In this episode Ms. Suchitra Surve talks on Sweden as a destination for studying abroad. Sweden is one of the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. The capital city is Stockholm. It is made up of more than 24,000 islands and islets.
Sweden often has warm continental summers, and snowy winters. The coldest month is February, and the warmest is July. Sweden’s many lakes and the gulfs of Bothnia give Sweden generally a relatively mild climate. So, if you are planning to go to a destination which has these features, Sweden is the country for you.
Sweden Education System
The Swedish school system is tax-financed, and regulated through the Education Act, which mandates ten years of school attendance for all children after the year of six. So typically, they have:
• Primary and lower secondary Education
• Upper secondary Education
• Bachelor’s level Education
• Master’s level Education
• Postgraduate Education
Education Duration Study Abroad In Sweden:
Like most other countries the duration of Bachelors degrees is 3 years and 2 years for Masters degrees
Application Process Studying Abroad In Sweden:
Let’s understand the application process for colleges and universities in Sweden. Generally, the application deadline will be in mid-January for the autumn semester which is August, and mid-August for the spring semester that is for the January intake. Like most of the universities and courses which require entrance exam, Sweden also will require also require an English Proficiency Test. It might be the IELTS/TOEFL irrespective of the program and level of study that you are planning to pursue. To ensure that you are selected you need also prepare and submit documents like a personal statement, academic transcripts, and Resume and of course letters of recommendation. One of the most important aspect you should remember is you must adhere to the deadlines especially the International application deadlines.
Some of the popular courses in Sweden are Architecture, Environmental Science, Fine Arts., Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science & Computer Science. Some of the popular cities are Stockholm, Lund, Gothenburg, Uppsala, Umeå
Fees For Studying In Sweden
The tuition fees in Sweden vary depending upon the subject. The average fee for a master’s programme is SEK 130,000/year and bachelor’s programmes are generally less expensive and will range from SEK 80,000 – 100,000/year. The cost of living can be SEK 8,500 approximately per academic year. So, you can decide your life style and the place you want live in.
Scholarships For Studying In Sweden
International Students do receive financial scholarships in the form of Study Allowance, Apprentice Compensation, Students Aid. Obviously, it will be based on your academic performance and your potential as a student
Job Prospects After Studying In Sweden
In terms of job prospects there are no limitations on how many hours you work as students, but it is very important to keep your studies at the top of your priority. When applying for resident permit the grades are also considered, so balancing your work and education is very essential and then continue your study and stay in Sweden. There are a lot of career centres in each university so try and visit as many as you can. Attend seminars for employment opportunities to get a better insight on the market scenario. Since it’s a country which has its own language learning Swedish will be an added advantage for your profile. So make sure that you grasp this language so that your stay is easier.