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  • 313,000 Students
  • 9,920,624 Population

Study in Sweden

If you want your opinions to he heard, you like taking initiative and a little snow doesn’t scare you off, then the go-to country for your studies must be Sweden.

Long time ago a country of barbaric Vikings, nowadays Sweden, has polished its manners, and nothing proves it more than the fact that the Swedish higher education system ranks second in the world. Did we mention cutting-edge research and real-world challenges in multicultural academic communities?

To get a better picture about what’s like studying in Sweden, you need to know that the education here is more about self-development through student groups and independent studies, than about listening to the typical teacher lecture. Let’s try and see the details behind this big picture.

Why study in Sweden?

Sweden will inspire you with about 1000 programmes taught in English, at over 35 universities, where creativity and independent thinking always come first.

Whenever creativity is involved, you should also expect a more informal environment, where you don’t have to worry about etiquette, and can even address professors by their first name.

Students who choose Sweden are attracted by the open-minded attitude Swedes have, their great English skills, but also by the eco-friendly and high standards of living. Add to that the fact that academic culture here dates back 500 years and the great social equality of it all, and it’s hard not to put Sweden on your studies map.

What to study in Sweden?

Swedes are great with cars, great with IT, and great with the environment. So, it’s not hard to guess which are some of the most popular study areas in Sweden. These are:

Major cities in Sweden

Sweden is a great place to live and study. From buzzing larger cities like Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmö, to cosy university towns like Uppsala and Lund, there’s a place for every taste in Sweden.

Whether you end up close to the Arctic Circle in Luleå or bumping shoulders with continental Europe in Malmö, you’ll find accessible towns with extensive public transport and bustling student scenes. So, check and pick one of the Swedish cities below, like:

Which universities to attend in Sweden?

Sweden is home to over 35 universities and university colleges, and they all offer degree programmes according to European standards. That’s why five of them almost always come up in the global higher education rankings.

So, start your search for your dream Swedish university with:

Practical Information

How to apply to universities in Sweden

In Sweden, applications for Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes are processed through a central application service, Universityadmissions.se. Still, you can also apply directly through the university and program websites. The general application documents required are:

  • Identification document;
  • Record of completed upper secondary education (translated into English);
  • University records (translated into English);
  • Proof of language proficiency.

Additionally, most universities also tend to ask for:

  • Motivation letter;
  • CV;
  • Sample of academic writing;
  • Recommendation letters from professors and employers.
Helpful ways to make sure you qualify for a Swiss university
  • Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programme. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice;
  • Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If you’re attending a degree programme in Sweden, you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures; some schools will require Swedish, while others will require strong English skills. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.
English-language tests

English is a must-have in Sweden, seeing how many Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes are taught in this language. Swedish universities accept as proof of your language skills: 

  • High school studies taught in English/Swedish;
  • Previous university studies taught in English /Swedish;
  • English-language certificates: TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE Academic, or Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Living in Sweden

What is it like to study in Sweden?

Studying in Sweden is likely to make you feel relaxed. Yes, students need to work hard, and expectations are high, but the higher education system is also very flexible and informal.

Popular student pastimes include team sports, cultural societies, and outdoor activities (performed very well dressed). There’s also a great nightlife, with clubs and bars dotting Sweden’s cities, and student unions organising evenings out.

Tuition fees in Sweden

In Sweden, students from EU/EEA countries do not have to pay tuition, but only an application fee of around 100 EUR.

Students from non-EU/EEA countries pay tuition fees. For instance, Humanities, Law, and Social Science degree courses cost around 9,700 EUR/year and Science programmes are worth around 15,000 EUR/year.

Naturally, fees vary depending programme and degree type, so be sure to check them when looking for study options in Sweden.

