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Languages at UW-Madison

Swedish

Swedish

For a country of only ten million, Sweden boasts its share of influential people, including the band ABBA, the scientist Carl Linné (Linnaeus), the film director Ingmar Bergman, the actor Stellan Skarsgård, the song writer Max Martin, and Stieg Larsson, author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Sweden is the home of such companies as Spotify, Skype, H&M and Ikea. Sweden has also had a strong impact on global popular culture through Swedish music, film and crime fiction. Known as a place of progressive politics, nearly half the government consists of women, paid parental leave is a basic right, new suburbs and town approaching zero-carbon footprint, and same-sex marriage.

 

Majors & Certificates 

Scandinavian Studies Major, European Studies Certificate, Scandinavian Studies Certificate; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.

Advising 

Nete Schmidt, aschmidt2@wisc.edu

Language Conversation Table 

Contact Susan Brantly, sbrantly@wisc.edu

Residential 

Live in Norden House, the Nordic House in the International Learning Community.

Study Abroad 

You can study Swedish in Sweden. Contact International Academic Programs for more information, and check out the Major Advising Page for Scandinavian Studies. Additional opportunities are available through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Student Organizations 

Browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.

Internships 

Consider an internship where you can use Swedish, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.