Health & Safety

Our Top Priority

We’re committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for all of our community members. A wellness perspective is integrated into every aspect of our program, from housing to academics to student life.

Managing your Health Abroad

When you study abroad, managing your physical and mental health is one of your most important responsibilities. You’ll receive comprehensive information from The Swedish Program before departure, during orientation, and throughout the term about how to access healthcare, stay safe, and support your and your peers’ mental wellbeing.

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Healthcare Partners

We partner with local healthcare providers to ensure that students can get the help they need as quickly as possible. Our local partners include an American physician, a counselor, and a psychology practice. Students can also be referred to specialists.

Health Insurance

We provide health insurance from Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) that is specifically designed for students living abroad. Our healthcare partners have payment agreements with CISI, so you can visit them without out-of-pocket costs in most cases.

Mental Well-Being Course

At the start of the semester, students complete a short online course about mental well-being. The course aims to help students develop self-awareness, identify signs of distress in themselves and their peers, and connect with support resources.

Emergency Resources

Our staff provide students with detailed information about what to do in an emergency. We are always available to assist students, offer support, and answer questions.

Jarrett - The Beginning

Stockholm: A Safe and Healthy City

Stockholm is ranked among the world’s safest and healthiest cities. Stockholm boasts relatively low crime rates, clean and reliable public transportation, and a well-developed public health system. Students appreciate the cultural emphasis on spending time in nature, healthy work-life balance, openness, and respect for people of all backgrounds.

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Staying Active

Stockholm - Fall hike, Greer Bingham

Green Space

You’re never far from nature in Stockholm. The city is surrounded by waterways (did you know that Stockholm spans across fourteen islands?) and about 30% of the urban area is green space, including 26 public parks. Sweden is home to nearly 4,000 natural reserves, 30 national parks, and 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, many of which are located near Stockholm and accessible by public transit. In short, you’ll never run out of opportunities to experience Swedish nature.

Gym Membership

We offer students a premium membership with the major gym chain SATS, which has more than 40 locations around Stockholm. During orientation in Stockholm, students will tour one of the SATS locations near campus and have the option to register for a membership for no additional cost.


Students are encouraged to join fitness and athletic teams through the Student Association at SSE and other local organizations. The Student Association’s Sports Committee arranges events and weekly practices for beginners and skilled athletes alike across a range of activities including soccer, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, badminton, and more.