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Experience the culture of Sweden while studying on the campus of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), with branches in four Swedish cities! Depending on your academic specialty, students can choose between the four campuses of Uppsala, Alnarp, Skara, or Umea. The focus of this program includes Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Sciences, Natural Resources and Veterinary Sciences and is a perfect program to take courses in English and to earn agriculture and life science credits abroad.
With the choice of four campuses offering different academic specialties, as well as unique culture and landscape, students have the opportunity to choose the region of Sweden where they will live.
Each of the locations hosting an SLU campus is a unique Swedish environment offering different types of opportunities for students. The largest campus is near to Uppsala, the fourth largest city of Sweden. It is a university town lush in vegetation from the Fyris River. For centuries the town has evolved, developing from a quiet idyll to a bustling crossroads for people, cultures, and ideas.
The second largest campus of Umea is located in northern Sweden, and is close to the Arctic Circle. The sun hardly sets in the summer and students have the opportunity to take part in the various summer festivals and events. In the winter, cross-country and downhill skiing is a popular pastime.
The two smaller villages of Alnarp and Skara offer intimate environments to get to know the Swedes and to explore the countryside.
Getting to Your Program
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Sweden, but are given guidelines for arrival dates and times.
U.S. citizens must apply for a residence permit before departure. A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the program is also required. You will apply for your own residence permit which you should receive in letter form before your departure. Once you arrive in Sweden, the International Office will assist you with the process to register your residence permit in Sweden.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
You will also receive an orientation when you arrive in Sweden.
SLU provides rooms for exchange students, either in residence halls or apartments, both on and off campus. All rooms are furnished, they have shared or private bathrooms, shared or private kitchens/kitchenettes and shared laundry facilities.
Excursions and Activities
Like students at any Swedish University, all students at SLU have to be members of a student union. At SLU there are eight different student unions, and you will be a member of one of them depending on which program you have chosen. The student unions are organizations driven by students for the students and can be very helpful for an exchange student. They arrange lots of activities including traditional dinners, student plays, all kinds of sport activities, international activities, and choirs.
Aside from the student unions, there is plenty to do on all the campuses of Sweden. For the student traveler, there is much to explore in Sweden including the diversity and grit of cities like Gothenberg and Malmo, the rugged beauty of the national parks in Norrland, and the huge number of pre-Viking relics in the surrounding countryside.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Staff from the Division of Student Affairs and Learning Development at SLU.
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.SLU Sweden Program Handbook
(Fall - 2013-14)SLU Sweden Program Handbook
(Year - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Exchange programs may require you to apply directly to the exchange partner either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP.
After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the form instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the exchange partner.
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The exchange university will make the final admissions decision.
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences was formed in 1977 when three university colleges, the College of Agriculture, College of Forestry and College of Veterinary Medicine, joined together. SLU has four faculties in which students can take courses: Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science, Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, and Faculty of Forest Sciences. Within these faculties, SLU provides over 250 courses taught in English for exchange students.
With almost 3,500 full-time students each year, SLU has four main campuses located in Alnarp in southern Sweden, Skara in south-central Sweden, Uppsala in central Sweden, and Umea in northern Sweden. In addition to these main locations, SLU also carries out teaching and research activities in 25 other locations throughout the country. Depending on your faculty choice, you will be studying in one of the four cities of Sweden mentioned above.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Program Web Page(s)
SLU Exchange program
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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