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REASONS TO STUDY IN SWEDEN




Sweden student visa for Pakistani students


It's sustainable, innovative and home to the Nobel Prize. And did we mention that everyone speaks English? Here are five reasons why studying in Sweden is a great idea.

1. Creativity is central

Study in Sweden

When you study in Sweden, you’re encouraged to think independently, creatively and critically. You’ll develop your ability to question the status quo by assessing information, seeking new perspectives and coming up with well-informed opinions. You’ll be free to think creatively because of the informal and non-hierarchicalnature of Swedish society, where everyone is encouraged to contribute ideas and opinions.
This independence of mind and the fact that everyone can make their voice heard are two of the reasons why Sweden ranks among the world’s most innovative nations. Another is that investment in research is among the highest in the world in relation to GDP.
Sweden’s status as a leader in innovation and a home of trendsetters and early adopters is nothing new: the list of Swedish world-changing inventions is a long one and includes the seatbelt, the pacemaker and the music service Spotify. Which one of your brilliant ideas will Sweden help make reality?
Ball bearing, pacemaker and iPad with Spotify.
Sofia Sabel, Lars Lundberg, Spotify

2. Coursework is challenging – in a good way

Sweden has a long and proud history of academic excellence and 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, and several Swedish universities are ranked by the Times Higher Education and the Academic Ranking of World Universities as being among the world’s best.
In Sweden you’ll find a strong focus on rationality, reason and applying knowledge so that it makes a real difference. Look no further than the Nobel Prize, the world’s most prestigious academic distinction, for an illustration of the Swedish approach.
As a student here you’ll become part of this tradition of academic excellence. Just don’t expect to passively receive information: you’ll be encouraged and challenged to contribute, speak your mind and take your education into your own hands.
Swedish universities are well-adapted to the needs of international students, and Sweden consistently ranks in the top three in the world for English proficiency. You’ll be able to use English with everyone you meet, from the classroom to city the center.

3. Sustainability and the environment are in focus

If you’re concerned with sustainable development for a greener future, you’ll feel right at home in Sweden. Environmental issues are high priority here, and Sweden has been named the most sustainable country in the world for its use of renewable energy (it has the highest percentage of renewable energy in the EU).
Sarek National Park in Sweden
Anders Ekholm/Folio/imagebank.sweden.se
Environmental thinking and sustainability are a part of all aspects of life here, including education. Studying here will give you the chance to draw on Sweden’s deep environmental experience and apply its sustainable approach to your own chosen field.
And it’s not hard to see why Swedes are so keen to protect the environment: nature here is breathtaking, with huge forests, beautiful beaches and snow-capped mountains. Sweden’s 29 national parks and nearly 4,000 nature reserves offer you the opportunity to ski, hike, fish, swim and mountain bike.

4. Equality and diversity are central to Swedish society

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Swedish society is known for its inclusiveness and equality – you may have heard Sweden referred to as the most equal country in the world. It consistently places among the world’s top countries in gender equality, while lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Sweden are regarded as among the most progressive in the world.
The belief that everyone is of equal value contributes to Sweden’s consensus approach to getting things done, where everyone takes part in the decision-making process. During your studies, you’ll learn how to balance different interests, needs and ideas to bring out the best in everyone and solve complex issues as a team – vital skills for your global career, where teamwork across cultures is the norm.

5. You’ll learn skills for a global career

What’s the most important thing you’ll need for success in your career? According to a global study of CEOs, it’s creativity. And creativity is exactly what studying in Sweden will foster, along with other in-demand skills such as how to combine theory and practice, and how to navigate complex situations where there’s no easy solution.
Many degree programmes in Sweden include internships, which are a great way to get real-world experience while you build your professional network. If you’re interested in research, doing a master’s in Sweden can be a great way to make the contacts you’ll need to carry on and do a PhD.
The fact that Sweden is home to the largest number of multinationals per capita of any country in the world and is the birthplace of many world-conquering companies – including IKEA, TetraPak, Volvo, Ericsson, AstraZeneca and H&M – means that getting on the career ladder here can really take you places. Should you receive a job offer while you’re still studying here, you can apply for a work permit and enjoy the work-life balance that Sweden is famous for.

