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Mälardalen University

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The cities of Vasteras and Eskilstuna are beautifully situated on either side of Lake Mälaren, one of Sweden's largest inland lakes. Both campuses are centrally located, which adds to the university's attractions and to the vitality of both city centers. Whether a course is offered in Eskilstuna or Vasteras is of little importance, as students and staff travel between the campuses free of charge during working hours.

The cities are large enough to provide a wide range of cultural activities, entertainment, and sporting facilities. The region also provides a range of outdoor leisure activities. During the summer there are excellent facilities for golf, sailing, swimming, and rambling. In the winter it is possible to ski and to skate on the frozen waters of Lake Malaren. The two cities are approximately 100 km from Stockholm and can easily be reached by bus or train within one hour.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or a semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

Program Dates
Academic year: mid-August to early June; Semester 1: mid-August to mid-January; Semester 2: mid-January to early June.

Fast Facts
Västerås and Eskilstuna, Sweden (pop. 135,936 and 60,185)
Student Enrollment: 13,000
Language of instruction: English, Swedish
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Biology and Chemical Engineering (biochemistry, biology, chemical engineering, drug design, microbiology, organic chemistry); Business (accounting, business systems, ecological economics, economics, finance, information systems, international business, marketing); Caring and Health Sciences (nursing, public health); Computer Science and Engineering (computer engineering, computer science, real time systems); Electronics (electrical & electronic engineering, mecatronics, medical engineering); Public Technology (construction engineering, energy engineering, environmental engineering, environmental sciences); Humanities (history, linguistics, literature, modern languages); Information Design and Product Development (drama, entrepreneurship, expo & event design, information brooking, innovation technology, product development, technical & scientific illustration, technical & scientific writing); Mathematics and Physics (aviation engineering, chamber music, mathematics, physics, statistics); Social Sciences (care of drug abusers, early childhood intervention, education, psychology, sociology, social work, teacher training). French and Spanish language courses are taught in their respective language.

Courses taught in English
Economics, Marketing, Management, International Business, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics,Intercultural Studies program, Psychology, International Social Psychology program, Caring and Public Health Sciences, Computer Sciences. Computer Engineering, Electronics, Information Design, Product and Process Development, Environmental Science, Energy Engineering

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
The following Master’s programs are offered in English (MIMA): Analytical Finance Children: Health - Development - Learning - Intervention Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence Computer Science with Software Engineering Profile Ecological Economics- studies in Sustainable Development Electronics with Biomedical Engineering Profile International Marketing International Business and Entrepreneurship Production and Logistics Management Real Time Systems Robotics Sustainable Energy Systems

Masters Level Study Information
Malardalen International Master Academy (MIMA) http://www.mdh.se/utbildning/

Academic Notes
ISEP students may take courses in all departments. Courses range from basic to specialized levels and are taken together with Swedish students. A wide range of courses taught in English are available. Strong fields include real time systems, early childhood intervention, biochemistry, innovation technology, environmental engineering and sciences, public health, and international business. International students with documented good knowledge of Swedish and the appropriate prerequisites can choose from the entire range of courses offered by Mälardalen University.

Students typically enroll in 4 classes per term which averages to 12-15 hours in class per week. A term runs for 20 weeks.


Transcript issued for Semester 1: February
Transcript issued for Semester 2: August
Transcript issued for Full Ye: August

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes Additional comments: A Swedish language introductory course is offered to all international students free of charge. One-year courses in Swedish language are offered, ranging from beginner to advanced levels.
I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must submit the ISEP Language Proficiency Report.

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Hints for Researching Courses
Follow the link: Courses Offered for Exchange Students. Select the Courses link on the left-hand side for the appropriate semester. Review the pdf file of available courses.

Housing and Meals
ISEP students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in residence halls or in shared student flats. Cooking facilities are available. A meal stipend is provided. Married student housing can be arranged.


Approx. 3000SEK
Please also note that not very many students (Swedish or exchange) eat at lunch restaurant or at the campus restaurant. They usually cook together in their kitchens at their student accommodation. There are also conveniently rooms with micro ovens by the campus dining room if you want to bring lunch. In the welcome package you will get info on where the “most value” food stores are located etc.

In Sweden you don’t find the typical American style campus with lots of little student restaurant and convenient stores. However a lot of cafes, stores and restaurants in the cities do offer discounts for students. The food stipend is paid in a lump sum and transferred to your account at start of semester.

During the orientation program, a series of informative meetings, lectures and social activities are offered for all our international students.
During orientation week, meetings with the School's coordinators are scheduled. During these meetings you will receive all the necessary information for your course registration.

You will also meet with your host ISEP coordinator for information on the Swedish academic system, receiving your meal stipend, and opening a bank account. You will also receive practical information about library cards, university e-mail accounts, computer facilities and student health services etc.

Representatives from the Student Union and their International Committee will inform you about their activities and their Swedish buddy system. There is a guided tour of the campus and the city and the the University Chaplain invites all international students, regardless of religion and belief, to a typical Swedish “fika” (coffee & cinnamon buns) to become acquainted.

Student Union and the Swedish student buddies arrange a dinner for all exchange students with a party afterwards. They also provide other social activities during the introduction week as well as throughout the academic year.

Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Founded in 1977, Mälardalen University is among the younger universities in Sweden. The university has two main campuses: Västerås (main) and Eskilstuna. Total enrollment: 13,000 (including about 500 international students).

Students at Mälardalen University have everything they need to be able to enjoy their studies. Laboratories and computer facilities are plentiful. All university buildings have been adapted to enable handicap access and handicap aids are available. The Student Union arranges numerous social events, and also plays an active role in setting up contacts with companies, international exchanges, cultural and athletic activities, and in providing access to information technology.