Pitt in Sweden


Sweden’s generous immigration policies have created a multicultural society after centuries of relative ethnic, religious and linguistic homogeneity. Population has doubled in the past 100 years and today, almost 1 in 5 citizens was born in another country. The unprecedented influx of EU migrants has left the nation struggling and unable to agree on immigration.
You will spend four weeks in the wonderful town of Uppsala, Sweden.  In addition to your courses, you will learn about Swedish culture through guest lectures, visits to various museums, day trips, overnight excursions, and more! Program highlights include a trip to the historical city of Sigtuna and an evening of “Fika” in a Swedish home.
See the *sample* itinerary for the program here.

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity:

  • to learn about the economic, political, social, and cultural impact of the migration crisis in the EU on Sweden and its society
  • to get to know fascinating Swedish history from the Vikings to ABBA
  • to meet local students and practice Swedish with them

Intercultural Learning Objectives:

  • Develop cultural self-awareness and knowledge of cultural worldview frameworks (Knowledge);
  • Develop an understanding of cultural differences in verbal and nonverbal communication styles and learn to successfully adapt in various presented cultural contexts (Skills);
  • Develop the ability to engage and learn from perspectives and experiences different from one’s own (Skills);
  • Learn to exercise curiosity and openness in interactions with other cultures (Attitudes);
  • Develop transferrable and personal leadership skills (Skills, Attitudes). 

Learning objectives are based on the AAC&U VALUE rubrics for Global Learning and Intercultural Knowledge and Competence

Uppsala, Sweden
This charming college town about an hour from Stockholm in central Sweden is filled with shops, restaurants, gardens, and museums. Uppsala Castle’s magnificent spires can be seen from every part of town. With a population of 200,000, Uppsala is Sweden’s fourth-largest city. 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. Uppsala is known for its connection to the Nobel Prize and has become the home to various leading companies in the biotechnology field.

Where You'll Live: 

Students will be staying in shared accommodations within walkable distance to the study center. Your accommodation will have wifi, and easy access to the local markets, grocery stores and restaurants. You will share a room with 1-2 other participants on the program and will have access to a shared bathroom. 
You can expect the following:

  • Shared bedrooms (2 or 3 students/bedroom)
  • Bedding
  • Shared bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Coin operated laundry 

Please note that meals are not included in the program fee.
We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions.

What You'll Study: 

You will enroll in two courses while abroad.  Everyone on this program will enroll in the core culture course, Sweden Here and Now.  In addition to the culture course lectures, you will have a chance to learn Swedish – either through a crash course of Beginner’s Swedish or continuing learning Swedish at an intermediate/advanced level if you have previous knowledge of the language. 

Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found www.abroad.pitt.edu/geneds

Sweden Here and Now: A Society in Change (SWE1620)

 In this course, we will try to understand just how much Swedish society is changing and how it is affecting the country and its citizens. We will explore the political, economic and social ramifications and determine the benefits as well as the problems that arise. Some topics that will be covered are the Welfare State, gender equality, the educational system and linguistic changes. Starting as far back as the Vikings, we will identify beliefs and values that helped shape modern day Sweden and examine if this cultural mindset hinders or help in a multicultural society. We will study traditional Swedish culture and research how the influence of other cultures is changing customs and traditions.

Introduction to Swedish Language in Sweden (SWE0111)

This course is designed to be an introduction to the Swedish language and culture.  Students will be taught at the beginner's level with a focus on practical Swedish words and phrases.  There will be plenty of opportunities for students to engage in conversation with local Swedes throughout this program.

Continuing Swedish Language in Sweden (SWE0112)

This course is designed for students with previous experience learning the Swedish language.  This course will be highly conversational and will be taught at a combined level based on the students that participate on this program. 

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Oksana Stalczynski

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Global Experiences Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. Global experiences broaden your horizon, grow your circle of friends and improve your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about global experiences programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.


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Your In-Country Contacts: 

Eva Albertsson

Eva Albertsson was born and raised in Kristianstad in southern Sweden, the proximity to the continent perfect for her as she loved to spend her holidays traveling and learning new languages. She graduated from Lund University in 1990 with an MA in Languages Education, teaching English and Swedish. Work assignments moved her and her family to Australia and South Korea among other places until she ended up in Pittsburgh, where she is the Swedish Instructor for the LCTL Center since 2004. After almost 20 years away from Sweden, she still feels like she has two homes – when she is in the US, she goes ‘home’ to Sweden and then back ‘home’ to Pittsburgh. It gives her a unique perspective to observe all the changes Sweden is going through today, as she compares the country she was raised in with the country she comes back to visit today.



Pricing for summer 2022 will be posted and announced later in the fall semester.

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.


What's Included: 

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for six credits
  • Shared accommodations in Uppsala for the duration of the program
  • Weekend excursion to Stockholm
  • Day trip to Sigtuna, a historical city with a medieval town center.
  • Day trip to Gamla Uppsala, the original Uppsala.
  • Academic related site visits
  • Cultural programming
  • Local bus pass in Uppsala
  • International travel health insurance


What Else You Need to Know: 
  • Sweden operates almost entirely on a cashless basis, students therefore will need to have debit and credit cards (Visa) with chips for this program.