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Study In Sweden

About Sweden

SWEDEN is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Oresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border.
Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest Country in Europe by area. The area of Sweden is 450,295 square kilometers (173,860 sq mi).Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million of which 2.5 million have a foreign background. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometer (57/sq mi). Sweden has been named the most sustainable country in the world for its use of renewable energy. Swedish society is known for its inclusiveness and equality – you may have heard Sweden referred to as the most equal country in the world.
It consistently places among the world’s top countries in gender equality, while lesbian, gay, and bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Sweden are regarded as among the most progressive in the world.  And creativity is exactly what studying in Sweden will foster, along with other in-demand skills such as how to combine theory and practice, and how to navigate complex situations where there’s no easy solution.

Why Study In Sweden?

You bring the ideas, the drive and the inspiration – we’ll teach you how to use them to change the world. When you choose Sweden, you don’t just pick a place – you pick a future.

  • You’ll learn to think creatively: When you study in Sweden, you’re encouraged to think independently, creatively and critically. At Swedish universities, the emphasis is firmly on developing your ability to question the status quo by assessing information, seeking new perspectives and coming up with well-informed opinions. You’ll be free to think creatively because of the informal and non-hierarchical nature of Swedish society, where everyone is encouraged to contribute ideas and opinions.

This independence of mind and the fact that everyone can make their voice heard are two of the reasons why Sweden consistently ranks among the world's most innovative nations. Another is that investment in R&D is among the highest in the world in relation to GDP.

Sweden’s status as a leader in innovation, as a home of trendsetters and early adopters, is nothing new: the list of Swedish world-changing inventions is a long one and includes breakthroughs like the three-point seatbelt, the pacemaker and the music service Spotify. Which begs the question: which one of your brilliant ideas?

Will Sweden help make reality?

A. Ball bearing, pacemaker and iPad with Spotify.

B. Sofia Sabel, Lars Lundberg, Spotify.

 

  • Your coursework will be challenging – in a good way:

Sweden has a long and proud history of academic excellence and despite its relatively small population, its 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 Education and the Academic Ranking of World Universities as being among the world’s top seats of learning.

In Sweden you’ll find a strong focus on rationality, reason and applying knowledge so that it makes a real difference. Look no further than the Nobel Prize, the world’s most coveted and prestigious academic distinction, for an illustration of the Swedish approach.

As a student here you’ll become part of this tradition of academic excellence. Just don’t expect to passively receive information: you’ll be encouraged and challenged to contribute, speak your mind and take your education in your own hands. Swedish universities are well-adapted to the needs of international students and Sweden consistently ranks in the top three in the world for English proficiency. You’ll be able to use English with everyone you meet, from the classroom to city centre.

 

  • You’ll enjoy a sustainable, environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

If you’re concerned with sustainable development for a greener future, you’ll find many kindred spirits here in Sweden. Environmental issues are high priority here, and Sweden has been named the most sustainable country in the world for its use of renewable energy and low carbon dioxide emissions (it has the highest percentage of renewable energy in the EU). The overall aim of environmental policy in Sweden is ambitious: to pass on to the next generation a society in which all the major environmental problems have been solved.

Sarek National Park in Sweden

Anders Ekholm/Folio/imagebank.sweden.se

Environmental thinking and sustainability pervade all aspects of life here and not least education. Studying here will give you the chance to draw on Sweden’s deep experience with environmental thinking and apply its sustainable approach to your own chosen field.

And it’s not hard to see why Swedes are so keen to protect the environment: nature here is breath-taking, with vast forests, pristine beaches, rolling hills and snow-capped mountains. Sweden’s 29 national parks and nearly 4,000 nature reserves offer you the opportunity to ski, hike, fish, swim and mountain bike.

 

  • You’ll experience a society marked by equality and diversity: Swedish society is known for its inclusiveness and equality. You may have heard Sweden referred to as the most equal country in the world. It consistently places among the world’s top countries in gender equality, while lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Sweden are regarded as among the most progressive in the world.

