Study in Sweden
Sweden is a part of the Scandinavian Peninsula and borders Norway in the northernmost part of Europe. This country has been around since ancient times and has been mentioned as early as 98 BC by the Roman author Tacitus. Sweden’s capital Stockholm has remained the unchanged capital for over 500 years. Stockholm is a constitutional monarchy along with a parliamentary democracy. Sweden has a highly developed economy that focuses on being a welfare state. The standard of living is one of the highest in the world.
- Swedish universities are one of the few universities that actively discourage rote learning. The education system believes in the policy of creative thinking and problem-solving. The schools and universities try to foster independent thinking, creative problem solving, holistic thinking and sustainability. This is done through their non-hierarchical classrooms
- A country that believes in sustainability and strives to be environmentally conscious. Sweden uses the highest percentage of renewable energy in Europe. Environmental conservation, renewable and sustainable energy form the core of the country’s values
- The country’s education system is remarkable and one of the most advanced. Swedish is the primary language of Sweden, yet it is the second country in the world that uses skilled English as a second language
- The Swedes are one of the youngest and most multicultural student fraternities in the entirety of Europe. Sweden is committed to diversity and equality
- Sweden has a Freedom to Roam policy. By this, the general public has a right to access almost all of the lands for recreation. This promotes active social life, adventurous spirit amongst others
- Swedes are proud of their history. From Vikings to Abba, they celebrate every notable and gifted part of their history. The museums here are mostly free to students on scheduled days
- Sweden is home to some famous companies like H&M, Skype, TetraPak and Spotify. The internship and job opportunities here are numerous
- Universities or Universitet
- University colleges- högskolor
- University colleges of fine, applied and performing arts (Konstnärliga Högskolor)
- other higher education providers (enskilda utbildningsanordnare)
- Bachelor’s degree- 3 years
- Masters degree- 2 years
- Post Doctorate PhD- 3-4 years
- Renewable energy and other allied courses
- Automotive engineering
- Information Technology
- Pharmaceutical and medical courses
BTH SCHOLARSHIPS– The grant is awarded to meritorious students in any field. The quantum of the grant is the complete tuition fees.
- Dormitories- 240- 460 Euros per month
- Apartments- 350- 750 Euros per month
- Food costs- 180- 350 Euros per month
- Public transport 45-65 Euros per month
- Personal Expenses 350-450 Euros per month
- Health insurance 30 Euro per month
- A valid passport having a minimum of two blank pages, which has been issued in the last 10 years and has validity for three months post the study visa expiry.
- Letter of intent.
- Proof of acceptance in a recognized university.
- Financial proof
- An individual medical travel insurance EUR 30,000(INR 25,80,000).
- Proof of intent to leave once study finishes.
- A passport photograph clicked in the last 6 months.
While Sweden is home to many multinational corporations, some of the sectors here are well advanced. There is always a high demand here for skilled labourers. These sectors are:-
- Healthcare and pharmaceutical- The government of Sweden invests heavily in the development of this sector
- Biotechnology research- Some of the worlds best pharma brands like Pfizer and AstraZeneca base their research in Sweden
- Sweden promotes innovative thinking because of which there is a healthy startup setup. These have high growth opportunities
- Renewable and non-fossil energy and the allied sectors are much in demand here
- Information Technology sectors get a big boost here
Part-time work opportunities
Sweden is a country with a low and affordable cost of living and tuition. The exchange rate fluctuations still make some international students feel the pinch. To counter that Sweden has a very equitable work policy. Sweden doesn’t differentiate between international students working in Sweden or Swede citizens.
The laws and rules are very simple. There is no requirement for a work permit. No permissions required from the university. No maximum hours allowed to work policy.
The only rule the Swedish government has set is the need for students to complete a minimum of 40 hours of education in the week. They have the flexibility of choosing evening lectures, extra credits to make it up.
The students can work any job and at any level. It helps if an international student has prior work experience. It would enable them to get a better paying job.
- Sweden has strong worker protection laws. The workers’ union strives hard to maintain the safety, health and mental well-being of the workers
- Sweden has an anti-discrimination legislature. This enforces every individual to have equal rights irrespective of their religion, age, gender, orientation or culture
- International students get comprehensive social benefits like health care etc
- Extend their residence permit to look for jobs. This permit can only be extended for 6 months
- Apply for a work permit before their residence permit expires
- Completed a course covering minimum to semesters
- Can support themselves financially during this period
- Should have applied 6 months prior to the permit expiring
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