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UNC Nursing students have the opportunity to participate in an exchange program with Jönköping University in Sweden in either the summer or fall.
Students will spend either five weeks in the summer or the full fall semester at Jönköping University, taking courses alongside Swedish students, learning about Nursing from an international perspective and earning credits toward their UNC degree. Housing is provided, and students will have access to services and facilities at the university. Applicants are required to be in good academic standing in the School of Nursing.
The University: Jönköping University has around 10,000 students, of which 1,500 are international students. The university is one of the top universities in international student exchange and among the best in Sweden in terms of attracting international students. The campus has an international and academic environment with students and staff from all parts of the world.
The City: With a population around 90,000, Jönköping is located in southern Sweden and situated at the southern end of Sweden’s second largest lake, Vättern. Jönköping is about 2 hours from Gothenburg and 3 hours from Stockholm.
Program participants will enroll in the required course Global Health offered by the School of Health and Welfare at Jönköping University. Participants will also enroll in an additional two courses of their choosing. Options will likely include:
- Health Care Improvement
- Cardiovascular Nursing from a Person Centered Perspective
- Focusing on Health & Ill-health in Children
- Leadership in Crisis Management
- Intercultural & International Communication
Courses will transfer as N470, N489, N496, and either N488 or N486 elective credit.
Participants will follow an alternate plan of study at UNC, including special sections of N588 and N456 and 1 credit independent study in Public Health Nursing Concepts the summer prior to studying at Jönköping University. For more information about the alternate plan of study, please see Eric Hodges.
SUMMER PROGRAM (5 weeks, beginning in early May)
Program participants will enroll in one of the following options in the School of Health and Welfare at Jönköping University:
- Nursing Science, Focusing on Health and Ill-health in Children (full course)
- Health Care Improvement (full course)
- Nursing Science, Focusing on Health and Ill-health in Children + Health Care Improvement (condensed courses that equate to one full course)
Students will earn transfer credit at UNC for NURS 489 (3 credits) and NURS 496 (1 credit).
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
Housing will be provided in Jönköping University student accommodation, which includes access to kitchen and laundry facilities. Visit Jönköping University's housing website
for more information.
It is recommended that students purchase a bus pass to navigate Jönköping and the surrounding area. The cost is approximately $50.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Note the early application deadline for the summer program!
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- Your General Academic Recommendation must be received by the application deadline, not just requested. Follow up with your professor to meet the deadline!
- The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
- Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
Exchange spots on this program are usually competitive. Competitiveness depends on many factors, primarily the number of students that apply, which varies. Review the program carefully, research the host institution, and put a lot of thought into your application. If you are not selected for an exchange spot, the Study Abroad Advisor will work with you one-on-one to find a good alternative. It is not necessary to re-apply, though a new program may require additional application items.
For information about how the summer or fall program fits into the UNC Nursing degree, contact Eric Hodges
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access