Sweden

Program Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 5 or 10 months
  • Departure: August
  • Age Requirements: 15 to 18 years old
  • Language Requirements: none
  • Academic Requirements: C+ avg or higher
  • Visa Requirements: Yes
  • Orientation:
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About Sweden

Picture yourself surrounded by the serene beauty of vast lakes, dense forests, and picturesque towns. Sweden’s forward-thinking society embraces you with a spirit of inclusion and sustainability, inviting you to experience the renowned Swedish sense of balance known as “lagom.” From participating in fikas – a traditional Swedish coffee break – to exploring centuries-old castles, each day unveils an adventure. As you forge connections with Swedish peers, learn from inspiring mentors, and embrace the harmonious balance of “lagom,” you’ll return home not only with a newfound understanding of Sweden but also with a broader perspective on the world.

  • Size: Sweden covers an area of approximately 173,860 square miles.
  • Population: The population of Sweden is approximately 10.4 million people.
  • Language: The main language spoken in Sweden is Swedish
  • Religion: The main religion in Sweden is Christianity, with the majority of the population being members of the Church of Sweden (Lutheran). However, Sweden is known for its religious diversity, and there is also a
    growing number of people who identify as nonreligious or practice other religions.
  • Government: Sweden is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy. It has a king as the head of
    state and a prime minister as the head of government.
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Life in Sweden

Imagine a regular day for a high schooler in Sweden – a blend of learning, nature, and good times. Mornings start with a solid breakfast – maybe some crispbread and yogurt. School begins around 8:00 AM and wraps up in the afternoon, with interactive classes that keep things engaging.

After school, you’ve got choices – join a sports team, jam with a band, or explore your artsy side. Swedes are big on the outdoors, so skiing, hiking, or just hanging in nature are common activities outside of schools.

Evenings are about family and fun. Dinner is an important time of the day when everyone shares stories from the day. If you’re not at home, you might be out with friends, checking out local spots or doing group activities.

Weekends are made for adventures. Embrace the outdoors – hike, bike, camp – or explore historical sites and local markets. It’s all about balancing relaxation and exploration.

Pricing

Program Duration

Departure

Price

5 months (semester)

August 2024

$14,650

10 months (academic year)

August 2024

$15,150

Included

  • Roundtrip international flight to your destination
  • Travel insurance to cover accidents and illnesses
  • A carefully screened and vetted host family placement
  • 24/7 support from STS Foundation and its partners during your time abroad
  • Language support if traveling to a non-English speaking country
  • Interview, orientations, and material that will prepare you and your parents for your exchange year
  • A local representative or host family member welcoming you at the airport upon your arrival
  • Certificate of completion provided by STS Foundation at the end of your exchange year

Not Included

  • Domestic flight to get to the international departure
  • Passport and visa fees
  • School lunch money (depends on destination)
  • School uniforms if required (depends on destinations)
  • Public transportation
  • Educational/recreational trips
  • Pocket money ($200 to $300/month recommended)

Apply Today

Complete the form below to get started with your high school exchange application

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Pre-Application Fee $250

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Before Your High School Exchange Year

Get ready for your high school exchange year! Discover the benefits, learn who's eligible, and understand the application process. STS Foundation will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you are well-prepared for this exceptional adventure.

Before Your High School Exchange Year

Get ready for your high school exchange year! Discover the benefits, learn who's eligible, and understand the application process. STS Foundation will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you are well-prepared for this exceptional adventure.

During Your High School Exchange Year

Discover what it's like to immerse yourself in a new culture and live with a host family, all with the guidance of STS Foundation and its partners. From the moment you depart to the moment you return home, we are there for you and your parents.

During Your High School Exchange Year

Discover what it's like to immerse yourself in a new culture and live with a host family, all with the guidance of STS Foundation and its partners. From the moment you depart to the moment you return home, we are there for you and your parents.