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Sweden

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Study in Sweden

Sweden is home to an expansive, clean, and natural landscape. You can take a swim from the steps of the City Hall in Stockholm, Sweden's capital, and pick wild flowers and berries almost anywhere.

“Studying abroad provided me with a second home and a new set of eyes through which to see the world. My experience made it apparent to me once I returned home to the States that I had a responsibility to help other students get the chance to learn and grow the way I did, if for no other reason than to remember that sacred feeling of seeing Sweden for the first time from thousands of feet above ground.”

- Misha

+ More About Sweden

The land of 100,000 lakes and the midnight sun. The nation with Europe’s longest coastline. Home to pristine national parks. Birthplace of Viking traders. Origin of the mouth-watering “smörgåsbord.” Home country of furniture giant IKEA. Sweden is all of these things and more.

Sweden’s population of 10 million includes immigrants from around the world. The country shares the Scandinavian Peninsula with Norway to the west and the Baltic Sea to the east.

Swedes love the outdoors and spend much of their five-week vacations enjoying the country’s glorious landscape. Many Swedes have summer cabins where they hike, fish, ski, and sail. Hockey and soccer are major national sports. Your host family is likely to engage in one or more of these activities and will want you to join in and participate.

Spending time with family is important to Swedes, especially during festivals such as Midsummer’s Eve, which is held on the longest day of the year. During this celebration of the summer solstice, many families dress in traditional folk costumes and dance around the maypole. Swedes also gather together to celebrate Walpurgis Night on April 30 and build massive bonfires while singing songs to celebrate the coming of Spring.

Students will attend the Gymnasium (the Upper Secondary School) in Sweden. There are two general programs: natural sciences or social sciences. Schools will register students for one program. Some schools also offer vocational tracts that range from business administration to health care to the arts. You will be placed in a “klass” of around thirty students depending on your program. You’ll attend almost all subjects with your “klass” and get to know your fellow students very well.

While students are kept busy at school, they always find time to socialize with friends. After the school day is over, Swedish teenagers are usually involved in clubs, sports, and other social activities. Whether it is boating, cross-country skiing or hiking, there is always an outdoor activity to enjoy. If you love the outdoors and seek a peaceful, progressive and innovative country to live in, Sweden is the choice for you!

Pastimes

Soccer, Ice hockey, golf, tennis, hiking

Online Resources

To learn more about Sweden, we recommend:

  • Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, Swedish language dictionaries, and many more country resources
  • Use an internet search engine to find informative websites
  • Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C. website
  • Sweden's official website for tourism and travel information

+ Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Learn more about scholarships.

+ Tuition

Academic Year: $13,995
Arts/Music Year: $14,995
Academic Fall Semester: $11,995
Arts/Music Fall Semester: $13,995

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. To learn more, please visit the Embassy website.

Additional Costs

Students are responsible for school fees like textbooks or class activities and any additional expenses related to materials and instruments needed for the Art or Music programs. Students can expect to take public transportation to school, and any transportation fees exceeding SEK 600 per month will be covered by YFU Sweden. Students are responsible for all costs related to obtaining a residence permit. Program tuition does not include personal spending money.

Important Notice

Exchange students in Sweden may not get transcripts of grades from their school, though some schools can provide a certificate.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Programs

During your time in Sweden, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

YFU students in Sweden will be enrolled in a gymnasium, an upper secondary school, and attend courses such as languages, math, social studies, history, technology, physical education, geography, or natural sciences. Most YFU exchange students are placed in the social science or natural science track of secondary school. You will likely have the same classmates for all of your classes. You may also find that Swedish schools are non-authoritarian, so this means you will be expected to be able to study very independently and make mature responsibilities when it comes to your studies. Although there are no after-school sports or activities sponsored by the schools, Swedish students get involved in sports, clubs, and other extracurricular opportunities offered within their communities.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in Sweden, you will have a four-day orientation near Stockholm, where you will continue your basic language training and meet students on the year and semester exchange programs from all over the world. There will also be a local post-arrival orientation after students have had a chance to adjust (Sept./Oct.), a local mid-year orientation (Jan./Feb.) and a 3-day national re-entry orientation in May. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Optional Excursions

A few optional trips will be offered throughout the year. In the fall, YFU Sweden offers a 3 day trip to Stockholm for an adititonal cost . While in Stockholm, students have enjoyed the chance to see the museum of Vasa and the Royal Armory, Skansen, and "Gamla stan," the oldest part of the capital city, while also getting to interact with other exchange students who may live in other parts of Sweden. Year students have also had the opportunity to visit Lappland, the land of the midnight sun, in June for an additional cost. Activities on this 5 day trip have included hiking, guided tours of the flora and fauna, a trip to Narvik (Norway), learning about military and Sami history, and of course appreciating the beautiful scenic surroundings.

Year program students may have the option to participate in the YFU Young Europeans' Seminar, a weeklong program of seminars, educational workshops, inspiring guest speakers, panel discussions, and other activities. The Seminar takes place in Germany in late June and is attended by around 500 other YFU exchange program participants from across the continent. Space is limited and participation requires an additional application and fee.

Special Interest Programs: Art & Music

From a country of over 400 art museums, the Nobel Peace Prize, and Pippi Longstocking comes a wonderful opportunity for students to study visual arts or music in the company of other accomplished artists! YFU students study a wide variety of classes per week in their target interest program. The rest of the classes are in general academic subjects such as mathematics, English, Swedish, history, and social sciences. Courses offered vary depending on the host school.

