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Why Study in Sweden

Do you want to think creatively, independently, and critically? When you study in Sweden you are bound to develop these competencies without a doubt. Students are encouraged to question the status quo, draw more from the information

Education System in Sweden

Undergraduate Degree Programs: These are done after senior secondary or high school and are generally of 3 years in length and awards 180 ECTS credits to students.

Cost Of Studying in Sweden

Students usually join the local student union for a small membership fee. This gives you access to various student activities and student discounts. Fees range from SEK 50-350 per semester, depending on the union.

Student Visa Process

Visa and residence permit rules vary depending on the country of nationality of international students in Sweden. The guidelines for each of the three main categories: EU / EEE citizens, Swiss and non-EU / EEA citizens will be presented below.

Universities In Sweden

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Why Study In Sweden?

Creativity is central to education:

Do you want to think creatively, independently, and critically? When you study in Sweden you are bound to develop these competencies without a doubt. Students are encouraged to question the status quo, draw more from the information, critically analyze the viewpoints, and then form their own opinions. The foundation of such a pedagogy lies in the culture & history of Sweden wherein people are given liberty to think freely and contribute their ideas, opinions, and work for the improvement of Swedish society. This ideology of Sweden has enabled the country to be in the top echelons of innovative nations in the world. Besides Sweden tops the list in the world when it comes to investment in the research work to GDP.

Sweden has gifted several world-changing inventions to people across the globe like Pacemaker, Spotify (music service), seatbelt to name few. Sweden is home to many trendsetters and early adopters, it doesn’t take long an idea to get actualized in this innovative destination.

 

Academic Excellence:

Sweden is home to some of the best Universities in the world due to its long & proud history of academic excellence. The entire education system in Sweden is recognized as one of the best in the world and several higher-education institutions in Sweden consistently ranked very-high in renowned ranking scales like QS, THE, and Academic Ranking of World.

In the Swedish education system, there is a strong focus on logic, reasoning & applied knowledge than just theory. This can be exemplified by the huge number of Swedish Nobel Prize winners which is the world’s most renowned academic distinction.

By studying in Sweden you will become a part of this long history of academic excellence, you will be challenged to speak your mind and take charge of your own education rather than passively receive information.

 

True to Sustainability & Environment:

Environmental & sustainability issues are given ultra-high priority in Sweden. Sweden has won several accolades for its concern and execution in the areas of maintaining a healthy environment and care for natural resources and has been named the most sustainable country in the world for its use of renewable energy. Sweden is targeting for 100% renewable energy production by 2040.

Sweden has come a very long way in this area and it has now become a part of its ethos and deeply embedded in all aspects of life including education. The international students can gain very valuable insight and draw on Sweden’s immeasurable environmental experience & apply this learning in their chosen field.

 

Makes you Ready for a Global Career:

In the age of AI, Machine learning, humans are gradually being displaced by Machines, however, there is one most important skill that can make your career future proof and that is called Creativity. A global study of CEOs also revealed that creativity is the most important skill that professionals need to excel in their careers in the future. And this is exactly what is developed and fostered along with other essential skills in students who study in Sweden. Several degree programs in Sweden include internship opportunities which are a wonderful way to get hands-on experience of real-world, make student apply the concepts learned during the programs and see how they turn out and build a strong professional network.

 

A student-friendly destination:

This list is endless when it comes to mentioning the reasons for studying in Sweden. Here are a few more reasons to encourage you:

  • English is widely spoken: Sweden has the most English speaking population in the world with respect to non-native speakers of the English language. Swedish institutions teach in English language & students are not required to learn the Swedish language. Hence it is extremely easy to settle in for International students.
  • Sound Public Transport: Sweden has an extensive and very strong public transport which connects all the places in the country. Students find it very convenient to travel due to Sweden’s large network of buses, train, subways, trams, boats, planes and many more.
  • International Students can Work in Sweden: However, your studies are your top priority, there is no legal binding on the number of hours you can work in Sweden during your studies. Post your course, you are allowed to stay in Sweden for another 6 months to look for a suitable job opportunity. Sweden is home to some of the largest companies in the world like IKEA, Volvo, Ericsson, H&M, TetraPak, etc and this means getting a suitable job here is easy and can take you places. An International student can apply for a work permit after receiving a job offer and can enjoy the work-life balance that Sweden is popular for.

Higher Education System In Sweden

The higher education system of Sweden is like other European countries.

 

Undergraduate Degree Programs: These are done after senior secondary or high school and are generally of 3 years in length and awards 180 ECTS credits to students.

