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  • Locations: kalmar, Sweden
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
  • Restrictions: Goucher applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/29/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester GPA minimum: 3.0
Class Standing: 3.Junior
Program Description:


Växjö / Kalmar, Sweden 

Program Overview

The Växjö (pronounced Veck-quh) / Kalmar program offers the opportunity to enroll at Linnaeus University’s Växjö campus or 75 miles away at the Kalmar campus in a wide range of courses taught in English; both cities provide easy access to enjoy the lakes, forests, trails, and countryside of southeast Sweden. Students can stay for one semester or a full year and take courses in areas such as Computer Science, Design, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences and Social Work, Humanities, Business Administration, Management and Economics, Mathematics and Systems Engineering, Science, Social Science, Sport/Coaching Management, and Teacher Education.  Although the majority of courses at the university are taught in Swedish, there are many courses in a wide range of fields taught in English - the majority of which are offered in Växjö and are open to U.S. students. 
  • Live in a friendly area known for its bicycle paths, castle ruins, and 200 lakes
  • Enjoy the vibrant cultural life of the surrounding areas, including the famous glassworks of Kosta Boda and Orrefors
  • Join student-run organizations that plan events, trips, and cultural immersion activities for visiting and local students
  • Take a beginner or intermediate Swedish language course along with a wide variety of courses in English
  • Visit close to campus the Teleborg water tower, with its lyrical echo, the nineteenth-century Teleborg castle, or medieval Kalmar Castle

Linnaeus University, the second largest university in southern Sweden, has an enrollment of approximately 35,000 Swedish and international students from more than 60 countries, studying at the two campuses.  It is known for its strong international profile.  Over 1,300 international students come from all over the world.   The main Växjö campus is a central, US-style campus situated south of the Växjö town center in a park-like setting, five kilometers from the city center and close to a historic country house - Telesborgs Slott.  The other campus is located in Kalmar, on the Baltic coast.  The Kalmar campus is integrated into the town, rather than being on a centralized campus but it is all within biking distance.  The Kalmar location has an emphasis in nautical science, marine biology, and international commerce.  

10 to 12 OIS scholarships ranging from $1500 - $2000 are available to students applying to programs in Ghana, Japan, and USAC programs in India, Korea, Oslo Norway, Sweden, Thailand, and China.

International Student Guide


  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session

  • Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program

  • Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.

  • Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester

  • Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application


Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information. Students must next apply to USAC by the Goucher deadline regardless of USAC's published deadline. You must pay the USAC $100 application fee which will be refunded to you by Goucher in the following billing cycle.  Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.  


General Program Dates

Spring - Early January - Early June
Fall - Late August - Mid-January


Through our agreement with Linnaeus University, an array of courses will be made available for you to take in English. Areas of study believed to be of most interest to USAC students are included below as a sample of what the university offers. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by Linnaeus University.

Students have the option of taking Introductory, Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced Swedish for Exchange Students in addition to their normal study program (included in program fees). The Introductory course is a non-credit course, while the Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced course is taken for credit. Although most people in Sweden speak at least some English, we strongly recommend you take one of these optional courses, as they help you to assimilate better into Swedish life, and you will find the Swedes appreciate your effort to speak their language.

Courses from the following areas of study taught in English may include: Archaeology, Biology, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Comparative Literature, Computer and System Sciences,  Conflict Solving, Design, Ecology, Electrical Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Film Studies, Forest and Wood Technology, Health Sciences, History, International Health, Journalism, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Media and Communications, Media Technology, Political Science, Social Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, 

Students take four courses for a total of 30 ECTS credits (15 US credits).  Students study one course at a time (consecutive scheduling) rather than several at the same time (parallel scheduling).  Each course runs five weeks.  Examination takes place after each course and at the end of the semester, the student receives a cumulative grade for the full-time semester courses as well as individual grades for each course.

Credit and Grade Translations

Goucher will transfer grades and credits as reported on the USAC transcript.  Grades will be recorded on the Goucher transcript and will factor into the GPA.


Linnaeus  Goucher
C B-
10 ECTS credits = 5 US Semester credits
7.5 ECTS credits = 3.75 US Semester credits
Lower vs. Upper Division Credit:  Typically course codes starting with a 1 = lower division and course codes starting with a 2 = upper division credit.

Academic Policies

  • Grades count toward a Goucher GPA

  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis

  • Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits

  • All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.

  • Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad

Language Skills and Language of Instruction

There are classes offered in English for international students.  

Program Costs

Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program.  Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program.  You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program.  In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.

10 to 12 OIS scholarships ranging from $1500 - $2000 are available to students applying to programs in Ghana, Japan, and USAC programs in India, Korea, Oslo Norway, Sweden, Thailand, and China.


A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees.  Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.


The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.

If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.


Students will apply and pay for housing directly to USAC or the host university abroad.

Residence Halls
Only available in Växjö, on- and off-campus residence halls consist of furnished single or double rooms with and internet connection and a private toilet and shower. Students living on the same floor (8-13 students) share a kitchen and living room. Laundry facilities are available in all dormitories. Dormitory accommodations in the downtown area are similar to the ones located on campus.

In both locations, apartments are located off campus. If you choose to live in an apartment, you have the option of sharing an apartment with another exchange student.

Will I have a meal plan?

No you will not have a meal plan but you will have a facility to make meals.


Population: 80,000
Distance from Oslo: 256 miles
Distance from Copenhagen: 120 miles
Population: 62,000
Distance from Oslo: 370 miles
Distance from Växjö: 75 miles[Kalmar’s city center, Kvarnholmen, has earned the Europa Nostra Award twice for boasting a well-preserved urban area. Everything from trendy shopping to gourmet cafés and restaurants are within short walking distances.]Kalmar’s city center, Kvarnholmen, has earned the Europa ...
Växjö is the capital of the Kronoberg region in southeastern Sweden. It was an important trading center as early as the eighth century and is located in the heart of the “Kingdom of Crystal,” so-called because world famous glassworks such as Kosta Boda and Orrefors are located there. Växjö is also known for its high-tech industry, paper and furniture manufacturing.

The area around Växjö has forests, pristine lakes, hiking trails and unspoiled countryside, making it an attractive area for those who love the outdoors. There is a rich cultural life as well as an active nightlife. You can visit beautiful medieval churches and historic castle ruins, a modern concert hall, cafés, museums, a cathedral and the Swedish Emigrant Institute, which commemorates the great emigration from 1850 to 1930 when 1.3 million Swedes immigrated to the US.[Kalmar is a town dating back 800 years to the Middle Ages. The most prominent landmark, Kalmar Castle, and the town park are favorite locations to hang out for many students.]Kalmar is a town dating back 800 years to the Middle ...

The Kalmar campus is located on Sweden’s Baltic Coast, opposite the island of Öland. The city of Kalmar was one of Sweden’s most important cities between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries and still has a magnificent, well-preserved Renaissance castle. Kalmar and the surrounding areas also have a long tradition of craftsmanship in textiles, ceramics, glass and furniture.



A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.   Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad.  Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.

Additional Information and Links

Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs.  Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program.  Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S.  Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports

Health and Safety

You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad.  Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance: 

Study Abroad Insurance

All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.

Students with Disabilities

Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad.  OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have.  However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests.  More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website. 

Student Identity

Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.

On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.

Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity.