Study in Sweden

About Sweden

Swedencountry located on the Scandinavian Peninsula in northern Europe. The name Sweden was derived from the Svear, or Suiones, a people mentioned as early as 98 CE by the Roman author Tacitus. The country’s ancient name was Svithiod. Stockholm has been the permanent capital since 1523

The country has a 1,000-year-long continuous history as a sovereign state, but its territorial expanse changed often until 1809. Today it is a constitutional monarchy with a well-established parliamentary democracy that dates from 1917. Swedish society is ethnically and religiously very homogeneous, although recent immigration has created some social diversity. Historically, Sweden rose from backwardness and poverty into a highly developed postindustrial society and advanced welfare state with a standard of living and life expectancy that rank among the highest in the world.

Climate of Sweden

About 15 per cent of the country lies within the Arctic Circle. From about late May until mid-July, sunlight lasts around the clock north of the Arctic Circle, but, even as far south as Stockholm, the nights during this period have only a few hours of semidarkness. In mid-December, on the other hand, Stockholm experiences only about 5.5 hours of daylight; in areas as far north as Lappland, there are nearly 20 hours of total darkness relieved by a mere 4 hours of twilight.

Higher Education System in Sweden

As the home of the Nobel Prize, it is easy to assume that some of Europe’s best universities are in Sweden. In general, Swedish higher education is ranked high by international standards. At most universities, there is a strong emphasis on research and independent studies.

What is Higher Education like in Sweden?

Higher education in Sweden is divided into three levels: Bachelors, Master, and research. In 2007, Sweden entered into an agreement with the rest of Europe that streamlines education standards and procedures. Thus, anyone studying at a Swedish university can easily have their credits transferred to another European institution and vice versa.

Sweden aims to be a leading country in research. Presently, higher education in Sweden is leading the way for research in several specialized areas such as environmental technology and nanotechnology.

Swedish students who want to enrol in a Swedish university must have a certificate of completion from an upper secondary program. Admission for international students requires they be qualified to attend university in their home countries (this normally involves an equivalent of a secondary school certificate of completion). International students may also be required to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of Swedish and/or English, depending on the program.

In addition, students from outside the EU/EEA will need to guarantee their residence permit is ready in time for the start of classes.


Why Study in Sweden

1) Affordable tuition and low living expenses

While the tuition in Sweden varies from university to university, the average fee for a master’s program is USD 14,500/year. The bachelor’s programs are generally less expensive.

2) Scholarships abound!

The Swedish government has put aside funds specifically for two scholarship programs. Students can apply for scholarships based on their financial situation, nationality and merit. These grants, which are set aside by the Swedish government, greatly increase your chances of getting a scholarship to pursue the program of your choice.

Several Swedish universities offer a range of different scholarship programs for international students to help cover tuition fees or living costs.

Here is a list of universities that have scholarships for international students.

  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Dalarna University
  • Halmstad University
  • Jönköping University
  • Karlstad University
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • Kristianstad University
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Linköping University
  • Linnaeus University
  • Luleå University of Technology
  • Lund University
  • Malmö University
  • Mid Sweden University
  • Mälardalen University
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Stockholm School of Economics
  • Stockholm University
  • Södertörn University
  • Umeå University
  • University of Borås
  • University of Gothenburg
  • University of Gävle
  • University of Skövde
  • University West
  • Uppsala University
  • Örebro University
3) Work while you study

You will be able to work while you study in Sweden. Part-time jobs are available and there are consultancies that will help you find these jobs.

While there is no limit to the number of hours an international student can work for, it is important to set aside adequate hours to study and work on assignments.

4) Work after you complete your studies

If you wish to work after you complete your higher studies, you can apply to extend your residence permit to give yourself more time to look for work. Sweden gives you at least 6 months to do this. The work permit is Schengen in nature, so you will be able to look for work anywhere within the European Union.

5) Learn skills for a global career

Many degree programs in Sweden include internships, which are a great way to get real-world experience while also enabling you to build your professional network.

Sweden is home to some of the largest number of MNCs in the world. Several leading companies such as IKEA, TetraPak, Volvo, Ericsson, AstraZeneca and H&M are from Sweden. An internship or full-time position at any of these companies is sought after by most students.

Swedish universities focus on helping you learn skills that you will need to succeed in a global career. Specifically, these universities foster creativity along with other in-demand skills such as how to combine theory and practice, and how to navigate complex uncertain situations.

