Sweden is regarded as the leader in innovation and a home of trendsetters and early adopters in the world. In Sweden, you’re encouraged to think independently, creatively and critically.
Environmental issues are a high priority in Sweden and has been named the most sustainable country in the worldfor its use of renewable energy! Sweden isconsistently placed among the world’s top countries in inclusivity and gender equality, while LGBT rights in Sweden are regarded as among the most progressive in the world. These social issues are often highlighted in the education system of Sweden as well.
Sweden has a long and proud history of academic excellence and 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 and several Swedish universities are ranked by the Times Higher Educationand the Academic Ranking of World Universitiesas being among the world’s best.
Two slightly different terms are used in Sweden to describe institutions of higher education: university (universitet) and university college (högskola). The main difference is that universities have the right to award PhD degrees while many university colleges don’t. However, some university colleges do offer PhDs.
Bachelor’s programmes, also known as undergraduate programmes, take place after senior secondary school and are usually three years long.
Master’s programmes, also known as graduate programmes, build upon the knowledge developed during bachelor’s-level studies and can be one or two years long.
PhD programmes, also known as doctoral programmes, are research degrees involving several years of work toward a dissertation. The duration and setup of PhD programmes in Sweden vary between universities.
A strong focus on rationality, reasoning and applying knowledge is stressed upon in the Higher Education System of Sweden. The Nobel Prize, the world’s most prestigious academic distinction, is an illustration of the Swedish approach.
Environmental thinking and sustainability are a part of all aspects of life in Sweden, including education.
Some of the top Universities in Sweden are:
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Chalmers University of Technology
University of Gothenburg
KMH-Royal College of Music
Royal Institute of Art
Chalmers University of Technology
Some of the popular courses in Swedish Universities are:
Supply Chain Management
Renewable Energy and Environmental Studies
Computer Science and IT
Arts and Humanities
Tuition fees in Sweden vary depending upon the subject though the average fee for master’s programme is SEK 129,000/year (~INR 10,00,000 annually) while bachelor programmes are generally less expensive.
A standard range of tuition fees for various subjects may vary with tuition fee for Architecture and Design on the higher end.
An average monthly student budget is about SEK 8,000 per month, that is, SEK 96,000 annually (~INR 7,44,000 per year).
The Swedish academic year is divided into two semesters:
Autumn semester begins at the end of August and lasts until mid-January, usually with a short break at the end of December.
Spring semester runs from mid-January to the beginning of June.
Applications are made through the portal Universityadmissions.se, a central application service where you can apply for up to four different programmes at different universities around Sweden with one application.
The application will include the following:
Online application form (accessed through Universityadmissions.se during each application period)
Documentation of general eligibility, depending upon the course
Proof of English proficiency, however, IELTS or TOEFL is not mandatory for some universities
Students who are not citizens of the EU, EEA or Switzerland are required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (~INR 6,975) along with their application.
As an international student in Sweden, you’re allowed to work alongside your studies as there is no official limitation for how many hours you can work. However, it is important to keep your studies as your first priority, hence, you are expected to spend the equivalent of a 40-hour work week reading and working on assignments.
Many degree programmes in Sweden include internships, which are a great way to get real-world experience while you build your professional network. Also, most universities have careers services that can help you with finding a part-time job during your studies. Many also offer services like employer fairs, CV checks and special events with companies.
You can apply to extend your residence permit for up to six months to search for a job or start a company, and if you receive a job offer meeting certain conditions you can then apply for a work permit.
The fact that Sweden is home to the largest number of multinationals per capita of any country in the world and is the birthplace of many world-conquering companies, including IKEA, TetraPak, Volvo, Ericsson, AstraZeneca and H&M, means that getting on the career ladder here can really take you places. Should you receive a job offer while you’re still studying here, you can apply for a work permitand enjoy the work-life balance that Sweden is famous for.
Universities offer a range of different scholarship programmes for international students to help cover tuition fees or living costs. The exact scholarships on offer vary between universities.
The Swedish Institute (SI), a government agency, also offers scholarships each year for international students and researchers coming to Sweden.
Some of the scholarships are:
Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS): This scholarship is available for full-time master’s studies. The scholarship covers tuition fees, a part of living expenses and travel and insurance grant
Rotary International District and Global Grants
Open Society Foundation Fellowships and Scholarships
The World Bank Scholarship and Fellows Program
The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership Scholarships
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