Study abroad in Sweden
Sweden is the most populated of the Scandinavian countries with 9.7 million people in an area of 449,964 km². It is also the third largest country in Europe, and an 85% of its population lives in urban areas. Sweden maintains a Nordic social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens. It has the world’s eighth-highest per capita income and ranks highly in numerous comparisons of national performance, including quality of life, health, education, protection of civil liberties, economic competitiveness, equality, prosperity and human development.
If you study in Sweden you will discover one of the most modern countries in the world. Sweden is the birthplace of many successful multinational companies and its high level of education is widely recognized worldwide. The way of teaching in this country promotes the research and the individual study: students are encouraged to think independently and develop their knowledge in a challenging environment.
Sweden currently has 51 universities and university colleges, all with their own special characteristics, courses and programs and atmosphere. Both kinds of educational institutions grant degrees at the bachelor and master level. What differentiates the two of them is that a university can grant degrees at the doctorate level, while a university college generally cannot. The Swedish Higher Education Authority Universitetskanslersämbetet has more information about universities and university colleges, collectively known as ‘Higher Education Institutions’.
Sweden was ranked as the 2nd most innovative country in the world in the Global Innovation Index 2012. For decades, this nation has been considered as the technological and great inventions cradle. It is the home of the creators of Bluetooth, Tetra Pak, Skype and Spotify. All these wonderful discoveries make Sweden a great study abroad destination for entrepreneurs and creative people. It is the home of the Nobel Prizes and has an impeccable and recognized educational and research trajectory.
Sweden has not only set a precedent in terms of technology but also in fashion, real estate and music. IKEA, the world leader company in furniture and household items was founded by Ingvar Kamprad; a Swedish entrepreneur who started his career selling matches in a town and then became the owner of the company that sells its products around the globe.
Hennes and Mauritz, creators of the clothing brand H&M, are Swedish sellers who initially had only a women’s clothing store called Hennes opened in 1947. it was only a matter of time before it became the most popular brand for young people of the region.
International companies, including Ericsson, Volvo, Electrolux, Sandvik and many others have focused their operations in Sweden, attracted by its booming economy and promising human talent. It also has a tremendous potential for growth and innovation, and is an ideal destination for students and future entrepreneurs.
Why study in Sweden?
There are lots of good reasons to study in Sweden; since all its educational institutions provide research opportunities and academic development through its Master’s degrees and PhD programs. In addition, while studying in Sweden students can learn an European language, Swedish, which will increase its employment options.
This wonderful country has lots of international academic programs, and the living conditions offered are optimal. It has a rich history, vibrant culture, art and a very interesting lifestyle. Its geographical and artistic diversity is ideal for students to learn to appreciate and understand other cultures.
Sweden has three universities in the top 100 and eleven more are part of the top 500 of the Academic Ranking of World Universities compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Scholarships are available from the Swedish Institute and individual universities for international students wishing to study in Sweden.