6) Great quality education at some of the best universities in the world

Sweden has a long and proud history of academic excellence. Despite its relatively small population, it’s home to some of the world’s best universities. The entire Swedish higher education system is ranked as one of the best in the world. Several Swedish universities are ranked by the Times Higher Education and the Academic Ranking of World Universities as being among the world’s best.

Home to the Nobel Prize, it comes as no surprise that many of the professors at Swedish universities are very well qualified. The majority of these professors have quite a few research papers under their belts. You know that as a student, you will be in good hands and can count on receiving a great education by global standards.

7) You will be surrounded by innovation and creativity

Innovative research is done by both Swedish companies and universities. The Swedes embrace creativity and institution and are proud of what their minds have been able to create. The results of this research and creativity have generated several successful inventions that are known throughout the world. Check out some of the innovations that wouldn’t have existed without Swedish ingenuity:

  • Computer mice, Bluetooth technology, and other external computing devices
  • Ball bearings and other technologies related to the manufacturing industry.
  • Pacemakers, kidney dialysis devices and other health care devices that save lives every day.
  • Spotify, Skype and other internet technologies.

Chances are, you use at least some of these products every day. If you don’t, you can at least name what a few of them are. And these are just some of the examples of Swedish ingenuity; there are even more products that you may come across while looking for items that Swedes have invented or made, and the innovation is going to play a role in encouraging you to expand your mind

8) Innovative learning

Universities in Sweden free students from outdated and inefficient rote learning. Swedish education is designed to train the world’s future problem solvers and leaders.

With a strong emphasis on sustainability, students are encouraged to develop a holistic way of looking at problems, while thinking creatively to arrive at solutions to these problems.

One of the ways this is done, is by reducing the number of classroom sessions to four days a week, while students are encouraged to spend the rest of their time in group sessions, researching in the library and working on assignments.

9) Abundant natural beauty and emphasis on sustainability

The university campuses in Sweden are exceedingly beautiful!

Sweden’s efforts in environmental conservation, which earned it the title of the most sustainable country, has ensured that the country continues to be as beautiful as it was, while several other countries become urban jungles.

10) Diversity

Universities in Sweden are renowned for their cultural and social diversity. This is far from surprising considering ‘Business Insider’ named Sweden as the most equal country in the world.

11) Programs taught in English

Sweden regularly ranks as one of the top countries in the world for non-native speakers of English.

Courses are taught in English, so you won’t have to worry about problems arising from a lack of knowledge of the Swedish language. In fact, the Swedish people you meet outside the university are comfortable speaking English as well.

12) Great quality of life

Sweden is clean and safe, and the standard of living is high.

Sweden’s public transport – an extensive network of buses, trains, subways, trams, boats, planes and more – can take you anywhere you want to go, car-free.

The Swedish welfare system brings many benefits to employees. These include free healthcare, sick leave, child care, education and 18 months of paid parental leave for each child. There are also state subsidies in a range of areas to ensure that the quality of life is exceptional.

Sweden has numerous large multinational organizations that are in the forefront of the world when it comes to innovation and technology. Not sure if you have ever purchased items or used services from a Swedish company? Here are some of the most well-known companies that you will find around the world, but are based or were started in Sweden:

  • Ericsson
  • Volvo
  • Scania
  • Electrolux
  • SKF
  • Sandvik
  • Atlas Copco
  • IKEA
  • H&M (clothing company)

You’ve probably heard of several of these companies, and you may even own products from one or more of them. If you decide to study in Sweden, you will be surrounded by some of the most innovative people and companies in the world. The environment in Sweden helps to encourage imagination, and if you study there, you can be part of the changes that Sweden gives to the rest of the world.

The best English-taught universities in Sweden

According to the latest ranking from Times Higher Education (THE), these are the best Swedish universities where you can study in English:

Top Courses to Study in Sweden

Students with an interest in sustainable energy and development will easily feel at home in the Swedish higher education system. As one of the leading countries in the world for renewable energy, Sweden places great emphasis in the study of environmental learning and protection. Likewise, the country is known for great innovation. Even if environmental studies and sustainable technology are not your primary areas of education, but you are interested, you can mould these interests into your chosen field.

Other areas of interest for international students moving to Sweden include engineering, information technology, and other such degrees that require creativity and innovative thinking.

How Much Does it Cost for International Students to Study in Sweden?

Higher education in Sweden is free for Swedish and EU/EEA students. Students from outside the EU/EEA, or from Switzerland, will have to pay a fee. For both undergraduate and graduate programs, average university tuition fees in Sweden are around 125,000 SEK per academic year (13,000 USD).