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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

ISEP at Södertörn University


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

Program Type



Sodertorn, Sweden

Languages of Instruction

English, Swedish

Program Dates

Fall 2018: August to mid-January

Spring 2019: mid-January to Early 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.


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.

ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good.


The area of Sodertorn (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 Flemingsburg 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.


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 Flemingsburg; the other campus is Campus Haninge. 

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). Students should take 30 points to earn 4 Lake Forest credits.

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 on the specific subject that is required. 

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

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.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:



ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp


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



A variety of courses taught in English in the fields of Business, Economics, English, Biology, Communications, Environmental Science, History, Media technology, Micro biology, Molecular cell biology, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Swedish for exchange students, Tourism Studies. 

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

Follow the link: www.sh.se/courses


Course Approvals

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

Experiential Opportunities

In some cases students studying biology or microbiology 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. 

Student Life


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.

The host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Housing and Meals

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

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 Sodertorn 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 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost


College Deposit (credit)


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application


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


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

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare


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


Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses




 Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2018. 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 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.

Experiences of Former Students


“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