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Study Abroad in Uppsala
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Study in Uppsala and gain a uniquely Swedish perspective on summer, and the world: sunshine for 22 hours a day, barbeques, swimming in the Fyrisån River and the Baltic Sea. Choose to study Swedish language and culture, social justice, gender studies and health care, history/archeology, or sustainable development. You’ll enjoy experiential learning, linking together relevant site visits, guest lectures, and cultural activities.

Come to Uppsala and you will:

  • Study in one of Europe’s great universities that traces its root to 1477
  • Enroll in rigorous courses designed to explore the challenges facing contemporary Swedish society
  • Enjoy excursions designed to introduce you to the rich cultural history and physical beauty of Sweden
  • Spend your summer in an area with breathtaking sights and landscapes, including Uppsala Cathedral, Uppsala Castle, and the Stockholm Archipelago.
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Excursions

Each session will include a variety of local field trips and one overnight excursion to help you gain a better understanding of contemporary Swedish society and Sweden’s history and traditional culture. This includes special thematic field trips each session. Session I features field trips to explore different historical sites in Gotland, Old Uppsala, and Stockholm (i.e., the Vasa Museum). In Session II we’ll meet with leaders of feminist organizations and political parties in Stockholm and Gothenburg. And in Session III, we’ll enjoy site visits to illustrate examples of Sweden’s involvement in sustainable development. The optional Communicative Swedish course will include opportunities for local engagement through active language learning activities involving visits to local cafés, theaters, and participation in local festivals.

Coursework

During each session, you’ll enroll in one full-time course (3 credits) along with an optional survival Swedish language course (1 credit).

Session I: Swedish History

Session II: Social Justice, Gender Studies and Health Care

Session III: Sweden’s Sustainable Development Strategy

Cultural Activities

Cultural activities include visits to cathedrals, flea markets, hikes, traditional “fikas” (coffee and cake meetings), picnics, playing traditional Swedish outdoor games and much more.

Community Engagement

CIEE staff will plan a variety of activities each session that are designed to help you to meet local Swedish students and community leaders and learn firsthand about Swedish culture. You will have the opportunity to participate in local cultural activities and local festivals.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students take one course per session for 3 semester/ 4.5 quarter hours. They may also take the Communicative Swedish course during one session for an additional 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours.

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About the City

About The City

Uppsala, Sweden’s fourth-largest city with a population of 200,000, is an attractive destination for international students who want to learn firsthand about Swedish history and culture while experiencing all that present-day Sweden has to offer. This charming college city is filled with shops, restaurants, gardens, and museums. 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. The majestic Domkyrka (Uppsala Cathedral), Scandinavia’s largest church, can be seen from nearly anywhere in the city, while Uppsala Castle sits atop a hill keeping watch on the people below. Uppsala is known for its ties to the Nobel Prize and has become the home to various leading companies in the biotechnology field.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Kelsey Frisk

Program Coordinator

Kelsey joined CIEE in February 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Health Science and a certificate in Sustainability from the University of Iowa. In spring 2014, she studied abroad in Uppsala through the CIEE Uppsala Arts and Sciences program. As an alumna, she is a powerful resource for students. Kelsey knows everything about practical matters, cultural activities and student life. She handles housing, activities and other student services for our CIEE students on site in Uppsala. Kelsey also organizes and facilitates program excursions for the Faculty and Arts and Sciences programs.

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Felicitas Rabiger Vannestål

Resident Director

Felicitas manages the all operations at the study center; acts as academic advisor for students and teaches the CIEE courses Intercultural Communication and Leadership and Communicative Swedish Language.

She is originally from Nuremberg, Germany. From an early age, she was eager to explore the world and during the last ten years, she studied and lived in several countries. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English/American studies and intercultural communications from Bayreuth University, Germany, as well as an M.A. double degree in European studies from Groningen University, the Netherlands, and Uppsala University, Sweden. During her studies, she also spent an exchange year at University College in Dublin, Ireland. Felicitas has worked in the field of international education for the last five years and speaks three languages fluently.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Study Center in Uppsala is located on the Uppsala University campus. Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is the oldest university in Scandinavia. Its halls have been graced by numerous academic leaders, including Carolus Linnaeus and Anders Celsius. The university has approximately 40,000 students, 6,000 employees (4,000 teachers/researchers), and nearly 100 departments. The university library system includes 15 site libraries that hold more than 5 million books and 12,000 electronic journals, making Uppsala University one of Europe’s finest research institutes. The university has a strong international reputation due to its numerous linkages with colleges and universities around the world. It also hosts presentations by Nobel Laureates annually.

