Uppsala is located in the central part of Sweden, close to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. An ancient city founded in 1164, Uppsala is rich in history and has a long tradition of academic excellence. Uppsala ranks as Sweden’s fourth-largest city with a population of 200,000, of which 40,000 are students at the historic Uppsala University. The long history and academic heritage are interwoven in the character of Uppsala. Many of Sweden’s foremost scientists studied and worked here, for example Carl Linnaeus, Anders Celsius, and Svante Arrhenius. Even today, Uppsala is a major centre for the life-science and biotechnology industries, and is
recognized for its leading position in medical research.
Uppsala is a very clean and safe city, with extensive green spaces, parks, and nature preserves offering great recreational opportunities year-round. During all seasons you will find a plethora of outdoor activities, from cross-country skiing and ice skating on the frozen lakes to canoeing and kayaking, playing beach volleyball, or running or biking on the endless kilometers of well-maintained trails. One of the largest natural recreation areas, Fjällnora, is located a few kilometers from Länna Manor, where some of you will be staying during your sojourn with us. Getting around is easy, with bike trails and public bus connections in all directions.
A favorite pastime of Swedes is hanging out at restaurants and coffee shops, and you will find an abundance of cafés in Uppsala. There’s even a unique Swedish word for this pastime, fika, a social meeting with friends or colleagues to enjoy strong coffee and some some pastry, usually cinnamon buns.
As a student at the Newman Institute, you will have the opportunity to participate in Uppsala University’s network of social clubs, known as nations, which organize
social events for students at reasonable prices, including meals, music, cultural activities, sports and formal dances.
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden with a population of 900,000. The center of Stockholm is 70 kilometers from Uppsala so that within 45 minutes you can easily get there by train, bus or car. In Stockholm you will find an endless variety of things to do, and on the weekends the city is filled with visitors and residents exploring its many museums, diverse neighborhoods, parks and other cultural attractions. Some of Stockholm’s top attractions are: the Vasa Museum, Museum of Modern Art, the Royal Castle and the medieval old town. In Stockholm you will find that almost everyone uses public transportation, since parking is scarce and expensive, and the subway and the buses take you everywhere.
For more information about Stockholm, please visit: www.visitstockholm.com/en
Excursions and recreational activities
During your study program you will make excursions to Berlin, a selected nature preserve, and Stockholm. In Berlin you will sight-see and explore German history. You will be offered an insight into the German way of dealing with environmental issues and will learn about the country’s political situation. In the trip to a nature preserve, you will have a unique opportunity to explore Sweden’s beautiful, unspoiled nature, including hiking and camping outdoors.
While visiting Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, you´ll explore the city center as well as the Newman Institute’s lakeside facility, Marieudd, situated just outside of Stockholm on the shore of Lake Mälaren. In addition you will participate in outdoor activities, spend time in the forest and explore various locations around Uppsala. As a pastime activity, Uppsala offers a lot of things to do, like visiting museums, going to concerts or participating in several sport activities.
During your exchange program you will also spend time learning about recycling of manufactured goods at Erikshjälpen Second Hand, a charitable organization which, in cooperation with the Newman Institute, sells donated items second hand to generate aid to children around the world.
Opportunities for spiritual nourishment are also available, such as daily Masses at the Newman Institute and the neighboring Catholic Church of St. Lawrence (S:t Lars). Masses are offered mainly in Swedish, but an English Mass is said every week on Sunday evenings. There is an active Catholic student group which meets weekly on the parish premises and offers a mixture of leisure activities, lectures, Bible study, liturgies and retreats. Here you will find young adults, mostly exchange students, from all around the world, where English is the common language used. In Uppsala and Stockholm you can also find other opportunities for practicing your faith.
The Newman Institute offers housing in Uppsala for its international students. There are two different facilities available for exchange students, on the campus of Newman Institute and at historic Länna Manor.
The Newman Institute is located in the center of Uppsala and has a student residence with over 12 private rooms. The students share bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens and social spaces, see pictures of the house here.
Länna Manor is located in the countryside, 13 miles from the center of Uppsala. LUC students will live with other international students in private or double room and will share a full community kitchen and two full bathrooms. A small garden is available for growing vegetables and herbs. Länna Manor is situated on the shore of a picturesque lake with beautiful nature all around. With bus or bike it’s an easy commute in to Uppsala. See pictures of the Länna house and grounds here..
The study abroad program at the Newman Institute is offered as an off–campus extension program for partner universities in the US. The program costs include tuition and accommodation, as well as all excursions and recreational activities organized by the Newman Institute. Additional costs not included in the program fee are: travel to and from Sweden, food and personal activities, outside of the organized ones. In Sweden, the average cost for food prepared at home amounts to approximately $270 per month. Contact your international or study abroad office for current program fees.
How to get to Uppsala
Both Swedish and American airlines fly directly to Stockholm’s Arlanda airport on a daily basis. A group flight from Chicago will be proposed for students for both Fall and Spring semesters. If you take the group flight, staff from the Newman Institute will meet you at Arlanda and provide transportation to Uppsala. If you choose a different flight, you will be responsible for your own transportation to Uppsala (train service is very convenient and inexpensive).
Fall Semester 2017
Arrival Aug. 21
Orientation activities Aug. 21-25
Classes start Aug. 28
Fall break Oct. 30—Nov. 3
Final day of program Dec. 15
Departure from Sweden Dec. 17
Spring Semester 2018
Handbook of information
For more detailed information about the program, check out the handbook here.
Application deadline for the Fall semester is April 1.
For the Spring semester, the deadline is October 1.
For Loyola University Chicago students, information and counseling are available from the Office for International Programs.
For information on how courses will transfer, please contact Rachel Leamon in the IES (rleamon(at)LUC.edu).
For Xavier University students, please contact Kim Diehl de Yanes at the Center for International Education for more information (diehlk(at)xavier.edu).
Please send all information requests to: semester.sweden(at)newman.se.