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Summer: Rutgers- How Sweden Works: Equality, Solidarity, Happiness

Stockholm, Sweden

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2020
Jun 07, 2020
Jun 13, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
English
Yes
No
No
Class Standing
Graduate
Junior
Senior
Sophomore
Good Academic Standing
Credits

3

Program Advisor

The Program

The primary learning objective of “How Sweden Works” is for students to acquire first-hand knowledge of the primary institutions of Swedish social democracy.

The visit to Sweden will be co-hosted by Rutgers SMLR, the Swedish Workers Education Association (ABF), and the National Swedish Labor Organization (LO). Students will meet with the leaders of these organizations, and with leaders and staff of their associated institutions, including members of the Swedish parliament, housing cooperatives, worker training facilities, gender equity programs, folk schools, small businesses and entrepreneurs. The course will include morning seminar sessions at the LO or the ABF to discuss assigned readings and issues that arise from prospective or completed field trips; and afternoon meetings with cooperating Swedish organizations and leaders. Sweden has one of the highest unionization rates in the world; one of the most generous paid parental leave programs; one of the largest refugee relief operations; one of the lowest rates of unemployment and homelessness; one of the leading centers for research on environmental sustainability and resilience; and some of the world’s leading global corporations. Students will learn the history and secrets of the Swedish success and explore with in-country activists and policymakers the principal threats to its continuing achievement.


 

Program Location

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Cityscape Stockholm

Sweden

Stockholm

Stockholm is the capital city of Sweden and Scandinavia and the most populous urban area among the Nordic countries. This historic area has been settled since the 6000 BC and was founded in 1252. The city of Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic center of Sweden and accounts for 1/3 of the country's GDP. Stockholm is a leader in many aspects, such as innovation (it's the home of the Nobel Peace Prize, and even became the first European Green Capital in 2010. Located on lake islands feeding into the Baltic sea, this coastal city has warm summers and mild winters compared to other locations at similar arctic latitudes. One of the most interesting aspects about Stockholm is that it is an archipelago, with 14 islands and over 5 bridges, so boating around the beautiful islands is definitely recommended!  While exploring Stockholm you will find medieval street layouts, castles, the Royal Swedish Opera, as well as all of the modern amenities. Whether you are enjoying AIK football, the many art galleries, parks, rooftop bars and restaurants, weekend markets, museums,or the Royal Dramatic Theater there is a little something for everyone in this popular tourist destination. 


 

Academics

"How Sweden Works' is listed in the undergraduate labor studies degree program as 37:575:491:86 and in the master's program in labor studies and employment relations as 38:578:613:86 and counts toward graduation and degree requirements in both. It meets a global requirement in the master's program but is not at this point cross-listed with any other school or department.

The primary learning objective of “How Sweden Works” is for students to acquire first-hand knowledge of the primary institutions of Swedish social democracy. The visit to Sweden will be co-hosted by Rutgers SMLR, the Swedish Workers Education Association (ABF), and the national Swedish Labor Organization (LO). Students will meet with the leaders of these organizations, and with leaders and staff of their associated institutions, including members of the Swedish parliament, housing cooperatives, worker training facilities, gender equity programs, folk schools, small businesses and entrepreneurs. The course will include morning seminar sessions at the LO or the ABF to discuss assigned readings and issues that arise from prospective or completed field trips; and afternoon meetings with cooperating Swedish organizations and leaders. Sweden has one of the highest unionization rates in the world; one of the most generous paid parental leave programs; one of the largest refugee relief operations; one of the lowest rates of unemployment and homelessness; one of the leading centers for research on environmental sustainability and resilience; and some of the world’s leading global corporations. Students will learn the history and secrets of the Swedish success and explore with in-country activists and policymakers the principal threats to its continuing achievement.

 

The course will meet for an introductory session at the Rutgers Labor Education Center in New Brunswick on June 2nd. Students must arrive in Stockholm before June 7th for field excursions and meetings with a concluding session from in New Brunswick on June 23 (tentative date).

 

 

Academic Calendar

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.

Summer 2020

June 7

June 13

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in an apartment in Stockholm with access to a kitchen. Breakfast is provided by the program. 

 

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate $3,310 $3,600
Graduate $3,490 $3,760
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Housing
•    Some Meals (breakfast only)
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $300
Books and Classroom Materials $50
Local Transportation $100
Personal Expenses $450
Total $2,100.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.
 

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Faculty Leaders

Picture of Michael Merrill

The program will be led by Professor Michael Merrill, who has long-standing professional and personal relations with the leaders of the Swedish LO and ABF. He has visited the country frequently in the last few years, hosted Swedish researchers in the US, and has studied the Swedish labor movement and the global economy in comparative perspective.