Program Guide:

The Entrepreneur,
Fall 2023

Friday, September 8 - Friday, November 17, 2023

Day-by-day
itinerary

Note: This itinerary is subject to change due to availability and local conditions at the time of departure.

Days 1-7: Orientation & Exploration in Zurich, Milan,& Stockholm

Day 1: Friday, September 8
Fly to Zurich

Say your goodbyes and hop on a flight to Zurich! Because of the time difference between the US and Europe, you will typically depart on Friday and arrive on Saturday. Make sure to pack snacks, at least one change of clothes, and entertainment in your carry-on.
Meals included: Some meals may be included on your flight; check with your airline about your specific itinerary

Day 2: Saturday, September 9
Arrive in Zurich
Land at the Zurich airport, where an EF team member will be waiting for you! Head to the hotel where you’ll check in and start to meet other members of your cohort. Take a walking tour of Zurich and have a welcome dinner with your group.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Sunday, September 10
Orientation at EF Headquarters
Spend the morning at EF’s global headquarters in the heart of Zurich. Do some workshops that will prepare you for your internship experience and for life in Europe. Spend the afternoon exploring Zurich on your own.
Meals included: All

Day 4: Monday, September 11
Travel to Milan
Board a train to travel from Zurich across the Italian border and into Milan! Settle in and have a group dinner in Milan.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: Tuesday, September 12
Explore Milan
Explore Milan with a guide and see some of the city’s most iconic sights, like the Duomo (the largest Gothic church in the world!) and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the first mall in the world that opened in 1887. In the afternoon, have some free time to explore Milan on your own.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Wednesday, September 13
Lake Como
Venture out of the city to enjoy a day on Lake Como. Take in the views of nature and of the impressive architecture of the homes that surround the lake.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7: Thursday, September 14
Free day in Milan
Enjoy a full free day to explore Milan at your own pace!
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Friday, September 15
Fly to Stockholm
Fly from Milan to Stockholm, your home for the next 8 weeks! Get acquainted with the city and have a welcome dinner with your group.
Meals included: Dinner

Day 9: Saturday, September 16
Get to know Stockholm
Explore Stockholm with a local expert. Learn your way around the city and its public transportation, and see some of the sights. This is a great chance to get a taste of all the city has to offer — and to start your list of all the things you want to do, explore, and eat during your 8 weeks in the city!
Meals included: None

Day 10: Sunday, September 17
Free Day in Stockholm
This is a great day to both explore the city and make sure you are set up to begin your internship the next day. Stock up on groceries, make sure you do any last-minute shopping, and settle into your new apartment.
Meals included: None

Days 11-64: Internship in Stockholm, Sweden

During the 8 weeks of your internship, you will be living independently in your apartment and planning your schedule around the expectations of your internship. This means that most days you will work from approximately 9am to 5pm.

You will be responsible for your own meals, which you can cook at your apartment or take advantage of Stockholm’s range of restaurants.

On the weekends, you have free time, which you can use to explore Stockholm or other parts or Sweden. You could also take advantage of being in Europe to fly to another country for a couple of days! Make the most of this time, but remember your duty to your internship should always come first.

Days 65-71: Leadership & Wrap-Up in the UK

Day 65: Saturday, November 11
Fly to London
Say your goodbyes to Stockholm, and jump on a plane to head to London. Have dinner with your group.
Meals included: Dinner

Day 66: Sunday, November 12
Enjoy the city of London with a guided tour to see some of the highlights of the city.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 67: Monday, November 13
Head to Ashridge

Head out of the big city and out to the former royal residence of Ashridge. Ashridge currently serves as the Executive Education Center for Hult International Business School, which is EF’s sister university. While at Ashridge, you’ll have workshops and sessions that help you process your internship experience and provide you with skills you can bring with you to your next steps.
Meals included: All

Day 68: Tuesday, November 14
Developing Leadership Skills at Ashridge
Continue your time at Ashridge with more workshops and sessions that will help you leverage your work experience into leadership skills. Enjoy exploring the grounds of this spectacular estate during your free time.
Meals included: All

Day 69: Wednesday, November 15
Free Day in London

Head back to London and enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace and spend some quality time with your cohort.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 70: Thursday, November 16
Free time in London & Farewell Dinner
Enjoy more free time in London, before having a farewell dinner with your group in the city.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 71: Friday, November 17
Departures
Fly out of London and head home.
Meals included: None

Packing tips


Traveling
smart

Packing
Pack two weeks’ worth of what you will need. You’ll have the opportunity to do laundry and you’ll want to leave room for things you buy during your program. Neutral colors and accessories make mixing and matching easy. See below for your core packing list.

