Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Newman Institute

Uppsala, Sweden

Environmental Studies

University Affiliation

The Newman Institute is the first Jesuit university ever founded in Sweden, and the first Catholic college to be accredited in Sweden since the Reformation in the sixteenth century. The program is small and flexible enough that students can have a personalized learning experience.

University Website

Program Handbook

About Uppsala and Stockholm

Uppsala is a charming city founded in 1164, with a rich history and a long tradition of academic excellence at the same time as it is experiencing vibrant growth and new, modern development. As Sweden’s fourth-largest city, Uppsala has a population of 200,000, of which 40,000 are students. It is a very clean and safe city, with extensive green spaces, parks, and nature preserves offering plentiful recreational opportunities year-round. During all seasons, you will find a variety of outdoor activities, from cross-country skiing and ice skating on the frozen lakes to canoeing and kayaking, playing beach volleyball, or biking. As a student at the Newman Institute, you will have the opportunity to participate in Uppsala University’s network of social clubs, known as nations, which organize social events for students at reasonable prices, including meals, music, cultural activities, sports and formal dances. For more information on studying in Uppsala, check out their YouTube channel or this website

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden with a population in the metropolitan area of 2.2 million residents. The center of Stockholm is 70 kilometers from Uppsala, so that within 45 minutes you can easily get there by train, bus, or car. In Stockholm, you will find an endless variety of things to do, and on the weekends the city is filled with visitors and residents exploring its many museums, diverse neighborhoods, parks and other cultural attractions.

Academic Calendar Dates

Fall 2017

  • Arrival to Sweden: August 21
  • Introduction week: August 21-25
    • Reflection days (overnight): August 24-25
  • Academic term begins: August 28
  • Excursion to the Baltic, Utö: September 7-9
  • Hiking trip: October 2-6
  • Fall break: October 30 – November 3
  • Trip to European city: November 13-19
  • Synthesis (overnight): December 13-15
  • Academic term ends: December 15
  • Departure from Sweden: December 17

Spring 2018 (tentative)

  • Arrival to Sweden: January 15
  • Introduction week: January 15-19
    • Reflection days (overnight): August 18-19
  • Academic term begins: January 22
  • Nature trip: February
  • Trip to European city: March
  • Spring break: April
  • Excursion to the Baltic, Utö: May
  • Synthesis (overnight): End of May
  • Academic term ends: June 1
  • Departure from Sweden: June 3


All courses are taught in English and will be mostly made up of American students. Students are required to take three courses within the Environment and Justice program:

  • Swedish Environmental Policy and Praxis
  • Human and Social Development within Planetary Boundaries
  • International Climate Change Negotiations

International Climate Change Negotiations
(LUC Course Equivalent- PLSC 392 or additional major requirements)

Why are there such great difficulties in negotiating comprehensive international agreements which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently? On the issue of climate change, what has happened globally? How have countries’ positions changed over time, and why? During this course we will follow the developments of climate change negotiations in most recent time. Students of this course will learn the history of the UNFCCC’s work, in an attempt to understand the complexities of negotiation and implementation. Aspects of climate justice and global equity will be studied. The interaction between political process and scientific research will also be investigated.

Swedish Environmental Policy and Praxis
(LUC Course Equivalent- “Society, Ethics & Justice” or additional major requirements)

This course explored how Sweden has managed, and continues to manage, the use of its natural resources. A cross-section of the main issues for environmental policy is studied, such as climate- and energy policy, sustainable forestry, and wastewater treatment and recycling of waste. Strengths as well as weaknesses are discussed, as will the role of different institutions and of values and culture behind Swedish environmental policies. The roles of government, local municipalities and various stakeholders, will be studied. Important policy tools, such as the Swedish environmental objectives system and the Swedish carbon tax will also be investigated. The course will include excursions and guest lectures by invited experts.

Human and Social Development within Planetary Boundaries
(LUC Course Equivalent- “Society, Ethics & Justice” or additional major requirements)

In this course you will visit both the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Center, which will give you an understanding of the concepts within sustainability science. You will discuss pathways for ensuring safe and just human development for present and future generations, and see trends in human-caused global environmental changes. After having completed the course, you will be able to understand key concepts in global environmental change and their theoretical underpinnings.

Students may choose among the following courses as well: (Courses with American and Swedish students)

Theology and Film

(LUC Course Equivalent - "Artistic Knowledge and Experience")

The course is directed to those who wish to study and critically analyze modern film and the significance of religious, ethical, philosophical and other ideas in these cultural expressions. The course is based on an interplay between analysis in cinema studies and theology. Popular films and artistic films are considered. Sequences from current films will be introduced and analyzed during the course. Course participants will practice their ability to report on and analyze film content, as well as to discern and discuss their religious and worldviews.

Natural Law in Moral and Political Thought
(LUC Course Equivalent - "Ethics")

Natural law ethics is introduced as a current within moral and political philosophy, in a historical, comparative and applied perspective. Initially, the origins of the natural law tradition are studied in the ethics of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. The emphasis is on recent natural law theory and its areas of application in contemporary moral and political thought. The student is given the opportunity to apply theory independently, and discuss ethical problems within areas such as bioethics, social justice and the ethics of war and peace. The course also brings up alternative ethical traditions that question the idea of a natural law. Contradictions within and between ethical systems are discussed in order to enhance the student’s own capacity to evaluate and analyze moral and political arguments.


The Newman Institute offers two options for housing for Loyola students. 

  • On-campus housing- Located in the center of Uppsala and has 18 rooms. The students share bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, and social spaces. Students will live together with other international students in private or double rooms.
  • Lanna Manor- Located in the countryside, 22 kilometers from the center of Uppsala. Students will live together with other international students in private or double rooms, and will share a community kitchen and two full bathrooms. A small garden is available for growing vegetables and herbs. Lanna Manor is situated on the shore of a picturesque lake with beautiful nature all around. It is easy to commute to Uppsala with bus or car.

Program Fees

$19,500 for one semester. This covers:

  • Tuition
  • Airport pickup
  • Housing
  • Program Excursions

Does not include:

  • Visas
  • Meals
  • Travel from Chicago to Sweden
  • CISI insurance
  • Books, equipment, etc.
  • OIP Fee- $100

In Sweden, a normal cost for food prepared privately amounts to approximately $270USD monthly.

Click here for the estimated extra expenses in Uppsala.  


Spring 2018: October 1st

Fall 2017: April 1st 

Financial Aid Transfer

Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, IL Monetary Award Program Grant (MAP).

Application Process

1) Check the program deadline.

2) Submit the LUC study abroad online application.

For more information, please contact the Office for International Programs.