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Swedish exchange program at Uppsala University

Applications for 2018-2019 are now closed.  If you wish to be added to an alternate list for this program please contact the IOP Director at

Augustana College has a longstanding relationship with Uppsala University, one of Europe's most prestigious academic centers and Sweden's premiere school for the liberal arts. 

Located just north of Stockholm, Uppsala is a quintessential European college town. Founded in 1477, the university is one of the oldest schools in northern Europe. With Augustana's exchange program, students in any major can spend a semester or a year in Sweden, earning 12-30 credits in numerous fields. 

This program is open to any major, and highly recommended for students in Scandinavian Studies, business administration, political science, history, English and all traditional liberal arts and sciences.

Coursework is available in both English and Swedish. 

Students who opt for a one-semester program will be off campus for an entire fall term as well as half of the winter term. Students may elect to take courses at Augustana for the second half of winter term.  

Eligibility: This program is open to all students in their sophomore year or later with a GPA of 2.5. Students should consult with their academic advisors before application to ensure that the program will fit with their other academic goals. Courses must be pre-approved before the student leaves for Sweden. 

Anticipated Program Cap:  Six students

Academics:  The expansive catalog of Uppsala University is open to program participants. It is recommended that students study Swedish as part of their program, but they may also take courses in a wide range of fields. Learning perspectives will be granted based upon the Augustana course equivalencies.  

Students on this, or any exchange program, must receive a grade of C or higher on all coursework in order to receive Augustana credit for their courses.

Calendar:  Uppsala University operates on a semester system, with fall semester running September to late January and spring semester running from late January through June. For this reason Augustana recommends that students who are interested in this exchange opt either for the spring semester or for a full-year program.  

Students on the full-year program should ensure that they enroll in courses equivalent to 24 credits at Augustana. 30 is preferable. 

Students enrolling at Uppsala for the spring semester should plan to enroll in courses equivalent to 12 credits (15 is preferable) and complete their Augustana winter term program by enrolling in three credits of coursework during the December five-week module at Augustana. This guarantees enough credits to retain full-time student status for financial aid purposes. 

Students on the spring semester should be prepared to remain in Sweden through June to complete final exams.

Seniors should be aware that due to the Uppsala calendar extending through June, all seniors who enroll in the Uppsala exchange will be listed as summer graduates rather than spring graduates.


Students will pay standard Augustana tuition and fees for the time they are in Sweden. The tuition is treated as half of winter term and all of spring term (for the spring semester program).  There are no additional study abroad fees with this program.

Cost includes: The program fee includes only tuition for the 1.5 terms that the student is studying in Sweden and coverage from Augustana's international traveler's health insurance. This insurance covers illnesses and injuries which occur while abroad. 

Students with preexisting conditions or ongoing health treatment may wish to discuss additional insurance with their families as an option to cover these ongoing health needs. 

Cost does not include: 
Airfare, accommodations in Uppsala, meals, ground transportation or additional health insurance.  

Accommodations are arranged with assistance from Uppsala University but are paid on site, not through Augustana College.

Housing: Students at Uppsala University live in student apartments throughout the city of Uppsala. Uppsala has a housing office dedicated to finding appropriate accommodations for its students, including international exchange students.

Financial Aid

Students participating in an exchange program are eligible for the same financial aid they would receive were they on campus in Illinois. This includes grants, scholarships and loan eligibility, but not work-study arrangements. The Uppsala Exchange is both Augie Choice and IOP Grant eligible. The $1,000 IOP Grants are competitive and limited in number. 

Freistat Grants: If a student chooses to earn at least six credits of their coursework in the host country language while participating in an exchange program (Germany, Hong Kong, Japan or Sweden), they may also apply for a Freistat Grant for Language Immersion. 

This grant can be $2,000 or more towards the cost of the terms abroad. It requires that at least six credits of coursework be either language study or courses taught in the host country's language (other than English). (more information).

Augie Choice:  All exchange programs are Augie Choice eligible for students who have completed six terms or 60 credits at Augustana prior to departure.  Transfer students who have completed three terms or 30 credits at Augustana prior to departure are also eligible for Augie Choice grants.

For more information on any exchange programs, contact Dr. Allen Bertsche, International & Off-Campus Programs.