While at work, you will be expected to wear business casual clothing. Business casual clothing includes, but is not limited to, blazers or sports coats, blouses or tailored tops, dress slacks or khakis, dark wash jeans (no holes or rips), and dress shoes. Please refrain from wearing flip flops, sandals, miniskirts, crop tops, or any other informal attire or apparel to your internship. It’s always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. Try to wear nicer outfits your first week, and adjust to what those around you are wearing if your internship company has a more informal environment.

Budgeting
Whatever your personal spending habits are, it’s important to anticipate your expenses and budget accordingly so that you can travel care-free with more time to enjoy participating in your program. The Entrepreneur is a quite independent program, where you will be figuring out your meals for most of your program. We want to help you build a realistic budget for additional expenses so that you can fully enjoy trying the local cuisine, participating in activities in your free time, and, of course, shopping for souvenirs to bring back home.

Packing list
Clothing

– 4-5 business casual outfits.
– T-shirts (3)
– Jeans or other casual pants (3)
– Nicer shirts/blouses (1-2)
– Raincoat/windbreaker
– Lightweight jacket, like a blazer or a leather jacket
– Winter coat
– Comfortable walking shoes/sneakers
– Boots
– Socks and underwear (2 weeks)
– Warmer layers in case of chilly nights (2)
– Lightweight pajamas
– Bathing suits (2-3)

Accessories

– Reusable water bottle
– Sunglasses
– Hats: 1 for sun coverage, 1 for warmth
– Notebook and pens
– Laptop and/or tablet — note that you will likely need this for your internship
– Headphones
– Camera / memory card / charging cables
– Portable charger
– Travel lock for luggage and belongings
– Laundry  bag
– Packing cubes (optional)

Toiletries

– Toothbrush / toothpaste
– Deodorant
– Body wash/soap
– Shampoo / conditioner
– Hairbrush
– Sunscreen
– Stomach soothing medication
– Wet wipes
– Stain Remover stick / detergent packs
– Contact lenses / solution / eye glasses
– Menstrual products

Documents

– Passport
Pro tip: bring a photo copy and/or a photo on your phone as well

– Copy of your flight itinerary
Found in your EF Gap Year portal

– Copy of your itinerary and accommodations
Found in your EF Gap Year portal

– COVID-19 documents:
CDC vaccination card  and Negative COVID-19 test result

– Copy of any prescriptions

– Primary Health Insurance card from the U.S.

Carry-on

– Backpack
This is your carry-on! It can also double as your daily bag while abroad.

– Wallet
Bring your debit or ATM card so you can withdraw cash, as well as your credit card, ID, and student ID if you have one (discounts!)

Medications
For prescriptions, make sure it is in original container and bring enough of a supply to last your program.

– COVID-19 CDC vaccination card
Or, a negative COVID test result if applicable.

– Entertainment!
Books, downloaded Netflix streams and Spotify playlists, magazines, travel journal, deck of cards, etc.

– Passport
– Airline ticket
– Reusable water bottle
– Neck pillow / eye mask / ear plugs
– Toothbrush / toothpaste
– Contact lenses / solution / eyeglasses

Budgeting guide
Currencies

We don’t recommend traveling with large sums of cash. You may want to convert a small amount money to the currency of your first destination. From there, you’ll be able to access local currency by using your debit card to withdraw cash from an ATM. 

Be sure to check with your bank ahead of time and, if necessary, provide a travel notice so they don’t block the card for suspected fraud. Also ask them about any foreign transaction fees that might apply, as these can add up quickly. Apple Pay is another great option that past students have used during their time on-program. 

During the majority of your program, you’ll be in Sweden, which uses the Swedish Krona. Sweden is widely regarded as one of the most cashless countries in the world, so you will likely rarely if ever use cash while in Sweden.

You’ll also encounter the Swiss Franc in Switzerland, the Euro in Italy, and the Great British Pound in the UK. It’s important to check the exchange rates in the moment, as these can vary.

Meals

During your time traveling at the beginning and end of your program in Switzerland, Italy, and the UK, about half of your meals will be covered. We recommend budgeting about $100-$200 per week for additional food costs.

