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Växjö and the Greater Småland Area

Hello dear readers! I didn’t introduce myself in January when I wrote about our travels to Sweden, so now it’s better late than never! My name is Paget, and I am a junior Political Science major. I love cats, the color blue, and dishware. I wanted to go on the Gustavus Semester in Sweden program […]

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Växjö (aka Impossible to Pronounce City)

Hej Hej! Jag heter Mackenzie! That was about the extent of my Swedish skills when we arrived 107 days ago. It’s been quite the journey since then and as the trip is winding down it’s fun to look back and see all that we’ve done. I’m a junior Environmental Studies major and History minor from […]

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Last Days in Göteborg

Hej alla! My name is Anna and I am a junior Psychology and Scandinavian Studies double major. I came on this trip because I wanted the opportunity to see all of Sweden and learn more about my Swedish heritage. I am three-quarters Swedish with my mom being born and raised in Sweden. She was born […]

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Arrival in Gothenburg and Geology Week

Hi, my name is Ruby.  I am 19 and study geology.  I came on this trip to experience learning in another country.  This is my first time being away from home for this long.  I’m getting pretty homesick at this point but we only have about a month left and I’m sure that after a […]

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Last days in Stockholm

Hello everyone, my name is Lindsey Reiners and I am a sophomore Geology major. I decided to go on the semester in Sweden because I liked the structure of the program, I wanted to travel rather than live in one spot. I’m just going to give a quick recap of our last week in Stockholm, […]

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Stockholm is not ready for us!

  Hej! My name is Sidney Patnoe-Hagelberger and I’m a junior religion and Scandinavian studies double major. I am from Minneapolis, MN. I choose to study abroad in Sweden because honestly I hate hot weather and lots of sun- so Malaysia was out of the question. Alexa Giebienk is one of my best friends and she […]

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Hejdå Mora, Hej Stockholm!

Hej alla! Jag heter Amelia Napiorkowski och jag är från Chicago. I am a junior Sociology/Anthropology and Scandinavian Studies major. I am here to tell you all a little bit about my experiences abroad and our last week here in Mora. We’ve been in Mora for five weeks and are currently on the train to […]

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Hej from Beautiful Mora

Hej from beautiful Mora. My name is Britta Johnson.  I am a Junior Psychology and Scandinavian Studies major from Eagan, MN and I am absolutely loving this semester in Sweden.  It is the perfect day here – sunny and in the mid 40s. I just returned from a walk where I got many strange looks because […]

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Well done, and we’re not even close to done.

If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume that you’ve been following the Semester in Sweden and you know where we are going and what we are doing, so I’m going to take my turn to tell you some of what I, at least, am feeling.  First, a little bit about who we are.  Jeff teaches […]

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First Week in Mora

Hallå! We now have been in the city of Mora in Dalarna county for over a week and we all love it! My name is Alexa Giebink and I come from Sioux Falls, SD. I am a junior History Major, Sociology/Anthropology and Classics double minor.  I have no Scandinavian heritage or studies in my background. […]


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