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    Universities in Sweden for International Students: Types of Universities, Programs Offered, Student Enrolment

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    Sweden is home to more than 50 higher education institutions. Out of these, majority of them are public universities that are owned by the state. For international students who wish to study in Sweden, there are about 10 private institutions that provide degrees in various fields of study.

    The top universities in Sweden are given permission by the Swedish Higher Education Authority. This government agency makes sure that that the courses taught in Sweden are of the top-notch quality. Only the courses that are approved by the Swedish Higher Education Authority are allowed to be taught in Sweden.

    Top Universities in Sweden as Per QS World Ranking 

    If a student has decided to study in Sweden, it becomes an imperative to understand the top universities in the country. Here goes the list of universities to watch out for in Sweden.

    University QS World Ranking (2017-18) Average Tuition Fees
    Chalmers University of Technology #133 USD 17,959
    University of Gothenburg #247 USD 17,551
    Karolinska Institute #187 USD 21,905
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology #98 USD 21,361
    Lund University #78 USD 15,919
    Linköping University #282 USD 16, 559
    Stockholm University #196 USD 16,463
    Uppsala University #97 USD 25,443
    Umea University #294 USD 17,415

    Types of Universities in Sweden for International Students

    There are two types of educational institutions in Sweden that students can choose to study from: University and University Colleges.

    The main difference between universities and university colleges in Sweden is that in the case of universities, they need not apply for degree awarding powers to the same extent as university colleges.

    Degrees Offered by University and University Colleges in Sweden

    Universities in Sweden for international students can give them the following degrees:

    • Professional degrees
    • Applied, fine and performing arts qualifications

    University colleges in Sweden can offer students the following degrees:

    • Professional degrees
    • Applied, fine and performing arts qualifications
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    • Master’s degrees

    It is to be noted that it is completely upon the judgement of the Swedish Parliament whether a university college can become a university or not.

    Before applying to the top universities in Sweden (to be linked), students need to take a note of the following:

    • A university may not necessarily have the world ‘university’ in its name. Examples of such universities are: Karolinska Institute and KTH Royal Institute of Technology 
    • There are several schools in Sweden that tell students that they are universities or university colleges when it is actually not so. They have not been given powers by the Swedish Higher Education Authority to offer degrees equivalent to the actual universities and university colleges in Sweden. All that they can offer students is diploma level and foundation level degrees.

    List of Universities in Sweden

    University Student Enrolment
    Uppsala University 18,347
    University of Gothenburg 21,121
    Lund University 23, 539
    Stockholm University 22,434
    Umeå University 13,389
    Royal Institute of Technology 10,544
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 3,515
    Linköping University 15,252
    Luleå University of Technology 6,509
    Örebro University 7,581
    Karlstad University 6,717
    Mid Sweden University 5,946
    Malmö University 24,000
    Linnaeus University 11,663

    List of University Colleges in Sweden

    Here are the names of university colleges for students who wish to study in Sweden:

    • University of Borås
    • University College West
    • Dalarna University College
    • Halmstad University
    • Blekinge Institute of Technology
    • Mälardalen University College
    • Kristianstad University College
    • Swedish National Defence College
    • University of Skövde
    • Stockholm University of the Arts
    • Royal College of Music, Stockholm
    • Södertörn University
    • Royal College of Music, Stockholm
    • University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
    •  Gävle University College

    Degree Courses to Study in Sweden 

    The top universities in Sweden, divides the course of study for each student into three levels. They are:

    • First cycle – Bachelor’s course
    • Second cycle – Master’s course
    • Third cycle – Doctoral course

    Bachelor’s Courses to Study in Sweden

    To study a bachelor’s course in Sweden, students need to know the following:

    • This level of study in Sweden does not necessarily require previous university studies
    • The level of study is primarily for beginners just entering higher education
    • In most cases, the duration of study for a bachelor’s course in Sweden is 3 years
    • At the bachelor’s level students can study for these qualifications: Professional qualification, Fine, applied and performing arts qualification and general qualification

    Popular Bachelor’s Courses to Study in Sweden

    Name of Course Duration of Study
    Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing 3 Years
    Degree of Bachelor of Science in Dental Technology 3 Years
    Degree of Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy 3 Years
    Degree of Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Laboratory Science 3 Years
    Degree of Bachelor of Science in Audiology 3 Years
    Degree of Bachelor of Science in Dietetics 3 Years
    Degree of Bachelor in Preschool Teaching 3.5 Years
    Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering 3 Years
    Degree of Bachelor of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics 3 Years
    Degree of Bachelor of Science in Forest Management 3 Years
    Higher Education Diploma in Vocational Education 1.5 Years

    Master’s Courses to Study in Sweden 

    To study a master’s course in Sweden, students need to make a note of the following:

    • This level of study in Sweden requires a student to hold a bachelor’s degree from a Swedish or a foreign university.
    • If a student wishes to study a freestanding course in Sweden then he must have completed the same course at bachelor’s level.

    Popular Master’s Courses to Study in Sweden

    Name of Course Duration of Study
    Degree of Master of Science in Agriculture 4.5 Years
    Degree of Master of Architecture 5 Years
    Degree of Master of Science in Engineering 5 Years
    Degree of Master of Science in Pharmacy 5 Years
    Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics 5 Years
    Degree of Master of Laws 5 Years
    Degree of Master of Science in Medicine 5.5 Years
    Degree of Master of Science in Medical Physics 5 Years
    Degree of Master of Science in Dental Surgery 5 Years

    Doctoral Courses to Study in Sweden

    If a student wishes to study a doctoral course in Sweden, he should make a note of the following:

    • The student should be able to present the thesis proposal in an appropriate manner.
    • Student must have completed master’s course in the same field of study.

    Sweden is a country that equips students with a myriad number of courses and universities. Before applying for a university to study in Sweden, the student needs to make sure that the university of his choice has the course which he wishes to opt.