Master in Sweden: features, admission, tuition


Today we will talk about one of the most interesting areas of Scandinavia - a master's program in Sweden . Why is it worth considering this country? What are the features of the educational process? And what to do in graduate studies in Sweden? About all this in our article.

Sweden's higher education is recognized in many countries around the world. Upon graduation, the graduate has several advantages for the potential employer, including experience in foreign education and practical skills in the profession.

Education in Sweden has a good place in world famous rankings .

The leading universities in Sweden are:

It is worth noting that one of the advantages of studying in Sweden is the presence of more than 600 English-language programs.

Features of education in Sweden

The main feature of Swedish education is the general admissions committee ( University Admissions ) for all universities without exception, where all documents of applicants of any level of education are sent.

You can apply for a master’s degree with a bachelor’s or specialist’s diploma from any university. For many master's programs, you can submit documents before graduation - in the 4th year, attaching a certificate with an official statement of grades. There are no age limits for graduate programs.

A feature of Swedish education is that a master's program can last either one year or two.
Some programs require free basic specialization, but for admission to the majority it is necessary to have a specialized diploma or a certain number of hours in certain areas. A number of master's programs impose additional requirements on applicants - for example, work experience or past practice. This information is contained on university sites.

Benefits of Education in Sweden

Education in Sweden has a number of undeniable advantages:

  • many programs in English;
  • the relationship between universities and enterprises, which allows students to undergo majors several times in the learning process;
  • every year, universities introduce more and more effective training programs, using precisely the knowledge that a graduate will really need in the workplace;
  • stringent quality standards for training;
  • good scholarship programs and grants.


Admission to the magistracy

For admission to study, you need to fill out an application via the Internet on the website of the University Admissions unified admissions committee , in which you can indicate several specialties that interest you and send documents by mail. Selection takes place twice a year without any exams, only according to the submitted documents.

In order to start receiving education in Sweden at the master's level and for admission to Swedish universities for master's programs, you will need a bachelor's degree, specialist or master's degree in any form of training. It is also possible to enter a magistracy as a last year student. To do this, you need to provide a certified academic statement, certified by the dean's office and translated into English or Swedish. After receiving an invitation from the university, you must provide a diploma within the specified time, otherwise the invitation will be withdrawn and enrollment canceled.

Thus, a full set of documents for admission includes:

• a letter of motivation,
• two letters of recommendation (usually a teacher and supervisor),
• a transcript of the diploma or an academic statement (can be made at your university or at a notary public),
• certificate of English proficiency in TOEFL or IELTS ,
• a copy of your passport
• listing of the title page from your account on the website .

Most universities pay an application fee of around $ 100 to process applications.

Swedish and English are fully operational in Sweden, therefore, for admission to master's programs at most universities, only high test results are enough, the minimum level of English is IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL IBT90. To study in Swedish, you must pass the TISUS test at the Swedish Embassy . The cost of an exam outside Sweden is around $ 270. In this test, there is no rating scale; after checking, only the result “passed / not passed” is announced.

For admission to some master's programs, it is necessary to have a first higher education in the same field in which it is planned to continue studies. Requirements for work experience and skills of applicants.

Cost of education

Until 2010, studies in Sweden were free for international students. Currently, tuition at universities in Sweden ranges from an average of 9 to 16 thousand euros per year. The introduction of tuition fees did not make the country less attractive for applicants due to the possibility of receiving scholarships and grants.

During the period of study for masters, a scholarship may be awarded. The government and universities themselves provide a sufficient number of scholarships and grants for foreign students.

In the next article we will talk about scholarships, grants and accommodation in Sweden while studying for master's programs.

The author of the article is Vyacheslav Davidenko, founder of MBA Consult

PS. We recommend our other articles on the master 's program in Germany ,Holland , England and France .

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