Bonus: life is international student-friendly

Pakistani students in Sweden

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 amount 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.
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QUICK FACTS ABOUT SWEDEN

Become a Sweden expert in three minutes or less.

Population

There are 10 million people in Sweden, of whom about 2 million are under the age of 18. Eighty-five percent of them live in cities. Sweden is a very multicultural country: 15 per cent of Swedes were born in another country, while about one in five children in Sweden has a family with roots in another country.

Geography

An aerial view of Stockholm in the summer.
Stockholm. Photo: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se
The capital of Sweden, Stockholm, is also the country’s largest city, with more than 930,000 inhabitants. Other large cities are Gothenburg, in western Sweden (population 550,000), and Malmö (population 300,000) in the south. Uppsala and Lund are well-known university cities.
Less than three per cent of Sweden’s land area is built up and forests cover 69 per cent of the country. Sweden is long – some 1,574 kilometres from top to bottom – and can be divided into three major regions: Götaland in the south, Svealand in the middle and Norrland in the north.

Language

Swedish is the official language of Sweden. The vast majority of Swedes also speak English, and generally to a very high level. Many Swedish multinational organisations have English as their corporate language, and a large number of university degree programmes and courses are taught in English. Sweden is home to five official national minority languages, and countless other languages are spoken by Sweden’s diverse population. The largest, after Swedish, are Finnish, Serbo-Croatian, Arabic, Kurdish, Spanish, German and Farsi (source, in Swedish).

Government

Sweden is a parliamentary democracy. The main political parties are grouped into two blocs: a left-of-centre bloc consisting of the Social Democrats, the Left Party and the Green Party; and the centre-right bloc consisting of the Moderate Party, the Centre Party, the Christian Democrats and the Liberal Party.
Sweden’s parliament is called the Riksdag, to which members are elected every four years.
The Swedish head of state since 1973 has been King Carl XVI Gustaf. He has no political power, but represents the country and performs ceremonial duties.
Sweden is a member of the European Union, but has its own currency, the krona, or Swedish crown.

Lifestyle

Swedes study and work hard but they also take their rest and relaxation seriously. So the fika – a coffee break that normally consists of coffee or tea, cookies or sweet buns, but can also include soft drinks, fruit and sandwiches – is a social institution and an important part of the national culture. You can fika (it’s a verb as well as a noun) with your family or on your first date.
Young people at a Swedish café in sunny weather.
Nicho Södling/imagebank.sweden.se
Lagom is an important and often-used word in Sweden. Meaning good enough, or just right, it sums up Swedish cultural and social ideals of equality and fairness.
Openness and equality are also important concepts. Homosexual relations have been legal since 1944, and same sex couples have been able to adopt since 2003 and get married since 2009. The country was the first in the world with freedom of the press (1766), and is at the top of global press freedom rankings.

Religion

Sweden is a very secular country, but most of the world’s religions are represented here – and all are welcome. The national church, the Church of Sweden, is Lutheran, but Catholicism and other Christian denominations are also widespread. Islam is one of the largest religions in Sweden, and Judaism and Buddhism are also well-established.
The biggest Swedish holidays include Midsummer, Christmas and Easter.

Culture

From Abba to Ingmar Bergman to Avicii, Sweden is a major exporter of culture, and the world’s biggest exporter of pop music in relation to GDP. Another global Swedish hit in recent years has been the so-called Nordic noir literary genre, led by Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson. Look backwards in time and you have cultural heavyweights like Bergman – widely regarded as one of the leading directors in the history of film – and August Strindberg, the respected and highly influential dramatist.
There are countless opportunities to get involved in Sweden’s cultural life through the concerts, plays, gigs and exhibitions held the length and breadth of the country, year-round.

