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Södertörn University (Södertörns högskola)

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The area of Södertörn (a large peninsula covering the southern part of Stockholm county) offers a varied landscape with suburban centers as well as large forests and lakes and many opportunities for outdoor activities including bicycling, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and hiking. The university is very close to Stockholm - the Flemingsberg campus is only 20 minutes by train from central Stockholm - with its rich historical and cultural heritage, and shopping and entertainment facilities. Sodertorns hogskola is located in a growing metropolitan area south of Stockholm, distinguished by a population of many different cultures. One of the primary tasks for this newly founded university college is to increase student recruitment to higher education in this area.

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

ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US 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 June; Semester 1: mid-August to mid-January; Semester 2: mid-January to early June.

Fast Facts
Huddinge, Sweden (pop. 96,385; Stockholm County pop. 2 million)
Student Enrollment: 6,300
Language of instruction: English, Swedish
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Natural Sciences (biology, biomolecular chemistry, ecology, environmental science & geography, micro biology, molecular cell biology); Humanities and Social Sciences (art history, business administration, contemporary history, communications, development studies, economics, elementary education, English, entrepreneurship, ethnology, European studies, gender studies, information technology, international economics, journalism, history, history of ideas, law, literature, logistics, marine archaeology, media technology, medical engineering management, multimedia, philosophy, political science, religion, rhetoric, sociology, Swedish, tourism studies).

Courses taught in English
Courses in English are taught in the following subjects:
Business Administration
Development Studies
Development Studies
Education Studies
Environmental Science
Mathematic Statistics
Media and Communication Studies
Media Technology
Political Science
Teacher Education
Tourism Studies

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Södertörn University offers master programs completely taught in English in the following subjects: Economics, Infectious Disease Control, Interactive Media Design, Journalism, English, Environmental Science, Media, Communication and Cultural Analysis, Political Science.

Academic Notes
Students have a variety of courses to choose from: Södertörn University offers more than 80 courses taught in English. Each semester is divided into four periods of about one month each. Students usually schedule one full time course per period. Courses span one or two periods. There are also a few half-speed courses that span two periods; two of these can easily be taken simultaneously. Swedish courses are worth 7.5 or 15 points (equivalent to about 4 or 8 U.S. credits).

Södertörn University welcomes students at the sophomore level and upwards. However, sophomores should be aware that they have fewer courses to choose from since many courses are taught at an supplementary and advanced level, including all business and natural science courses, and most of the economic and political science courses. Course pre-requisites are usually one to two years of previous study in the particular field.

ISEP students are welcome to take courses that are part of the different Master programs without having a bachelor degree, but they must have studied enough credits in the specific subject that is required.

Students studying English can do so with Swedish students, for information about courses available, please contact the ISEP coordinator at Södertörn University.

In some cases students studying biology or micro-biology can do lab-work either as a course or as a voluntary work. If a student is interested in doing lab work, please contact the ISEP coordinator at Södertörn University well in advance of applying to ISEP to find out if it is possible. It depends on the student’s previous studies and the availability of projects.

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

Language Notes
Basic-level Swedish language courses are offered during both semesters. ISEP participants with Swedish language ability may apply to most university courses.

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

Hints for Researching Courses
Follow the link: www.sh.se/courses

Housing and Meals
ISEP students are housed in double-occupancy rooms close to the Flemingsberg Campus in Björnkulla. A stipend to cover the cost of meals is provided.


Food: 1 800
Course literature: 500
Telephone: 300
Internet: 300
Local transport: 790
Medical and personal care:300
Clothes, hobbies: 1200

Together with the Student Union, the International Office organizes Orientation Days for exchange students the week/days before the courses start both semesters. During these days the students deal with all practical matters such as registration, access to computers, access to the university buildings, presentation of the courses, tour of the library, the Student union’s activities etc. They also get to socialize, meet Swedish students, get to know the surroundings. The Orientation Days are important for the students" introduction to Sodertorns hogskola so we recommend that the students arrive in time for these days. More information will be sent to all exchange students after we have received their applications.

Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Founded in August 1996, Södertörn University is one Sweden’s youngest university colleges. The university has grown rapidly; today there are 6,300 full time students enrolled. Södertörn University offers approximately 31 Study Programs, all of which maintain a strong link between academic teaching and research, as well as collaboration among different academic disciplines.

The many interdisciplinary programs make the university unique in Sweden. Many of the courses and educational programs are concerned with issues of ethnicity, migration, and nationalism in modern Europe. The aim is to prepare students for a future that will require flexible, imaginative people with university-level educations. Södertörn University has two campuses: the main campus is located in Flemingsberg; the other campus is Campus Haninge.

What Past Students have to Say
"Sodertorn has a great community of international students and encourages much interaction between them. They also set us up with a Swedish student mentor which was very helpful." - ISEP student from Northwest Missouri State University