University of Stockholm

  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Minimum GPA: 2.8
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors


Stockholm is the capital and largest city in Sweden. The university premises were situated in central Stockholm at Observatorielunden but as enrollment increased, lack of space made it necessary to move. Since 1970 most of the university operations are pursued at the main campus at Frescati north of the city center. Apart from being a large city with an active cultural life, Stockholm as a capital also houses many of the national cultural institutions of Sweden, including theatre, opera and museums. Students should be aware though that, because it is so far north, during the winter months, Sweden has very little ‘daylight’ hours. The sun may not rise until 10am and may set as early as 3:15pm. In the summer, conversely, it may offer only a couple hours of dark each night.

  • Visa:

    Residence permit required. Students should apply for a residence permit two months before arrival. Students will be required to show they have at least $5,500 in their checking account.

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting tuition payments to the program. Students pay room and board directly to the University of Stockholm.

  • Requirements

    Highly qualified sophomores will be considered for admissions. Each department has its own requirements and prerequisites. Students must enroll in an appropriate-level Swedish language course. As of Spring 2011, this program no longer fulfills the language requirement.

    Direct Enrollment

    There are no American representatives on site. Students work with university personnel at the International OfUice. This program offers little assistance. Students should be mature, independent and resourceful, as they are expected to function on their own.

    Exchange Details


    Academic Credit

    Students at Stockholm University are required to take 30 ECT credit points per semester of study (30 S.U. credits = 4 Haverford credits). Most courses are 10 weeks long and students take only one course during each 10-week period. There are a few 5-week courses— students would need to take 2 of these per 10-week period. One credit refers to an input of approximately 40 hours of work. When deciding credit points for each course not only the hours of lectures and seminars is counted, but also the work demanded of the students for group activities, essay writing, etc. Since the semester is 20 weeks in duration, 30 credits points means about 40 hours of work a week. A course in the Swedish language is available as part of the course of study. Students who wish to take this Swedish course need only take total of 15 points during the semester in addition to the language course in order to fulUill 4 Haverford credits. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Full university curriculum, but a limited number of courses taught in each department.

    Good option for Biology majors who want to go to a non-English-speaking country. Students assigned a mentor, a Swedish student that is available to help with all problems.

    Course Highlights

    Art History, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English, Gender Studies, Geology, Literature and the History of Ideas, History, Human Geography, International Education, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, Law, Mathematics, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Political Science, Physical Geography, Psychology, Radiobiology, Scandinavian Languages, Social Anthropology, Sociology, and Theater Studies.

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Week-long orientation to Swedish culture. Includes registration for classes.

    Number of Students: Approximately 34,000 students of whom 450 are exchange students. Haverford has an exchange program with the University of Stockholm.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Single bedrooms in co-ed dormitories with Swedish and foreign students. Dormitories are located throughout the city and students should expect to commute 20 minutes to an hour to class. Meals are not included in the program fee.

    Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    The Student Union organizes social event and other activities for students.

    Sports: Badminton, baseball, dance, fencing, karate, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, squash, swimming, tai chi, tennis, volleyball.

Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester I: Late August to mid-January
  • Semester II: Late January to mid-June
  • Year: Late August to mid-June
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: January 15
  • Semester II: August 15
  • Year: February 15
Faculty Contact

Karin Akerfeldt