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ACES/LA in Sweden at SLU at Uppsala
Uppsala, Sweden (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English, Swedish
Language Requirement:
Apartment, Dormitory
Illinois Sponsor:
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
Sveriges Iantbruksuniversitet Swedish Universoty of Agricultural Sciences
Program Description:
Uppsala, Sweden

Program Overview
SLU´s concept is to develop mankind's understand­ing and sustainable use of biological natural resources. The university conducts research and offers educational programs in areas related to the use and preservation of biological resources. The activities of the university encompass:

  • Agricultural Economics and Management
  • Agroecology
  • Animal Science
  • Environmental Communication and Management
  • Euroforestery
  • Food- Innovation and Market
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations
  • Plant Biology
  • Rural Development  and Natural Resource Development
  • Soil and Water Management
At SLU there are 3 students for every teacher. It means that we have very close contact to the university professors and teachers and there are often very small student groups. The education is based on up to date research. The university is focused on food, animals, forest and rural and urban development. At SLU you can study to get the traditional degrees in horticulture, agriculture, veterinary medicine and forestry.
SLU is spread all over Sweden. The southernmost campus is located in Alnarp close to beautiful beaches and pulsating cities like Malmoe and the Danish capital Copenhagen. 1200 kilometers further north you can study forestry in a stunning winter scenery where skiing and snowboarding belong to everyday life. The main campus is located in Uppsala, a town with university tradition since the 15th century and home of famous scientists like Carl von Linne. Among SLU's four campuses, the one at Uppsala north of Stock­holm has the largest course selection in English.
The student unions at SLU work together with the university to shape the educational experience. According to Swedish legislation students are represented in all university bodies and are quite influential. Besides contributing to curricula development the student unions also play a big role in social life of SLU students. Together students arrange sport activities, pubs, parties and discussion groups. In Sweden all students must be a member of the student union.
It is possible to study at SLU in either the fall or spring semester or both. For courses taken in the second half of the fall semester, special arrangements will be made so you can take the exam prior to returning to the U.S. for winter break, should you not be staying the entire academic year.

Spring Semester: begins in late January, ends in late June
Fall Semester: begins in late Aug. – (mid-Dec.) – late Jan

You can also find all our English courses at the course search.

Learn about recently added english undergraduate courses in applied economics, natuaral resources, biotechnology and animal science! 
New possibilites_courses at SLU sept15.pdf
Check out this film on SLU: SLU in 60 Sec.
Among SLU's four campuses, the one at Uppsala north of Stockholm has the largest course selection in English.
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The City of Uppsala
Uppsala is the fourth largest city in Sweden. Situated on the coast just north of Stockholm, it is home to a major university, Sweden's largest Cathedral, and the Uppsala castle.
Sweden is, among other things, famous for its clean and beautiful nature and the law "All mans right" that actually allows everyone to go everywhere for camping and hiking. Model nation, world conscience, the country that protects its citizens from the cradle to the grave ... To an outsider, the Swedes at first glance may appear to be a shy, withdrawn, anonymous people. But don't let yourself be fooled by this surface appearance. Beneath it lurks madness, sensuality, sentimentality and - not least - a well-disguised national pride and self-confidence.

