North Park University's Oldest exchange Program
North Park has a strong commitment to study abroad programs in Scandinavia. The Group Exchange Program with Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola (SVF) in Jönköping, Sweden, is North Park's oldest exchange program (30 years), with over three hundred alumni on both sides of the Atlantic. Each fall, approximately 15 North Park students study at SVF together with a cohort of 15 Swedish students. In the spring semester, all 30 students return to Chicago to continue studies at North Park University.
Students with a background of one year of college-level Swedish may apply to the SVF program and earn credits that apply to their North Park degrees. While in Sweden, language study is emphasized, with about half of the North Park student's course load devoted to Swedish. The other subjects that are studied include International Politics, Scandinavian History and Culture, and History of the Mediterranean World.
You can learn more about Study Abroad Programs at the International Office's webpage.
Other academic programs in Scandinavia with which North Park University has bilateral exchanges include:
- The Jönköping University’s schools of International Business (JIBS), Health Sciences (HHS), and Education & Communication (HLK) in Sweden
- The University of Tampere (Finland)
- The University of Bergen (Norway)
- The University of Iceland and the University of Akureyri (Iceland)
ISEP (International Student Exchange Programs)
North Park University is a member of ISEP, a worldwide network for international education, consisting of more than 300 member colleges and universities in the United States and more than 40 other countries. Students interested in Scandinavian language and culture study may benefit from semester- or year-length programs in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden. For more information, students should contact Sumie Song, Assistant Director of the International Office.