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Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity to engage with the cultures that you study here at UMass. For more information on studying abroad, visit the UMass Amherst International Programs Office. Select the country you're interested in and you can find information about studying abroad as well as pursuing language study.


Since 1964, the University of Massachusetts has had an exchange program with the universities of Baden-Württemberg, a state in southwestern Germany. Possible universities at which to study include Freiburg, Heidelberg, Hohenheim, Karlsruhe, Konstanz, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Tübingen, and Ulm.  These universities offer study in virtually all academic disciplines.

Baden-Württemberg is Germany's most economically powerful state and is the headquarters of several international companies. You can find anything you're looking for! For more information about Baden-Württemberg, visit

If you're interested in participating, you can find more information on the pages of the International Programs Office. Visit


Visit Study in Denmark.

UMass has two study abroad programs to Denmark. One is a direct exchange with the University of Copenhagen, the other through an organization called DIS (also a summer program). Visit for more information.

The University of Washington Seattle offers summer courses in Danish.


Visit Study in Finland.

The Centre for International Mobility (CIMO), part of the Finnish government, supports courses in Finnish language (including summer courses). Stipends/scholarships are available.

The University of Washington Seattle offers summer courses in Finnish.


The Dept. of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch at the University of Minnesota offers an annual summer course in modern Icelandic consisting of three weeks in Minnesota and three weeks in Iceland. Cost: $3,625 (scholarships available).

Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Studies for Foreigners

Study Icelandic online for free through the University of ReykjavÌk.


Visit Study in Norway.

Study Norwegian through the Five Colleges.

Folkeuniversitetet (Adult Education Foundation) offers courses in Norwegian. Course fees around 3,000 NOK. Scholarships and grants are available through the Norwegian government.

The University of Minnesota occasionally offers summer courses in Norwegian.

The University of Washington Seattle offers summer courses in Norwegian.


The University of Massachusetts has an exchange program with Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden and Linkˆping University. More information can be obtained from the International Programs Office's pages. Visit Study in Sweden for more options for language and university study.

Every year, the Swedish Institute offers summer language courses at beginning (not complete beginner!), intermediate, and advanced levels (A2 to C1). These courses take place at Swedish folkhˆgskolor and also have stipends/scholarships available through the Swedish Institute. Applications are made available online each year in the spring for the following summer’s courses. Materials must include an application form, language assessment and/or recommendation from a Swedish instructor. Course fees are 8,700 SEK for A2 and B1 courses, 5,800 SEK for B2 and C1. (German citizens may apply for financial support from the DAAD.)

Lingua2: svenska is an online course coordinated by the Swedish Institute. The course fee is €450 + €30 for materials.

Uppsala International Study Session (UISS) offers yearly courses in Uppsala and Jokkmokk. UISS has 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-week courses with corresponding fees from 9,100 SEK to 32,400 SEK.

Outdoor Lingua teaches Swedish in outdoor language classes. Levels are beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

GLOSSA has 3- and 6-week beginner to advanced courses. Fees range from 8,300 SEK to 15,000 SEK.

Folkuniversitetet offers courses online and in Sweden at various prices and times of the year.

The University of Minnesota occasionally offers summer courses in Swedish.

The University of Washington Seattle offers summer courses in Swedish.

Scholarships for Study in Sweden

The Swedish Women's Educational Association (SWEA) awards annual scholarships to female New England students for at least one semester of study in Sweden. Previous knowledge of Swedish is not required. Visit the SWEA web site and look at the application.


There is a summer program to Switzerland available through Hospitality and Tourism Management. See schedules and contact information at