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UVA in Sweden: Global Sustainability Consulting
Lund, Sweden (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01-MAR-2018 10-MAR-2018 14-MAY-2018 02-JUN-2018
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15. Accepted students must depart the U.S. on May 13 to arrive in Sweden on May 14.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: University dormitory Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Abby Leake
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Systems Engineering
Program Description:
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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 learn core consulting skills such as building a client relationship, scoping a problem, identifying system goals, creating and evaluating alternative solutions, and presenting recommendations to clients.


Course Objectives
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 Lund, Sweden.

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 shopowners 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

Housing will be in student dormitory accommodations at Lund University. Students will stay in double rooms with access to shared kitchenettes and living areas.


Systems Case Studies
SYS 2054 or SYS 3054 (3 credits)


Course Information
There are no Pre-requisites for participating on this program.
Accepted students choose to enroll in SYS 2054 OR SYS 3054.

To enroll in SYS 3054: Students should have completed ONE of the following courses: either SYS 2001, APMA 3100, APMN 3110, or APMA 3120, or obtain permission from the program director.

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page.

Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. 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 Information
All students will need a valid passport in order to participate in this program. US citizens will not need a visa. Students who are non-US citizens are responsible for researching the visa requirements for entry to Sweden. Any visa cost is not included in the program cost.


Program Director Reid Bailey,, is Associate Professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia.

Michael C. Smith,, is a faculty member in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia.  He was the Executive Director of the Accelerated Master's Program in System Engineering for over ten years and has spent most of his career as a Senior Scientist with SAIC and Leidos.