Visual Art: Visual arts exchange students in Sweden will be enrolled in a Swedish high school with a focus on artistic subjects in addition to core subjects. Students may also take art related subjects such as contemporary art and art history. The visual art program focuses on drawing and painting, but students are also introduced to digital art and may specialize in Image and Design. This specialization should provide an in-depth knowledge of two and three-dimensional imaging techniques. This program will also help you develop your ability to express yourself and communicate visually, while also allowing you to experience, interpret and reflect on visual expressions from different perspectives. Another specialization that may be available is Aesthetics and Media, which focuses on digital media, creating digital products, and storytelling with digital tools.

Music: Music exchange students to Sweden will be enrolled in a Swedish high school with a focus on music. The music program requires students to be experienced in at least one main instrument and preferably a second one as well (voice can be a main instrument), and must be qualified in instrumental playing or singing. All kinds of music are taught in addition to classical training, and the focus is on self-expression through music. Other music courses include music theory, music history, and ensemble playing.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Academic Year 0113 mid August late June $13,995
Arts/Music Year 1718 mid August late June $13,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Swedish high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Sweden Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Gap Year Abroad

The traditional Academic and Arts/Music programs may also be available as Gap Year Abroad options. Learn more about other gap year programs.

Age Requirement

January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2003. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Swedish. Previous language study is not required, but students must be motivated to learn the Swedish language. Prior to departing, YFU Sweden will recommend websites and apps for self-study, which is expected before arrival.

Host Family Placement

Students are usually placed in small country towns (approx 10,000-30,000 people) or medium-sized cities (approx 31,000-125,000 people). Students are rarely placed in large urban centers. It is common that both parents in a family work full-time, so students will be expected to help with family responsibilities.

+ Semester Programs

During your time in Sweden, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

YFU students in Sweden will be enrolled in a gymnasium, an upper secondary school, and attend courses such as languages, math, social studies, history, technology, physical education, geography, or natural sciences. Most YFU exchange students are placed in the social science or natural science track of secondary school. You will likely have the same classmates for all of your classes. You may also find that Swedish schools are non-authoritarian, so this means you will be expected to be able to study very independently and make mature responsibilities when it comes to your studies. Although there are no after-school sports or activities sponsored by the schools, Swedish students get involved in sports, clubs, and other extracurricular opportunities offered within their communities.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in Sweden, you will have a four-day orientation near Stockholm, where you will continue your basic language training and meet students on the year and semester exchange programs from all over the world. There will also be a local post-arrival orientation after students have had a chance to adjust (Sept./Oct.), a local mid-year orientation (Jan./Feb.) and a 3-day national re-entry orientation in May. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Optional Excursions

A few optional trips will be offered throughout the year. In the fall, YFU Sweden offers a 3 day trip to Stockholm for an adititonal cost . While in Stockholm, students have enjoyed the chance to see the museum of Vasa and the Royal Armory, Skansen, and "Gamla stan," the oldest part of the capital city, while also getting to interact with other exchange students who may live in other parts of Sweden. Year students have also had the opportunity to visit Lappland, the land of the midnight sun, in June for an additional cost. Activities on this 5 day trip have included hiking, guided tours of the flora and fauna, a trip to Narvik (Norway), learning about military and Sami history, and of course appreciating the beautiful scenic surroundings.

Year program students may have the option to participate in the YFU Young Europeans' Seminar, a weeklong program of seminars, educational workshops, inspiring guest speakers, panel discussions, and other activities. The Seminar takes place in Germany in late June and is attended by around 500 other YFU exchange program participants from across the continent. Space is limited and participation requires an additional application and fee.

Special Interest Programs: Art & Music

From a country of over 400 art museums, the Nobel Peace Prize, and Pippi Longstocking comes a wonderful opportunity for students to study visual arts or music in the company of other accomplished artists! YFU students study a wide variety of classes per week in their target interest program. The rest of the classes are in general academic subjects such as mathematics, English, Swedish, history, and social sciences. Courses offered vary depending on the host school.

Visual Art: Visual arts exchange students in Sweden will be enrolled in a Swedish high school with a focus on artistic subjects in addition to core subjects. Students may also take art related subjects such as contemporary art and art history. The visual art program focuses on drawing and painting, but students are also introduced to digital art and may specialize in Image and Design. This specialization should provide an in-depth knowledge of two and three-dimensional imaging techniques. This program will also help you develop your ability to express yourself and communicate visually, while also allowing you to experience, interpret and reflect on visual expressions from different perspectives. Another specialization that may be available is Aesthetics and Media, which focuses on digital media, creating digital products, and storytelling with digital tools.

Music: Music exchange students to Sweden will be enrolled in a Swedish high school with a focus on music. The music program requires students to be experienced in at least one main instrument and preferably a second one as well (voice can be a main instrument), and must be qualified in instrumental playing or singing. All kinds of music are taught in addition to classical training, and the focus is on self-expression through music. Other music courses include music theory, music history, and ensemble playing.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Academic Fall Semester 0435 mid August early January $11,995
Arts/Music Fall Semester 1109 mid August early January $13,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Swedish high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Sweden Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2003. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Swedish. Previous language study is not required, but students must be motivated to learn the Swedish language. Prior to departing, YFU Sweden will recommend websites and apps for self-study, which is expected before arrival.

Host Family Placement

Students are usually placed in small country towns (approx 10,000-30,000 people) or medium-sized cities (approx 31,000-125,000 people). Students are rarely placed in large urban centers. It is common that both parents in a family work full-time, so students will be expected to help with family responsibilities.