Stockholm University

University Overview

Sweden Map

Stockholm University is located in the midst of one of the city's first national parks, making it a pristine environment to break away from the more bustling city life just ten minutes away.

Hosting more than 50,000 students, Stockholm University prides itself as one of the largest and most international universities in Sweden.  Students can study from a wide variety of classes in English as well as take conversational Swedish classes during their stay.

City Overview

Stockholm is known as the city between bridges given that one third of its expanse is covered in water.  Founded in the 13th century, Stockholm consists of fourteen islands resting upon Lake Malaren, making its economy reliant upon its waterways for industry and passage to its neighbors in the Baltic Sea.  Often referred to as the "Venice of the North," Stockholm is a strikingly beautiful city with sparkling waters, abundant natural parks, lively city streets, and an intentional environmental focus.  Sweden remains a leader in progressive domestic policy, international relations, and innovative technology.  As the most visited city in Scandinavia, Stockholm is a modern, diverse city with a rich cultural history and much to offer visitors.

Program Highlights

  • Many courses to satisfy GE and elective requirements
  • Some fields will offer extensive classes in English.  Others will have far fewer options.  Flexibility will be key.
  • Study in English
  • Take basic Swedish language and culture classes

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester:  Late August to mid-January

Spring Semester:  Mid-January to early June

Academic Year:  Late August to early June

Academic Focus

  • Exchange students can enroll in first cycle, Bachelor's level course work.  Read course descriptions to ensure you meet prerequisites and the language of instruction is English.
  • Most courses in Sweden are taught in five week modules, consecutively.  All students will enroll in a minimum of 30 ECT (European Credit Transfer system) units over the course of a semester.  All courses tend to be 7.5 ECT, 15 ECT, or 30 ECT units and are taught on both a part-time and full-time basis.  The European Credit Transfer system is calculated in a 2:1 ratio.  For example, a 15 ECT unit class wil count as 7.5 CSU semester units.
  • Teaching will typically be in lecture format.  Be prepared for more formal essay exams and reading assignments.
  • Final grades are usually based upon a comprehensive exam.  For this, keeping up with assigned and supplemental reading becomes critically important.
  • All work transfers back to San Marcos and can be used to fulfill all graduation requirements.

Language of Instruction

English, but be sure to perform an advanced search for first cycle, Bachelor's level, English only courses


  • Class Level:  Upper-division status (completion of 60 units or more)
  • GPA of 2.75 or above and good academci standing to departure
  • Special Note to Business Majors:  In order to receive credit for upper-division courses abroad, you must have already completed your Pre-Core course work at CSUSM.


15 semester units.  Typically this equates to 3-4 classes/semester.


There are no dormitories on the Stockholm University campus.  The Housing Office will help incoming exchange students find accommodation for their stay, but given the high volume of students, housing is not guaranteed.

To view current housing options, please see the Accommodation page.  No preference will be given to placement. 

Housing applications will be provided after nomination by the study abroad advisor, however it may become necessary to find your own accommodation for your term abroad.  Please see the independent housing section of the Housing Office.

Estimated Cost

  • Students pay their normal State University Fee to CSU San Marcos, currently $3,649/semester.  No tuition or fees due at Stockholm University.
  • On-campus residence:  Varies by selection, but roughly $2,175/semester
  • Cost of meals and personal expenses will vary, but average $600/month
  • Health Insurance:  $40/month
  • Swedish Residence Permit:  $162

Application Deadlines

For Fall Semester/Year Study:  March 15

For Spring Semester Study:  October 1

How to Apply

  1. Visit the Stockholm University website at to learn about the university and life in Stockholm.  Read the FAQS, for an overview of the university.

  2. Meet the CSUSM Study Abroad Advisor in Craven Hall 3200 to determine if you are eligible for this program. 

  3. Obtain course descriptions from the Online Catalogue.  Be sure to perform an Advanced Search, limiting classes by First Cycle, Bachelor's Level and English language.  Most classes will satisfy GE requirements, though a few students might successfully study in their majors in Stockholm.

  4. Consult with a faculty advisor in your major/minor department to determine if Newcastle courses will count toward your major/minor.   If so, complete a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form.  Please note:  For GE classes, simply list those on your credit approval form.  This form MUST be submitted to Global Education before departure.

  5. Order an official transcript from CSUSM and any other college from which you have taken a semester or more in classes (even if you have already transferred credit to CSUSM) Please pick your transcripts up in person and deliver them to Craven 3200.  Keep in mind that transcripts are now taking 7-10 business days to process.  Plan accordingly.

  6. Read about student accommodations.  Housing is all off-campus, however the university may be able to assist you in your search.  You will fill out a housing form to return to SU after your initial acceptance.  There is housing associated with the university and also independent providers.  If you are seeking independent housing, please plan to arrive 7-10 days prior to your program start date to begin your search.

  7. Complete the Stockholm University application that will be sent to you electronically following your nomination.  You will scan and send this back to their Academic Coordinator.  Please submit a paper copy of this application to the Study Abroad Advisor in Craven 3200 along with your other application materials.
  8. Submit a photcopy of your passport along with your medical disclosure form, personal conduct agreement, air travel release form, and proof of travel medical insurance to the Study Abroad Advisor.

  9. Attend the pre-departure orientation and consult with the Study Abroad Advisor as necessary regarding the residence permit process after Stockholm University acceptance.