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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at University West in Sweden

The Swedes invest more per capita in research and development than any other country in the world “in medical, technological and environmental areas as well as social research” with an emphasis on translating new ideas into practice. University curricula at all six ISEP member institutions in Sweden reflect this trend but also provide strong programs in business, humanities, political and social sciences. Numerous courses are taught in English and attended by Swedish as well as international students. Support services for international students are excellent and ISEP students are allowed to work in Sweden while on the exchange.

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.

This program would be suitable for students that are ready to be abroad, but would still like some of the academic services that a U.S. college provides.  It is a good choice for someone that is a world traveler OR has never left their hometown.

Learn more about University West here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Exchange

Locations

Trollhättan, Sweden

Languages of Instruction

English/Swedish

Program Dates

Fall 2018: Late August to January

Spring 2019: January to June

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

 

Early departure for fall term may be possible. Please contact the ISEP coordinator of the host country for more information.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  

 

Chance of placement for US students is Very Good.

Location

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.

Academics

ISEP students are welcome to select courses and course packages from the online list at the university website. As an example, the international program for politics and economics is a three-year bachelor program with courses taught entirely in English.

 

Fields of Study

  • Language and Culture
  • Business: 

    Business Communications,  Business Management,  Economics,  Finance,  Marketing, Organizational Leadership,  Real Estate

  • International/Global Studies 

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Engineering: 

    Manufacturing Engineering,  Mechanical Engineering

  • Social Sciences: 

    Political Science and Government,  Work and Family Studies

 

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

 

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. ISEP students can take Swedish courses as part of their curriculum. 

Course Website

 

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Most professors will be European. Professors are often more formal than those in the United States, though still concerned with student success.  Some classes may tend to involve more lecture than group work or discussion, as is the norm in Europe.  Often, grades are based mostly on 1-2 exams rather than a collection of assignments, quizzes, and exams.

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

 

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Student Life

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.

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. 

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to University West includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item

Amount

Lake Forest College Tuition

$22,412

Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost

$5,100 

College Deposit (credit)

($250)

Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College

$27,512

ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application

 $325

College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)

 $250

ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP

 $360

Additional Meals

 $1,000

Estimated Airfare

$1,500 

Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)

$2,100

Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses

 $5,535

Total

 

$33,047 

 

Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2017.  We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.