Sweden is one of Europe’s most beautiful and politically and economically stable countries. Sweden is part of the European Union but has its own currency the ‘krona’ and has managed to fight against the recent economic recession quite admirably. Sweden has been traditionally known for its high-quality courses in technology, engineering and medicine.
In the latest QS World University Rankings four Swedish institutions feature in the top 200 institutions of the world; they are as follows:
Most Swedish institutions
offer some scholarships to international students. Most of the scholarships are offered to students from the surrounding European countries. There are a few limited scholarships that are offered to non-European students. Some of the popular scholarships that are available for international students are list below with a brief description.
The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships
The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships are one of the most prestigious scholarships offered to meritorious international students who plan to study a postgraduate course starting in the autumn semester in a Swedish institution. The scholarship covers the tuition fee and living costs up to a maximum of SEK 9000 per month. The scholarship is granted for one academic year, i.e. for two semesters at a time. It will be extended for programmes longer than two semesters provided that the student's study results are satisfactory. Scholarship holders will receive a travel grant in connection with the scholarship. The travel grant is a one-time payment of SEK 15,000.
Rotary International Grants
The Rotary Club offers limited scholarships to a select few students. The scholarship applications are forwarded by the local Rotary chapter of the applicant’s country of citizenship.
The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is offered solely to women who are studying Computer Science in a recognised institution in Europe, Africa or the Middle East. Multiple scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic performance, leadership experience and demonstrated passion for computer science. A group of female bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD student finalists will be chosen from the applicant pool. The scholarship recipients will each receive a €7,000 (or equivalent) scholarship. Scholarship recipients and finalists will be invited to visit a Google office in Europe for a networking retreat including workshops, guest speakers, panel and breakout sessions and a host of social activities. The scholarship is dedicated to the memory of scientist and visionary Dr Anita Borg.
Swedish Cancer Society Research Grants
The Swedish Cancer Society’s core activity is financing research. In 2011 the Research Commission awarded 392 million Swedish kronor to research projects, care development projects in cancer research positions, grants and other areas. Students who are involved in cancer research through their doctoral level or postgraduate studies are eligible to apply for a research grant from the Swedish Cancer Society.
Students are advised to browse through the websites of the institutions where they aspire to study and check for any relevant scholarship awarded by the institution. Institutions like the University of Gothenburg, Karlstad University, Linköping University and Kristianstad University offer a select few scholarships to international students.
The Way Ahead:
The Swedish education system is designed to offer students the best of classroom learning and on-the-job training with a course curriculum that is designed in close consultation with industry-experts. The state-of-the-art research facilities and forward-thinking Swedish culture makes Sweden a great place to study.