International Teaching Externship in Sweden

May 2016

Edsbyn, Sweden

May 10 - June 6, 2016

Program Highlights

  • Learn about education in Sweden through direct academic experiences, classroom observations, engaged discussions, and participation in the classroom with host families and children in home stays.
  • 3 week teaching practicum north of Stockholm in beautiful Edsbyn and Alfta followed by 4 days in Stockholm.
  • Experiential learning in the classroom, incorporating a rich variety of cultural activities and enabling students to explore rural Sweden and its culture.
  • Opportunity to lead teaching and learning activities with Swedish children and teach conversational English (as well as other topics and subject areas at desired K-12 grade levels).
  • Academic discussions about Sweden's educaiton, history, language and culture.
  • In-country logistics organized by the principals of the schools in Edsbyn and Alfta, which will facilitate experiencing the school culture and teaching practices within Sweden.
  • Costs: airfare + all inclusive program fee of $3,200, includes in-country transportation, meals, housing with host families, guest lectures, insurance, and most costs of Stockholm excursion (total trip costs = $4,200). 

Program Description

Sweden is one of those countries that many people know is beautiful and peaceful, but the details always seem a bit fuzzy. Famous for its neutral position in so many world conflicts, Sweden is the origin of Pippi Longstocking, the band The Hives and classic Hollywood actresses such as Ingrid Berman and Greta Garbo. Not to mention some of the most beautiful North and Baltic Sea coastlines dotted with picturesque hamlets and rugged archipelago inlets.

The Swedish government invests a great deal of time and money into their education system, resulting in a reputation as one of the most effective student-centered learning environments in the world. This study abroad program sets participants directly into the cultural experience with homestays and local school placements which reveal Sweden's multicultural student population. You'll be glad to know that most courses are taught in English and you can also expect:

  • Full classroom support teaching alongside a Swedish host teacher.
  • Engaged and excited Swedish students who are eager to learn.
  • Teaching in English through activities such as reading circles and film discussions.
  • Support from CSB/SJU faculty member Brian Mumma during your entire Sweden experience. 

Wonderful educational experiences exist outside the classroom of this study abroad program in Sweden, and many of them mix in a little fun. Most students are drawn like magnets to the capital city of Stockholm, which is the center of entertainment, business, culture and industry. Fashionable Stockholm has a ton to offer students studying abroad in Sweden, whether you are looking for some culture of some nightlife:

  • Step back in time and visit the cit's Gamla Stan, the Old Center, or the Skansen, the world's first open-air museum
  • Discover art in Sweden at the Museum of Modern Art, or Swedish history at the National Museum
  • Rage the Sodermalm section's techno and rock clubs, cafes and bars

Part of what makes Stockholm so cool and unique is the fact that it's built on 14 islands that are connected by bridges. If you're looking for some outdoor adventure, check out the archipelago of Stockholm's more than 24,000 islands in the Baltic Sea, including Finnhamn, Grinda and Vaxholm. And if you want to be adventurous with your food, try reindeer and elk, and a popular national dish called Husmanskost that is made of potatoes, berries and mushrooms with meat or fish in a creamy sauce.

So yeah, Stockholm is great. It's hip, it's with it. It offers some killer nightlife. But it's not complete where it's at. You will also want to check out the partying and shopping in Gothenburg; the beaches of Gotland; and the natural bounty of Lapland. All of those adventures, plus some heavy and helpful learning, will ensure that a study abroad program in Sweden will keep you busy and change the way you view the world. And you'll be guaranteed not to get in any weighty conflicts! 

Program Cost

The total program costs are $4,2000, which include: airfaire and all inclusive program fee of $3,200. This program fee includes in-country transportation, meals, housing with host families, guest lectures, insurance, and most costs of Stockholm excursion.

This price includes:

  • Round-trip international airfare from Minneapolis to Arlanda Airport (ARN) in Stockholm
  • All accommodations during the program: home stay and hostels
  • Local transportation
  • Course-related excursions including: admission to museums, cultural attractions, major musical and theatrical productions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Program adminsitrative costs and fees
  • All meals
  • All excursions, entrance fees, and other learning experiences

This price does not include:

  • Personal spending money (estimated at $500)
  • Activities, housing, or transportation not associated with or included in the program                                                                                                                                                                                                


During the student teaching component of the experience (3 weeks) students will be staying in pairs in warm and nurturing host family homes with private bedrooms and bathrooms. Students eat and live as part of the family and have access to washing machines and dryers, which allows us to pack light and always have clean laundry. At the end of the trip, students will spend 5 days/4 nights in Stockholm in a wonderful hostel on sailing vessel and sightsee in Stockholm, a beautiful European city of islands. 


Dr. Brian Mumma, Director of Teacher Education, will lead the Sweden Teaching ITE program for the entire length of the experience. He has been leading this trip for 15 years, sharing the experience with more than 150 students. He is a seasoned study abroad leader, world traveler, and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, among many other experiences.