Sweden Field School: Conversations with the Sami on Revitalizing Indigenous Lands and Cultures

City waterfront festival in Sweden - this field school is GSO Travel Grant eligible

The Sweden Field School will bring 10 U of G students (a mixture of Indigenous and non-Indigenous) and a Onondaga Grandmother to Sweden so we can learn about cultural revitalization and land based practices with the Sami, an indigenous people who traditionally inhabit parts of Scandinavia and Russia.  (See more information on the Sami in Sweden.)  The Guelph group will also share information with the Sami about Indigenous issues in Canada such as land-based work, the experiences of recovering Indigenous identity and culture, and bringing Indigenous knowledge into the universities.  The U of G group will visit various Sami organizations and some Swedish universities that are involved in research with Sami people.  Additionally, the group will travel to northern Sweden to visit the Sami culture and education centre in Jokkmokk and visit with reindeer herders.

Information Session

Tuesday, December 7
5:30 - 6:45 pm
Virtual only on MS Teams
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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Virtual, only on MS Teams
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Field School Details

  • Instructor: Dr. Kim Anderson, Family Relations & Applied Nutrition.  Dr. Anderson is an Indigenous (Metis) professor who does research on Indigenous relationships, land based learning and Indigenous women and gender.

  • Offered: Summer 2022 

  • Prerequisite: 7.5 credits or permission of the instructor, 68% cumulative average,

  • If you have any questions about the program, please contact Dr. Anderson

Program Dates (tentative)

May, 2022

  • Three classes on U of G campus pre-departure

  • approx. 14 days in Sweden


Students will be registered in 0.5 credits at the third-year level. 


Students should budget for the following:

  • Round-trip airfare to Sweden: estimated $1200
  • Tuition and fees at the University of Guelph for 0.5 credits
  • The Sweden Field School fee: approximately $2500 which covers the following in Sweden - accommodations, most meals, all transportation in-country, admission fees for venues. This amount is subject to change based on the fluctuating exchange rate.
  • Meals estimated at $500
  • Mandatory travel health and emergency insurance through the company Guard Me ($1.65 / day)
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, additional personal travel, etc)

Global Skills Opportunity LogoTravel Grants

Students participating in this Field School, who identify as an Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) student, a student registered with Student Accessibility Services, and/or have demonstrated financial need are eligbile to apply for the GSO Travel Grant which are up to $10,000. There are also other University of Guelph travel grants available.  


Students applying for the program must have completed a total of 7.5 undergraduate credits by the time the program begins in May 2022 (or permission from the instructor) and must have a 68% cumulative average. (Students with a 65 - 67% cumulative average may be considered if there are extenuating circumstances that affected their marks which are described on their application.)

The program is open to students from all disciplines at the University of Guelph, with a maximum of 10 students being accepted to the program. 

Apply to the Sweden Field School

To get access to the extended deadline application, please complete the following form.

Application Instructions

Norther lights, Sámi community buildings, and reindeer