Group & Independent Travel

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).

Group Travel

Swedish Program Excursions

The Swedish Program organizes cultural excursions each semester so students can explore Sweden together.

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

During the fall semester, The Swedish Program organizes an optional trip to the Island of Gotland. Gotland is simply beautiful. This large island sits about 56 miles east of mainland Sweden in the Baltic Sea. The first Stone Age settlers came to the island about 7,000 years ago and many traces of their dwellings can still be seen. Visitors can also see limestone picture stones, unique to Gotland, covered with mythological scenes and depictures of ships and warriors. We’ll stay on the island’s northwest coast in the medieval city of Visby, a popular tourist destination full of attractions and culture. Visby was home to a Viking village during the 9th century and the city’s port has been an important trading hub for much of history. Today, the city within the 13th-century walls is a UNESCO world heritage site and arguably the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia. We’ll also visit Gotland’s countryside to enjoy its varied landscape, with everything from desolate heaths to lush meadows, spectacular cliffs and sandy beaches.

The cost for this trip is $495 and includes round trip transportation, accommodations at a beautiful hotel in the heart of Visby, all meals, and activities that typically include a tour of Medieval churches and burial grounds, a guided visit to the Fornsalen Viking museum, a trip to the countryside, and a tour of a local microbrewery. If you receive financial aid but your aid doesn’t cover this expense, you can request a fee waiver during registration.

Spring Term: The Arctic Circle

During the spring semester, The Swedish Program organizes an optional trip to the Arctic Circle. 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 might also see the majestic Northern Lights streak across the sky. This trip to explore northern Sweden is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

The cost for this trip is $495 and includes round trip transportation, accommodations at a beautiful ski resort in Swedish Lapland, all meals, and activities that typically include dog sledding, snowshoeing, a visit to a traditional Sámi village, and a tour of the world-famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. You will also have the opportunity to ski, snowboard, or sled by renting equipment from the resort’s sport shop at your own expense. If we’re lucky, you’ll also have a chance see the beautiful Northern Lights! (Of course, we cannot control or guarantee this meteorological event.) If you receive financial aid but your aid doesn’t cover this expense, you can request a fee waiver during registration.