Blueprinting Innovation: Sweden's Globally Influential Creative Economy

Program Dates

July 18–August 16, 2020

*Students should depart the US on July 17 to arrive in Stockholm the morning of July 18.

Program Overview

The creative industries are global in scope. Too often they are seen as a product of American companies such as Apple, Levi’s or Disney. This 4-week, 4-credit program will seek to engage students with world-class brands and businesses centered in the Nordic city of Stockholm, Sweden. Through company visits, guest lectures, and guided discussion, students will engage first-hand with key creative industries such as music streaming, fashion and design, and compare international business approaches to those in the United States.

Program Eligibility & Admission

  • Open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Recommended for Business in Creative Enterprises majors, but open to all majors.
  • Application Period: November 1, 2019–February 1, 2020

Course Information

This program is offered for a total of 4 credits. Students will be required to be enrolled by Emerson College in the following course:

  • BC 320 - Topics in Business Enterprises: Blueprinting Innovation (4 credits)

Academic Highlights

  • Learn how government funding of the technological and arts industries differ across countries.
  • Visit the headquarters of internationally recognized companies such as Spotify, IKEA, H&M as well as local success stories HAHA Studio and Jascha Stockholm.
  • Apply business concepts such as consumer behavior, marketing, analytics, design thinking, platform monetization, civic/business collaboration, sustainability, and corporate culture through  team-based and individual projects and assignments.

Cultural Highlights

  • Take a day trip to picturesque Gothenburg, famous for its tree-lined streets, performance venues, and historic seaport.
  • Live in the bustling downtown of Stockholm and make more than a few stops on its impeccably designed and photo-worthy subway.
  • Visit Drottningholm Palace, an island home to the Swedish Royal Family.

Cost & Inclusions

Program Fee: $7,995

Included in Program Fee

  • Tuition (4 credits)
  • Registration Fee
  • Housing (shared apartment-style accommodation in central Stockholm)
  • Airport pick-up
  • Lunches during day-trips and farewell dinner
  • Company visits and guest speakers
  • Public transportation pass
  • Weekend or day-trips to Gothenburg and Drottningholm Palace

Not Included in Program Fee

  • Round-trip airfare to/from Stockholm (Est. $900)
  • Airport drop-off for return flight
  • Most meals and incidental or personal expenses
  • Passports (or visas, if required)
  • International Health Insurance*

*May be waived by those with alternate comparable insurance.

*Health Insurance Coverage: Participants must have an insurance plan that provides coverage while abroad. If you feel your current insurance is not adequate, please research a plan that is.

For information on Supplemental Health Plans, please visit our Health Insurance Requirements page.

Subject to change.