The Visby Programme Summer University

The Swedish Institute will host the third Visby Programme Summer University – five different intensive two-week summer courses in social sciences for students from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. This special initiative will run during June, July, August and the beginning of September at universities and folk high schools throughout Sweden.


The Visby Programme Summer University aims to provide a forum for a comprehensive critical discussion of the role the social sciences play in society, and their impact on our lives. Each course has its specific profile, but all of them consist of lectures, discussion groups and workshops. The Summer University also offers an excellent opportunity for students to acquaint themselves with Sweden and its educational system.

Individual courses have different profiles (see course descriptions available in links below) where students from different disciplines and countries can discuss and debate the topics covered by the lectures.

Admission requirements

By this summer, you will need to have completed at least three years of university studies with a major in a social science subject. You also need to possess an excellent command of English.

One of the courses, Communication in an International Context at Gotland University, is intended for young teachers at university level only.

Students from the following countries are eligible: Belarus, Ukraine and Russia.

Participants in The Visby Programme Summer University 2005 and 2006 are not eligible.

Please notice that researchers at PhD-level can apply to the Swedish Institute Summer University at PhD-level. More information is available here.


Application deadline: March 31, 2007
First, decide which course you would prefer to attend. Please refer to the detailed information about the courses in the links below where you will also find the on-line application form.

Please make sure that you enclose the required documents listed below:

A personal essay, explaining your motivation for applying to the Visby Programme Summer University, the reasons for your choice of course(s) and a brief description of who you are and your future plans (two pages).
A curriculum vitae.
Copies of university records/degrees.
A statement concerning English language proficiency, from a person representing a university department.

Send your completed application form on-line together with the required enclosures to the Swedish Institute by March 31, 2007. Letters of acceptance/rejection will be mailed to you by e-mail, before May 15, 2007.

Four courses for undergraduate students:

Folkuniversitetet Lund: Multi-Level Governance in Sweden and the EU

(July 15 - 28, 2007)

Lund University Education: Gender Issues, Equality and Swedish Society

(August 5 - 17, 2007)

Svefi Academy: A meeting on the Border without Borders

(August 20 - September 2, 2007)

Österlen Folk High School: Sweden: Introduction to the European Welfare System

(July 22 - August 4, 2007)

One course for young university teachers (25-35 of age):

Gotland University: Communication in an International Context

(June 30 - July 14, 2007)

Please do not send your application by ordinary mail to the Swedish Institute but use the on-line application function. The enclosures may be scanned in and attached to your on-line application.

Selection criteria
We will make a selection of candidates based on the following criteria:
• An evaluation of your personal letter of motivation
• Your suitability for the selected course
• Your academic qualifications including the English language

If you are accepted
Fees and Costs: Practically all the costs are covered by the Swedish Institute’s Visby Programme. There are no course fees, and board and lodging are free and pre-arranged. You will need to make your own travel arrangements to and from Sweden, but travel costs will be mitigated with a grant of SEK 3000 (about 400 USD) upon completion of the full course period. You will also be covered by an insurance against illness and accidents.

Practical information/Housing/Travel: The individual institutions hosting the summer courses will provide you with information specific to your course (see also their course description). They will arrange accommodation and food. They can also help you with information about local travel options. Do not send inquiries about travel arrangements to the Swedish Institute!

The Swedish Institute is not responsible for the quality of the courses or the course arrangements. Individual institutions arranging the courses that make up the Visby Programme Summer University assume all responsibility in connection with their courses.

Please note that the on-line application form is available at the course arrangers links above.

For more information about admission and the application procedure:

Please contact:

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