Växjö / Kalmar, Sweden

Course Information

Växjö / Kalmar, Sweden | 2017 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Areas of Study Available at Linnaeus University

Through our agreement with Linnaeus University, an array of courses will be made available for you to take. Areas of study believed to be of most interest to USAC students are included below as a sample of what the university offers. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by Linnaeus University.

  • Courses are taught by lecture with complete study guide and tutorial session support. The content of courses may consist of lectures, workshops, group exercises, discussions, tutorials, fieldwork, and seminars. In Sweden, students are generally expected to be active in the classroom as the classroom is characterized by interactive learning.
  • A full-time load at Linnaeus University is 30 credits per semester (equivalent to approximately 15 US credits).
  • The full-time semester or full-time year courses consist of several modules that total 30 credits per semester. You may take: a full-time semester/full-time year course for 30 credits/60 credits; or freestanding courses (either full-time or part-time) which are combined to make up a full-time load.
  • If you choose to study in a full-time semester or full-time year course, you must take all of the modules that make up that course. They cannot be combined with freestanding courses or with other full-time semester or full-time year courses/modules. Modules cannot be chosen individually; they are only taken as part of a full-time course. There are freestanding courses, however; they can be combined to make up a full load of 30 credits.
  • In Sweden, a student usually studies one course or module at a time (consecutive scheduling) rather than several at the same time (parallel scheduling). Examination takes place after each module or part-time course and, at the end of the semester, the student receives a cumulative grade for the full-time semester course as well as individual grades for each module or for each part-time course.

Keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester (even if host university requirements are lower). Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed.

Grades may not be ready until one or two months after exams are completed; in some cases it may take longer. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcripts document in Gateway for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcripts arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet prerequisites back at home.

Swedish Language

Open only to students taking single subject courses:

  • Beginner Swedish for Exchange Students (taken for credit)
  • Intermediate Swedish (taken for credit)
  • Advanced Swedish for Foreign Students (taken for credit)
  • Introductory Swedish for Exchange Students (non-credit, highly recommended for all students)

Undergraduate Areas of Study

Taught in English


Recent courses have included:

  • Archaeology in Contemporary Society
  • From the Ice Age to the Viking Age: An Introduction to Scandinavian Prehistory


Recent courses have included:

  • Marine Ecology
  • Wetlands and Streams
  • Zoonotic Ecology

Business Administration

Recent courses have included:

  • Advertising Campaign Planning
  • Applied International Marketing
  • Business Logistics
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and Business Development
  • Event Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Marketing
  • Management Accounting
  • Managing in a Global Context
  • Organization and Leadership
  • Strategic Marketing

Chemical Engineering

Recent courses have included:

  • Glass Chemistry and Technology

Comparative Literature

Recent courses have included:

  • Literary Perspectives

Computer and System Sciences

Recent courses have included:

  • Android for Java Programmers
  • Graph Drawing
  • Programming Language Constructs
  • Publishing on the Web
  • Web 2.0 Programming

Conflict Solving

Recent courses have included:

  • Negotiating Peace
  • Peace and Development Studies


Recent courses have included:

  • Design and Design Process
  • Drawing and Shapes
  • Furniture and Space Gestalt
  • Scandinavian Art and Design
  • Sustainable Homes


Recent courses have included:

  • Fish Ecology
  • Freshwater Biology
  • Marine Ecology

Economics and Administration

Recent courses have included:

  • Business Administration
  • Event Management
  • Human Resource Management

Electrical Engineering

Recent courses have included:

  • Signal Processing


Recent courses have included:

  • Business Writing
  • Children's Literature in English-Speaking Classroom

Environmental Science and Technology

Recent courses have included:

  • Environmental Risk Communication
  • Industrial Ecology

Film Studies

Recent courses have included:

  • Focus on Scandinavian and Swedish Film
  • Violence in Film and Literature

Forest and Wood Technology

Recent courses have included:

  • Degree Project
  • Forest Industry Markets

Health Sciences

Recent courses have included:

  • Health Care in an Intercultural Perspective—Caring Science with Focus on Nursing
  • Perspective on Contemporary Illness
  • The Elderly in Modern Society
  • Welfare Policy in Sweden—Caring Science with Focus on Nursing


Recent courses have included:

  • American History X: Contemporary Debates on American History
  • From the End of the Cold War to What?
  • Introduction to the Contemporary Middle East
  • Women and Power in the Middle Ages


Recent courses have included:

  • Business Intelligence and Data Mining

International Health

Recent courses have included:

  • Health and Social Work with Older Persons
  • Migration and Health
  • Public Health


Recent courses have included:

  • Analyzing Digital Journalism
  • Media in Sweden

Legal Studies

Recent courses have included:

  • European Human Rights Law
  • International Commercial Law and EU Law
  • Introduction to International Law
  • The Law of Sustainable Development


Recent courses have included:

  • Business Logistics


Recent courses have included:

  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Mathematical Methods for Physics

Mechanical Engineering

Recent courses have included:

  • Industrial Design
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Management in Manufacturing Industries
  • Production and Engineering Management

Media and Communications

Recent courses have included:

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Media Production
  • Music and Event Management

Media Technology

Recent courses have included:

  • Degree Project in Media Technology
  • Intelligent Multimedia Systems
  • Video Games—an Introduction


Recent courses have included:

  • Mathematic Methods for Physics
  • Quantum Transport in Nanostructures

Political Science

Recent courses have included:

  • African Politics
  • European Union Politics
  • Gender and Women in the Global South
  • International and European Law

Social Psychology

Recent courses have included:

  • Intercultural Studies
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology

Social Work

Recent courses have included:

  • Perspectives on Contemporary Illness
  • The Elderly in Modern Society


Recent courses have included:

  • Culture and Interpersonal Interaction
  • Culture, Identity, and Social Conflict

Sport Science

Recent courses have included:

  • Sports and Physical Education with a Swedish and International Perspective
  • Swedish Culture, Leisure, and Sports

Tourism Studies

Recent courses have included:

  • Event Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Tourism Planning and Development

Graduate Level (Second-Level) Areas of Study

USAC students who have completed their bachelor's degree and/or are currently enrolled in a US university graduate program may be considered for graduate study in:

  • Business Administration
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Conflict Solving
  • Construction Engineering
  • Development Studies
  • Economics and Economics Administration
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy Technology
  • English
  • Forest and Wood Technology
  • French
  • General Linguistics
  • German
  • Industrial Management and Organization
  • Informatics and System Science
  • Languages
  • Library and Information Science
  • Logistics
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Technology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Peace and Development
  • Physics
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Studies of Developing Countries
  • Sustainable Development
  • Systems Economics
  • Technology
  • Woodwork

Full-Time Semester/Full-Time Year Courses

Taught in English

Humanities and Social Sciences

Recent courses have included:

  • English Language, Culture, and Society
  • English Linguistics
  • English Literature
  • Global Issues
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Peace and Development Studies

Management and Economics

Recent courses have included:

  • Business Administration IV— International Marketing (graduate level)
  • Economics I and II
  • Fundamentals of Business Administration
  • International Law and Human Rights
  • Leadership and Management in International Context (graduate level)
  • Modern Marketing Practices
  • Organization and Management Studies
  • Strategic Marketing and Design
  • Supply Chain Management

Course Descriptions

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