You may think you know everything there is to know about Sweden but as a matter of fact - you don't! Don't get disappointed, we do a lot of the stereotypical Swedish things as well: We eat Swedish meatballs (kötbullar), we enjoy bright summer nights, we are the kindest people you'll ever meet (probably)! But! There's more to us than that!
Did you know..
..Spotify is Swedish
..Sweden is one of the leading countries in gender equality
..Sweden is a member of the European Union, but are one of the few countries that kept our own currency, the krona!
..The most dangerous animal in Sweden is wasps and bees.
..One of the most important national culture in Sweden is to have a "fika" - a coffee break with cookies etc.
..Everything is lagom in Sweden (you'll find out what that means once you get here)
Creators of IKEA and Spotify
As an exchange student in Sweden you will experience and learn a lot of new things about Europa, Sweden but mostly yourself.
Home of IKEA, the Nobel Prize and famous children’s characters such as Pippi Longstocking and Emil of Lönneberga, created by the famous and well-loved writer Astrid Lindgren. As an exchange student in Sweden you will experience the great outdoors in Sweden’s beautiful landscape, eat Swedish meatballs (köttbullar), enjoy bright summer nights, meet the wonderfully kind and hospitable people of Sweden and make lifelong friends. Swedes generally speak perfect English so communicating will be easy for all exchange students.
Out of the 10 million people in Sweden, 2 million are under the age of 18.
During your exchange year in Sweden you will experience a new culture and new way of living. Your year as an exchange student will bring you memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life. You will have the opportunity to be part of a Swedish family, meet new friends and try things you would have never even thought of doing before.
The Swedes are a friendly, polite, and learned people. As an exchange student, you will be greeted warmly and enjoy great Swedish hospitality. Though, Swedes are known to be very quiet and shy, so to make a lot of friends you must be eager to speak up and engage with people as once you get to know the people they will treat you like a true friend and help you in whatever way they can.
Swedes also love to celebrate, with many festivals throughout the year! If you are lucky you will get to celebrate midsummer the Swedish way where you will sing songs, eat strange Swedish fish and dance around the maypole, surrounded by flowers.
Who can participate in the program
Students who wish to begin their studies in August should turn 16 or 17 within that calendar year. Though, depending on your home country, you may be eligible to apply even if you turn 15 by December.
Students should prepare before arrival. It’s required that you actively study, participate, and show progress throughout the stay.