New student on the PAO program

Congratulations to you who have been admitted to the bachelor's program in Personnel, Work and Organization at Stockholm University!

You now have three fantastic years ahead of you with exciting courses and a bunch of wonderful people to share this with. We at SthlmUP will do our utmost to gild your study time. This website is therefore full of information and aids to facilitate.

3 tips for new students in the PAO program

Course literature

Do not stress about buying course literature for a new price on various websites, there is a facebook group called “PAO bookstore”Where you can find exactly the literature you are looking for for a really good student award. The group consists only of students who read or have read the PAO program and also offers other good tips. There is also a bookstore in Allhuset, next to Akademibokhandeln where you can find used course literature cheaply.

The type of course literature you should buy is laid out in the PAO program website during each course. 

Become a member of SthlmUP!

SthlmUP is a student association for you who study the PAO program, PAO master, AKPA or similar education at Stockholm University.

SthlmUP works for a broad community among the semesters and to create a good community. Our purpose is also to be involved, together with our members, and influence the education while we make good contacts with working life.

The purpose of SthlmUP is to gild the study time for our members. This is done in part through our four different committees that work to create different activities. Within the committees, there are good opportunities to get involved high and low.

The campus area

The campus area at Stockholm University is large and during your three years you will be housed in many different buildings around the Campus, but do not worry! We in SthlmUP will the first day meet you at the subway and guide you to the Department of Psychology where the first course will be held.

During the kick-in, we will also take you around the rest of the campus so that you can get to know the area and be able to more easily find your lecture halls without complications.

Goal kick

Who said that Stockholm does not have a fun student life? Not the PAOs anyway!

Here at the PAO program, SthlmUP always arranges a kick-in for our new students. This spring, however, the kick-in has looked a little different compared to previous years precisely due to covid-19. As the kick-in is an important start to the study period, we in SthlmUP planned the spring term 'kick-in according to the restrictions of the public health authority and the government. 

We always have fantastic kick-in weeks packed with games, competitions and pub nights. As the finishing touch, the kick-off ends with a joint sitting for all new PAO students. This spring, however, all events have taken place digitally due to Covid-19!

Being part of the kick-in is something we 100% recommend as it is an excellent opportunity for you as a new person to get to know your students and get a taste of what student life in Stockholm has to offer. The kick-in not only gives you the chance to get to know and socialize with your new classmates outside the lecture halls, but also a fantastic opportunity to get to know the university area and get to know other PAOs from other semesters. We also want to take the opportunity to emphasize that the kick-in is arranged so that you get a good start to your study time. 

Choice of focus

Choice of major

In the middle of the semester in PAO's fourth semester, students are informed about course content and course structure in the various subject specializations.

Prior to the commencement of the subject specialization in terms 5 and 6, Behavioral Scientist must
course - PAO, 60 higher education credits be completely completed.

For your major, you can choose from pedagogypsychology and sociology.

Exchange term

Traveling and discovering the world is something most people want to check off on their bucket list and who has said that studies need to stop you? In term 5, you who read the PAO program have the opportunity to read an exchange term. We believe that it is important to be prepared if you are going to travel, so we have compiled everything you need to know below.

Stockholm University's exchange agreements exist at two different levels: central level and institutional level.

Every semester, students from the PAO program go on an exchange, so we have chosen to compile presentations and answers to questions from several students who have been away on an exchange in recent years.

Department level: The PAO program does not have its own agreements and therefore you can turn to the department you have chosen to focus your education on. The department will then help you get information about which exchange agreements are available.

  • Department of Education: For those of you who have chosen pedagogy as a major, there is a very wide range of exchange places around the world. You can study in Europe, the USA, Australia and Asia, among other places.

  • Department of Sociology: This department uses the Erasmus exchange program. You who study sociology can go to Great Britain, Denmark, Italy and Austria.

  • Department of Psychology: This department uses the Erasmus and Nordplus exchange programs. It is possible to go to Spain, Germany and Finland, among other places.

Students talk about their exchange dates

Here you will find some of the exchange terms that PAO students have done. Click on a post to read more.

Exchange term in the USA -HT18

Why did you choose to go to the USA? The biggest reason is to experience the College culture! Which includes American College Football. What are the biggest differences between studying in Sweden

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Exchange term in Amsterdam -HT18

What courses did you take? 1. Leadership, selection & performance2. Cultural psychology3. Mindfulness across lifespan4. Globalization, education policy & change5. Education & international development + Method at a distance from SU What was it

Read more "

Participate in the mentorship project

To participate in the project, you must be a member of SthlmUP and a member of Akavia. The purpose of the mentorship project is to give students an insight into professional life and take part in the mentors' experiences, knowledge and ideas as well as to create contacts and networks.
Since the start in 2004, the mentorship project has provided hundreds of students with mentors from the business world. As the PAO program lacks internships, this is a perfect opportunity to gain an insight into working life. Many students feel that the mentor is a support for both of them
ongoing studies as the future professional life.

The mentorship project begins with a kickoff at the end of May, after which students meet and by agreement for six months. At the meetings, the chance is given to exchange thoughts, experiences and share ideas with each other. The adept is responsible for keeping in touch, planning meetings and preparing questions and themes for your meetings. On average, previous mentor couples have spent about 1-3 hours a month on the project. ”

The project group's task is to match mentors and students, where the goal is to be able to match people with similar interests and expectations regarding the project. People in higher semesters will be given priority as as many as possible should be able to participate in the project before graduation. However, it is free to join the project and find your own mentor.



Jusek and Civilekonomerna have formed a new union together - Akavia, AKA for academia and VIA for road, ie the academic road. The name is based on the promise that each member will receive an exchange for their academic education throughout working life, from study time to retirement. Now we are bigger and stronger together with 130,000 members.

We offer a collective excellence in all important issues and of course engage in your and each member's unique situation.

During the study period, the membership is free of charge so that you will receive even better support in the meeting with the labor market of the future. Become a member of

Do not miss any of the association's fun events. Join sthlmup today: