Study in Sweden

Study in Sweden

Last edited on 27 May 2024

Welcome to Sweden!

Sweden, the largest of the Scandinavian countries, is also considered a leader in innovation, ranking in the top 5 countries with most patent requests per capita. Sweden has fostered many internationally known enterprises such as Ericsson, Volvo, IKEA and H&M. Sweden is a world leader in the IT-sector as well as in environmental technology, engineering, medicine and biotechnology. Whether you are just planning a short visit to study in Sweden as an exchange student, studying a master's program or study a full degree, you will benefit from the Swedish open and informal atmosphere, moderate tuition fees as well as the large array of progressive courses you can choose from.

Choose to study in Sweden, and you will find yourself in a nation which has always punched well above its weight. From being the center of an empire in the 17th century, to being the home and birthplace of the Nobel Prize, its influence has long spread well beyond its borders, despite the fact that its total population is no bigger than a large city. Swedish businesses such as Ikea and Volvo are known around the world, and its contributions to popular culture range from bouffant-haired 70s pop aristocrats ABBA to the groundbreaking films of director Ingmar Bergman.

Modern-day Sweden is known for its sense of social justice and fairness. It has the highest level of wealth equality in the world, one of the world’s lowest gender pay gaps, publically funded healthcare for all, and equal rights for homosexual and heterosexual couples. Add on striking northern European beauty, and free tuition for EU students (fees for non-EU students were introduced recently), and the appeal of studying in Sweden is pretty strong.

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Higher Education System

Master’s programs are either 1 or 2 years in duration. Entry requirements to master’s programs usually include a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and proficiency in English (TOEFL/IELTS). Currently there are 1000+ master’s programs offered in English. The official source of information on higher education in Sweden is the website Currently there are around 40,000 international students studying in Sweden. A total of 12 Swedish universities feature in all or one of the three major global rankings, THE, QS and Shanghai/ ARWU. The Karolinska institute (36) is Sweden's highest placed university in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021, followed by Lund University (103) and Uppsala University (111).

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