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Linnaeus University - Växjö

Växjö (pronounced Vex-sure), the central community in southeastern Sweden, has a full range of cultural and musical life in its museums, theater, cathedral and concert hall. The area is known as the Kingdom of Crystal since world class glassworks such as Kosta Boda and Orrefors are located here. The House of Emigrants commemorates the great emigration epoch from 1850 to 1930, when 1.3 million Swedes emigrated to America. The region is also known for its high tech industry, pulp and paper manufacturing, and home of the furniture manufacturer, IKEA. The surrounding pristine lakes and forests are an attraction for those who love wildlife and the outdoors. Växjö is also one of the leading tennis cities in the world as Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Magnus Larsson and Jonas Bjorkman have all trained and played here. Växjö is easily accessible from Copenhagen and Stockholm by plane and train.

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

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

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

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

Fast Facts
Växjö, Sweden (pop. 64,200)
Student Enrollment: 15,000
Language of instruction: English, French, German, Swedish
University Home Page
Courses for exchange students in English
Guide for International Students (pdf)
International Office Homepage

Schools of Education (primary & secondary teacher training, teaching practice/internship); Forest and Wood Engineering; Industrial Engineering (building design & urban planning, green building); Health Sciences and Social Work (nursing, social care); Humanities (Swedish & Nordic languages, Swedish & Scandinavian culture, history, film, literature); Management and Economics (accounting, business administration, business logistics, entrepreneurship, international economics, management, marketing, organization theory); Mathematics and Systems Engineering (computer science & engineering, management information systems, mathematics, numerical analysis, systems analysis); Social Sciences (communications, peace & development, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology); Total Quality and Management (terotechnology).

Courses taught in English
For both international and Swedish students at the basic level: The university offers a number of integrated semester-long English-language courses. Fall offerings include courses in Political Science Studies, Business administration, Supply Chain Management,Economics I, International Law and Human rights, Modern Marketing Practices, Globalization and Society, Organizational and Management Studies, Peace and Development Studies, and English, Aspects of Scandinavia and Sports and Culture as well as individual courses in several areas.

Spring offerings include English Linguistics, Managing in global Context, Economics II, Intercultural Studies, Concepts in Film, Management Accounting & IS/IT, Teacher Education-Global, and Intercultural Perspectives, as well as individual courses in mathematics, computer science, information systems, terotechnology, and many other fields. A complete course list is available online here:Courses for exchange students in English.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Courses at this level are called advanced level courses or programmes and are 1 or 2 years long:
Business Process and Supply Chain Management
Mathematics and Modelling
Total Quality Maintenance
Software Technology
International Marketing Strategy
Master course in Psychology

Academic Notes
Linnaeus University - Växjö offers a variety of courses with a focus on Sweden for ISEP students who are interested in learning more about Swedish culture and Society. Most courses and programs offered at Linnaeus University - Växjö are at the advanced undergraduate level (see catalogue for details).

Växjö welomes engineering students; a variety of engineering coursework is offered.

The typical course load is four courses per semester. Each semester runs approximately 20 weeks long.

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations. Semester 1 transcripts are sent in February. Semester 2 transcripts are sent in June or July. Full year transcripts are sent in June or July.

Language Notes
Language Courses: There are several options for exchange students interested in learning Swedish. ISEP students can take Swedish courses as part of their curriculum, or take non-credit introductory Swedish course that is offered to all exchange students. French and German language courses are also offered for majors.

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes
Institutional TOEFL accepted? Yes
Other tests accepted: Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
English as a Foreign Language courses available? No
Additional comments: The level of English needed in order to follow the teaching is based on the self-assessment grid within the CEFR, level B2. Please see here for an in-depth description.

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

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Upon placement at the Linnaeus University, students will receive important instructions to fill out Linnaeus University electronic/ online applications. The online application assists the Linnaeus University with student arrivals, course and program planning, and accommodation reservations.

Hints for Researching Courses
Follow the Courses for exchange students in English link. Select Växjö as the City, First cycle as the Level (for Bachelor's) or Second cycle (for Master's), and then select the appropriate Semester from the drop down boxes. Then filter by Subject based on your field of study.

Housing and Meals
ISEP students are housed in student dorms or apartments. They have single rooms with private bathrooms and shared kitchen and laundry facilities. Upon arrival, students receive a one-time meal stipend to be used throughout the semester.

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: $300-500

Get to know Linnaeus University! To help you settle into life at Linnaeus University, a mandatory Orientation Weekend runs the weekend after the official arrival days. During the Orientation you will receive practical and academic information, as well as a guided tour of Växjö and the surrounding areas. Study programmes and courses commence the week following the Orientation Weekend.

Airport pickup is provided. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.

Linnaeus University - Växjö is the second largest university in southern Sweden. The first integrated English-language program in non-English-speaking Europe was probably initiated here. There are different centers and institutes for technology development, transport economics and business logistics, labor market research, small business development and humanities. The attractive main campus area includes Teleborg Castle and park, the university library, as well as the student union and student pub. Total enrollment: more than 15,000.

VIS, a group of students at the university, arranges activities for all those interested in intercultural activities. The International Student Life Coordinator, who assists all incoming students in practical and social matters, can be found at the Student Union. This person arranges for each exchange student to have a fadder-a Swedish mentor-who helps to make your stay at Vaxjo University as pleasant as possible. You can find more information about VIS here.