Why Study In Sweden?
- 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 Masters and doctoral levels.
- Popular study destination among international students including citizens of the 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 the 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 urban areas.
- BBC states Sweden’s economy last year grew six times faster than the UK.
- Sweden’s Economy is one of the strongest in the world and recorded about 4-6% growth every year in spite of the global recession.
- World bank ranks Sweden number one in Knowledge Economy index.
- Sweden is experiencing skills shortage in fields such as Engineering, IT, Biotechnology and health care.
- As a rapidly aging workforce retires, the government is predicting more labor shortages in the near future.
- Forbes Magazine has included 30 Swedish companies on its list of the world’s most successful major companies, including Nordea Bank, ABB and H&M.
- Some of the globally acclaimed companies from Sweden are Astra Zeneca, Volvo, Nordea Bank, IKEA, Ericsson, Vattenfall, Skanska, Sony Ericsson, ABB, H&M, Electrolux, SKF, TeliaSonera, Sandvik, Scania, ICA, Preem, Atlas Copco, Securitas and Nordstjernan.
- Tuition fee.
- Sweden has introduced the system of tuition fee from the academic year 2011.
- 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.
- IELTS/TOEFL/GRE/GMAT is not required either for admission or visa
- Participatory and research-based education system.
- Safe and modern environment.
- 90% of 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 an official language.
- Ranked 1st in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) rankings for the third year in a row.
- Hosts two of the world’s leading heavy truck and bus manufacturers.
- Motor vehicle industry accounts for exports valued at 160 Billion SEK.
- A 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.
Swedes are known for their high academic standards and amazing education system. Not only do they foster most of the world leading companies and the Nobel Prize, but they also make sure that anyone who studies in Sweden gets equal opportunities. If you are wondering why Sweden, here are a number of reasons that will be able to persuade you that Sweden is the best choice for higher education.
Bonus: life is international student-friendly
So Sweden is green, creative, equal and open. What else should you know before you decide to study here?
- Everyone speaks English– Sweden regularly ranks as one of the top countries in the world for non-native speakers of English. That means you don’t have to speak any Swedish to study here.
- Public transport is widespread, and it works. Sweden’s extensive network of buses, trains, subways, trams, boats, planes and more can take you anywhere you want to go, car-free.
- International students can work in Sweden. Though your studies are your number-one priority, there’s no legal limit to the number of hours international students can work during their studies. After completing your studies, you can apply to extend your residence permit to look for work for up to six months. (If you do want to work, learning Swedish is important – it’s often a requirement for jobs).
- Sweden is clean and safe, and the standard of living is high.
SPOUSE VISA: Spouse allowed with Primary Applicant