 

Post-graduate Degree Programs: It can be either 1 (60 ECTS) or 2 years (12O ECTS) long and are done by students to further hone their skills & knowledge in a particular domain.

 

Doctoral Programs: This is a research degree involving many years of work toward a dissertation. The duration of the doctoral program varies as per the subject and Universities.

 

Academic Schedule: There are mainly 2 semesters, autumn which begins at the end of August and carries on until mid-January. Spring semester starts from Mid-January and goes up to the beginning of June. Full-time studies generally take place for 40 hours in a week with a few hours of lectures or seminars each week. The remaining time is expended in reading and working on projects and other assignments.

 

University College or University?

The higher-education institutions in Sweden are denoted by two slightly different terms – University College & University. The chief difference is that the Universities run Doctoral programs and can award Ph.D. degrees whereas most of the University Colleges do not. However, few Universities Colleges do offer Ph.D. programs. Do note that your experience as an international student will be similar irrespective of the institution.

Cost of studying in Sweden.

How costly is studying in Sweden? The annual cost of higher education in Sweden varies according to the university and program. Tuition costs in Sweden range from estimated SEK 80,000 per year (as of October 2016, approximately EUR 8,300 or 9,200 USD) to SEK 130,000 (or approximately EUR 13,000 or $14,600 USD). All Swedish students must purchase their own books and spend an average of SEK 750 per month for this specific purpose.

 

Students usually join the local student union for a small membership fee. This gives you access to various student activities and student discounts. Fees range from SEK 50-350 per semester, depending on the union.

Living costs depend on the location of study (bigger cities are generally more expensive) but are approximately 8000 SEK per month including rent or 925 USD/830 EUR as of October, 2016.

 

The cost of healthcare for international students varies depending on whether you are an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen or not as well as the duration of your studies in Sweden.

 

 

Student union fees

 

Students usually join the local student union for a small membership fee. This gives you access to various student activities and student discounts. Fees range from SEK 50-350 per semester, depending on the union. Your relevant student union can provide information on membership fees and benefits.

Visa Process to Study In Sweden

Visa and residence permit rules vary depending on the country of nationality of international students in Sweden.

 

The guidelines for each of the three main categories: EU / EEE citizens, Swiss and non-EU / EEA citizens will be presented below.

 

For the European Union and the European Economic Area, EU / EEA stands.

If you are uncertain whether your country is an EU / EEA member, check the list of EU / EEA countries in UniversityAdmissions. SE.

 

Stays of less than three months

If you’ll be staying in Sweden for less than three months, you’ll need a visa if the country that issues your passport is on this list. If your country of citizenship is not on the list, you generally can enter Sweden without a visa.

Read about how to apply for a visa at the Swedish Migration Agency’s website.

 

Stays longer than three months

 

You’ll need a residence permit before coming to Sweden if your study in Sweden lasts more than three months. To be eligible, you have to be enrolled in fully accredited Swedish university studies and have paid your first fee.

You have to pay your first tuition fee payment in order to apply for a residence permit for study.

Prepare the supporting documentation you support. This includes copies of your passport and admission letter and proof that, in your period as a student in Sweden, you can provide financial support.

You will need proof of complete health insurance if you stay in Sweden for less than one year.

Send a online application.

Pay the application fee for the request.

The current waiting time for a residence permit for studies is three months or more, so be sure to submit your application as soon as possible after paying your first tuition fee installment.

 

Citizens of EU/EEA/Nordic countries

 

Citizens of EU/EEA/Nordic counties can live and study in Sweden without a residence permit or visa. If you’ll be staying in Sweden for more than twelve months, you should register with the Swedish Tax Agency.

 

Citizens of Switzerland

 

Swiss citizens can enter Sweden without a residence permit or visa. However, if you’ll be studying in Sweden for longer than three months, you’ll need to apply for a residence permit for studies.

Visit the Swedish Migration Agency’s website for information on how to apply for a residence permit as a Swiss citizen

Our Partner Universities

Sr.No.NameWebsite
1Uppsala University, Uppsalawww.uu.se/en
2Linnaeus University, Växjölnu.se/en/
3University of Skövde, Skovdewww.his.se/en
4Halmstad University, Halmstadwww.hh.se
5Jonkoping University, Jonkopinghj.se/en.html
6Dalarna University, Falunwww.du.se/en
7Kristianstad University, Kristianstadwww.hkr.se

8Lund University, Lund (CEG)www.oncampus.global/europe/oncampus-lund-sweden/about-us.htm