Environment

Two people placing recycling in the back of a large truck.
Recycling. Photo: Sofia Sabel/imagebank.sweden.se
Swedes hold nature in high esteem, which is one reason why environmental issues are so important here. Only one per cent of solid waste goes to landfill in Sweden – with the rest recycled or used to produce heat, electricity or vehicle fuel in the form of biogas. Renewable energy sources account for nearly half (48 per cent) of Swedish energy production. Swedish environmental technology companies export their green knowhow to the rest of the world in technology areas such as biofuels, bioenergy, windpower, solar power and wastewater treatment.

Innovation

By any measure, Sweden is one of the world’s most innovative nations, and it has been called the most digitally connected economy. Swedes are early adopters of new technology and the country’s non-hierarchical society creates a fertile environment for new ideas. The Swedish government invests a higher proportion of GDP in R&D than most other nations. Generations of innovativeness have led to a long list of world-changing inventions like the three-point seatbelt, the pacemaker, the adjustable wrench and safety matches. More recent Swedish inventions include Spotify and Skype.

7 STEPS TO STUDYING IN SWEDEN

If you’re curious about studying in Sweden next autumn but don’t know where to start, look no further: here’s your guide to the process.

1. Read about different programmes and universities

Your first step is to get acquainted with the Swedish university system and the different options you have available. See Higher education in Sweden – the basics for a basic overview of what it’s like to study here and Degree programmes for a more in-depth look at your options. Once you have an idea of the basics, read up on the different universities in Sweden and consider what type of school would suit you the best. And make sure to check out the student blog to find what current international students think of living and studying in Sweden.

2. Choose a programme

over 1,000 programmes at bachelor’s and master’s level that are offered in English in Sweden. You can also find programme listings at universities’ own websites. You can choose up to four master’s programmes or eight bachelor’s programmes to apply for in each application round.
The full list of programmes starting during the autumn 2018 will be available on 1 December 2017, though most universities post their programmes starting in October. While you’re waiting for the full list, you can browse through last autumn’s offering to get an idea of what will be on offer.

3. Prepare your documents

Once you’ve chosen a few programmes that you’d like to apply for, it’s time to start preparing your application. At www.myflyup.com you’ll find full application guidelines, including information on all of the documents you’ll need to include with your application.
If you’ll be proving your English proficiency with a TOEFL or IELTS test and haven’t yet taken the test, make sure to book a time well in advance of the application deadline so that you receive your results in time.

4. Read about scholarships

Many organisations offer scholarships for international students, as do most Swedish universities. If you’re looking for a way to fund your studies, it’s a good idea to start investigating options before you turn in your application so that you can be sure to meet any application deadlines. Some scholarships may only be offered for specific programmes – another reason to read about what applies before you turn in your application.

5. Turn in your application online by 15 January

The application deadline for programmes starting autumn 2018 is 15 January. It’s always a good idea to turn in your application a few days early to avoid last-minute stress! Supporting documents and your application fee (or proof of exemption) are due by 1 February.

6. Apply for Swedish Institute scholarships

There is a two-step application process for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships, which are available for for master’s students from developing countries.  If you’re planning on applying for a Swedish Institute scholarship, make sure to apply in time. The application period is open 2-9 February 2018. 
Keep in mind you will need to send in your programme application by the 15 January deadline.

7. Hold your thumbs!

Håll tummarna is the Swedish way of saying cross your fingers! If you apply by the 15 January deadline, you’ll receive your notification of selection results in April 2018. Then comes the fun part: accepting your offer, getting ready and moving to Sweden!
Good luck – and let’s get started!

DEGREE PROGRAMMES

Swedish universities offer bachelor's, master's and PhD degrees in accordance with the European standard.
Degrees in Sweden are generally offered at three levels: bachelor’s (undergraduate), master’s (graduate) and PhD (doctoral). Sweden uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), where one academic year of full-time studies is equivalent to 60 ECTS credits.

