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University West


Trollhättan is located 80 kilometers north of Gothenburg, a tri-city area with a population of nearly 250,000 people. SAAB Automobile and VOLVO Aero are the major employers in the region. The university is also close to Lake Värnern, one of the biggest lakes in Europe. The railway station downtown provides easy access to Gothenburg, Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen. Students can fly on low-fare air tickets from Gothenburg to dozens of other European cities, such as London, Milan, and Barcelona.

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

Program Dates
Academic year: mid-August to early June; Semester 1 (Quarters 1 and 2): mid-August to mid-January (students normally finish their courses before Christmas and go home for the holidays); Semester 2 (Quarters 3 and 4): mid-January to early June

Fast Facts
Trollhättan, Sweden (pop. 57,000)
Student Enrollment: 11,000
Language of instruction: English, Swedish
University Home Page
Student Portal
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Department of Economics and IT (business, international business, marketing, film production, computer science, economics, international relations, political science, social science); Department of Engineering Science (design, CAD, environmental technology, quality management, mechanical engineering, robotics); Department of Nursing, Health, and Culture (elective studies in clinical/applied nursing, health promotion); Department of Social and Behavioral Studies (language, culture, and communication; intercultural studies, Language, Culture, and Communication in Sweden)

Courses taught in English
ISEP students can choose from over 75 courses taught in English. Most undergraduate courses taught in English can be found in the Economics, IT, Political Science, and Engineering departments.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Mechanical Engineering: Simulation of Manufacturing Processes (1-2 years), Robotics (1 year); IT: Computer Science (1 year), Informatics (1 year); Business: International Business (1 year)
All courses are open for incoming ISEP students with the approval of the instructor. All degree programs are also open if the student meets the prerequisites.

Academic Notes
The International Program for Politics and Economics (IPPE) is a 3-year bachelor program with courses taught entirely in English. ISEP students are welcome to select a number of individual courses from this program. Your home institution sets the policy regarding the award of credit for coursework completed on an ISEP program. You are responsible for knowing your home institution's policies and procedures regarding this matter.

Other Academic information useful to participants: Please see our web site for exchange students: http://www.hv.se/en/education/exchange-student Here you will find basically all practical information as well as course information that you will need. As a registered student you will have access to the Student Portal. This is where we publish all necessary information to our students during the semesters.

Number of classes typical student takes per term: 4 (30 hp/Swedish credit points per semester)
Number of hours per week typical student spends in class: 15
Number of weeks per term: 20


Transcript issued for Semester 1: February
Transcript issued for Semester 2: June
Transcript issued r Full Year: June

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

Language Notes
Knowledge of Swedish is not required. Students with sufficient knowledge of Swedish may take any suitable course offered. Culture and Communication in Sweden is offered during the first quarter of each semester.

ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes
TOEFL: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575 (paper-based). Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90 (internet-based).
Institutional TOEFL accepted? No
IELTS: An overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5.
English as a Foreign Language courses available? Yes. A two-semester English module is offered: first level during fall semester and second level during spring semester. This means a full academic year for studies of the English language on Bachelor’s level, or one semester if that is preferred.

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

Special Academic Conditions
The departments of Nursing, Health, and Culture and of Social and Behavioral Studies are open to ISEP students, but most courses are taught in Swedish.

Hints for Researching Courses
Click here to see the list of courses.

When selecting courses, remember that 30 ECTS credits make a full semester. Each semester consists of 20 weeks. Pay special attention to when courses are offered: AU (Period 1 and 2) means autumn semester, SP (Period 3 and 4) spring semester. Students generally take one course unit at a time over the course of several weeks. Each course unit is individually examined immediately after its conclusion.

Housing and Meals
Students receive a stipend for housing and meals. Housing is in private rooms in shared apartments. The apartments have 1-2 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a common room. Students usually prepare their own meals. Married student housing is available upon request (no children).


3000 SEK per month including public transport ticket. Tuition, room and board is included in your ISEP exchange. At the beginning of the semester you will be given a meal stipend to cover meals. You must have opened a bank account in Sweden for us to be able to transfer the money to you. International office will help you with this. Please bring enough money as back-up to cover food expenses until access to the money is possible. Due to banking system opening of bank account and money transfer could take up to 10 working days.

Please note that to join the Student Union you need to pay a fee of 200 SEK per semester. Student Union Membership is not mandatory but gives access to a number of social activities.


We do not charge incoming ISEP students with additional fees. However your need to pay a deposit of 2000 SEK for accommodation by start of semester. This deposit will be transferred back to you after approved inspection upon departure.

Also there is valountary fee for membership to the Student Union of 120-150 SEK per semester.

Usually there is a prearranged pick-up at the trainstation. Be sure to fill out the arrival form correctly and communicate this with the ISEP coordinator. The university campus is located 8 minutes walk from the trainstation and you can ask anyone for directions. Everybody in Sweden speaks English. Together with International Student Ambassadors (ISA) the International Office arranges orientation days for all incoming students for two days before classes start. The Student Union also welcome international students to participate in a two week long introduction program for all new students with a lot of social activities.


Host can arrange a pick up at the train station with advanced notice.

Student Activities
Fieldtrips and activities arranged by the University are usually free of charge. The student union also arranges a variety of sports and leisure activities.

University West was founded in 1990. Originally spread out across three campuses, its new location in Trollhättan was built in 2008 and designed specifically to meet the needs of modern students. The university’s programs cooperate and collaborate closely with regional businesses and society. This year, the university hosted more than 200 international students.