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Students attend school (Gymnasium) from mid/late August to early/mid June. Swedish schools focus on teamwork over individual achievement. As a result, schedules are often flexible to accommodate group work and assignments.
Subjects in Sweden commonly include Swedish, English, Science, Math, Geography, History and Physical Education. Uniforms are not required in Swedish schools!
The official language of Sweden is Svenska (Swedish). Swedish is a Germanic language, with strong ties to Danish and Norwegian, as well as relatively strong similarities with English and German.
It is compulsory for Swedes to learn English throughout their schooling and students often compliment this with another one or two languages other than Swedish.
Climate and Time
Sweden is cold compared with Australia but maybe not as freezing as you might think! The average temperature is lowest in January, at around -3°C, whilst June/July often bring temperatures over 20°C.
Depending on daylight saving, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are between eight to nine hours ahead of Sweden.
Applicants MUST be between 15-18, HOWEVER if they are applying for August programs, they need to turn 16 before the end of the calendar year and cannot turn 19 while on program. If applying for January programs, they must turn 17 before the end of the calendar year and cannot turn 19 on program.