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Program Highlights for Växjö / Kalmar, Sweden

The city

Language spoken:

Swedish Krona (SEK, kr)

Marine West Coast

City type:
Small city (Population 100,000-50,001)

Passport & Visa requirements

The program

Program type:

Host university:
Linnaeus University

Language of instruction:
English, Swedish

Terms offered:
Spring, Fall, Yearlong

Program capacity:
20 students

Credit type:
Overseas credit

Deadline to apply

Fall/Yearlong 2024-25:
March 15

Spring 2025:
September 15


  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum class standing: Junior
  • Open to degree-seeking students attending a 4-year institution at time of application

Scholarships and Financial Aid:
Deadlines vary

  • Live and study in the province of Småland, a friendly area of southern Sweden known for its bike paths, castle ruins, and hundreds of lakes.
  • Study at an innovative and globally-minded university, recognized for sustainability and cutting-edge research.
  • Enjoy the vibrant cultural life of the surrounding areas, including the famous glassworks of Kosta Boda and Orrefors and the home of the Swedish furniture chain, IKEA.
  • Take a beginner or intermediate Swedish language course alongside a wide variety of courses offered in English.
  • Join the host university’s buddy program to meet and learn from local students.
  • Visit castles near each campus – the nineteenth-century Teleborg Castle in Växjö or the medieval Kalmar Castle in Kalmar.
  • Participate in outdoor recreation activities, including hiking, biking, camping, skiing, and water sports.
  • Experience life in a typical Swedish town, where most of the population lives in cities between 10,000 and 100,000 people.
  • Choose from more than 70 student-run organizations and clubs that plan events, trips, and cultural immersion activities for visiting and local students.

Why Study In Växjö / Kalmar?

Aerial view of Växjö, Sweden.Students exploring Växjö, Sweden.The Växjö (pronounced Vĕck-qŭh) / Kalmar program offers the opportunity to enroll in a wide range of courses taught in English, offered either at Linnaeus University’s main Växjö campus, or 75 miles away at the coastal Kalmar campus. Both cities provide easy access to enjoy the lakes, forests, trails, and countryside of the Småland province in southeast Sweden.

Courses are offered in a variety of academic disciplines, including art, business and management, computer science, design, economics, engineering, health sciences and social work, humanities, life sciences, mathematics, media and literature, social sciences, sport science, and technology. The university also offers several courses each term focused on Swedish and EU studies. You may choose to participate in a single fall or spring semester or a full academic year.

Students have the option of taking a non-credit introductory Swedish course in addition to their normal study program (included in program fees). There are also Swedish language courses offered for credit, including Basic Swedish, Beginner Swedish, and Intermediate Swedish. Although most people in Sweden speak at least some English, it is strongly recommended that you take one of these optional courses, as they help you integrate into student life on campus and daily life in your host city.

There are several excellent reasons for deciding to study in Sweden. Courses at European universities are taught by professors who do almost all the teaching with undergraduates while maintaining a high level of research activity. Although Sweden has been a member of the European Union since 1995, the country has maintained its own diverse traditions, values, and views of the world. Time in Växjö or Kalmar will challenge you personally, open your eyes to different ways of looking at the current topics in our world, and enable you to experience Swedish culture and history.