During your time at your internship in Sweden, you’ll be responsible for your own food. Your budget will vary drastically based on whether you primarily cook or eat out at restaurants. Alcohol will also add substantially to your budget. We suggest budgeting between $200 and $400 per week for meals.

During your internship, you’ll be responsible for your own meals. Grocery stores in Sweden are different from those in the US, so get ready for a cultural immersion experience! Check out this handy article that gives some helpful information to expats on what to expect from Swedish supermarkets.

Extras

We recommend budgeting up to $50 a week for extra costs. This could mean putting money aside for things like:

– Checked bag airline fee (usually around $30-50 per bag for every flight)
– Additional items of clothing
– Emergencies
– Extra toiletries
– Souvenirs
– Laundry — To save money, we suggest bringing a small bottle of condensed soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s, that you can use to wash your clothes in the sink.
– Personal travel — if you plan trips out of the country on the weekend, this can substantially add to your budget. Consider if you have any personal travel goals while making your budget.

Country Guides

Below find useful information about the countries you will visit as part of your program.

Sweden
The Basics

The city of Stockholm is made up of a series of islands, so there’s a lot of water all around. It’s spread out, with different parts of the city occupying different islands, but there are ferries and bridges connecting them. 

Sweden has been inhabited for nearly 5,000 years since it was first settled by several Germanic tribes. The country remained relatively ethnically homogeneous throughout its history until the recent waves of immigration transformed it into a multi-ethnic society. 

The climate of Stockholm varies based on time of year. The summers are typically comfortable and partially cloudy, while the winters can be quite cold with little sunlight.

Cultural Norms & Guidelines

Swedish culture is very particular about time: if you’re late to a meeting, you will get some subtle looks telling you that you messed up.  

Stockholm is a cash-free city, and many cafes, restaurants and hotels actually enforce a no-cash policy. Make sure you’re prepared with credit cards or digital pay. 

Fika is the Swedish coffee and cake ritual that means that the best cafes in the city will be full to the brim in the afternoons, especially on weekends. The traditional fika is with a cinnamon bun, but some cafes do their own variations: the rhubarb crumble buns at Fabrique, or the pistachio and blackcurrant version at Il Caffe, are some favorites. It’s a crowded time, but well worth pushing in. 

Key words and common phrases:  

  • God morgon = Good morning 
  • God kväll! = Good evening 
  • Vad heter du? = What is your name? 
  • Mitt namn ä r = My name is 
  • Hur mår du? = How are you? 
  • Pratar du engelska? = Do you speak English? 

Beyond the basics, don’t worry too much about the language barrier! Swedes speak amazing English because their education system is one of the best in the world. 

Contemporary Sweden prides itself on championing human rights and equality, as manifested in its social welfare system. 

Greet people with a handshake. This is the most common greeting in Sweden; it is usually firm and accompanied with direct eye contact. 

Pay attention to personal space. Maintain a little over an arm’s length of distance and limit the amount of touching in a conversation.  

Remain tidy, as Swedes believe being neat reflects a sense of consideration towards others.  

Some advice from EF Gap alumni:

  • “Even in the summer it can be chilly, so bring some layers and sweaters to stay cozy.” -EF Gap Year Alum
  • “I absolutely loved Stockholm and could really see myself living here one day! Stockholm has a small town feel with all the luxuries of a large city. In addition, it’s located right on the ocean and is spread out over 14 beautiful islands.” – EF Gap Year Alum
Identity & Diversity in Sweden

Sweden is one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly countries in Europe. They have a long history of being on the forefront of legal rights for the LGBTQ+ community. 

25% of the country’s population was born in another country or was born in Sweden to non-Swedish parents.  

There are still undercurrents of racism and xenophobia, particularly anti-Black and Islamophobic racism in Sweden. The far-right Sweden Democrats party, which has roots in WWII-era Nazism, received over 20% of the votes in an election in October 2022. This wave has challenged conceptions of Sweden as a modern, “post-racial” society. Students should be aware that these biases and this political affiliation, while still in the minority, can still be felt in society. 

Social Identity Resources

Travel provides incredible opportunities to learn about yourself, the world, and yourself in the world. But travel is also a deeply emotional experience that can bring different challenges to every individual
based on the identities they hold and experiences they’ve had.

This resource is intended to help you think about how your intersecting identities can, and will, shape
your experience as an EF student. Take some time to review our Social Identity Resources to hear different perspectives, learn about identity-specific resources, and prepare with helpful tips before you go abroad.

Questions about your
upcoming program?

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