at the Karolinska Institutet, forward thinking entrepreneurs, ground-breaking activists, fascinating historians…and the list goes on and on.

Program Structure

Program Level
3000-level and above
Courseload

15-16 per semester; 3-11 for summer.

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.

 

Choose from a variety of tracks such as:

  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • Medical Practice & Policy
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Terrorism & Security
  • Vikings & Power

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 a variety of courses across many academic fields, in Copenhagen and Stockholm. The courses are offered in consecutive sessions and students may earn 3-10 credits in total. There are summer options related to Pre-Medicine, Public Health, International Relations, Lab & Research opportunities, liberal education and major-specific courses. 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 programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

Program Dates

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

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.

Summer 2021

Summer Session I

Application Open Date: Aug 1, 2020
Application Deadline: Mar 15, 2021

Schedule Date
Program dates May 25 – Jun 11

Summer Session II

Application Open Date: Aug 1, 2020
Application Deadline: Mar 15, 2021

Schedule Date
Program dates Jun 14 – Jul 3

Summer Session III

Application Open Date: Aug 1, 2020
Application Deadline: Mar 15, 2021

Schedule Date
Program dates Jul 5 – Jul 31

Summer Lab and Research Session

Application Open Date: Aug 1, 2020
Application Deadline: Mar 15, 2021

Schedule Date
Program dates May 25 – Jul 3

Fall 2021

Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020
Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2021

Schedule Date
Program dates Aug 21 - Dec 18

Academic Year 2021-22

Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020
Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2021

Schedule Date
Program dates Aug 21 – Jun 11

Spring 2022

Application Open Date: May 1, 2021
Application Deadline: Oct 1, 2021

Schedule Date
Program dates Jan 15 – May 14

Fees

University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

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.

Fall 2021

Study Abroad in Sweden (DIS)

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsPlease refer to the Comprehensive Housing & Student Affairs Fee on the DIS website for inclusions. $22,415
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or mealsPlease refer to the Comprehensive Housing & Student Affairs Fee on the DIS website for inclusions. $6,500
Transportation (if required and included in program fee)Local transportation coverage between DIS and your housing is included $0
Total Program Fee $29,515
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-5,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $24,515

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound-trip airfare MSP-Stockholm $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsSwedish Resident Permit fee is included in the Educational Costs $0
Travel clinic/immunizationsVisit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,650
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsCourse reading materals and textbook rental are included in Educational costs. $0
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeFood budget $400-550/month, less for students placed in homestays. $2,200
Essential daily living expensesincludes a required phone plan estimated a $30/month. $2,320
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,520

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $30,685
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,600
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Academic Year 2021-22

Spring 2022

Summer 2022

Prepare

Complete pre-application advising.

US Passport holders require a visa to study on this program. In order to obtain a visa, you must have a valid passport. Due to COVID-19, passport processing times are currently delayed. If you do not have a passport, or your passport expires less than 6 months after your return date from your time abroad, apply for a new passport now, and pay for expedited processing.

Apply

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

Apply Now

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.

Program Contact

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

Maria Mantey or call at 612.626.7535

Contact Program Alumn

Megan LaBat studied in Stockholm during Spring semester 2019.

Anna Freyberg studied in Stockholm during Summer session 2019.