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Engineering in Sweden - Stockholm
Stockholm, Sweden (Exchange Program) (Outgoing 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:
Apartment, Dormitory
Illinois Sponsor:
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
KTH Royal institute of Technology
Program Description:
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Program Overview
KTH Royal Institute of Technology is one of the largest universities in Sweden and in all of Scandinavia.  At least one-third of all technical research and engineering education in Sweden is completed at KTH.  KTH is a prestigious university, particular well-known for its research in technology and natural sciences. KTH’s main campus is located in Ostermalm, one of the most populous areas of central Stockholm.

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General Study Abroad Information
The City of Stockholm
Stockholm is Sweden’s capital and with over 1.8 million residents—its largest city.  The city is located on 14 islands all connected by 57 bridges in Lake Malaren. Outside of Stockholm and into the Baltic Sea is the Stockholm archipelago which comprises some 24,000 islands that can be explored by ferry.  Dating as far back as the 12th century, Stockholm is a combination of old world charm and modern vitality.  Stroll through Gamla Stan, the old area of Stockholm to delight in the cobblestone streets, stucco buildings, the Royal Palace, and the Swedish Parliament. For a more modern and trendy Stockholm experience visit Sodermalm, an area known for its restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and specialty shops. Places to see include the Royal Palace, Drottingholm Palace and the Vasa Museum which houses an almost fully intact 17th century warship.
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Academic Environment
Where you will study
KTH Royal institute of Technology was found in 1827 as the first polytechnic university in Sweden.  With over 15,000 undergraduate students and over 1,000 graduate students, KTH is one of the largest universities in Sweden and in all of Scandinavia.  At least one-third of all technical research and engineering education in Sweden is completed at KTH.  KTH is a prestigious university, particular well-known for its research in technology and natural sciences. KTH’s main campus is located in Ostermalm, one of the most populous areas of central Stockholm.
Student Life
There are a multitude of opportunities for exchange students at KTH to become immersed in student life. The KTH Library serves as both an academic and social gathering place for students; it has work stations, study rooms, and a cafe where students meet to socialize and converse for hours. The coffee shop is a central part of the typical Swedish student's lifestyle.  Expect to spend your free time sitting in a coffee shop chatting with all of the amazing people you will meet. Swedish students spend hours in coffee shops with friends, eating and drinking and chatting. 
Sports is extremely popular on the KTH campus- there are a variety of gyms and sports programs to participate in. The beautiful city surrounded by water has several beautiful scenic areas to jog/run and play sports in.
The Student Union at KTH has several offerings for societies (clubs/organizations) for students to get involved on campus as well. Joining a society will give you the opportunity to share your passions/interests with Swedish students, and understand a different perspective on many topics. 
Students studying abroad at KTH can enroll in a broad range of courses including engineering, math, science, business, and humanities.  The main language of instruction at KTH is Swedish; however, a large number of courses are offered in English, particularly in higher level and specialization courses.  The teaching staff has a very good command of English.  The majority of courses should be taken within the specific school in which you applied.

For more course information, click [here].
For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, please click here.
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.
KTH offers courses in both Swedish and English.  
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Onsite Support
Each exchange program offered through the College of Engineering utilizes an on-site coordinator.
International Student Office
The international student office assists students with local issues (from classes to accommodation) and may host social gatherings throughout the semester.

The KTH Accommodation Office rents out rooms to international students in student housing buildings (dormitories) and in the form of studio apartments. Housing is usually a convenient walk or bus-ride away from campus. KTH also provides exchange students who wish to arrange their own housing accommodation with the appropriate resources to do so.
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Credit will be given for courses taken abroad with prior approval of the student’s advisor and the IPENG office.  Credit earned abroad can be transferred to UIUC and used to satisfy curriculum requirements as approved.


Students must have completed 2 academic years and the basic engineering requirements and show a strong commitment to academic achievement.  They must have at least a 3.0 GPA to participate in this program.
Eligible applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first serve basis of completion of all application materials in the pre-acceptance phase of the application.

Returned Study Abroad Student Reflections
Student Experiences
Engineering students returning from a program abroad (winterbreak, summer, semester or even academic year) write about their experiences to provide students a firsthand knowledge of their thoughts and activities while they were away.  The following website will provide you both written and PowerPoint versions of experiences of students abroad – whether on an IPENG program or campus related program.  ( )
Contact Former Study Abroad Students
Having trouble deciding on a location? Unsure about what to pack, or which classes to take? Send an email to someone who has been there! Our returnees love talking about their time abroad, so send them an email!
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Additional Program Resources
Before You Leave
The “preparing to go”  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. ( )
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Application Process
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines posted on the brochure page: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.
Spring Semester Programs
Deadline: September 15
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 $100 application fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
This program has a two-step application process:
Step 1.) The Study Abroad Application which includes:
  • Letter of Recommendation (if applicable) - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Signature verification form
  • Official Transcript (prefer a hard copy transcript)
  • Online questionnaires
If you are nominated by the International Programs in Engineering Office based on your application in Step 1, you will then be notified to submit a host-university application to KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will follow.
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Who Can Apply?
  • UIUC Engineering students who have met the basic eligibility requirements listed above may apply for this program.
Contact Information
International Programs in Engineering (IPENG)
1308 West Green St.
210 Engineering Hall
Urbana, IL 61801
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  

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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 and commit to a program, they will be charged the non-refundable processing fee.
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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. 
In addition to financial aid, there are other alternatives to funding your time abroad. Click here to learn more about our over $850,000 in scholarship opportunities. One scholarship that everyone is eligible for is the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship. For more information, click 
Interested UIUC Engineering students may also want to receive the International Engineering Fellowship to help with airfare.  Check the IPENG website for further information on eligibility and guidelines for the fellowship.  ( )  Application deadlines are very strict for this fellowship.  Only students planning to study abroad during a current application cycle may apply.
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Health, Safety, Pre-Departure
Pre-Departure Activities
All students are required to attend all Pre-Departure Activities the semester before their term abroad. The exact dates, times, and location will be given to students post-acceptance so that they can arrange for their attendance at the activity(ies). 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.  Check the IPENG Calendar for upcoming dates. 
Health and Safety
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:

Additionally, students are required to sign off on a Health and Safety Orientation , 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.  This link includes information on our 24-hour Emergency service, Health Matters, Insurance, and Safety and Security
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Passport/Visa Information
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 may also be required to get a visa for your program.  Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries. (

Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy
To change to a different program during the application process, please visit this link (

To withdraw from a program after committing to participation, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy ( )
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2017 02/15/2017
02/15/2017 08/28/2017 01/15/2018
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/15/2017
02/15/2017 07/24/2017 06/06/2018
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017 09/15/2017 01/09/2018 06/06/2018
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA

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