Capital: Stockholm
Official Language: Swedish
Currency: Swedish Krona
Population: 9,263,872

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.

Swedish consumer goods are household names the world over. Swedish cars move people and freight from Alaska to Adelaide. Abba and Pippi Longstocking took the world by storm and continue to enthrall people on all continents. The Nobel Prize is an institution that needs no introduction.

Sweden is a Scandinavian kingdom of 9 million inhabitants, of which almost 2 million live in and around the capital, Stockholm. Urban Sweden is modern, stylish and safe. Rural Sweden breathes tranquility and natural Sweden harbors some of the largest uninhabited expanses in Western Europe.

Sweden is a country where winter is winter and summer is summer. Although the northern tip of the country lies above the Arctic Circle, its climate is tempered by the Gulf Stream.

Why study in Sweden?

It is a big step to study abroad, and the options are almost limitless. So what makes Sweden stand out as a study destination?

Innovation and creativity run deep

Sweden is a safe and modern country in northern Europe, and it has accrued a spectacular reputation as an innovator and creative force. Sweden's famed corporate brands  like Volvo, Ikea, Ericsson, H&M and Saab  complement its cultural brands  like Ingmar Bergman, Abba, Astrid Lindgren, Bjorn Borg, August Strindberg, The Cardigans and Greta Garbo.

Standards are high

Sweden has a long and proud history of academic excellence, with outstanding universities dating back to the 15th century. Sweden is the home of the Nobel Prize , the world's most prestigious academic distinction.


Swedish universities offer around 500 master's programs in English, ranging from human rights law to mechanical engineering. Programs are structured in response to student demand  the result is a student-centric education system, with open, informal relations between students and teachers, and where personal initiative and critical thought are prized.

Foreign students are welcome

Many students studying in Sweden come from abroad  8.5% of the student body, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)  making Sweden one of the world's most inclusive countries for education. But there is room for more: the number grew by over 80% over the last 4-year period. There are now PhD candidates from some 80 countries working towards their degrees in Sweden.

Scholarships are available

The Swedish Institute grants hundreds of scholarships every year to help foreign students make their stay in Sweden more affordable. Currently, tuition fees for everyone are fully subsidized by the state. Sweden's public spending on education is the OECD's highest, at 4.9% of GDP. And because it costs to live in Sweden, foreign students can work while studying.

English is spoken by all

Almost all Swedes speak fluent English. Many Swedish companies use English as their official working language. Foreign students find that this prevalence of English makes adapting to their new surroundings much easier.

Study options

Read up on the things you need to consider before choosing the education that is right for you. What degree would you like to pursue? Would you prefer classes in English or Swedish?

Trying to understand Sweden's higher education system can seem daunting at first. Our primer should help  it contains some basic information about studying at Swedish universities that foreign students don't automatically know.

As a foreign student, different options are open to you depending on the degree level you would like to study at: undergraduate (as an exchange student or free mover); as a master's candidate, or at the doctoral level. Application procedures are explained for each level.

Another decision is what language you would like to study in. Most likely you will study one of the 600 English-language degree programs, but if your Swedish is fluent, Swedish courses are open to you as well, giving you even greater choice.

You will need to choose a school that teaches your area of interest . Make sure your academic credentials are recognized and start applying.

Other options

You may just have finished with your studies, in which case you may be looking for a traineeship position. Or else you may  be in a position to buy contract training  (commissioned education) for your company or organization.

Finally, instead of pursuing an academic degree, you may be interested in advanced vocational education (AVE), which focuses more on workplace learning. There is one such program in English: Globalverkstan



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