Swedish Culture, Leisure and Sports

7.5 credits

This course offers international students the opportunity to learn more about the culture of Swedish sports and Nordic Friluftsliv.

The course is especially interesting for international students who study courses in sport science, physical education and health. This course also suits students who want to learn about Swedish culture through typical Swedish sports and Nordic Friluftsliv.

During the course the students are presented parts of Swedish and Scandinavian culture and their relation to traditions in the Swedish society. The experiences of sports and Nordic Friluftsliv are discussed from different perspectives. Practical lesson are mixed with lectures.

General information

The course is a full time course 100 %, which takes place during the first 5 weeks of the autumn semester and both Swedish and international students are participating in the course.

Sports and Nordic Friluftsliv are important parts of the courses and the students need to bring a backpack, hiking boots or stable shoes, clothes for outdoor life in rain and cold conditions and clothes and shoes for indoor and outdoor sports.

During the course there will be visits to Swedish schools and sport clubs and therefore you need to show an excerpt from the criminal record.


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.