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International Student Teaching Sweden
Umea, Sweden (Outgoing Program)
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Spring 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 03/21/2019 05/05/2019
NOTE: The paper application is due to COEPS on September 15th.

** 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.
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Early Childhood Education, Education
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International Student Teaching - Sweden


Student teaching in Sweden is an opportunity for students in Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence (Elementary) Education, Music Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education to complete four weeks of directed teaching in Umea Sweden. A program agreement between Umea University and the College of Education and Professional Studies, is designed so that students enroll in the course "Teaching and Learning within the Swedish School System"at Umea University. This course is composed of International student teachers who are participating in the Sweden Student Teaching Program. Enrolled students study the Swedish School System along with exposure of school systems from across the globe as shaped by course participants and their home country. Student teachers are placed in placements that meet their program/Licensure requirements. Students list their major on the Umea University application and are assigned placements based on their identified major. Once students submit the Student Teaching Abroad Application form, the Subject Area Coordinator (SAC) of each student candidate will be contacted for final approval.


The Office of Global Experiences will assist program participants with housing questions at Umea University. Students sometimes stay on campus or at a nearby hostel.

Student Life and Surroundings

With a population of 80,000 and growing, Umea is the largest and fastest-growing city in northern Sweden.  Its large student population of over 30,000 makes it a vibrant university town, and as the upcoming European Capital of Culture in 2014, Umea is home to a variety of museums, film and music festivals, and professional sports teams, such as soccer and ice hockey.

The city of Umea is easily navigable on foot, second-hand bicycle, or public transportation. Umea is connected to Stockholm, as well as the rest of Europe, by reasonably-priced flights as well as bus and train networks, allowing students to explore elsewhere in Sweden and Europe during their time abroad.

Estimated Cost of Program

Program Fee: $275
Airfare: $1500
Room and Board: $2,100-$2440
CISI Insurance: $70
Passport: $145
Transportation to O'hare: $60
Misc Incidentals and immunizations: $1175
Total Estimate of Expenses: $5325 - $5663

Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Grants

Eligible students are able to receive financial aid. Students will need to bring a budget sheet to an appointment with Financial Aid in order to determine financial need. Students can pick up a budget sheet for this program in the Office of Global Experiences.
To make an appointment with Financial Aid, call 262-472-1130

For information about study abroad scholarships, the Wisconsin State Grant for Study Abroad, and for deadlines and application procedures click here.

Program Requirements and Application Procedures

  1. Fill and print out this form:Permission Form to Study Abroad revised July 18.pdf Follow the instructions exactly as noted on the form!
  2. Schedule an appointment with the Program Faculty Advisor, Dr. Kolb
  3. Schedule an appointment with Dan Colleran, Global Experience Coordinator, Office of Global Experiences, (262) 472-5757,
  4. Program participants must enroll in CIGENRL 470 Student Teaching Seminar if they are a C&I Major or SPECED 498 if they are a Special Ed major.
  5. Schedule a pre-departure orientation meeting with the UW-W Office of Global Experiences by calling Ext. 5759.

Criminal Background Checks

Program participants are required to complete a criminal Background Check as part of the Program application process. Participants must present the original Criminal Background Report to Umea University officials upon arrival in Sweden; a copy of the Criminal Background Report will be sent to Umea University during the program application process.

Key Dates

Term Application Deadline Term Dates
Fall Semester February 15th* Early Novemeber to Mid December
Spring Semester October 01st* Early April to Mid May
*Students who intend to participate in this program must notify Alice Schwarz  prior to applying.



UW-W Faculty Advisor
Dr. Sharon Kolb
Department of Special Education
Office: Winther 4039
Tel: 262-472-4381

Global Experiences Coordinator
Dan Colleran
Tel: 262-472-5757 (direct)
         262-472-5759 (appointments)
Office of Global Experiences
Student Diversity, Engagement and Success
Tel: 262-472- 5759 Email:

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