Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

The Newman Institute


Sweden is one of the most sustainable countries on the planet: less than one percent of Sweden’s household waste ends up in landfill, and they are living within the limits of their natural resources by fishing sustainably from the Baltic Sea, and harvesting sustainably from their coniferous forests. The people have collectively made the decision to restore and protect the high quality of their land, water, and air, and this cultural commitment to sustainability is something we want all of our IES students to experience and be inspired by. To that end, the IES has collaborated with the Newman Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, to provide an important and very exciting study abroad program for our students. 

IES students majoring in any of our six degree programs may complete one semester studying environmental science/studies, theology, and/or philosophy at the Newman Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. This program provides students an introductory look at Swedish environmental practice and policy, while providing in-depth study and discussion opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to combine their classroom experience with on-site visits to a variety of organizations practicing in the field including: Naturvårdsverket (Swedish EPA), the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Stockholm Resilience Center, and more. Additional excursions throughout Sweden and Europe will further students’ understanding of international environmental practices. The Newman Institute is the first Jesuit university to be founded in Sweden, and the first Catholic college to be accredited since the Reformation in the sixteenth century. The academic programs are small and flexible so that students have a personalized learning experience.

This study abroad program allows for IES students to complete major coursework, as well as required University Core courses, as a part of their four-year Loyola experience. 


Environmental Science/Studies Required Courses (9 credit hours, required)

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted:
International Climate Change Negotiations
(LUC Course Equivalent- PLSC 392 or additional major requirements)

In this course you will learn the most important stages of the international environmental  negotiations, as well as the complexities and compromises of international environmental policy negotiations and implementation. You will learn to identify the most important obstacles, challenges and possibilities in international agreements. From experts in both environmental and climate change negotiations and science, you will learn how the political process and scientific work are connected.
This course fulfills the Additional Major Requirement course for the ENVS major and is equivalent to PLSC 392 “Environmental Politics.”

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

How does the Swedish government work to create sustainable and ecological development in Sweden? In this course you will explore this question through discussions about various policy tools and by examining concrete examples of action. You will also learn about the role that the state government, local municipalities and business communities play.
This course fulfills the Society, Ethics, and Justice Course, or Additional Major Requirement course.

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.
This course fulfills the Society, Ethics, and Justice Course, or Additional Major Requirement course.

Theology and Philosophy Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.

Theology and Film
(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
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 analyse moral and political arguments.

Fall 2017 Academic Calendar

Spring 2018 Academic Calendar

Arrival to Sweden: August 21

Arrival to Sweden: January 15

Introduction week: August 21-25

Introduction week: January 15-19

Reflection days (overnight): August 24-25

Reflection days (overnight): January 18-19

Academic term begins: August 28

Academic term begins: January 22

Excursion to the Baltic, Utö: September 7-9

Nature trip: February

Hiking trip: October 2-6

Trip to European city: March

Fall break: October 30 – November 5

Spring break: April

Trip to European city: November 13-19

Excursion to the Baltic, Utö: May

Synthesis (overnight): Dec 13-15

Synthesis (overnight): End of May

Academic term ends: December 15

Academic term ends: June 1

Departure from Sweden: December 17

Departure from Sweden: June 3



Admission to the Newman Institute study abroad program is administered by the Loyola University Chicago Office for International Programs (OIP). All applications must be submitted via the OIP application portal. Additional requirements are listed below.

Loyola University Chicago Requirements:

  • Full time, degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • Must be 18 years of age before the start of the study abroad term
  • 24 semester credits completed prior to attending your study abroad program (12 for transfer students). Students are eligible to study abroad starting with the summer following their first year.
  • Good academic standing with approval from Academic Advisor
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Good disciplinary standing
  • Apply prior to the Loyola application Deadlines
  • Demonstrate emotional stability and maturity
  • Demonstrate clear reasons for choosing a particular program and country. The Office for International Programs does not allow international students to study abroad in their home country.

