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  • Locations: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: RU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/07/2020 06/13/2020
NOTE: Tentative program dates

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Lloyd Pearson
Language of Instruction:
English
Class Standing:
Graduate, Junior, Senior
Accomodations:
Apartment with kitchen access
Number of credits per term:
3
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Michael Merrill
Program Description:
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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.

Your Host City: Stockholm
Stockholm is the capital city of Sweden and the most populous urban area among the Nordic countries. This historic area, has been settled since 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. 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. 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, or the Royal Dramatic Theater there is a little something for everyone in this popular tourist destination. 
sweden Art 
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.


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.

Dates
June 9 - 14, 2019
The course will meet for an introductory session at the Rutgers Labor Education Center in New Brunswick on June 4 at 7 - 9pm. Students must arrive in Stockholm on June 9 - 14, 2019 for field excursions and meetings with a concluding session from 7 - 9pm in New Brunswick on June 25, 2019.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed in an apartment in Stockholm with access to a kitchen. Limited meals are provided by the program. 

Financial Information
Program costs for 2019 will be posted soon. 

For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet. For more information about Finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission, please visit the Finances section of our website. As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.

Scholarships
Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships At-A-Glance worksheet, and visit our Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.