International Exchanges – Sweden: Vasteras and Eskilstuna

Open to Pitzer students only. Program options subject to change.

Program Title: Pitzer/ISEP Exchange with Mälardalen University 

eskilstuna-swedenLocation: Vasteras and Eskilstuna, Sweden

Host Website: ISEP Mälardalen University
University Website: Exchange Student Website

Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College. ISEP requires students to have a 2.75 or higher GPA.

At least one area studies course is strongly recommended before departure. Other general preparation options include: Comparative Politics, Intercultural Communications, Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

Students must first apply through Pitzer’s Office of Study Abroad and International Programs. If accepted by Pitzer, students will complete the ISEP Exchange application. If accepted by ISEP, students will then complete the University application.

Program Dates
Fall semester (= Semester 1):Mid-August to mid-January
Spring semester (= Semester 2): Mid-January to early June
Full year: Mid-August to early June

Required Courses
Students are required to take a full course load equivalent to four Pitzer course credits including a Swedish language course and one course with content on Swedish history, politics, literature or culture.  In addition, students take the Pitzer course MLLC110 Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing via Sakai.

Intensive Language
Students are required to take a Swedish language course. A Swedish language introductory course is offered.

Independent Study
See a Study Abroad Adviser.

Course Options
Visit the ISEP website shown above, select ‘Academics’ and follow the Hints for Researching Courses.

Credit Possible
Pitzer students take a full course load of 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) which is the equivalent of four Pitzer course credits. In addition to a full course load at the university, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credits for the writing course via Sakai (see above under Required Courses). Students can search for classes on the Exchange Student website or by viewing the course catelog.

Housing and Board Options
Students are housed in student residences halls or in shared student apartments. Cooking facilities are available. A stipend is provided for meals.

Additional notes
The chance of placement is generally good.