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Program Details:

  • 10, 5, or 3 month program starts in August
  • 5 or 3 month program starts in January
  • Must be between the ages of 15½ and 18
  • No language requirement
  • School year starts in August
  • Placed with volunteer host family
  • Application Deadlines: 10/1 for January,
    4/1 for August

 Program Costs:

  • Academic Year – $8,500
  • Semester – $8,000
  • 3 months – $7,500
  • Insurance – $80/month

$1000 deposit due with application
**Prices are subject to change**

Program includes:

  • Public high school acceptance
  • Volunteer host family placement
  • Visa support documents
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pick up
  • Local orientation upon arrival
  • Monitoring and supervision by local partner while in Sweden
  • 24-hour emergency support

Program does not include:

  • International airfare
  • Domestic transportation to host family and within Sweden
  • School textbooks and lunches
  • Extracurricular expenses for clubs, sports, etc.
  • Passport/visa/resident card fees
  • Personal spending money

General Information:

Sweden is situated in Scandinavia and shares a border with Finland and Norway. Sweden is roughly the size of the state of California with less than three percent of it developed. Sweden’s population is 9.7 million with two million people under the age of eighteen and with fifteen percent born in another country. Sweden is a country of the midnight sun meaning that at the northernmost part of Sweden, the sun does not set for 56 days in the summer. Conversely, the sun does not shine for 32 days in the winter. Due to the Gulf Stream, the climate in Sweden is relatively mild along the south coast. The west coast sees more snow with the far north being snowy and cold with short but warm summers.

Swedes are innovators and believe in freedom with responsibility. Swedes enjoy the Right of Public Access which allows anyone to walk, hike, swim or boat across anyone else’s property with the responsibility to do so with care and consideration.

The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony happens every year in Stockholm on December 10th where the Laureates in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature receive a medal from the King of Sweden, as well as a diploma and a cash award. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo on the same day.

High School System:

Swedish compulsory schooling consists of three stages: lågstadiet (years 1–3), followed by mellanstadiet (years 4–6) and then högstadiet (years 7–9). Gymnasium (upper secondary school or high school, years 10–12) is optional. There are 18 regular national programs of three years to choose from, 6 of which are preparatory for higher education such as university, and 12 of which are vocational.

Charter schools are growing in Sweden. Parents are allowed to choose the school they would like for their child to attend, and the state funding follows the child.

*While there is no language requirement for our program, students should make every attempt to become familiar with the local language before arrival and continue to study while in the country. Classes will be taught in Swedish. English is widely understood and spoken in Scandinavia.

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