Modeled after the UVA in Argentina program, you'll be on a team of students working for a client on a sustainability-related consulting project. Focusing on the intersection of systems engineering, environmental management, and business, students will learn how the principles and values of sustainable development are integrated into organizations in Sweden. A primary area of emphasis will be developing deeper intercultural competence through working on real world projects with Swedish clients. In addition, students will gain experience and skills with identifying system goals, formulating requirements and performance metrics, creating and evaluating alternative solutions, and presenting recommendations to clients.
The location of the program is in Lund, one of the oldest cities in Sweden. Its bustling business environment and strong university presence allow history to meet innovation. Students will gain particular insight into living and working in a foreign culture while working on projects with local clients.
Systems Case Studies
SYS 2054 or SYS 3054 (3 credits)
This program is open to all UVA undergraduate students, and students from outside of the School of Engineering are encouraged to apply. There are no prerequisites for participating on this program. To enroll in SYS 3054, students should have completed one of the following courses: either SYS 2001, APMA 3100, APMA 3110, or APMA 3120, or obtain permission from the program director.
Students will gain a fuller understanding of the cultural differences inherent to working within an international context, while expanding their knowledge of environmental management and systems engineering concepts through a project with a client in Skåne, the southernmost region of Sweden that includes Lund and Malmö.
We will secure student projects approximately one month prior to the program. Potential clients for the projects include companies, municipalities, community organizations, and university organizations. Past projects have included:
- Performing life-cycle assessment for a company diverting damaged goods from the landfill
- Engaging stakeholders (i.e., talking to shop owners and taxi drivers, observing how well vehicles follow current driving restrictions, meeting with the mass transit authority) to gather input on a plan where several city streets would be closed to enhance walkability and overall mobility
- Developing a tool for a community organization to track bicycle and pedestrian traffic flow during rush hour
- Designing a survey and collecting/analyzing hundreds of responses to characterize community views on a large development planned on the outskirts of the City of Lund
Learn more about daily life during the program by visiting the UVA in Sweden Blog.
Reid Bailey | firstname.lastname@example.org
Reid Bailey joined the University of Virginia faculty in 2006 after he had held faculty posts at the University of Dayton and the University of Arizona. With a focus on engaging students in authentic interdisciplinary design, Reid created and currently leads two study abroad programs at the University of Virginia: UVA in Argentina which focuses on projects with wineries in Mendoza, Argentina and UVA in Sweden which focuses on environmental sustainability projects with clients near Lund, Sweden. His background in systems thinking and sustainability are rooted in his graduate work, where he advanced the use of modeling approaches from ecology to study circular industrial material flow systems.
accommodation and Meals
Housing will be in student dormitory accommodations at Lund University. Students will stay in double rooms with access to shared kitchenettes and living areas.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. Accessibility as it relates to this program is detailed in the syllabus. It is important to note that bicycles are used heavily by students on the program. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.