This belief that everyone is of equal value contributes to Sweden’s consensus approach to getting things done, where everyone takes part in the decision-making process. During your studies, you’ll learn how to balance different interests, needs and ideas to bring out the best in everyone and solve complex issues as a team – vital skills for your career in the global marketplace, where teamwork and collaboration across cultures and boundaries are the norm.

 

  • You’ll be prepared for a global career:  What is the most important characteristic you’ll need for success in your career? According to a global study of CEOs, it’s creativity. And creativity is exactly what studying in Sweden will encourage, along with other in-demand skills such as how to combine theory and practice, and how to navigate complex situations where there's no easy solution.

Many degree programs in Sweden include internships, which are a great way to get real-world experience while you build your professional network. If you’re interested in research, doing a master’s in Sweden can be a great way to make the contacts you’ll need to carry on and do a PhD.

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 permit and enjoy the work-life balance that Sweden is famous for.

  • Bonus: life is international student-friendly: There are lots of things that make Swedish higher education unique. But what’s life like outside the classroom?

Everyone speaks English – Sweden regularly ranks as one of the top countries in the world for non-native speakers of English. That means you don’t have to speak any Swedish to study here.

Public transport is widespread, and it works. Sweden’s extensive network of buses, trains, subways, trams, boats, planes and more can take you anywhere you want to go, car-free.

International students can work in Sweden. Though your studies are your number-one priority, there’s no legal limit to the amount of hours international students can work during their studies. After completing your studies, you can apply to extend your residence permit to look for work for up to six months. (If you do want to work, learning Swedish is important – it’s often a requirement for jobs). Sweden is clean and safe and the standard of living is high.

Education System

Courses offered by Sweden

  • Top-up Degree:  1½ year (60 ECTS)
  • University Bachelor's Degree: 3 years (180 ECTS)
  • Master's Degree: 1 years (60 ECTS) or 2 years (120 ECTS)

    Top up: 3 Years Bachelors Degree from relevant bachelors background with IELTS overall 6.5 (No band less than 5.5) or equivalent

    Masters:  4 Years Bachelors Degree from relevant bachelors background with IELTS overall 6.5 (No band less than 5.5) or equivalent

    Those students who have completed their bachelor's degree from some English-speaking countries like England, Unites states, Canada, Australia etc are exempted to provide English Language Proficiency certificate.

    Also if you have completed four year bachelor degree from Kathmandu University or Pokhara University and some Indian university you do not need IELTS.

Intakes and Application Deadlines

Intakes

  • Aug/Sept – Major intake.
  • Jan/Feb – Minor intake (only few program will be available in this intake).

Application deadlines

  • 15 January for the August/September intake.
  • 15 August for the January/ February intake.

Admission Requirement

Bachelors: Plus two with second division (any faculty can apply) with IELTS overall 6.5 (No band less than 5.5) or equivalent.

Top up: 3 Years Bachelors Degree from relevant bachelors background with IELTS overall 6.5 (No band less than 5.5) or equivalent

Masters:  4 Years Bachelors Degree from relevant bachelors background with IELTS overall 6.5 (No band less than 5.5) or equivalent

Those students who have completed their bachelor's degree from some English-speaking countries like England, Unites states, Canada, Australia etc are exempted to provide English Language Proficiency certificate.

Also if you have completed four year bachelor degree from Kathmandu University or Pokhara University and some Indian university you do not need IELTS.

Education Costs & Scholarships

Tuition Fee

Yearly higher education costs in Sweden vary depending on the university and program. Tuition fees in Sweden range from approximately SEK 80,000 per year (approximately 8,300 EUR or 9,200 USD as of Oct, 2016) to SEK 130,000 (or approximately 13,000 EUR or $14,600 USD as of Oct, 2016).

Scholarship

  • A significant number of Swedish Universities still offer scholarships in the form of tuition waivers for international students.
  • Universities offer a range of different scholarship programs for international students to help cover tuition fees or living costs.
  • The exact scholarships on offer vary between universities. Scholarships may cover 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the tuition fee.

