The academic year starts in the later part of August and ends in late May. The minimum age of admission is 18, and you can find students at SVF of almost any age; however, the majority of students are in their early twenties. Students come from Jönköping as well as from the rest of Sweden. The Swedish students mainly finance their studies with study loans and grants from the Swedish government.
Every fall semester about 15 students arrive from North Park University in Chicago, USA to participate in the International College Program. In addition other international students and students with immigrant background attend SVF. All together they constitute 15-20% of the student body. Up to 50% of the 280 students stay in any of the four dormitories on campus and all of them take three meals a day in the cafeteria.
Outside classes and individual studies students engage in sport activities, the Christian Student Association’s activities or in other formal or informal activities.
How the students value the SVF experience is of course very individual, but most have a great time. There are many contributing factors to this including a high academic standard, the nearness to almost everything (literally to premises and figuratively to people), a strong community spirit, an international influence etc.