This program is for students in the Secondary Education MAT, Childhood Education MAT, Elementary Education, Special Education, Physical Education, and Art Education programs at the University of Arkansas who have been selected for this experience by the Office of Teacher Education and program faculty. University of Arkansas teacher candidates selected for this placement will spend the last 4 weeks of the spring semester observing and co-teaching in the local schools arranged by the Teacher Education Office at Jönköping University.
"The midnight sun, the snowbound winters, meatballs, herring, Vikings and Volvos, ABBA and the Hives - whatever your pre-existing notions about Sweden may be, a visit to this multifaceted country is bound to both confirm and confound them. A stroll through the Swedish countryside will often lead to a picnic on some ancient king’s burial mound. But Sweden’s days as a warlike nation are long gone. Instead, its domestic and international policies serve as models of neutrality and consensus-building. This is, after all, the birthplace of the Nobel Peace Prize. Travelers today are more likely to be slayed by visions of pastoral beauty - intense green countryside, impenetrable forests, little red cottages atop remote islands and, everywhere, Sweden’s famously clear blue water."
"That’s not to say all the excitement ended thousands of years ago - far from it. While tradition reigns in places like Dalarna in the Swedish heartland and the Sami territory up north, much of Sweden today buzzes with a more contemporary energy (think IKEA, H&M, Absolut Vodka). Travelers come to Sweden as much for the flash clubs and ground-breaking new restaurants as they do for wilderness hikes and visits to wooden-horse factories."
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/sweden#ixzz2fZTL2Tds
Students will already have been assessed U of A College of Education tuition and fees for 15 credit hours for the spring semester. Additionally, students are responsible for their round-trip airfare, travel health insurance, $100 study abroad fee, housing, meals, local transportation, passport, and personal expenses. The independent nature of this program allows students to determine their own extracurricular activities and meals, leaving flexibility not only in free time but also in the budget.
Click on the Budget above for a break-down of expected costs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. College of Education students should apply for the COEHP Study Abroad Grants
. Students receiving a Pell grant should look into the Gilman International Scholarship
. Honors students should apply for study abroad grants through the U of A Honors College.
And all students should read through our scholarship page
for more information regarding funding opportunities and deadlines. Additionally, in most cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your time teaching abroad.
All new international students are guaranteed accommodation, provided that they apply for accommodation correctly and announce their arrival in time. There is a general housing shortage in Jönköping, hence, in competition with Swedish students it can be difficult to find housing by yourself. Jönköping University is located in the city Centre. The accommodation alternatives that are offered to international students are all located within 30 minutes travel by public transport from the university.
For assistance with applications, costs, travel, etc., contact:
Assistant Director for Outreach & International Service Learning
Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange