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ISEP Mälardalen University, Sweden

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, and Academic Year


Luleå, Sweden

Karlstad, Sweden

Växjö, Sweden

Kalmar, Sweden

Vasteras, Sweden

Eskilstuna, Sweden

Södertörn, Sweden

Trollhättan, Sweden




- UI Student with 2.75 GPA or above

- No Language Requirement

Application Due:

- Fall Semester 1/30

- Spring Semester 8/15

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

ISEP in Sweden

a main campus building at Sodertorn university.

Södertörn University

The Swedes invest more per capita in research and development than any other country in the world "in medical, technological and environmental areas as well as social research" with an emphasis on translating new ideas into practice. University curricula at all six ISEP member institutions in Sweden reflect this trend but also provide strong programs in business, humanities, political and social sciences. Numerous courses are taught in English and attended by Swedish as well as international students. Support services for international students are excellent and ISEP students are allowed to work in Sweden while on exchange.

With ISEP, University of Iowa students can explore the options to study in Sweden at 6 different universities. Please visit ISEP's Official Sweden Website for further details regarding each university: Karlstad, Linnaeus (in Växjö and Kalmar), Luleå University of Technology, Mälardalen, Södertörn and University of the West.

A beautiful stream outside of Lulea, in what looks to be late summer.

Sweden is full of amazing nature


Each ISEP Sweden option has various fields of study and individual courses taught in English (as well as Swedish, should you be fluent in it). Please explore the individual program sites on ISEP's Official Website for specific program details. Click on the "Academics" tab of each program to view their offerings to ISEP students.


Fall Semester is typically from mid August through mid January

Spring Semester is typically from late January through early June

For More Info

Steps to Studying Abroad

  1. Before initiating an application with ISEP, students must complete a Discover Study Abroad session at the University of Iowa.
  2. After completing the Discover Abroad session, students must call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 to be assigned to the appropriate study abroad advisor.
  3. Once assigned, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to receive program application instructions.

Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: 319-335-0353


A snow covered campus in winter sun

There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing - Scandinavian Proverb

In some ways, visiting Sweden feels like walking right into a fashion or home-decor magazine. There are no boring outfits on the streets of Stockholm, and the care with which houses and cottages and cafes and public spaces are decorated and kept up throughout the country is truly inspiring. But Swedish style is never too showy; form and function are tightly linked in this society known for valuing moderation, practicality, order, simple lines and clever designs. Whether you decide to shop for your own versions or just enjoy the scenery around you, it’s hard not to fall for the cool aesthetics of this place.

Truth be told, the best thing about Sweden is its natural beauty. But to really appreciate this country’s charms, you have to leave the city behind. Whether that means sailing across an archipelago to visit an island or two, or trekking along a kingly trail through the northern wilderness, just depends on your preferences – why not try both? Hiking, camping, cycling, skiing, boating, fishing and foraging for mushrooms and berries are all major Swedish pastimes, and it’s easy to get in on the action from just about any place in the country.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Housing and Meals

Sodertorn in the winter, looking out from a curved campus building on the 3rd floor.

Södertörn University in the winter

According to the University of Iowa's contract with ISEP, all students will have both housing and meals provided for them at their host university. To view specific housing and meal arrangement, please visit ISEP's Official Website for Sweden and click on the particular program. Then, click on the "Campus Life" tab and you will see a section titled "Housing and Meals."

Travel Arrangements

Students are advised NOT to purchase airline tickets until they receive acceptance confirmation from the host university. If you have questions and/or concerns about this, please contact the study abroad advisor at 319-335-0353.

Students are expected to find their own flights, though Study Abroad can assist by providing advice on airfare. Often times, host universities will be able to send a local student to the airport to meet incoming students. More info on flights and arrival times will be provided by the host university with the acceptance packet.

Local Transportation

Please see ISEP’s website of Daily Life in Sweden for further details.


This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

Meeting the minimum requirements for eligibility does NOT guarantee acceptance into the program. The final decision on admissions rests with ISEP and the host institution. Chances of placement for students seeking to go to Sweden are generally fair (meaning 50/50 chance) on ISEP Exchange but are never guaranteed.

Eligibility Policy

It is the University of Iowa’s policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student that must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

Language Requirements

Students do not need to have any Swedish knowledge, as there are many courses available in English. If you happen to be fluent in Swedish, you will be able to take all courses available at the host university though.

Program Cost Sheets

The most recent cost sheet for the Karlstad University is from Spring 2015.
The most recent cost sheet for the Lulea University is from Fall 2013.

Please contact Study Abroad for a current cost sheet for your desired program if it isn't above and/or not current. Cost sheets outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program. The cost sheet will include fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as estimated out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Confirmation of Participation is signed Administrative fee: $400
ISEP Placement fee: $390 ($490 for dual placement)
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with ISEP
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: $400
ISEP Placement fee: $390 ($490 for dual placement)
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with ISEP

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

Spring Semester: 8/15. For best chances of placement on Exchange, students should have met with the ISEP adviser in May prior to the end of the semester, or during the summer.

Fall Semester and Academic Year: 1/30. For best chances of placement on Exchange, students should have met with the ISEP adviser in December prior to the end of the semester.

Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.

How to Apply

Click here for UI's online study abroad application. On the application page, you need to choose your desired session. Then choose the program "International Student Exchange Program" from the drop down menu. This is generic application for all ISEP programs. Once your placement is confirmed from ISEP, Study Abroad will manually put you in the appropriate section.

Note, students must fill out two applications. In addition to UI's online study abroad application, you will also be required to fill out ISEP's application. BEFORE applying to ISEP, students MUST make an appointment with the study abroad advisor for this program. Students will not be allowed to apply unless they are first nominated by the University of Iowa. Please call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Acceptance Materials

After submission of your UI online application, you will be invited to fill out an ISEP application. This is a lengthy process and needs to be started well ahead of the University of Iowa's deadline (at least a month prior). The University of Iowa is required to submit your completed ISEP application (they will not accept it if it is sent by you). When ISEP has reviewed your application and made a placement, they will notify you and your Study Abroad Advisor.

You will then be either confirmed or denied by the host university. If confirmed, then you will receive your initial acceptance materials via e-mail from ISEP and your host university. You will then meet with your Study Abroad Advisor to receive the remaining portion of your acceptance packet.

Orientation Information

You will have two separate orientations, one at the University of Iowa before your departure, and another upon your arrival in Sweden at your host university. Each orientation varies at the host university. Please see ISEP's Official Sweden Website and click on the particular program to check out orientation details. They are under the "Campus Life" tab of each program and under the "Orientation" heading.

ISEP Student Handbooks

Country Handbook for Sweden

ISEP Student Handbook

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343