Accommodation, housing, food and other expenses

Living costs in Sweden are not exactly a bargain, but, here, paying more really means getting more back, in terms of quality of life. The monthly student budget here is around 950 – 1,200 EUR/month out of which some of the most common expenses are:

  • Monthly shopping cart: 210 EUR;
  • A meal at an affordable restaurant: 10 EUR;
  • A beer: 6 EUR;
  • Monthly transport pass: 80 EUR;
  • Monthly rent starts at 500 EUR for a one-bedroom apartment;
  • The average salary in Sweden: 2,100 EUR/month.

About Sweden

Interesting facts about Sweden

From Abba to Avicii, Sweden is a great music exporter. But don’t let that fool you! Sweden isn’t only about pop culture.

In fact, the country prides itself with a great tradition of monarchy and one the highest gender equality rates in the world. Ready for some more facts that will make you smile while reading?  Here they are:

  • The Nobel Prize is given each year in Sweden for extraordinary achievements in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, and Economic Sciences. But did you know that students in Sweden can attend the Nobel Banquet and mingle alongside the Laureates?
  • You might already know that companies like IKEA, H&M, Volvo, and Ericsson are Swedish. But did you know that Sweden is also a hub for software and game development? Spotify, Skype, Minecraft, Battlefield, and Candy Crush – amongst many others – are Swedish innovations.
  • All employees (graduate students included) receive 5 weeks of paid leave per year.
  • Learning Swedish will help you understand some Norwegian and Danish, as well, as all three languages evolved from the same dialect.
  • Sweden doesn’t compromise when it comes to protecting the environment. You’ll discover an excellent recycling system and hear about all kinds of initiatives to reduce pollution.

But, on a lighter note, you should also know that, in Sweden:

  • You can take sick leave during your holiday if you are ill.
  • You’ll find elk fences along large roads to prevent elks from jamming traffic.
  • Swedish children put on witch costumes and go trick-or-treating… on Easter.
  • 20% of police stations are closed during the summer, because everyone is off on vacation.

Listed Institutes in Sweden

Gävle

Jönköping

Karlskrona

Kristianstad

Linköping

Luleå

Lund

Malmö

Stockholm

Umeå

Uppsala

Östersund

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Netherlands
Netherlands
The Netherlands (also known as Holland) was the first non-English-speaking country to offer degrees in English. Therefore, various programmes are taught in English and are very internationally oriented.
Estonia
Estonia
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Finland
Finland
Finland is situated in northern Europe and neighbours Sweden, Norway and Russia. For an international student Finland is both an exotic and a safe target country. Finnish society is credible: a networked and transparent open civic society, where education is always a top first priority.
Ireland
Ireland
From literature to landscape, from innovation to internationalisation, Ireland offers a lot of opportunities in education and research… and the warmest of welcomes from the world’s friendliest nation!
Norway
Norway
The UN consistently ranks Norway as having the highest standard of living in the world based largely on average levels of education and income, combined with expected length of lifetime.
Poland
Poland
Studying in Poland will provide a solid education which will thoroughly prepare you for work in the most advanced labour markets of the world, at the same time stimulating your own personal development. You will also have the unique opportunity of meeting outstanding specialists and renowned intellectuals in your chosen field.
Sweden
Sweden
Swedish universities are renowned for their investigative research and independent thinking, and this reputation is cemented with nationally certified degrees and rigorous quality control. As a country, Sweden is an open and multicultural society with a long tradition of welcoming international students.
Switzerland
Switzerland
Switzerland is a federal Republic in western Europe. It comprises 26 cantons and has four official languages: German (predominant), French, Italian and Romansh. Switzerland is not member of the European Union and has the swiss franc as currency. It is the country with the highest wealth per adult in the world.
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The moment you will step into a UK university campus, you will feel you have entered a fairy tale. The UK campuses are mesmerizing and the student facilities are outstanding. All the modern and unique features of British universities enable you to engage in ground-breaking research and experience top quality teaching and learning.
Canada
Canada
Canada has one of the strongest economies in the world, and Canadians enjoy a high standard of living, as well as an internationally renowned university system.
United States
United States
The U.S. is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. It has an internationally renowned education system, and offers a huge variety of English-language courses and speciality degrees.
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