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Sweden International Field Experience

Program Overview

Undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in working with children and their families are encouraged to join this international summer field experience program. Students will be visiting early childhood education programs in Stockholm and Eskilstuna, Sweden, reflecting on their observations and making comparisons between Swedish and the U.S. early care and education systems. Students will increase their understanding of global diversity and learn ways to broaden the minds of their future students.

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EDN 455/592-800 (3 credit hours): The topics that will be covered during the course: Nordic early childhood education tradition and philosophy, Swedish national early childhood education system and policies, family-leave policies in two countries, Sweden and the U.S., and impacts on society and implications for the U.S. context. Students will be engaged in the following course activities: Weekly readings and online forum discussions, field visits to programs in Sweden, blog and a poster presentation.


Stockholm: The capital of Sweden is home to more than 1.5 million people, and full of Nordic history. The city is referred to as “beauty on the water” by its residents. Even in a city with such great history, Stockholm is constantly evolving as a global destination.

Eskilstuna: Located in beautiful southeastern Sweden between 2 lakes, Eskilstuna is one of the chief centers of the Swedish industry.

Program Activities & Features

The program participants will be visiting early childhood programs in Stockholm and Eskilstuna everyday, from early morning to late afternoon in Stockholm and Eskilstuna. The students will stay in Stockholm city center, which provides a rich historic, natural and contemporary attractions to visitors coming from different places. The well-established public transportation system will allow students to explore many parts of Stockholm after the day’s activities end.

Program Facts

Location...................................Stockholm & Eskilstuna, Sweden
Tentative Program Dates..................................May 23-31, 2020

Program Leader(s):

Hengameh Kermani-


Students are eligible to apply for this program if they meet
the following eligibility criteria:

  • Degree seeking
  • Good judicial standing
  • 2.5+ GPA at time of application
  • Readiness to contribute to the success of the program as demonstrated through a personal interview with the program leader


Application Deadline: March 8, 2020

  • To apply, log in at: and select your program of choice
  • A $500 non-refundable deposit is due at time of application
  • Students accepted on a first-come, first-served basis

Estimated Program Fee: $750

Program Fee includes:

  • Accommodations
  • School visits
  • City excursions
  • Most local transportation
  • Group meal
  • Health Insurance

Additional Costs (not included in program fee):

  • International airfare
  • UNCW tuition
  • Most meals
  • Transportation to/from airport in Sweden
  • Passport, if needed

Federal and state financial aid may be applied toward this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.

UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at: