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About the Växjö / Kalmar, Sweden Program

The Växjö/Kalmar program is a USAC partnership program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.

About Växjö and Kalmar


  • Population: 80,000
  • Distance from Oslo: 256 miles
  • Distance from Copenhagen: 120 miles


  • Population: 62,000
  • Distance from Oslo: 370 miles
  • Distance from Växjö: 75 miles

Kalmar’s city center, Kvarnholmen, has earned the Europa Nostra Award twice for boasting a well-preserved urban area. Everything from trendy shopping to gourmet cafés and restaurants are within short walking distances.

Växjö is the capital of the Kronoberg region in southeastern Sweden. It was an important trading center as early as the eighth century and is located in the heart of the “Kingdom of Crystal,” so-called because world famous glassworks such as Kosta Boda and Orrefors are located there. Växjö is also known for its high-tech industry, paper and furniture manufacturing.

The area around Växjö has forests, pristine lakes, hiking trails and unspoiled countryside, making it an attractive area for those who love the outdoors. There is a rich cultural life as well as an active nightlife. You can visit beautiful medieval churches and historic castle ruins, a modern concert hall, cafés, museums, a cathedral and the Swedish Emigrant Institute, which commemorates the great emigration from 1850 to 1930 when 1.3 million Swedes immigrated to the US.

Kalmar is a town dating back 800 years to the Middle Ages. The most prominent landmark, Kalmar Castle, and the town park are favorite locations to hang out for many students.

The Kalmar campus is located on Sweden’s Baltic Coast, opposite the island of Öland. The city of Kalmar was one of Sweden’s most important cities between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries and still has a magnificent, well-preserved Renaissance castle. Kalmar and the surrounding areas also have a long tradition of craftsmanship in textiles, ceramics, glass and furniture.

Quick Details

2023-24 Application Cycle

  • Fall/Yearlong: Deadline has passed
  • Spring: Open
    • Deadline: Sept 1


Minimum GPA: 3.0

Minimum class standing: Junior

Open to degree-seeking students attending a 4-year institution at the time of application

Program Type




Program Capacity

Semester: 20 students


English | Swedish

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