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ACES in Sweden at SLU in Uppsala
Uppsala, Sweden (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
 Language of Instruction:
English, Swedish
 Language Requirement:
None
 Internship:
Possible
 Housing:
Apartment, Dormitory
 Illinois Sponsor:
ACES
 Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Program Description:

Uppsala, Sweden
 
 
First Steps Info Session/Video Series
When students begin thinking about studying abroad, it’s important that they review all of their resources to help them informed decisions. What kind of housing would you like? How long would you like to go for? What region of the world is tempting you? What kind of on-site support will you need? All this and more can be found by following steps 1-4 on the Getting Started Link to make sure this is the right program for you (http://studyabroad.illinois.edu/earlyplanning/where_to_start.aspx)
 
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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:

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  • 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 our course search at: http://www.slu.se/en/education/courses/
 
A film- SLU in 60 Sec.:http://www.slu.se/presentation/index_eng.html
 
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.
 
Read more at www.studyinsweden.se.


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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  http://ww.slu.se/eng/education (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.
 
Courses
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 http://studyabroad.illinois.edu/userfiles/file/299AdvList(19).pdf
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.
 
Language
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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Accommodation
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.  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, click here http://www.studyabroad.illinois.edu/cost/scholarships.aspx.
 
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found here:http://academics.aces.illinois.edu/study-abroad/scholarships
 
For more information about general costs, please watch the First Steps Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarship videos found here for tips and advice:
 
http://studyabroad.illinois.edu/earlyplanning/where_to_start.aspx
 
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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 (http://studyabroad.illinois.edu/cost/withdrawal_refund_policy.aspx)
 
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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: http://www.studyabroad.illinois.edu/resources/health_safety/index.aspx
 
Pre-Departure Orientation
All students are required to attend an all-day 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.
 
Additionally, students are required to sign off on a Health and Safety Orientation http://www.studyabroad.illinois.edu/userfiles/file/Health_and_Safety_FA10.pdf , and are encouraged to read through the Safety and Security section of our website which includes topics from road safety and keeping your valuables and money safe, to nontraditional student identities while abroad.
 
http://www.studyabroad.illinois.edu/resources/health_safety/safety_security.aspx  This link includes information on our 24-hour Emergency service, Health Matters, Insurance, and Safety and Security
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Application Process
Eligibility
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. However, if there are more applicants than space available, ACES students will be given first priority. Non-ACES students are not eligible for the ACES study abroad scholarship.
 
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
Priority Deadline: June 15
Final Deadline: September 15
 
Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs
Priority Deadline: January 15
Final Deadline: February 15 
 
How to Apply
Please click the Create App 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 Create App and logging in.
 
The SLU Program Application:
SLU's application instructions are at 
http://www.slu.se/en/education/exchange-studies/application-and-admission/.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 the Director of ACES Study Abroad's office in 123 Mumford Hall.  

Applications will be sent by ACES to SLU by the following deadlines: September 20 for spring semester abroad and April 10 for fall or academic year abroad. The final acceptance decision is made by the host institution.
 
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Passport/Visa
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.

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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. (http://studyabroad.illinois.edu/resources/before/index.aspx)
 
Country links


Sweden Country Info
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1032.html
 
Travel Info
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/sweden/svealand/uppsala
http://www.destinationuppsala.se/en/

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Contact Information
Study Abroad Office (SAO)
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910 South Fifth Street
112 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-6322
sao@illinois.edu
 
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:45pm.  


ACES Study Abroad
Meredith Blumthal
ACES Academic Programs
123 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380
Email: aces-studyabroad@illinois.edu
 
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2014 09/15/2013 
09/15/2013 TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2014 02/15/2014 
02/15/2014 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2014-2015 02/15/2014 
02/15/2014 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2015 09/15/2014 09/15/2014 TBA TBA

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