Linnaeus University

Before you meet with an education abroad advisor be sure to complete the "Advising Form" linked at the top of this page.

Please note that you will not be able to apply for semester or yearlong education abroad program until you've met with an education abroad advisor. To make an appointment, please contact internationalprograms@noctrl.edu or call the Center for Global Education at 630-637-5132.

Program Overview

Eligible participants must be at junior or senior level with a 3.0 GPA preferred.

Linnaeus University is known for its strong international profile. Every year more than 1,600 international students from all over the world come here to study. The university is the second largest university in southern Sweden, located about 3.5 hours by train from Stockholm and two hours from Copenhagen with campuses in Växjö and Kalmar. Växjö has a full range of cultural life in its museums, theater, cathedral and concert hall. It is the center of the area known as the Kingdom of Crystal since many world-class glassworks are located there. Kalmar, one of the oldest cities in the nation, is located on the southeast coast of Sweden.

Students have full access to a curriculum in humanities, social sciences, media and design, peace and development studies, and European/ Scandinavian studies all taught in English, as well as Swedish language studies. Courses in computer science, information systems, math, physics, business and economics are also available. The learning environment is characterized by an active student life with teaching and research staff easily accessible to students and plenty of social clubs and academic organizations to join.

Linnaeus University webpage


Students are required to complete GLS 277 in the spring term prior to studying abroad in the fall.

Students earn usually 12 credits per term, however, this varies depending on courses chosen and length of stay. A list of available courses taught in English can be found here.

Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad. To ensure that all courses count towards their degrees, students must get their department's approval.

Housing and Meals

Students live in self-catered campus housing.

Meals: meals are not included in program fees. Students prepare their own meals in a shared kitchen, eat at university cafeterias and at local restaurants.

Estimated Costs

Students pay North Central College tuition and room and board to the host institution. A $30 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application submission. Students are personally responsible for paying airfare, health insurance, departure tax, books, extra personal travel and spending money, as these items are not included in room and board fees. North Central College financial aid does apply.