** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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This program is designed for students in Applied Math and Computer Science, Applied Science, Business Administration and Management, Computer Animation, Digital Storytelling, Engineering, Marketing and Multimedia Design. The University of Skövde, founded in 1977, is located in the center of the city of Skövde and is one of the newest universities in Sweden with an enrollment of about 2,600 students.
Similar to UW-Stout, Skövde has a mission of educating students for careers in business and industry with several cross-disciplinary programs. Many of its courses use case studies to link learning to the practical needs of industry and society. The campus area has kept its old time charm with modern architecture. Both students and instructors in Sweden are generally fluent in English.
Skövde is situated in between Sweden's two biggest lakes, Vänern and Vättern. The town has about 50,000 residents and more than one fifth of the population are students. From Skövde you have easy access to many cities in Sweden, approximately one hour to Gothenburg and two hours to Stockholm by train. The travel center called 'Resecentrum' gives access to county transit buses, the high-speed train X2000 and intercity trains.
The city and neighboring region offer many recreational activities and sports including hiking, soccer, fishing, and skiing. Museums, theaters, musical events, and historical sites provide opportunities for entertainment as well as learning about Swedish history and culture. There are several shopping malls and specialty shops and Skövde is the location of a new Volvo engine plant employing over 4,000 workers. While Swedish is the native language, most people speak English as a second language.
Coursework is offered in English in various subject areas. To remain a full time student, 30 ECTS must be taken which is the equivalent to 3 or 4 courses. Students are also encouraged to take Swedish.
Skövde offers four residence halls for exchange students. Price can vary due to type of room and distance to campus. Rooms are single and furnished. The most popular residence hall is Xenia due to close proximity to campus. It is suggested students prepare their meals in their dorms with food purchased at local markets. This can be less expensive than eating off campus.
Passport: Students will need to have a passport study in Sweden. The current passport fee is $135. If you already have a valid U.S. passport, be sure to check the dates of validity – your passport must be valid six months beyond your return date.
Visa: Students will need to have a visa to study in Sweden. The current visa fee is $155. The Office of International Education can assist you with this process.
Travel: Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Sweden. Depending on the starting and ending date of the term, students may have the option of traveling in Sweden before or after the program.