International Exchanges – Sweden: Södertörn

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

Program Title: Pitzer/ISEP Exchange with Södertörn University – This exchange is not running in 2023-2024.

sweden-sodertornLocation: Huddinge, Sweden

Host Website ISEP: Södertörn University
ISEP Sodertorn

Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College. ISEP requires student to have a 2.75 or higher GPA. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but qualified sophomores are eligible if space is available.

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 June

Required Courses
Students are required to take a full course load equivalent to a 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. Basic level Swedish language courses are offered during both semesters.

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. Most courses are worth 7.5 ECTS so students typically take  four courses. 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.)

Housing and Board Options
ISEP students are housed in rooms close to the Flemingsberg Campus in Björnkulla. All rooms have a small Pullman kitchen/cooking recess cupboard. In each corridor there is a fully equipped common kitchen as well as a laundry room. A stipend to cover the cost of meals is provided.

Additional notes
The chance of placement is generally good.