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Gustavus Adolphus College

St. Peter, MN

About This Campus

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private, coed, liberal arts college that is deeply steeped in the Swedish Lutheran traditions of social justice, equality, community engagement, reciprocity in service, and an open-minded view of all that the liberal arts have to offer. The college enrolls about 2300 students and follows a 4-1-4 calendar, with 4-month fall and spring semesters separated by a 1-month J-Term (one single course). Exchange students may study at Gustavus for the full academic year, one semester only, or one semester plus the J-term. Student life is very active, with many clubs, events, and sports opportunities. Community-Based Service and Learning offers numerous programs to get involved locally. Signature annual events include: Nobel Conference (science and ethics), Christmas in Christ Chapel, Building Bridges Conference, Mayday Conference, and the Out of Scandinavia Artist-in-Residence program. Gustavus is a welcoming and affirming community that prides itself on excellence.

Location Information

Gustavus is located in St. Peter, Minnesota, a town of 11,000 situated 60 miles southwest of Minneapolis, in the Minnesota River Valley along a designated scenic byway. In spite of its small size, St. Peter boasts many amenities that few people would expect in such a small town. Major annual events include: Rock Bend Folk Festival (Sept), Oktoberfest, Halloween Fun Run, Winterfest, documentary film series, and Forgotten History lecture series.

Chance of Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | St. Peter
Population | 11,196
Enrollment | 2,217
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 09/04-12/20
Spring | 02/11-05/28

Campus Diversity

White | 78%
Black | 3%
Hispanic/Latino | 5%
Asian | 5%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 4%
Other | 5%


Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Economics/Management courses required for Gustavus majors are often full. Many courses in Education are also closed to exchange students.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Scandinavian Studies - One of the largest programs in North America, and the largest number of students studying Swedish language.
  • Environmental Studies - Our interdisciplinary program uses courses in science, social science, humanities, and other fields. Paired with hands-on learning opportunities in the Linnaeus Arboretum, the Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation, and the student-run Big Hill Farm.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Theater Arts/Drama - Our Department of Theatre and Dance offers a minor in Theatre for Social Justice, with an applied focus on using the theatre to engage communities around the important issues of our time.
  • Communication - Our Communication Studies department offers minors in both Strategic Communication and Civic Leadership. Faculty and students employ the "Gustavus model" of structured dialogues to help regional communities, organizations, and civic groups address real-world concerns.
  • Music - Our Music program includes both academic courses and performance ensembles. Many of the ensembles tour, both in the US and internationally. Year-long exchange students may audition to join an ensemble and possibly go on tour or participate in Christmas in Christ Chapel.
  • Latin American Studies - Our program is called Latin American, Latina/o, and Caribbean Studies and includes comparative study of the diverse places and peoples that the name implies.
  • Japanese Studies - Our Japanese Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that offers students opportunities to become familiar with various aspects of Japanese culture: language, literature, history, politics, art, and religion. Students majoring in Japanese Studies are required to study in Japan for at least one semester.

Study Abroad Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: Japanese Studies, Japanse Studies (minor), Latin American Studies, Russian Studies, Scandinavian Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art Education, Art History, Studio Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Fitness and Sports Science, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Molecular Biology

Business: Accounting, Management

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication

Earth Sciences: Geology

Economics: Economics

Education: Communications, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Music, Physical Education, Social Science Education

English: Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies

Environmental Studies: Environmental Studies

Foreign Language: French, Spanish

General Studies: Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Social Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Health Education, Nursing

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science

Mathematics: Mathematics, Statistics

Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Music Education, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religion

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Sociology, Women and Gender Studies



Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 85 paper, N/A computer or 85 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 19 ($543 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 08/27/18.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Parking Fee $135 Semester Plan A & B Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $850 per semester.

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/27/18

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 94% living on campus
  • Double: $3150
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus:
Notes About Housing
All incoming exchange students live on campus: https://gustavus.edu/reslife/residences/

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
Notes About Meal Plans

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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