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Study in Sweden
Sweden offers plenty of opportunities for international students who wish to pursue a degree or undertake research at a world-class university. Swedish educational institutions are strongly focused on students and their interests; helping you to build skills in your chosen field. Studying in Sweden offers a wide choice of courses and programmes at all levels of study.
Sweden is a prosperous, welcoming country offering many exciting opportunities for education, work and leisure. There are around 30,000 international students in Sweden, which provides an exciting, multicultural environment for all the students.
Swedish institutions are highly ranked and offer plenty of opportunities for study and research. Eight of Sweden’s universities are present in the top 500 of the 2018 QS World University Rankings. The highest ranked university is Lund University, which comes in at 78th place.
Why Study in Sweden?
Unlike other destinations that may place more emphasis on research output, Swedish universities are strongly focused on their students. All of the courses and programmes encourage group work, innovation and critical thinking. Sweden’s higher education institutions have also adapted to the Bologna Process, as well as conforming to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, meaning that you’ll graduate with a fully-recognised European degree.
One unique aspect of Swedish higher education is the way courses are structured. Instead of studying several modules at once throughout an entire semester, students only study one at a time for a shorter period (several weeks). Examination is performed after a module is completed. For this reason, Swedish semesters consist of a series of these short segments.
Swedish institutions offer several types of degrees you can study for:
- Bachelor’s degree – It takes three years of undergraduate studies to obtain this degree.
- Degree of Master (one year) or a Degree of Master (two years). They require one or two years of specialised studies, respectively.
There are also two degree types for the advanced studies or research:
- Licentiatexamen: Granted after an additional two years of study.
- Doktorsexamen (PhD): Granted after a minimum of four years of additional study or research.
Generally there are two types of institutions of higher education in Sweden: universities and university colleges. The only difference applies to the advanced studies (Licentiate and PhD) and not to the bachelor’s or master’s studies. Universities have the unrestricted right to award Licentiate and PhD degrees, while university colleges don’t, and most of them don’t award PhDs.
Sweden is a beautiful northern European country, bordered by Norway in the west and Finland to the north-east. The largest city and the national capital is Stockholm. The northern parts of the country lie above the Arctic Circle, but the climate is affected by the Gulf Stream. This gives Sweden a varied climate with cold winters and mild summers.
Sweden has a total population of around 10.2 million residents, of which 2.4 million have a foreign background. This makes the country a great mixture of cultures and people, perfect for international students looking to study and gain a wider perspective of the world.