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  • Locations: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

The Swedish Program

BSW LogoThe Swedish Program is a small program within an international university allowing it to bring students the best of both worlds. For example, students take small classes in English and get to know their professors, other students, and The Swedish Program staff very well. At the same time, students have the benefit of being part of a university setting with access to classes, facilities, events, student clubs, and social activities sponsored by The Stockholm School of Economics (SSE).
For additional information, visit The Swedish Program website
The City of Stockholm

Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm is beautiful and unique: located on 14 islands, it is home to some of the best museums, cultural institutions, restaurants, and night spots in the world.
Learn about Stockholm by visiting the city’s awesome tourism website.  You can even find a list of the ‘best Instagram spots’ in Stockholm!
Did you know…?

Every year, Stockholm hosts the prestigious Nobel Prize ceremonies and banquet.  Students who study abroad through The Swedish Program during the fall semester are eligible to enter a raffle for SSE students that, if won, would allow them and a guest to attend the ceremonies in early December!



The Swedish Program is for College credit only.

There are a limited number of spots for Penn students on The Swedish Program.  All candidates should identify a second choice program. 

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0


Language of Instruction

English; Swedish


A full course load on The Swedish Program consists of four (4) classes per semester.  Students are free to choose any four courses from the Program’s course catalog, but one must be a Swedish language course.  Some courses in the catalog are offered through The Swedish Program, while others are direct-enroll courses at The Stockholm School of Economics.

Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad.

The Swedish Program Course Catalog

Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.

Grades are reported to Penn on an A-F scale. 

Special Features

BSW Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by The Swedish Program prior to the start of each semester.  The orientation program includes a boat trip to the Stockholm Archipelago.

More information on orientation activities will be given to students after acceptance to the program.

Internship Opportunities

Local internships give students an opportunity to better understand Swedish professional culture while building their networks and resumes.  The Swedish Program offers several internship opportunities for study abroad students. Past internship placements include, but are not limited to, the Research Institute of Industrial Economics, the Stockholm International Film Festival, and English language tutoring at local public schools.

All internships are unpaid and not for credit.  More information about internships offered through The Swedish Program can be found here.

Group Excursions

In addition to the orientation trip to the Stockholm Archipelago, The Swedish Program organizes excursions every semester to locations such as the Island of Gotland and the Arctic Circle.

More information about group excursions can be found here.

Contact Families
BSW Special Features
Students who opt to live in private apartments in Stockholm, as opposed to with a host family, have the option of being assigned “contact families” with whom they may meet throughout the semester or academic year.

Student Associations

Penn students studying on The Swedish Program have access to a wide range of student activities and associations through the Student Association at The Stockholm School of Economics (SASSE).  SASSE is one of the most active student organizations in Europe. More information can be found here.


BSW Campus
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

Students have the option of living in fully furnished apartments, located throughout the city of Stockholm, or with carefully selected host families.  Apartments may be located no longer than one hour (under normal weather conditions) by public transportation to SSE.  Host families may live no longer than 70 minutes (under normal weather conditions) by public transportation to SSE.

Information regarding accommodation can be found here.

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.

Budget Sheets


Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Stockholm, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.