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Academic Environment
Students from any program in ACES will very much enjoy studying at SLU. The courses are particularly attractive for students in ACE, ANSCI, FS, AECE, NRES (Uppsala campus); CPSC, or HORT (Uppsala, some at Alnarp campus).
Many courses are offered in English. They range from 5 SLU credits (3.75 UIUC credits) to 10 SLU credits (7.5 UIUC credits) and are taught over a period of 5-10 weeks. Each semester is 20 weeks long. Most courses are 10 SLU credits and are taught over a 10 week period. You are not expected to take any other courses during that time period. A detailed description of each course given in English can be found in the Course Guide at (click 'Under­graduate studies'). There is also a "Schedule" where students can find out what courses are offered in a given period and at a given campus. Sometimes exchange students are allowed to take courses in English at the University of Uppsala, for example in cultural studies, at no extra charge.
The coordinator for incoming exchange students assists the students and their academic advisor at the home university with course selection, contact with instructors, registration, etc.
Course levels:
 A Lower/intermediate undergraduate courses
 B Intermediate/upper undergraduate courses
 C Upper level undergraduate/graduate courses
 D Graduate courses (Ph.D.)
SLU´s grading system has only two levels: Pass or Fail. International students can get grades in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) grading scale, which in turn is transferable to the UIUC grading scale. In order to get UIUC credit for courses taken at SLU, a transcript with grades is needed.
Note: As a study abroad participant through a University of Illinois approved program, once you are accepted, you will be required to go through a Course Approval Process, during which the courses you plan on taking abroad will be evaluated by a 299 Advisor
for Illinois credit (that can then be used to fulfill major, minor, general education, or elective credit). Details about this process will be provided once you are accepted to a program.
This program does not require prior knowledge of Swedish. You will be able to communicate in English in and outside the classroom. Introductory Swedish courses can be taken in Uppsala for a fee.
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You will be housed either on campus in a resident hall or in downtown Uppsala. The latter is a good option especially if you want to be closer to downtown student life. All rooms are single, either with shared kitchen and bath or with private bath.  The application for housing is part of the overall application.
There are several cafeterias to choose from, but you are expected to prepare breakfast, dinner, and weekend meals in the dorm or go out to eat, which can be quite expensive. A great option is to become a member of a 'Student Nation', where evening meals can often be had at a good price.
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Program Cost and Advance Fees
For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets,” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information, which also includes information on Financial Aid, and Scholarships. All students should be aware that once they are accepted to a program, they will be charged a non-refundable $305 fee to reserve their place on the program.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships
Because this program is sponsored by the University of Illinois, financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with a financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package. 
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced. ACES students should apply for the ACES Study Abroad Scholarship. Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, see the scholarships webpage

Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy
To withdraw, change, or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (
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Health, Safety, Pre-Departure
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found on our website:
Pre-Departure Orientation
All students are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation the semester before their term abroad. The exact date, time, and location will be given to students post-acceptance so that they can arrange for their attendance at this orientation. During this orientation, topics such as Culture Shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. This is also a really great opportunity to talk about packing, meet other classmates on a program, and talk to returnees who have already been to the host country.

Application Process
Minimum 3.0 GPA. Students who wish to participate in this program must show a strong commitment to academic achievement and be in good academic standing. Applicants must have at least junior standing by the time the program begins. Space is limited and participants are chosen on a first come, first serve basis. Late applications are accepted if space is still available. This program is open to UIUC students who are not in the College of ACES. 
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day. Preference will be given to students applying by the priority deadlines.
Spring Semester Programs
Deadline: September 15
Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs
Deadline: February 15 
How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $25 application fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
The SLU Program Application:
SLU's application instructions are at At the page you will also find information what you should attach with your application and also a link to SLU's course search. There you can find all SLU's courses given in English. Applicants need to bring the SLU application package to ACES Academic Programs at 126 Mumford Hall.  The final acceptance decision is made by the host institution.
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You must have a valid passport to participate on this program. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
You will need a student visa, for which you can apply once you have the admission papers from SLU. You will need to provide proof of availability of funds in the order of $1000 per month of your planned stay.

Additional Program Resources
Before You Leave
The “Before You Leave” section on our website provides you with information on what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure. (
Country links

Contact Information

swACES Education Abroad
Meredith Blumthal
123 Mumford Hall
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380
Walk-in hours Tuesday and Thursday, 2-4pm
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2017 09/15/2016
09/15/2016 01/16/2017 05/06/2017
Fall Semester 2017 02/15/2017
02/15/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/15/2017
02/15/2017 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.