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Education Abroad Office

Chalmers University of Technology

Area: Exchange Program
Location: Gothenburg
Country: Sweden
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Website: Chalmers University of Technology

USC's exchange program at Chalmers University of Technology is designed to help American students gain first hand knowledge of Swedish culture. The program is located in Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city. Gothenburg (or Göteborg) lies on the western coast of Sweden, and Denmark is easily accessible by ferry. Situated near the Baltic coast, the area is well known for its engineering skills and entrepreneurial spirit. 

Students will attend Chalmers University of Technology which is located in the center of Gothenburg. Students attend classes with Swedish and other exchange students from around the world in areas including engineering, entrepreneurship and sciences. 

Cost: USC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: 3.0 GPA, graduate student or at a senior undergraduate level in the College of Engineering. 

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to Chalmers. All housing, food, and personal expenses are paid by the student in Gothenburg. Smaller than Stockholm, students will find Gothenburg affordable. Students should plan to budget SEK 10,845-13,145​ a month including housing costs. The actual cost can differ depending on the student’s lifestyle. To get an idea of​ ​life on site, you will find on the numbeo website indications on the cost of living in Sweden compared to other countries in the world.

Full-time study at Chalmers equals two courses per period (four courses per semester). Most courses that are open for exchange students are on advanced level and require prerequisites in that certain field of study.

To see courses USC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Students have the opportunity to meet local students through the Chalmers Student Union.  There is also plenty of room for individual travel as well as excursions organized through the program. Gothenburg's great location makes travel to places like Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen very easy.  The city of Gothenburg is very livley and many students can find themsevles golfing, skiing, backpacking, and canoeing in this lush green country.

Per university policy, all USC students will be charged for  emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance of  for their time abroad. Students will be enrolled in this insurance by the education abroad office prior to their departure. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

Housing is typically guaranteed, though students might be required to secure temporary housing until their student accommodation is available. Chalmers has a suggested list of housing agencies to use and recommend securing housing as soon as you are accepted to the program.

Chalmers' academic calendar is different than USC's; the fall semester goes from mid August to mid January. The spring semester extends from mid-January to early June. Students can study at Chalmers University of Technology for the fall semester, spring semester, or academic year. Those who do wish to attend only for the fall semester must keep in mind the USC calendar and consider how that may affect their end date at Chalmers vs their start date back at USC. 

During the first week of every semester, Chalmers organizes a welcome reception for the international students, which is obligatory. This day contains a number of activities such as an introduction to the Swedish language and culture, study visits, presentations of the student unions, and other important organizations at the school. 

 Students that attend Chalmers for a semester or for an academic year are required to obtain a Swedish visa prior to departure. This process can typically be done online, however, students must be aware that the Embassy/Consulate may change it policies unexpectedly. Students are highly encouraged and expected to keep an eye on any potential updates. 


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