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SWEDEN - ISEP Linnaeus University - Kalmar

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.

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


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.  

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up. Direct options may have an additional cost (see a financial section for more information).


The city of Kalmar is situated on the beautiful southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is one of the oldest cities in Sweden, and once it was even the third biggest town in the country. History waits behind every corner, and you will find traces of all historical times. Kalmar is a fairly small, beautiful and very pleasant city to live in. You will soon find your way around and feel at home. Take a walk on the cobbled streets in the old town and finish with a visit to Kalmar Castle, which has a history going back 800 years. Today the castle is a living Renaissance palace, available for events, parties, and conferences. In Kalmar, everything is close at hand. You only have to cross the Öland bridge (approximately 6 kilometers long) to reach Öland, an island which is one of Sweden’s most visited tourist spots and which sports a unique countryside and wildlife. Kalmar offers a wide range of activities, including boating, golf, tennis, football, athletics, and swimming.

To learn more about the visa process for this country, please visit the ISEP Country Handbook for Sweden. 


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


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. 

Follow the Courses for exchange students in English link. Select Kalmar 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.

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.

Because a translation between Swedish and US grade is lacking, it is up to the home institution to award credit as they see fit. One method is to compare the Swedish grade description with those of the ECTS, and then ECTS with US. 

To Earn 4 Lake Forest credits, students must take 27 ECTS credits.

To Earn 3 Lake Forest credits, students must take 21 ECTS credits.

The number of credits listed here is estimated, and GEO will work with you, your advisor, and the registrar to ensure you are earning enough credits to keep you on track for graduation.

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

Student Life

Linnaeus University - Kalmar 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. ESN, 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 fader-a Swedish mentor-who helps to make your stay at Vaxjo University as pleasant as possible. You can find more information about ESN here.


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 Kalmar and the surrounding areas. Study programs and courses commence the week following the Orientation Weekend.

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

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 Kalmar includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  These meals include both those served by the host family as well as a stipend to purchase other food on your own.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 programs:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost for Southern Hemisphere programs, as that starts a new academic year.


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Confirmation and Application Fees


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

Note: Some countries require national insurance, which may be instead of, or in addition to, ISEP insurance. Check ISEP


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare

*Students placed on ISEP Exchange may be eligible for up to $750 airfare award


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


Total Expected Out-of-Pocket Expenses




Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of March 2019. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

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

Deposits to other programs, if required, are paid by the student to the host program, and will appear as a credit on your study abroad term bill from the College.

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 and will depend on your course registration choices.  

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

  • Contact:

    For Questions About the Initial Application Process:

    Alexandra Olson
    Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office