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Study a graduate program in Sweden

Graduate programs in Sweden

Beautiful landscapes, pretty cities and gorgeous locals – Sweden is a Scandinavian country filled with beauty and offers some impressive education options too. Sweden’s universities pride themselves on their innovation and creativity, with this being an excellent country in which to study research-based degrees.Study in Sweden

Sweden is a stylish country which has a genuine sense of community. You can expect to find a close knit university experience, where students get involved in activities and often collaborate on projects, from hiking expeditions to sports teams.

Studying a graduate program in Sweden will allow you to immerse yourself in a creative, innovative and exciting country.

Population: 9,550,000

Education overview

Swedish universities have lots of freedom when it comes to implementing their teaching methods and graduate programs. The university system is based on research and teaching, with many universities allowed to govern themselves.

Graduate programs in Sweden often work closely with local industries to help students gain a work focus.

University education in Sweden is free for Swedish, Swiss and EU students, with many courses now taught in English to attract more international students. There are more than 50 different universities and colleges where you can study a graduate program in Sweden.

Immigration and visas in Sweden

EU citizens are permitted to take a graduate course in Sweden without a visa providing they can demonstrate the following:

  • You are studying for more than three months
  • You have sufficient income or savings to support yourself during your studies
  • You are enrolled at an approved or accredited institution
  • You have comprehensive health insurance

Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa through the Swedish embassy in their home countries. You should check with the embassy for more details.  

Life in Sweden

Sweden is a multicultural society used to welcoming international students, with more than 30,000 currently studying in the country. This is a tolerant, open and inclusive society with one of the happiest student communities in the world.

A big part of life in Sweden is the outdoors. Sweden is home to a stunning landscape, with icily beautiful islands, wilderness and lots of wildlife. Try hiking and camping in the north, boating and fishing across its many waters and foraging for berries in its woodlands.

However, if you’re more of a city person, then Sweden has plenty to offer, particularly in capital Stockholm and second largest city Gothenburg. You’ll find plenty of stylish bars and clubs, restaurants serving Swedish classics like meatballs and lingonberry jam, as well as plenty of seafood.

Student life traditionally revolves around the Student Union, which is a great place to meet fellow students and involve yourself in clubs and societies.  

Working in Sweden

Sweden has a very high standard of living, which is partly due to high taxation and subsidised health, education and transport costs.

Sweden’s economy is export-orientated, with trade in timber, hydropower and iron ore all featuring highly. The country’s engineering sector accounts for more than half of all its output, but the country also has a very large public service sector.

Sweden is also famous for a number of international brands including IKEA, Ericsson, Volvo and Skanska.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Sweden can be expensive, so it’s vital that you find the right type of housing for you. Students taking a graduate program in Sweden generally live in one of two types of accommodation:

  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence
  • Private accommodation – House and flat rentals

University accommodation is most graduate students’ preferred option, as it will allow you to meet fellow students and settle into student life in Sweden more easily. It is also often cheaper, as many halls will also provide you with food and study areas.

Renting a private flat in Sweden may able to students with families, or those who want a little more privacy.

Climate in Sweden

Sweden might have a reputation for cold and snow, but it actually has a fairly temperate climate, with four distinct seasons each year. It’s not unusual for temperature to reach the mid 20s during summer, while average winter lows for cities like Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo are around freezing point.

One thing that does take getting used to is the variation in daylight hours. Sweden’s northerly position means it can get more than 18 hours of daylight in summer, but just six around the winter months in December.

Transport

Sweden is a well connected country, with motorways serving most parts of the country and connecting it to Denmark. It’s airport hub is in Stockholm with both the Arlanda and Skavasta airports, while the ports of Gothenburg and the shared Copenhagen-Malmo port welcome travellers by sea.

Stockholm is the only city to have a subway system in Sweden.  

Currency

The currency of Sweden is the Swedish krona. 

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