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General Overview

Stockholm shoreline as seen from a boat Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest ranked universities in the world (as ranked by the Academic Ranking of World Universities). In this program, you will be able to meet and interact with both Swedish students and students of other nationalities. This program is available to MCB and Biochemistry majors and is offered exclusively in spring semesters.

As one of the largest universities in Sweden (with over 64,000 undergraduate and master's students), wide snow-covered street in Stockholm Stockholm University offers access to modern teaching and research facilities. Stockholm University, located in Sweden's capital city, is the region's center for higher education and research. In fact, four of its leading international researchers have received the Nobel Prize. In the heart of Sweden's only national urban park, the University is surrounded by natural beauty, whilst being only a few minutes journey from the city center.

Language Requirements

Though Stockholm is a Swedish-speaking city, no knowledge of Swedish is required for this program. It is relatively easy to live and study in Stockholm with English because English is the second language of the European Union and the vast majority of Swedes speak it routinely.


The Swedish university academic system is divided into two semesters, each of twenty weeks. Each semester is divided in to two 8-week sessions. outdoor group of MCB and Biochemistry students in Stockholm on campus The autumn semester spans from late August/beginning of September till mid-January, and the spring from mid-January until early June. Students return with sixteen hours of course credit. Swedish instruction in courses is much along the lines of instruction in the United States, where attendance and class participation is expected and necessary. Evaluation and grades are given according to performance in class, essays, assignments, group work and final exams. You will take courses alongside your Swedish peers and other international students. The preapproved courses for this program are offered in English. There is a Swedish language course available for international students.

Student Life

two students wearing winter coats in a Stockholm plaza Stockholm University offers a Swedish Buddy program, which pairs international students with a Swedish student to start meeting people and familiarize them with Swedish culture. Join Stockholm's lively Student Union for professional and recreational clubs and councils, student blogs, and abundant student benefits. Support for students with disabilities is available.

Specific Departmental Support Personnel

The Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics and the Department of Biology Education have each provided us with a close contact with whom MCB collaborates. They will be your first points of contact if you need assistance or guidance while at Stockholm University.

International Student Office

Each university has its own on-site international student office to assist students with local issues (specifically a housing permit) and may host social gatherings throughout the semester. Find out more about Stockholm University's International Student Office by clicking here.


Students live in university housing, alongside Swedish and international students. Students are generally responsible for providing their own meals. Most, but not all, accommodations are located within walking distance of campus. The accommodation closest to the university is Lappis (Lappkärrsberget)

A Note on Exchange Programs

An exchange program is a direct agreement between the University of Illinois and Stockholm University. Exchange programs offer you the best of all worlds: an affordable way to spend a semester in Sweden, and the chance to continue studying courses which fulfill graduation requirements. As a participant in an exchange program, you enjoy the benefits of direct enrollment at UIUC. You will live in student housing with Swedish and other international students, and have access to all the sports facilities and clubs of your host university. These programs are designed to immerse you in contemporary Swedish life and the Swedish academic system.


Students must be academically prepared for this program, meaning they have completed the MCB Core (MCB 150, 250/251, 252/253, and 354). Applicants must be in good health and have the kind of flexibility and sensitivity to others that will allow for successful adjustment to an unfamiliar cultural setting.

The program is designed for students in the spring of their third year. Applicants should have an overall grade point average of at least 3.25.


The absolute application deadline for this program is September 15th. Please refer to our "The Study Abroad Process" page for more information.

You can find more information about the LAS-MCB in Stockholm program and its application here.