High School Abroad in Sweden

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Information for term High School Abroad in Sweden

Application deadline, and cost information.

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 17 – Dec 20, 2022 (18 weeks)

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 3 – Jun 12, 2023 (23 weeks)

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 17, 2022 – Jun 10, 2023 (42 weeks)


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Fairytale forests and snow-capped mountains. Cutting-edge culture and cosmopolitan cities. Scandinavia is a major draw for international students and artsy and outdoorsy types alike. English is spoken widely throughout the region and the vibe is welcoming and friendly. Whether you choose to study in Denmark, Norway, or Sweden, you’re sure to have an amazing experience!

Here you’ll be a part of the local scene, attending a local high school where you’ll study the national language and culture along with core academics. (Prior language skills are not required.) After school, join in your choice of community sports, clubs and activities, hang with friends in cafes and drink coffee (it’s the beverage of choice!), and go home to hearty meals with your homestay.

Got spare time? Discover hip modern art in Malmö. Hit Gothenburg’s giant food hall and food truck scene. Wonder at the reindeer and Northern Lights in Artic Norway. Embrace hygge and get cozy in a traditional Danish woven cardigan. Find yourself in settings made famous in art films, novels, and pop music. Watch artisans engaged in glassblowing, bread baking, sculpting, or whatever floats their boat. Wherever you go, there’s a unique piece of local culture to catch your interest, and storybook scenery to steal your dreams.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

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The Take-Aways

  • Global Citizenship

    After immersing yourself in unfamiliar practices and customs, you’ll become better equipped to interact with people from other cultures — in school, on the job, or in your personal life.

  • College Readiness

    Studying abroad gives you the kinds of life skills that can’t be learned in a classroom — and shows college admissions reps that you’re already one step ahead in terms of initiative, maturity, and independence.

  • Independence & Resilience

    Come home better prepared to make transitions, take control of new situations, and appreciate challenging experiences for what they are: opportunities to learn and grow.

  • said their experience made them more aware of global issues.

  • said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.

  • said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.


Location & Culture

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Discover Viking settlements, royal palaces, and medieval castles. Visit pristine lakes and vast national forests. With dozens of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and countless cultural attractions, there’s a fascinating mix of old and new in this innovative region.

Called the “Venice of the North,” Stockholm spans 14 islands and more than 50 bridges. It’s known for its medieval old town, cobblestone streets, contemporary design scene, and national urban park. Denmark is consistently ranked as ‘the happiest place in the world,’ with its peaceful atmosphere and friendly population. Norway is famous for deep blue fjords, northern lights, and midnight suns.


Orientation location may vary each semester, but they are always great opportunity to connect with other U.S. exchange students and tour an exciting city! Past participants have enjoyed visiting historic and beautiful Gothenburg. An important seaport, it is known for its Dutch-style canals and leafy boulevards lined with many cafes and shops. Gothenburg will provide a gorgeous backdrop to orientation where you will spend time covering cultural differences, participating in group activities, and meeting staff and other students. There will also be time for fun as you will tour the city and likely visit Liseberg – Sweden’s biggest amusement park!

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"Being an exchange student has helped me become so much more independent, courageous, outgoing, knowledgeable, and responsible."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

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  • Housing

    Hotel or hostel during orientation, then carefully screened homestay, found by Local Coordinator

  • Local Support

    Local Coordinator in area available for support, CIEE support staff available 24/7


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Sample Activities

Hit the ski slopes in Norway, the theme parks in Denmark, or the northernmost reaches of Finland.

Your orientation in historic and beautiful Gothenburg will start with a tour of the city, a possible visit to Sweden’s largest theme park, and some downtime to explore the Dutch-inspired canal system.

Most schools in Scandinavia do not offer extracurricular activities. Instead, students enroll in sports, clubs, and activities through their local community. Don’t fret – your host family, friends, and Local Coordinator will be happy to help you get involved!

Looking for adventure? You will likely have the chance to participate (at an additional cost) on chaperoned excursions throughout your program. Past examples of trips have included:

Lillehammer & Hafjell, Norway

Enjoy a trip to Lillehammer and Hafjell, Norway, for a four-night ski trip. Lillehammer is a classic winter destination in Norway and the ski resort of Hafjell is only a short bus ride away. Hafjell is a great location for both downhill and cross-country skiing and the Lillehammer area offers many other activities such as indoor climbing. Add an extra day to tour Norway’s capital city, Oslo, before flying back home.


 A weekend in Denmark spent at the world-famous Legoland Park and Denmark’s biggest indoor waterpark – Lalandia.

Rovaniemi, Finland

A trip to the hometown of Santa Claus! Rovaniemi is located in the Finnish Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle. Here you can visit Santa Claus Village, see reindeer, and enjoy the beautiful and snowy scenery of Finland’s northernmost region.

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. For Fall 2021, local health and safety guidelines may not allow for overnight excursions or day trips. Participants will be updated as the program start date comes closer.

What People are Saying

  • "Being in another country, completely out of my comfort zone, helped me recognize which of my opinions and values are at the core of my personality, and which are mainly influenced by my surroundings. I feel more comfortable overcoming obstacles or adjusting, because I can be flexible while still staying true to myself."

    Jacqueline R., CIEE High School Abroad alumna
  • “I learned things that aren’t taught in schools: what is really important to me, what I want out of life, and how to be more open-minded and confident.”

    Sophie R., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
  • “Everyone is shocked to hear that I studied abroad when I was 15 years old. I’m shocked myself — yet, quite frankly, I’m shocked that it isn’t more common to study abroad in high school. CIEE gave me an opportunity that most people have never heard of. The program transformed me into the person I am today, with impeccable people skills and the ability to adapt to any environment. I owe a huge thanks to the CIEE program. I am proud to be a CIEE alumnus!”

    Alex A., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

At the time of departure, students must:

  • Be in their 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling and between the ages of 15 and 18 at the time of the program start
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture
  • Although there is no language requirement for this program, students are encouraged to practice their Swedish prior to departure

Application Fee


Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by 2/15 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by 8/1 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.

Program fee includes international airfare and iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Academic Year 2022 42 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 17, 2022 Jun 10, 2023


Fall 2022 18 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 17, 2022 Dec 20, 2022


Spring 2023 23 weeks Deadline Passed Jan 3, 2023 Jun 12, 2023


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