Living Cost

The average monthly living expenses for a student in Sweden are approximately SEK 7,070 (about 750 €) however it varies according to the place you live in Sweden.

Working while studying

International students in Sweden are allowed to work full time. There's no legal limit to the amount of hours international students can work during their studies. The average salary in Stockholm, Sweden is currently around 22.000 SEK after taxes. That is equivalent to slightly more than 2.500 US dollars per month.

PR Opportunity

PSW

students will get 1 year job search visa after completion of their studies to look for job in Sweden.  After completion of 30 credit Students are allowed to apply work permit if their monthly earning is 13000 SEK before tax & once after receiving the work permit university. Education is free of cost for the student.

PR / CITIZENSHIP

  • Get a job offer from an employer in Sweden that will help you get a work permit. Once you move to Sweden, you'll need to live and work there for 4 years.
  • You will then be eligible for permanent residency when you renew the permit.
  • Another year after that and you can apply for citizenship.

Universities in Sweden

  • Uppsala University
  • Lund University
  • University of Gothenburg
  • Stockholm University
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • Umeå University
  • Royal Institute of Technology
  • Linköping University
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Luleå University of Technology
  • Karlstad University
  • Örebro University
  • Mid Sweden University
  • Linnaeus University
  • University of Borås
  • Malmö University
  • Dalarna University College
  • Halmstad University
  • Kristianstad University College
  • Skövde University College
  • Gävle University College
  • Stockholm School of Economics

Cities of Sweden

Sweden has 1 city with more than a million people, 9 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 142 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Sweden is Stockholm, with a population of 1,515,017 people.

The Five Biggest Cities in Sweden.

  • Stockholm: Stockholm is Sweden's capital and biggest city.
  • Gothenburg: Ranking second among the biggest cities in Sweden is Gothenburg, a city on the west coast of Sweden by the Kattegat.
  • Malmo
  • Uppsala
  • Västerås. Stockholm: Stockholm is Sweden's capital and biggest city. The city spreads out across 14 islands which are located on the southeast coast of Sweden. The city is also the political, economic, cultural, and media capital of the nation and accounts for one-third of the country’s GDP. Stockholm’s GDP per capita is one of the highest in Europe. The city is also regarded as a global city. Some top ranking European universities like the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm School of Economics and others are based in this city. The annual Nobel Prize ceremonies are hosted in Stockholm. The Swedish government and many of its numerous agencies are based in the city. The Stockholm metro has well-decorated stations and regarded as the longest art gallery in the world. The Stockholm Palace in the city serves as the official residence of the monarch of the country. Gothenburg: Ranking second among the biggest cities in Sweden is Gothenburg, a city on the west coast of Sweden by the Kattegat. In 1621, the city was founded by King Gustavus Adolphus. The Port of Gothenburg is the biggest port in the Nordic countries. The presence of well-known universities like the University of Gothenburg attracts a large number of students to this city. The Goteborg Landvetter Airport and the Göteborg City Airport serves the city and its people. The Gothenburg Film Festival held in January every year is the largest Scandinavian film festival which attracts more than 155,000 visitors annually. Malmö: Malmö is Sweden’s third biggest city and the 6th biggest among the Nordic nations. It is the cultural and economic center of South Sweden. Though Malmö was one of most industrialized towns of Scandinavia it struggled to adapt to post-industrialism. The city has attracted many biotech and IT companies in recent years and has undergone some major architectural developments. Numerous historic buildings and parks are also part of this city. Uppsala: Uppsala is the capital of Sweden’s Uppsala County and is an ecclesiastical center of Sweden. It has been the seat of the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. Uppsala University that was founded in 1477 is Scandinavia’s oldest center of higher education. The Celsius temperature scale was invented at this university. Västerås: Västerås ranks fifth among the biggest cities in Sweden and is located on the shore of Lake Mälaren in central Sweden. The city has a large number of industries and is also a logistics and retailing city.

The Smallest Cities in Sweden.

  • Helsingborg
  • Kristianstad 
  • Landskrona
  • Lund
  •  Malmö 
  • Trelleborg