Kingdom of Sweden is a ScandinavianNordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million of which 2.4 million has a foreign background.It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometer (57/sq mi). The highest concentration is in the southern half of the country.
Education System In Sweden
The Higher education system in Sweden is divided into three levels: basic level (grundnivå), advanced level (avancerad nivå), and graduate level (forskarnivå). Sweden has 41 higher education institutions, high school colleges (first cycle universities) and universities.
The most reputed degrees have tended to be in humanities, although the government is now trying to boost science studies. Most undergraduate courses are taught jointly in English and Swedish. Masters tend to attract many international students, with more than 450 masters courses taught solely in English. The academic year is divided into 40 weeks, with two semesters. The first semester runs from the middle of August until the middle of January, and the second runs from the middle of January until June.
Degree Programmes in Sweden
Swedish universities offer degree programmes according to the European standard. This includes bachelor’s, master’s and PhD programmes.
Bachelor’s programmes, also known as undergraduate programmes, typically take place after the completion of upper secondary school and are usually three years long (180 ECTS credits).
Master’s programmes, also known as graduate programmes, build upon the knowledge developed during bachelor’s-level studies and can be one or two years long (60 or 120 ECTS credits).
PhD programmes, also known as doctoral programmes, are research degrees involving several years of work toward a dissertation. The duration and setup of PhD programmes in Sweden vary between universities; see PhD programmes for more details.
The Swedish academic year is divided into two semesters:
- Autumn semester begins at the end of August and lasts until mid-January, usually with a short break at the end of December.
- Spring semester runs from mid-January to the beginning of June.
Student Living Cost
Monthly living cost for students in Sweden depends on the city you live in. In big cities like Stockholm and Gothenburg the cost is bit higher as accommodation and transportation is expensive in these cities as compared to other cities of Sweden.
- Students living in Shared Room 300 – 500 euros
- Students living with family 500 – 1000Euros
Work During Studies
As an international student in Sweden, you’re allowed to work alongside your studies – there’s no official limitation for how many hours you can work. However, it’s important to keep your studies as your first priority – even when you don’t have many classroom hours, you’re expected to spend the equivalent of a 40-hour work week reading and working on assignments.
Permanent Settlement in Sweden
Sweden is a great place to start your career, and innovative, international companies are found throughout the country.
If you complete at least 30 ETCS (6 months studies) from the university you will be eligible to apply for work or business permit. if you receive a any kind of job offer you can then apply for a work permit or if you start your own business you can apply for Self Employed Visa. In both cases you can get Sweden’s citizenship in 5 years from the date you receive your work permit or Self Employed Visa.
To apply for a residence permit for studies, you’ll need to:
- Pay your first tuition fee installment.
- Prepare your Supporting Documents. This includes copies of your passport and letter of admission as well as proving that you can support yourself financially during your time as a student in Sweden. If you’ll be staying in Sweden for less than one year, you’ll also need proof of comprehensive health insurance.