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Location Stockholm, Sweden
Academic Term Summer B-Term
07/23/2019 - 08/20/2019
Estimated Program Fee $5,250
Credits 12
Prerequisites An application and interview will be required. Selection criteria will be informed by Honors program director.
Program Directors Dr. Elise Carlson-Rainer |
Kim Kraft |
Program Manager Ruby Machado Shields |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions 12 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 (Honors Program Seminar Room, MGH 211B)
12 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 (Honors Program Seminar Room, MGH 211B)
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

Honors Stockholm: Sweden as a Global Model on the Questions of Rights is an interdisciplinary study abroad program exploring how Sweden’s advancement of human rights continues to influence global human rights norms and wield enormous influence internationally. Through the lens of Sweden as a “norm entrepreneur” country, students will examine Sweden’s innovative human rights policies on LGBTI rights and gender equality. Additionally, the program will introduce students to Swedish authors and filmmakers whose work has reached beyond the Nordic borders with global impact.




Stockholm, Sweden


Students will stay in double rooms with shared baths at the Zinkendamm Hostel in the Södermalm neighborhood of Stockholm. Södermalm is full of restaurants and cafes, art galleries, cinemas, theatres, museums as well as a wide range of small and big shops. The Zinkendamm Hostel was selected for its affordability, cleanliness, reputation for good service, and central location. Breakfast is included. Students must bring their own sheets and towels. The central location in Stockholm and the proximity to the subway and city buses makes it easy to travel to various parts of Stockholm while the surrounding green areas induce a quiet and enjoyable atmosphere. In the ample well-equipped kitchen, students can cook their own food. There is plenty of communal space to hang out, read, watch TV or meet other travelers from all around the world. There is wifi throughout the building.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

An application and interview will be required. Selection criteria will be informed by Honors program director. No pre-requisites or language requirements.


12 UW Quarter Credits


Honors 233: Sweden: World Leader in Diplomacy and Human Rights (5 credits) I&S, DIV

This course examines Sweden’s role as a global leader in human rights. Although Sweden is a small country, it wields disproportionate power internationally in shaping human rights norms. Given that small nations are more vulnerable to international instability, leaders in Sweden demonstrate how international development and peace efforts are important for long-term national interest and security. As the United States withdraws from leadership in human rights international fora, Northern European nations are poised to take on the leadership mantle of human rights and other global policy issues. Specifically, Sweden is a pioneer in LGBTI rights, both domestically and internationally. Participants in this course will gain exposure to Sweden’s unique feminist foreign policy and its history of laying the foundation for global rights. Set in Stockholm, the anchor of this course will be Stockholm Pride 2019. Stockholm Pride events are some of the most dynamic, robust and comprehensive LGBTI political events in the world. Far more than a one-day parade, activists come from all over the world to engage politically on LGBTI rights. Transnational advocacy groups from Zagreb, Warsaw, and St. Petersburg, for example, come to Stockholm and present their current work, exchange ideas, and share challenges in their home countries in the fight for equality. During the week-long Pride event, advocates discuss ways for leaders to elevate their cause in formal diplomatic channels and informal transnational networks. Discussions and public forums cover, for example, new fascism in Europe and Putin’s anti-gay policies; European parliament election results; and LGBTI asylum policies across the continent. Stockholm’s Pride week is a lightning rod for public engagement and debate on national and international LGBTI rights. By observing this public discourse, students will gain exposure to cutting-edge debates, learn advocacy techniques, and explore visions of long term equality goals of the global movement.

Learning goals include:
Encourage critical thinking about power, social movements, intersectionality and global rights Gain familiarity with Swedish culture and society Exercise skills of oral and written communication in diverse disciplinary context Explore interdisciplinary perspectives on current Swedish politics and human rights Hone interdisciplinary skills focusing on cross-cultural analysis and communication Gain a historical perspective on contemporary inequities for the LGBTI community Explore Sweden's role in the world and its impact on global human rights

HONORS 213: Swedish Literary Icons and Rebels (5 credits) I&S

This course will introduce students to Swedish authors and filmmakers whose work has reached beyond the Nordic borders. Students will visit works by Stieg Larsson, Selma Lagerlöf, August Strindberg, Ingmar Bergman, Jonas Khemiri, Katarina Taikon, Athena Farrokhzad, Hjälmar Söderberg, among others. Students will begin to examine the relationship of these artists’ works to Sweden’s approach to activism and rights broadly. Selected works will be contextualized through site visits and excursions in Stockholm and the surrounding areas. Learning will be enhanced through guest lectures by leading academics in the field of literary studies. Students will reflect on the literature’s power to contribute to social movements and the conversation of rights. Through literary tours, students will gain first hand exposure to primary sources and original locations that inspired these important texts. This course will encourage students to consider how cultural preconceptions can confront and (re)shape the way one responds to place. Assignments will include: reflective papers, literary circle discussions, literary tour project and presentation based on selected work/author/author

Learning goals include:
Students will investigate if and how literature can serve to provide critical approaches to travel, and lead to richer intercultural understanding. Students will apply selected literary concepts to written assignments and class discussions. Students will reflect on the relationship between the process of reading and subsequent visitation, considering questions around how reading can prepare one for intercultural experiences Students will investigate the global impact of Swedish authors and authors This course fulfills the diversity requirement by focusing on cross-cultural analysis and communication

HONORS 384: Knowing Nobel (2 credits) VLPA, I&S

The Nobel Center in Stockholm provides an excellent base for learning more about the Nobel Prize and those who are honored for their achievements contributing to “the greatest benefit to mankind” which Alfred Nobel expressed in his will. Students will critically assess whether the Nobel Prize achieves its goal of inspiring people to seek out knowledge, to question, and to understand and improve our world. This course will take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the Nobel Prize, and its relationship to human rights. Students will select one laureate, and research the impact of their work. Students will visit the Nobel Center in Stockholm and explore questions around creativity and innovation. Assignments will include: a final paper will apply learning to the following prompts: What is creativity and how can creative activity best be encouraged? Which is more important to the creative process: the individual or the environment?

Learning goals include:
Students will gain an historical understanding of the Nobel prize Students will make connections to their personal learning interests and the Nobel prize Students will reflect on the meaning of Alfred Nobel's wish to provide the "greatest gift to mankind"





Dr. Elise Carlson-Rainer
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Scandinavian Studies

Kim Kraft
Temporary Part-time Lecturer, Scandinavian Studies

Tina Swenson




Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,250

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - about $1700)
  • Food  
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: August 9, 2019

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.