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sTUDENT STORIES

ABHILASH RAM

MASTER'S PROGRAMME IN MICROTECHNOLOGY, CHALMERS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
‘I'm a master's graduate from Chalmers University of Technology, where I studied microtechnology. Watch my story below.’
Abhilash Ram


YUNFENG WANG

MASTER'S PROGRAMME IN LEADERSHIP AND INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT, LINNAEUS UNIVERSITY
‘I studied leadership and international management at Linnaeus University. Now I run my own company in Sweden. Watch my story below.’
Yunfeng Wang


IRYNA MIKHNOVETS

MASTER'S PROGRAMME IN SOCIAL WORK, LINNAEUS UNIVERSITY
‘While studying in Sweden I enjoyed the liberal attitude towards students, modern teaching methods, democratic dialogue, open-mindedness and inclusion.’
Iryna Mikhnovets

Why did you choose to study in Sweden?

After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Ukraine I wanted to study my master’s abroad in order to experience a mix of multicultural variety and a new democratic academic perspective. This perfect combination I found in Sweden, which is famous for its progressive and flexible educational system, a broad number of educational programmes and an intercultural inclusion.

What aspects of studying in Sweden did you enjoy the most?

During my studies at Swedish university I enjoyed most of all the liberal attitude towards students, modern teaching methods, democratic dialogue, open-mindedness and inclusion. All these aspects undoubtedly contribute to improvement of critical thinking, which is incredibly important for a modern sustainable society.

Why do you think someone should study in Sweden?

To experience one of the most interesting, creative and tolerant cultures in the world, to enjoy the beauty and richness of pure Scandinavian nature, to meet friends for life, to learn about peculiarities of Swedish coffee breaks and why an elk became a Swedish national symbol – these are only a few reasons why you should study in Sweden!

What are some of your favourite memories from Sweden?

I have plenty of wonderful memories from Sweden, which I will forever associate with unique Northern culture, people, nature and traditions. Among my favourites is a trip to the archipelago outside Stockholm, where I discovered a picturesque landscape of small islands, resting on the waters of the Baltic Sea. I felt like I was in the story about a little boy called Nils Holgersson by Selma Lagerlöf, which I adored as a child. The Stockholm archipelago includes approximately 30.000 islands, which look like toy miniatures from a distance. The archipelago area can be compared with a city district, where instead of cars and buses you can use boats. This is really a unique place in Sweden, which should absolutely be on your list of ‘must visit’ when you will decide to explore Scandinavia.
It is hard to imagine anybody staying indifferent to Swedish nature. In summer, when a temperate heat turns into a pleasant chill, I am fond of taking a walk in the forest and collecting blueberries. I can call it ‘my Swedish tradition’ as I developed it since I came to Sweden. Apart from being relaxing, it is so much fun when you do it together with your friends!

NIMA DOKOOHAKI

MASTER'S PROGRAMME IN SOFTWARE ENGINEERING OF DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS, KTH ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
‘When students come out of university in Sweden, they are ready to go to work.’
Nima Dokoohaki

Why did you choose to study in Sweden?

I came from Iran to Sweden because I have relatives here, but also because of the opportunities a Swedish education can provide. Sweden tops other European countries in terms of higher education, especially graduate and post-graduate education. My Swedish education gave me access to facilities, lab equipment and computers that would not have been available at home. It has also provided me with close contacts in business and industry, which will be important when I starts my job search after graduation.

What aspects of studying in Sweden did you enjoy the most?

Education in Sweden is much more hands-on than in Iran. We are much more theoretical in Iran. Here, students are much more orientated towards industry, and they are much more practical. The other aspect is student life, which is very active here. Students themselves develop the student life and the universities play an active role. I find the people I meet easygoing and very helpful. University staff have done everything they can to make my stay in Sweden as enjoyable as possible.

Why do you think someone should study in Sweden?

Universities in Sweden have a very close relationship with industry. In our courses, there are always guest lecturers coming from Microsoft, or Sun Microsystems. You realise what will really happen when you work at Microsoft and how you should prepare yourself if you want to work there. When students come out of the university in Sweden, they are ready to go to work.
Photo: Alexander Mitelman

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