Group & Independent Travel

Group Travel

Swedish Program Excursions

The Swedish Program organizes cultural excursions every term. During orientation, we take an overnight trip to an island in Stockholm’s archipelago. In the fall, we organize an optional trip to the Island of Gotland to experience the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia. In the spring,  we organize an optional trip north of the Arctic Circle to experience the history and culture of Swedish Lappland.

Independent Travel

Two Weeks to Explore Europe

We recognize that students want to travel while studying abroad, so we provide two full weeks of vacation time to do so. Students find it easy to travel throughout Europe during this time and appreciate the opportunity to choose for themselves where they want to go! There are quick direct flights from Stockholm to many of Europe’s great cities, including Berlin (1 hour and 30 minutes), London (2 hours and 15 minutes), Paris (2 hours and 30 minutes), and Barcelona (3 hours and 15 minutes).

Orientation: The Stockholm Archipelago

We begin each term with an orientation trip to Stockholm’s gorgeous archipelago. The archipelago is made up of tens of thousands of islands off Stockholm’s coast in the Baltic Sea. We stay on the island of Sandhamn, a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. This overnight trip gives students a chance to get to know one another before classes begin. The cost of this trip is included in tuition.

 

Fall Term: The Island of Gotland

Our optional fall Program excursion will be to the island of Gotland. In visiting this unique island, students will be able to experience one of the most beautiful and historically significant islands in the world.

Gotland is an island characterized by desolate heaths, lush meadows, spectacular cliffs, and sandy beaches. The walled medieval city of Visby is one of the best preserved “old towns” in the world. UNESCO has recognized Gotland as a historical and cultural treasure by adding it to its World Heritage List.

One theme of our trip will be to explore Sweden’s viking heritage. We will visit a Viking museum, participate in traditional Viking games, and enjoy a typical Viking dinner. Other activities may include a tour of Visby, walking on “rauker” stones, or trying your hand at handicrafts.

The cost for this trip is $495 and includes transportation, accommodation, meals and activities. You will receive additional information on this trip upon acceptance. We hope you plan on joining us to the island of Gotland!

Students, who are on financial aid, but are unable to have their aid applied to this trip can apply for a scholarship to the Program for this cost.  Such students must inform the Program by May 1 that they would like to apply for this scholarship and have their financial aid office inform us that your existing aid does not cover the cost of this excursion by the same date.

Spring Term: The Arctic Circle

Our optional spring excursion is to the very north of Sweden to experience the beautiful Swedish winter. Sweden is the land of the midnight sun in the summer, but winter in the Arctic is breathtaking. The landscape is strikingly beautiful, from its sparkling frozen lakes to the snowy mountains where reindeer are herded by the indigenous Sámi people. On clear, cloudless nights, you can also see the majestic Northern Lights streak across the sky.

This trip to explore northern Sweden is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! We will stay in a beautiful ski resort above the Arctic Circle and take part in activities such as dog sledding, snowshoeing, a visit to a traditional Sámi village, and a tour of the world famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. If we’re lucky, we’ll also have a chance see the beautiful Northern Lights!

The cost for this trip is $495 and includes transportation, accommodation, meals and activities. You will receive additional information on this trip upon Program registration. We hope you plan on joining us for this memorable trip to the Arctic!

Students who are on financial aid but unable to apply their aid to this trip can apply to the Program for a scholarship to cover the cost. Such students must inform the Program that they would like to apply for this scholarship by November 15 and have their financial aid office confirm that their financial aid does not cover the cost of the trip by the same date.