While you will study exclusively in special CIEE courses taught by local faculty, you will have the opportunity to explore the university campus and surrounding city and to interact on a daily basis with local Swedish faculty, staff, and students.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

You will be housed in single rooms together with Swedish and other international students in an on-campus university residence hall, located about 10 minutes by bus from the Study Center. Meals are not included, but you can prepare your own food in fully equipped shared kitchens in their residence hall. You may also purchase meals in local restaurants and cafes.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Uppsala even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple – to help you understand more about the program and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

An intensive mandatory on-site orientation session takes place at the beginning of the program. Orientation activities help you master the practical details of daily life in Uppsala. Activities include sessions on academics, cultural differences, practical matters, and safety and security, a welcome dinner, and a walking tour of downtown Uppsala. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You will have internet access in the student housing and CIEE Study Center. You may also use Wi-Fi internet connections in local cafes. CIEE recommends that students bring a Wi-Fi enabled laptop.

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Academics

Academics

Due to the nature of the program (summer), you will enroll only in CIEE courses taught by local faculty. Courses are built according to CIEE’s standard syllabi policy and are therefore easy to get approval for by your home university.

Academic Culture

Courses combine a variety of methodologies, including lectures, seminars, group work, and independent study. Classes typically meet daily Monday-Friday and include a combination of lectures, group discussions, local field trips, and student presentations.

Nature of Classes

Students will be in class with other CIEE study abroad students only, since Uppsala University does not offer courses during the summer.

Grading System

Students are graded on the basis of class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations.

Language of Instruction

English

Swedish

Faculty

Faculty are hired from Uppsala University and other local universities.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

While this program is not focused on language development, students interested in developing basic Swedish language skills may participate in an optional Communicative Swedish language course during one of the sessions. This course includes 15 contact hours for an additional 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours.

Session I

HIST 3001 UPAS

Swedish History
In this course, students will learn about how Sweden developed as a society historically. The course provides an overarching perspective on Scandinavian history, from the Viking times to the 20th century. By the end of the course, students should be able to critically analyze how these values developed as part of Swedish society and how history is still impacting today’s Sweden. Students come away with a deeper understanding of Swedish culture and understand differences between Scandinavia and the United States.

SWED 0001 UPAS

Communicative Swedish Language (1 cr.)
This course gives an introduction to the Swedish language together with hands-on experiential learning activities such as role-plays, quizzes, out-of-classroom activities and work with Swedish language partners. Students that have no previous knowledge of Swedish will learn basic vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation to be able to shop for groceries, order at a café, conduct small talk with Swedes, etc. The course will also focus on teaching culture-specific vocabulary and concepts in order to improve understanding of Swedish culture.

Session II

GEND 3001 UPAS

Social Justice, Gender Studies, and Health Care
This course aims to give students a deeper understanding on how cultural values are reflected in Sweden’s politics and the welfare state. By analyzing Sweden’s health care system, gender policies, and social justice models, students will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary Swedish society and the cultural values it is built upon.

SWED 0001 UPAS

Communicative Swedish Language (1 cr.)
This course gives an introduction to the Swedish language together with hands-on experiential learning activities such as role-plays, quizzes, out-of classroom activities and work with Swedish language partners. Students that have no previous knowledge of Swedish will learn basic vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in order to be able to do grocery shopping, order at a café, do small talk with Swedes etc. The course will also focus on teaching students specific vocabulary and concepts (such as “lagom,” “fika,”) to improve understanding of Swedish culture.

Session III

DEVE 3001 UPAS

Sweden’s Sustainable Development Strategy
The concept of sustainable development has become one of the most contested and important concepts of our time. Sweden is often portrayed as a world leader within the sustainability field. This course will examine whether Sweden lives up to that image. It will help students understand how the concept of sustainability developed historically (in Sweden and worldwide), how Swedish initiatives can serve as a model for sustainability on a global level and take a deeper look at Swedish society in order to explore mechanisms that either progress or hinder sustainability. Students should also work on a sustainability project and do site visits in the community in order to learn how sustainability works in practice.

SWED 0001 UPAS

Communicative Swedish Language (1 cr.)
This course gives an introduction to the Swedish language together with hands-on experiential learning activities such as role-plays, quizzes, out-of classroom activities and work with Swedish language partners. Students that have no previous knowledge of Swedish will learn basic vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in order to be able to do grocery shopping, order at a café, do small talk with Swedes etc. The course will also focus on teaching students specific vocabulary and concepts (such as “lagom,” “fika,”) to improve understanding of Swedish culture.

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