Sweden is a safe and modern country in northern Europe, and it has accrued a spectacular reputation as an innovator and creative force. Sweden has a long and proud history of academic excellence, with outstanding universities dating back to the 15th century. Sweden is the home of the Nobel Prize, the world's most prestigious academic distinction. The big winner is Sweden's popular music, so successful it has become an important export product, making Sweden by some counts the world's third biggest exporter of music.
University of Orebro
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Distance to Cedar Falls: 4300 miles
The city of Orebro has grown around a medieval castle. The city of Orebro is situated in the heart of Sweden, about halfway between Stockholm and Goteborg. It is easily accessible by major roads and railways or by air from Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Malmo. As one of Sweden's major cities, Orebro has long been a dynamic region. It has received awards for investment in the general environment and for the well-preserved historical city center, including the medieval caster, which is still fully in tune with modern day life. The downtown area has much to offer, including modern shopping centers, small stores, cinemas, art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. There are abundant recreation facilities including both downhill and cross-country skiing in Kilsbergen and one of Europe's largest indoor swimming facilities at Gustavsvik. There are also great mountain bike and running tracks, and year-round concert and theater performances. The Hjalmaren Lake offers small beaches and boat tours.
Orebro University is situated in Almby, 1.5 miles from the center of Orebro. It is one of the largest universities in Sweden. Like all other Swedish universities it has a motto: Dulce est sapere (which means 'Knowing is a delight' in Latin).
Orebro University came into existence as a result of the 1977 higher education reform in Sweden. In 1999, Orebro University was granted full university status. The University takes an active part in the development of the region and is a national and international center for knowledge. Furthermore, the external relations office at Orebro University has strengthened contacts with industry and the community.
Facilities include a bookshop, three restaurants and cafeterias, and excellent sport facilities with a new workout center. The library is a European Documentation Center (EDC), which makes it an excellent source for information and research about the European Union. The Student Union is the natural meeting place for all students and is also the home of the student magazine. The students broadcast daily from their own radio station. Campus activities include concerts, sports events, and public lectures. Total enrollment is 11,500 students.
The School of Music educates within the subjects areas of music, art, and drama. It offers courses and programs in Music, Art, and Theatre Arts. Music is a special subject area in the Teacher Education program.
A variety of single subject courses are offered.
Art and Music for primary and secondary school teachers
Individual courses (instrument/voice/music theory)
Music Education (advanced and higher advanced level)
Swedish is offered during the spring and fall semesters. This course will develop basic skills in understanding, speaking, and writing simple messages in Swedish. The emphasis is on oral skills. The course will also give a brief presentation of Swedish traditions and customs.
This program is for UNI students only. Applicants must be full-time students at the time of application, at least sophomore status during the session abroad, have departmental approval for participation, and an overall G.P.A. of 2.8.
A complete set of application materials will include one original and one copy of the following:
UNI Online Application
University of Örebro Application
The School of Music has special requirements for admission. Applicants will be chosen on the basis of their academic records and a CD or a cassette tape. The recording should contain two instrumental/vocal pieces. The CD/cassette tape must be submitted with your Application for Admission form.
The academic year starts at the end of August and ends at the beginning of June. It is divided into two semesters. Fall semester is August – mid January. Spring semester is mid January – June. There are no official breaks during the academic year.
Fall & Academic Year program application deadline: March 1
Spring program application deadline: October 1
Accommodation & Meals
UNI students are housed on campus in student residence halls. Each student has a single-occupancy room with private bathroom. There are common cooking facilities. A stipend to cover the cost for meals is provided. All student accommodations have a free internet connection, but you need to bring your own computer for access to the internet from your room.
There are no meal plans offered, but you can buy lunch tickets that give you a discount on the lunch price in the restaurants on campus. Swedish students often make their lunch and/or dinner at home.
UNI students pay UNI tuition and fees (in-state or out-of-state), plus the study abroad fee to participate. The program cost does not include housing, food, books and supplies, round-trip air transportation, international health insurance, and personal expenses. Participants should expect to pay about $270-300 per month for housing and budget about $10 per day (or about $300 per month) for food. Participants in this program may use their UNI financial aid to help pay for the program. Scholarships are available through the Study Abroad Center.
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