Blueprinting Innovation: Sweden's Globally Influential Creative Economy

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Program Dates

July 9 through August 7, 2022

*Students should arrange to arrive in Stockholm on the morning of the program start date. 

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.

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.