Standard Loyola Study Abroad Deadlines:

  • Fall 2017 Deadline: April 1, 2017
  • Spring 2018 Deadline: October 1, 2017

Program Fees

$15,000 for one semester. This covers:

  • Tuition
  • Airport pickup
  • Housing
  • Program Excursions

Does not include:

  • Food*
  • Visa
  • Travel from Chicago to Sweden
  • CISI insurance
  • Books, equipment, etc.
  • OIP Fee- $100 is paid at the time of application

*In Sweden, a normal cost for food prepared privately amounts to approximately $270USD monthly. Click here for the estimated extra expenses in Uppsala. 

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)

Student Life

About Uppsala

Uppsala is located in the central part of Sweden, close to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. An ancient city founded in 1164, Uppsala is rich in history and has a long tradition of academic excellence. Uppsala ranks as Sweden’s fourth-largest city with a population of 200,000, of which 40,000 are students at the historic Uppsala University. The long history and academic heritage are interwoven in the character of Uppsala. Many of Sweden’s foremost scientists studied and worked here, for example Carl Linnaeus, Anders Celsius, and Svante Arrhenius. Even today, Uppsala is a major center for the life-science and biotechnology industries, and is recognized for its leading position in medical research.

Uppsala is a very clean and safe city, with extensive green spaces, parks, and nature preserves offering great recreational opportunities year-round. During all seasons you will find a plethora of outdoor activities, from cross-country skiing and ice skating on the frozen lakes to canoeing and kayaking, playing beach volleyball, or running or biking on the endless kilometers of well-maintained trails. One of the largest natural recreation areas, Fjällnora, is located a few kilometers from Länna Manor, one of the housing options. Getting around is easy, with bike trails and public bus connections in all directions.

A favorite pastime of Swedes is hanging out at restaurants and coffee shops, and you will find an abundance of cafés in Uppsala. There’s even a unique Swedish word for this pastime, fika, a social meeting with friends or colleagues to enjoy strong coffee and pastries, usually cinnamon buns.

Students participating in the Newman Institute study abroad program 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.

In addition to coursework and social opportunities, students will participate in a volunteer program at Erikshjälpen Second Hand, a charitable organization which, in cooperation with the Newman Institute, sells donated items secondhand to generate aid for children around the world. Erikshjälpen is a children’s rights organization working in more than 20 countries working to reduce poverty and vulnerability in developing nations by providing access to education, healthcare, and protection. By volunteering in the local Uppsala Erikshjälpen Second-Hand location, IES students will learn about sustainability and business practices in Sweden, while contributing to and interacting with Swedish culture.

‌To see Loyola students in action in Sweden, visit our Flickr page or visit the student blog.

To find out more about Uppsala, consider visiting the tourist bureau’s website, www.destinationuppsala.se/en or this video material produced by Uppsala University: www.youtube.com

About Stockholm

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden with a population of 900,000. The center of Stockholm is 70 kilometers from Uppsala and is easily reachable within 45 minutes by train, bus or car. There are 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. Some of Stockholm’s top attractions are: the Vasa Museum, Museum of Modern Art, the Royal Castle and the medieval old town. In Stockholm you will find that almost everyone uses public transportation, since parking is scarce and expensive, and the subway and the buses take you everywhere.

For more information about Stockholm, please visit: www.visitstockholm.com/en

Excursions and recreational activities

Students will take excursions to learn more about Sweden and its nature conservation and environmental protection. Excursions will be made to various locations around Sweden, including the Institute’s lakeside facility, Marieudd, situated just outside of Stockholm on the shore of Lake Mälaren. Just a few steps from the front door, students can go swimming, kayaking, or hiking through the woods.

Opportunities for spiritual nourishment are also available, such as daily Masses at the Newman Institute and the neighboring Catholic Church of St. Lawrence (S:t Lars). Masses are offered mainly in Swedish, but an English Mass is said every week on Sunday evenings. There is an active Catholic student group which meets weekly on the parish premises and offers a mixture of leisure activities, lectures, Bible sharing, liturgies and retreats. Here students will meet young adults, mostly exchange students, from all around the world, where English is the common language used. In Uppsala and Stockholm you can also find other opportunities for practicing faith.


The Newman Institute offers housing in Uppsala for its international students. There are two different facilities available for LUC students, on the campus of Newman Institute and at historic Länna Manor. 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.

The Newman Institute is located in the center of Uppsala and has a student residence with over 12 private rooms. The students share bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens and social spaces.

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.