Students take 4 courses each semester. Each course is worth 4 semester hours of credit. Please refer to our website for our current courses and syllabi.
You are not permitted to change your initial course registration, so before you register, it is important to review all course information and find out whether you need to satisfy any credit requirements for your school or major department. This includes finding out whether your school requires you to take a Swedish language course. It is your responsibility to make sure that your course selections comply with our prerequisites and any applicable requirements set by your school. If there are extenuating circumstances that could not have been anticipated prior to registration, you can submit a written request to the Head of Administration to change one course.
You will receive your weekly class schedule during orientation in Stockholm. We create the schedule after the registration period is complete to minimize course conflicts.
Swedish Program Courses #
Swedish Program courses follow the American semester calendar of 12 weeks of instruction. Select courses (marked * on the website) are open to both Swedish Program students and SSE students. These courses may include Swedish and international students. Courses without an asterisk are open to Swedish Program students only.
Direct Enrollment Courses #
Our selection of direct enrollment courses at SSE (marked ** on the website) provides full immersion into the Swedish classroom. These courses are equivalent in credit hours to our other 4-credit courses, but they follow the Swedish semester calendar. This means the same amount of coursework is concentrated into 8 weeks of instruction rather than 12 weeks. Thus, students who enroll in an SSE course should understand that they will have an additional workload during the first 8 weeks of the semester. Conversely, their workload will be lighter during the last 4 weeks of the semester when the direct enrollment course has ended. Due to this concentrated schedule, students may register for only 1 direct enrollment course per semester.
Students who wish to take an SSE direct enrollment course in economics must have a GPA of at least 3.5 in prior economics courses. All direct enrollment courses have enrollment limits, so interested students are encouraged to apply early.
SSE announces its course schedule 1–3 months before the start of the semester. Consequently, you will be notified at that time if any of your chosen courses have a scheduling conflict. Students will receive instructions and a detailed schedule for their direct enrollment courses upon arrival.
Swedish Language Course #
We strongly recommend that students take a Swedish language course, but it is not required by The Swedish Program unless it is a requirement of your home institution. It is your responsibility to know your school’s requirements before registering. Students who have prior knowledge of the language and enroll in Swedish II or Advanced Swedish will be contacted by our Swedish instructor to ensure they are placed in the appropriate level of instruction.
Independent Study #
This course option is only open to academic year students in their second semester.
Academic year students may enroll in an independent study in their second semester, or Spring 2025. The independent study replaces 1 of the 4 courses and is worth 4 credits. If you wish to enroll in an independent study, all such work must be approved by our Executive Director and your academic advisor or the chair of the relevant department at your home institution. It is your responsibility to be aware of your home institution’s regulations and/or obligations for conducting an independent study abroad.
Please complete the Independent Study Proposal Form from our website and submit the completed form and proposal by July 15. Your proposal should be 1+ pages in length and should clearly describe the intended objectives of the independent study and anticipated procedures to attain those objectives. If appropriate, please include a bibliography. Please also list prior coursework that is relevant to your proposal.
Upon receiving your proposal, we will make every effort to find an appropriate supervisor in Stockholm. However, we cannot guarantee that your proposed independent study can be arranged. If it cannot be arranged, you will be notified by November 1and you will enroll in a fourth course for the spring semester. The earlier you submit your Independent Study Proposal, the more time The Swedish Program has to find an appropriate supervisor.
There is an additional course fee of $950 to arrange an independent study. This fee is non-refundable unless we are unable to find an appropriate supervisor in Stockholm, in which case you will be refunded in full. By July 15, please mail a $950 check payable to “The Swedish Program” to:
The Swedish Program
2766 Furbeck Road
Altamont, NY 12009
If you receive financial aid but your aid doesn’t cover this expense, you can request a fee waiver during registration. Please ask your Office of Financial Aid to complete the Independent Study Fee Waiver Form by July 15.
Prerequisites and Enrollment Limits #
Please review the course descriptions on our website for any applicable prerequisites and/or enrollment limits. Regarding prerequisites, we will honor any AP course credit that has been accepted by your home institution. For economics courses with multiple prerequisites, students lacking one prerequisite may be able to enroll with permission from the Executive Director.