Apply Your Swedish to Real-World Contexts
Dig into Swedish history, literature, film, and art, and discuss Sweden’s current burning issues. Enrich your study abroad experience by developing your critical and analytical understanding of Swedish culture, as well as your own culture. This makes way for interesting cross-cultural discussions with your Swedish Homestay, Visiting Host, or friends.
Master your pronunciation of Swedish vowels Ä, Ö, and Å! Enjoy walking out of class to a nearby café for fika with friends, and celebrate your personal victory when you can order your coffee and kanelbulle in Swedish.
While Sweden is a place where you can navigate almost solely speaking English, you can gain much more insight into the culture by learning the language of the country. From learning simple staple terms to learning to understand the conversations happening around you, studying the language makes the study abroad experience substantially richer and fuller. Swedish is also just a really cute language.
Mark, Ohio State University
Get Out of the Classroom on Field Studies
The best way to understand Swedish culture is to experience it. Examples of Field Studies include:
- A Café Night will introduce you to the Swedish concept of mysig (coziness)
- A visit to Skansen, the world’s first open-air museum, housing five centuries of Swedish history; or the Vasa Museum, where a sunken and magnificently restored 17th century
warship awaits you
- A historical tour of Kungliga slottet (The Royal Palace) on the quaint island of Gamla Stan
- Participate in one of Stockholm’s festivals of lights, All Saints’ Night or Walpurgis Night