Come immerse yourself in Swedish society and culture while enrolling in a variety of rigorous coursework at one of the premier universities in Scandinavia.
Through coursework at Uppsala University, participation in University activities, and cultural excursions and activities, studying abroad in Sweden offers you valuable insight into the country’s past and present while providing a rewarding academic experience in an atmosphere of world-competitive research.
Study abroad in Sweden and you will:
Study at one of the premier universities in Europe alongside local Swedish and international students while living in a true university town
Enroll directly in a wide range of courses in business, sciences, information technology, social sciences, and humanities
Enjoy local and regional excursions designed to introduce you to the rich cultural history and physical beauty of Sweden
Experience campus life through Uppsala University’s “Student Nations”
The CIEE Difference
In addition to courses in Swedish language, history, literature and art, take advantage of myriad elective courses at one of the most prestigious universities in Europe. Indulge your interests in everything from Business, or Government, to Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Medicine and Informatics and New Media.
The study abroad program includes a variety of local and regional excursions designed to introduce students to Uppsala and the surrounding Uppland countryside. Excursions vary each semester and include such locations as Uppsala Castle, Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala), local festivals, Stockholm, the Stockholm Archipelago, and a tour of the Province of Uppland. In addition, Uppsala offers a number of cultural and historical events and has a concert hall, a number of museums, and theaters.
The Uppsala University Student Nations provide students with activities and cultural events throughout the year. By participating in these active campus organizations, students learn firsthand about the life of Swedish university students. Student Nations organize formal dances, sporting events, discussions, theater and music events, and the ever-popular “gasques” (large dinner parties with live music).
University courses may also include opportunities for field research and community involvement.
Total recommended credit for the semester is 16–17 semester/24–25.5 quarter hours and 32–34 semester/48–51 quarter hours for the academic year. All students must take a total of 30 Uppsala credits (points) per semester. Course credit varies between Uppsala faculties. Courses are offered for 5, 7.5, 10, or 15 Uppsala points, or 3, 4, 6, or 8 U.S. semester credits respectively.
The culture courses Swedish Art, Architecture and Music, and Swedish Literature are each worth 7.5 Uppsala credits (4 U.S. credits). The Swedish History course is worth 15 Uppsala credits (8 U.S. credits).
Course contact hours are 20–48 hours unless otherwise indicated. The Swedish system generally requires more self-directed learning per each hour in class than U.S. institutions. The contact hours listed on students’ grade reports refer to the time spent in class, and CIEE credit recommendations are based on an evaluation of the total effort required for each course.
All CIEE study abroad students take a Swedish language course, at least one elective course with a focus on Sweden, and two to three elective courses at Uppsala University.
The academic semester is divided into four periods of approximately five weeks each. Students take at least one but no more than two courses each quarter. Students must plan carefully in order to confirm that scheduling for their desired courses does not conflict, as individual departments have a certain degree of freedom in deciding course start dates and times, including breaks.
Uppsala, with a population of 200,000, is Sweden’s fourth-largest city and lies approximately 70 km north of Stockholm. Combining the opportunities found in a large city with the intimacy of a small town, Uppsala is an attractive destination for students who want to learn firsthand about Swedish history and culture. The city traces its roots back to Viking times and has been considered the religious center of Sweden since the establishment of a Christian archdiocese in the 12th Century. Uppsala is known for its connection to the Nobel Prize and has become the home to various leading companies in the field of biotechnology.
Where You’ll Study
The goals of the Arts and Sciences study abroad program are for students to develop an understanding of Swedish society and culture while enrolling in a variety of rigorous academic courses at one of the premier universities in Scandinavia. Through coursework at Uppsala University, participation in University activities, and program excursions and activities, students gain valuable insight into Sweden’s past and present while having a rewarding academic experience.
Housing & Meals
Study abroad students live in residence halls located throughout Uppsala with Swedish, international, and CIEE students. Students typically live in single rooms with their own restroom and shared kitchen and laundry facilities. Some students may be assigned to double rooms with a roommate. Many residence halls only accept a limited number of foreign students, allowing for maximum integration with the local Swedish student population. Students typically commute to and from campus by bicycle, city bus, or on foot.
Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Meals may be prepared in the student housing or taken at some of the student nations (student clubs), local restaurants, or cafés. Many local restaurants provide a meal discount to students.
The Arts and Sciences study abroad program, established in fall 2009, offers students the opportunity to study alongside Swedish and other international students at one of the top universities in Scandinavia. Students pursue their own academic interests in fields such as business, natural sciences, information technology, and social sciences while learning firsthand about contemporary Sweden and its people through required Swedish language and culture courses. The academic semester at Uppsala University is divided into four periods of roughly five weeks each. Students take at least one but no more than two courses each quarter.
Swedish university courses place a great deal of emphasis on individual student responsibility and performance. Courses combine a variety of methodologies, including lectures, seminars, group work, laboratory work, and independent study. In addition to remembering the materials covered in class, students are expected to spend a significant time outside of class engaged in independent analysis and evaluation of the ideas being presented. Many American students may find the teachers and teaching style rather informal, but the faculty has high expectations and assumes that the individual students are working diligently outside of class in order to produce top results. All courses include written and/or oral examinations.
In contrast to many courses at U.S. academic institutions, Uppsala University course schedules are set by the individual departments. This results in course schedules that may fluctuate from week to week, and requires students to be flexible and highly organized. In general, scheduling conflicts are minimized if students take all of their elective courses in one academic area.