Universities in Sweden


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About universities in Sweden

The higher education system in Sweden is unitary and comprises various academic, vocational, long and short, professional programs. The last two decades have been a period of significant growth for Swedish higher education, and several new universities and colleges in Sweden have been founded in this period. Following significant reforms in 1993, higher educational institutions in Sweden have come to possess a high degree of freedom, while deciding their program and institutional structure, academic offerings and resource allocation. The amendment also made funding for universities in Sweden performance based rather than expenditure based, as was in the past. Currently, an even higher level of autonomy is being considered by the government, for universities in Sweden.

The higher education system in Sweden is differentiated into undergraduate and postgraduate studies; it is undertaken at universities (universitet) and university colleges (högskola). While universities in Sweden are primarily research-oriented and may grant bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in various academic disciplines; the Swedish university colleges typically focus on applied sciences and possess only limited rights for awarding doctoral degrees.  However, some specialized institutions in engineering and medicine also call themselves högskola, despite being universities.

There are 14 state universities in Sweden, and 22 state university colleges. Some other independent institutions are also included within the higher education system. Some of these independent institutions have permission to grant undergraduate qualifications like - Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Diploma in Theology or Bachelor of Theology and Graduate Diploma in Psycho-therapy.

According to the new higher education system that came into effect on 1 July 2007, higher education in Sweden is divided into three levels:

Basic level (grundnivå): This is the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in Sweden. Students can enroll into the basic level upon the successful completion of gymnasieskola or its equivalent. Student can obtain two kinds of degrees at the basic level.
  • University Diploma (högskoleexamen) takes 2 years and requires 120 credits
  • Degree of Bachelor (kandidatexamen) takes 3 years and requires 180 credits
Advanced level (avancerad nivå): This is the equivalent of a master’s degree in Sweden. For enrolling into the advanced level programs, students must have completed a 3-year basic level degree or a comparable degree from another country. Students can obtain two kinds of degrees at the advanced level. Both require students to complete a thesis.
  • Degree of Master (One year) (magisterexamen), requires 60 credits
  • Degree of Master (Two years) (masterexamen), requires 120 credits
Doctoral level (forskarnivå): Students can enroll into a doctoral level program only upon completion of advance level or master’s in Sweden. Alternatively they must have completed at least four years of study with at least one year of advance level or an equivalent degree from another country. Students can obtain two kinds of degrees at the doctoral level.
  • Degree of Licentiate (licentiatexamen) takes 2 years and requires 120 credits.
  • Degree of Doctor (PhD, doktorsexamen) takes 4 years and requires 240 credits
Since all higher education teaching in Sweden is carried out in either Swedish or English, students, before being accepted to a university in Sweden, must demonstrate a minimum required proficiency in Swedish and English.

List of universities in Sweden

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Contact: Chalmers Tekniska Högskola

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Chalmers University of Technology - International Secretariat, Göteborg, Sweden
Chalmers University of Technology is a Swedish university, which focuses on research and education in technology, natural science and architecture. The school is based in Gothenburg and was established in 1829. The is currently concentrated on the delivery of various master’s programs, but it... See full description.
Contact: Dalarna University

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S-791 88 Falum, Borlänge, Dalarna, Sweden
Dalarna is a young, founded in 1977, but rapidly growing university in Sweden offering educational programs in its 2 campuses as well as through web-based distance learning courses. Because many of Dalarna University’s programs have been developed in partnership with area businesses, its... See full description.
Contact: Göteborgs Universitet

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Division for Students Affairs - Box 100, Göteborg, Sweden
Göteborgs Universitet was founded officially in 1954 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The school has over 35,000 students studying in more than 40 different departments. It offers university education to everyone including the disabled. Gothenburg University is one of the leading universities in Sweden,... See full description.
Contact: Gotland University

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Cramérgatan, 3, Visby, Sweden
Gotland University is a small and young university located in Visby, a World Heritage City, in the island of Gotland in Sweden. Because of its rich history, Gotland attracts visitors from many nations. The university prepares students for personal growth and professional success in areas of... See full description.
Contact: Karolinska Institutet

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Nobels väg 5, Solna, Alfred Nobels Allé 8, Huddinge , Stockholm, Sweden
Karolinska Institutet is an institution of higher education, located in Stockholm. It is mainly oriented on medicine and health education, being considered one of the best in the world.
Contact: Linköping University

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Linköping, Linköping, Sweden
Linköping University (LiU) is a research-based university with excellence in education. LiU is a multi-faculty university where research and education are equally important. Since its start in the late 1960s, Linköping University has been an innovator, creating new study programs and new ways... See full description.
Contact: Lund University

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Box 117, Gamla kirurgen, Sandgatan 3, Lund, Sweden
Contact: University of Borás

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Allégatan 1, Borás, Sweden
The University of Borås, a member of the European University Association, is a modern institution. Academic programs at Boras offer a wide range of options in its six departments, from Engineering to Health Science, from Library Studies to Fashion and Textiles, from Business to Behavioral... See full description.
Contact: University of Gävle

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Kungsbäcksvägen 47, Gävle, Sweden
Located in the picturesque country of Sweden, the University of Gävle is a major center of higher education and research. The university is currently home to approximately 14,500 students and boasts over 50 study programs and second-cycle programs and roughly 1,000 courses in humanities,... See full description.
Contact: Uppsala Universitet

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PO Box 256, Uppsala , Uppsala, Sweden
Uppsala Universitet was founded in 1477. His career is of great prestige, with several Nobel Prize winners from their classrooms. It consists of 11 campuses, of which 10 are located in Uppsala and one in Visby. The institution is the oldest of the Nordic countries and is home to some 40,000... See full description.