Country Properties Sweden

STUDY IN SWEDEN

A university professor was once quoted as saying that university doesn’t teach you to do a job; it is meant to teach you how to think. But, how is it teaching you to think? For the majority of the world’s universities, this means teaching you to think critically. This is not the same as learning to think for yourself. You are taught to think critically according to the method that your professor believes in. You will see this anytime you question their methods. Universities in Sweden take a much different approach. They teach you to think critically like any other university. But it is the framework around this that is much different. You are also taught to think independently and creatively. You are encouraged to not just question the non-academic world. You are taught to question everything. This gives you the ability to look at the whole world differently. It also changes the ideas that you come to. You are not looking at the world like it is wrong and you have been taught the proper way. You simply look at the world and ask, “Is there a better way?? This more creative and less judgemental method produces new ideas, not just griping about the world. This method of teaching is the main reason that Sweden consistently ranks among the most innovative countries.

  • IELTS/TOEFL/GRE/GMAT are not required either for admission or visa
  • Participatory and research based education system
  • Safe and modern environment
  • 90% Swedes speak fluent English
  • Project based teaching in collaboration with industries
  • Opportunity to pursue salary based internships in partner companies which may lead to further employment
  • Government is investing 110 Billion SEK for 2009 to 2012 in educational research
  • Majority of Swedish Companies use English as official language
  • Ranked 1st in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) rankings for third year in row
  • Hosts two of the world’s leading heavy truck and bus manufacturers
  • Motor vehicle industry accounts for exports valued at 160 Billon SEK
  • Long tradition of industrial and scientific excellence in life sciences with home to nearly 200 international companies
  • Home to Medicon Valley with hundreds of Biotech, Pharma and Medtech companies
  • Visa Process is hassle-free with affordable financial requirements
  • Master programs offered by Swedish Universities are strongly connected to globally reputed research groups within the same domain
  • Hundreds of companies advertise thesis projects, internships, jobs, doctoral positions through the student union of each Swedish University
  • International Students are allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week and full-time during holidays

Sweden is a European country located on the east side of the Scandinavian Peninsula in North Europe. The population is nine million inhabitants, of which almost two million live in and around the capital, Stockholm. For a sparsely populated country in the far north of Europe, Sweden has done remarkably well in establishing and maintaining an outstanding reputation abroad, based on many and varied commercial, technological, cultural and political achievements. Despite its natural riches, Sweden is a country built on people. Today, knowledge is Sweden's prime asset, with education kept in the public domain and developed to a standard that ranks consistently among the highest in OECD statistics.

  • Home of Nobel prize, which is the world’s most prestigious academic distinction
  • Ranked as the 2nd best country in the world for standard of education at Master’s and doctoral levels
  • Majority of Swedish Universities rank among world top 200 for the departments which offer Master’s programs
  • Popular study destination among international students including citizens of USA, UK and Canada
  • Swedish Universities received about 374000 applications for 30000 available seats in the previous years
  • History of rich academic excellence with outstanding universities dating back to as early as 15th century
  • Multi-cultural environments with about students of 160 nationalities
  • One of the world’s most modern countries with 85% of the population living in the urban areas.

The Swedish state school system comprises compulsory school and various types of voluntary schooling. Compulsory school includes nine years of compulsory basic school, school for the Saami people of Northern Sweden, special school and compulsory school for the mentally handicapped. Post-compulsory education is offered through 17 National Programmes providing qualifications that allow students to go on to higher education. Some of these programmes also include industrial work placements. The National Programmes of upper secondary education are offered at Gymnasia and lead to the award of the Slutbetyg Från Gymnasieskola.Tuition is free.Outside the upper secondary school system there are folk high schools (Folkhögskolan) which provide state-supported adult education lasting between one and three years of studies. There are no formal examinations. Post-secondary studies include advanced vocational training (Kvalificerad yrkesutbilding) which is intended to meet the labour market's needs for the skills required for modern production of goods and services. About one-third of the course period takes place at the workplace. As from January 2002, this form of training is a permanent part of the Swedish educational system but does not belong to the higher education sector. Admission is based on three-year upper secondary education or corresponding proficiency. The training is normally intended to correspond to two years of study and leads to a Certificate of Advanced Vocational Training (Kvalificerad yrkesexamen).

School education:

The Swedish state school system comprises compulsory school and various types of voluntary schooling. Compulsory school includes nine years of compulsory basic school, school for the Saami people of Northern Sweden, special school and compulsory school for the mentally handicapped. Post-compulsory education is offered through 17 National Programmes providing qualifications that allow students to go on to higher education. Some of these programmes also include industrial work placements. The National Programmes of upper secondary education are offered at Gymnasia and lead to the award of the Slutbetyg Från Gymnasieskola.Tuition is free.Outside the upper secondary school system there are folk high schools (Folkhögskolan) which provide state-supported adult education lasting between one and three years of studies. There are no formal examinations. Post-secondary studies include advanced vocational training (Kvalificerad yrkesutbilding) which is intended to meet the labour market's needs for the skills required for modern production of goods and services. About one-third of the course period takes place at the workplace. As from January 2002, this form of training is a permanent part of the Swedish educational system but does not belong to the higher education sector. Admission is based on three-year upper secondary education or corresponding proficiency. The training is normally intended to correspond to two years of study and leads to a Certificate of Advanced Vocational Training (Kvalificerad yrkesexamen).

Higher education:

The Swedish system includes not only traditional university studies, but also Teacher Training, Health Care Training, Technical Training, etc. It is the responsibility of: the central government, regional authorities and private interests. All higher education institutions fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education except for the University of Agricultural Sciences (Ministry of Agriculture). Higher education is divided into undergraduate studies (courses combined towards a first degree) and postgraduate studies and research.

Tuition fees in Sweden vary depending upon the subject though the average fee for master’s programme is SEK 129,000/year while bachelor programmes are generally less expensive.

An average monthly student budget is about SEK 8,000 per month. Of course, your costs will vary depending on where you live and your personal preferences.

Despite the introduction of tuition fee, Swedish Universities are offering numerous scholarships covering 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% of the tuition fee on the basis of academic merit.

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