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Once the leading power in Northern Europe, Sweden remains today one of the strongest societies in the world, with consistently high human development measures and a highly egalitarian society. A non-aligned country that maintains strong international ties politically and economically, Sweden is a precise balancing act of a nation, offering students the best of many worlds.
THE CITY: UPPSALA
Sweden boasts one of the most prosperous European economies and a peaceful egalitarian society. Uppsala, its fourth-largest city, is located 45 miles north of the capital Stockholm. Old Uppsala (Gamla Uppsala) was the focal point of the Kingdom of Swedes, where traces of their Viking forefathers still remain. Once home to a pagan temple and the site of great sacrificial rites, Uppsala is today the country’s religious center with the seat of the archbishop of the Church of Sweden. The city’s dominating landmarks are the large cathedral (Domkyrkan) and the castle (Slottet), both located in the center. Uppsala offers small city charm as well as the opportunities of a big city. The business sector has grown in recent years, partially due to the research and technology at the city’s two universities. Students appreciate the outdoor recreation opportunities in a town surrounded by fields, forests, and lakes.
BC Programs - Semester & Academic Year
In preparation for your study abroad in The Netherlands, you will work with a Boston College OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in The Netherlands, your advisor is Christina Hatzipetros. To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment with Christina, please click here.
Sweden uses the krona (plural kronor) as currency. One krona is divided into 100 öre.
It is important to remember that kronor and US dollars are not equal, however, and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.
In preparation for your time in Sweden, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Swedish Kingdom. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, a more receptive student and a better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can pack correctly. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.
Although over 80% of Swedes claim to speak English, the official language of Sweden and the one spoken primarily by most of the population is Swedish. Students should be prepared to immerse themselves in the Swedish language.
Swedish customs may be very different than many in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.
A residence permit is required for students during their stay in Sweden, and you must apply for your residence permit with the Swedish Consulate General. This must be done in advance of your expected arrival in Sweden. For further information about applying for a residence permit, please visit their website. The application is also located on this page.
Uppsala will provide students with details in their acceptance package.
There are no immunizations required for students studying in Sweden.