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Comparative Study Experience in Sweden

Summer C  2012


Program Full

Program Description:

Application Deadline Extended!

As an enhancement to the undergraduate curriculum, the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies has developed a unique study abroad program for students at UCF interested an interdisciplinary comparative study of Sweden. Sweden is noted in modern history for global excellence in the areas of design, technology, education, and human welfare. Yet, its history of global contributions runs back centuries to the age of the Viking.

This program offers students an excellent opportunity to be immersed within Swedish culture while comparing firsthand the contemporary issues facing Sweden and the United States including the environment, immigration, health and social services, and education. For this program, students are required to register for an International Comparative Studies course. The program and classes will be administered in English.

While abroad, students can expect a typical classroom setting, with lectures, guest speakers and regular meetings with Swedish peers.  These class meetings will be intermingled with weekly excursions to local sites of interest and relevance.   Cultural immersion will be achieved through guided historical and cultural field studies. Student progress will be evaluated through class participation and regular examinations (including e-journaling, essays, and projects).

For two weeks, participants will attend classes at the UCF main campus before traveling to Stockholm, Sweden.   Over the next four weeks, students will participate in an interdisciplinary study of contemporary issues such as the environment, education, healthcare, social welfare, and immigration. The Midsömmer holiday will be a highlight of the program while students participate in traditional celebrations in the “Land of the Midnight Sun.”  Visits to local sites, such as a traditional fäbod (summer farm) and a working wind farm, will enhance the curriculum.

Site visits will include the Uppsala Cathedral, the ancient Viking island of Birka, and the Royal Palace of Stockholm.  Students will also have a few free days to explore Gamla Stan (Old Stockholm) and other museums to help gather knowledge for their final projects.

To be eligible, students must be a Junior standing and will have completed ENC 1102, or have the instructor’s consent.

While abroad, students are expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences and try new things. Upon returning to the USA, students will attend a final four weeks of classes at the UCF main campus.

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Payment Breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:

Payment 1:  $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2:  $1000
Payment 3:  $2155
Payment 4:  $2155

Learning Outcomes:
  • Gain an informed appreciation for other cultures
  • Develop an openness to new ideas and values
  • Cultivate their global citizenship through an enhanced awareness of contemporary social issues
  • Learn to understand and appreciate differing perspectives on a variety of different subjects
  • Enhance interdisciplinary understanding through viewing new approaches to solving problems
  • Communicate effectively with people from other cultures
Program Prerequisites:
Minimum GPA: 2.50 cumulative
Language: English
Proficiency Level Required: English
Other Prerequisites: 
  • Junior standing
  • ENC 1102
Courses[click to expand]:
IDS-3955 Interdisciplinary Studies Abroad in Sweden - IDS 3955
Academic Institution: This program does not use a partner institution
Credit Hours: 3.00

Program Components and Costs:
Component: Program Fees

The following services are included as part of the program fee:

  • Round trip air between Orlando, Florida and Stockholm, Sweden
  • Shared hotel accommodations in Stockholm, Uppsala, including breakfast
  • Shared cabin accommodations in Rättvik, Sweden
  • Airport transfers
  • (2) Stockholm Travel Cards (72 hrs & 24 hrs)
  • Ground train transportation between Stockholm, Uppsala, Rattvik, and Falun
  • Visit to the Royal Palace, Riddarhuset, and related museums
  • Transportation by train or bus to cities and excursion sites
  • Visit to Museum of Peace and Vasaborgen
  • Tour of Domkyrkan
  • Visit to Linnaeus Garden and Museum
  • Excursion to Sundborne
  • Medical insurance including repatriation
  • Tour of Falun Energi
  • Excursion to local fabod
  • Excursion to Bjorko/Burka UNESCO site
  • Excursion to Styggforsen
  • Stockholm a la carte card (72 hrs)
  • Uppsala Card (96 hrs)
  • Excursion to Stora Kopperberg
  • Tour of Vard Central Medical Facilities
  • Visit to Carl Larsson home
  • Theatre tickets to performance at Dalhalla Theatre
  • Church boat ride
  • Meeting space for classes while in Rattvik
  • Final dinner at Sjovillan
  • One group dinner with traditional Swedish foods in a local resident's home
  • Administrative fees


The following services are not included as part of the program fee:

  • Passport or visa fees
  • Incidentals
  • Meals except as listed above
  • Currency exchange fees
  • Personal travel not associated with the program
  • Tips and gratuities for tour guides and private charter buses
  • UCF tuition
  • Participation in Swedish National Day activities at student's discretion
Price (in US Dollars): 5410.00
Requirement: Mandatory
1st payment due:  Pending application approval
2nd payment due: 2012-02-24
3rd payment due: 2012-03-15
4th payment due: 2012-04-16
Study abroad fees are posted to the UCF student account. Payment procedures, types and cashier locations can be found here, on the UCF Registrar's website.
Faculty Program Coordinator:
Name: Laura Hard af Segerstad
Email: laura.hardafsegerstad@ucf.edu
Office: Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, CL 1 302
Program Dates:
Program Begins: 2012-05-27
Program Ends: 2012-06-24
Program Deadlines:
Last day to apply: 2012-03-09
Last day to withdraw/reconfirm: 2012-03-12
Academic Institution:
This program does not use a partner institution 
Additional information:
Program Map
Closest Domestic Consulate
Nearest US Embassy Abroad
US State Department Country Information
Currency Exchange Information
Visa Information:
Visa Required: No
Your visa requirements and cost may vary if you are not a US citizen. Please let OIS staff know if you are not using a US passport to ensure that we can address any differences in the immigration requirements.

Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. UCF, Office of International Studies will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.

University of Central Florida
Office of International Studies
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Millican Hall room 107 Orlando, FL 32816
Telephone (407) 882-2300 | Fax (407) 882-0240 | studyabroad@ucf.edu