About Sweden

Sweden is a Scandinavian country that is located in the Northern part of Europe, between Norway and Finland. Many people do not realise that it also has a way to get into Denmark, which is a bridge and tunnel hybrid that is referred to as the Øresund. It is a member of the European Union, and is number three in terms of size. The capital of the country is Stockholm. It is bordered on the East by the Baltic Sea and is separated in from Norway in the west by the Skandema, a Scandinavian mountain chain.

Educational perspective

Swedish universities offer degree programmes according to the European standard. This includes Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes.

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.

There is no difference in the bachelor’s or master’s degrees offered by universities and university colleges, and many university colleges are called ‘university’ in English. As an international student, your experience will be similar regardless of whether you choose to study at a university or university college.

Why choose Sweden – From a student perspective

Studying in Sweden is unique, and you will not find an experience like it anywhere else in the world. Swedish educational institutions provide an exciting as well as open environment, with a strong focus on cooperation. This will give you valuable skills that you cannot find at other universities across the world. The global job market rewards ambitious, innovative and perceptive team players, and you will be able to show that you are a team player because of the education that you get there. You will also learn techniques for working in a team that you may have never considered had you studied somewhere else that encouraged individuality over teamwork. Swedish master’s degree program offer unique opportunities to turn theory into practice. Many programs also work closely with the industry, offering students the possibility to combine study and practical work.

Additionally, you can benefit by taking your spouse or family along with you when you decide to choose Sweden.

Intakes

The Swedish academic year is divided into two :

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.

Deadlines

15 January for the Autumn Intake

15 August for the Spring Intake

Passport validity requirement

Passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your stay

Living cost

Like everywhere, living costs in Sweden depend on your personal lifestyle and where you live. Here’s an average monthly budget:

Food: SEK 2,000

Accommodation: SEK 3,700

Local travel: SEK 550

Phone/internet: SEK 300

Hobby/leisure, miscellaneous: SEK 1,450

Total: SEK 8,000 (around €850 or $1,000)

After studies – settlement options

If you have lived in Sweden for five years and have a right of residence, a residence card or a residence permit, you may apply for Swedish citizenship.