Sweden is home to some of the largest number of MNCs in the world. Several leading companies such as IKEA, TetraPak, Volvo, Ericsson, AstraZeneca and H&M are from Sweden. An internship or full-time position at any of these companies is sought after by most students.
Many degree programs in Sweden include internships, which are a great way to get real-world experience while also enabling you to build your professional network.
Swedish universities focus on helping you learn skills that you will need to succeed in a global career. Specifically, these universities foster creativity along with other in-demand skills such as how to combine theory and practice, and how to navigate complex uncertain situations.
Why Study in Sweden
1. Affordable tuition and low living expenses
While the tuition in Sweden varies from university to university, the average fee for a master’s program is USD 14,500/year. The bachelor’s programs are generally less expensive.
For an idea of the range of tuition fees for various subjects, have a look at these figures.
- Social Sciences and Humanities: USD 9,000 – 12,500/year
- Engineering, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences: USD 13,500 – 16,000/year
- Architecture and Design: USD 21,500 – 30,500 /year
An average monthly student budget is about USD 900 per month. Of course, your costs will vary depending on where you live and your personal preferences.
The university application fee is $100.
2. Several Scholarships opportunities
The Swedish government has put aside funds specifically for two scholarship programs. Students can apply for scholarships based on their financial situation, nationality and merit. These grants, which are set aside by the Swedish government, greatly increase your chances of getting a scholarship to pursue the program of your choice.
Several Swedish universities offer a range of different scholarship programs for international students to help cover tuition fees or living costs. For details regarding scholarship opportunities, visit our office.
3. Work while you study
You will be able to work while you study in Sweden. Part-time jobs are available and there are consultancies that will help you find these jobs.
4. Work after you complete your studies
If you wish to work after you complete your higher studies, you can apply to extend your residence permit to give yourself more time to look for work. Sweden gives you at least 6 months to do this. The work permit is Schengen in nature, so you will be able to look for work anywhere within the European Union.
5. Great quality education at some of the best universities in the world
Sweden has a long and proud history of academic excellence. Despite its relatively small population, it’s 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. Several Swedish universities are ranked by the Times Higher Education and the Academic Ranking of World Universities as being among the world’s best.
Home to the Nobel Prize, it comes as no surprise that many of the professors at Swedish universities are very well qualified. The majority of these professors have quite a few research papers under their belts. You know that as a student, you will be in good hands and can count on receiving a great education by global standards.
6. Programs taught in English
Sweden regularly ranks as one of the top countries in the world for non-native speakers of English.
Courses are taught in English, so you won’t have to worry about problems arising from a lack of knowledge of the Swedish language. In fact, the Swedish people you meet outside the university are comfortable speaking English as well.