City Focus: Stockholm, Sweden
The third largest country in the European Union, Sweden is a place that is full of rich heritage and culture. The largest city and capital is Stockholm, a metropolitan area that offers plenty of opportunity for international students. Our student editor Ashley covers this city focus of Stockholm, Sweden and why it’s an ideal destination for a study abroad.
As the capital city, Stockholm provides students with an urban setting mixed in with a high population as it’s the most populated city in all of Scandinavia. Serving as a hub for higher education, politics, culture and media it provides unique opportunities for those looking to study. As the city is located on the south-central east coast most of the area is divided up between urban space, waterways and parks or green spaces. Temperatures range along the colder spectrum of -2-5 Celsius from November to April and around 10-20 Celsius between May to October. Job market wise Stockholm is made up of banking, the service industry and technology, making the study of these subjects a perfect location to earn highly valued work experience.
Higher education has been important to Stockholm since the 18th century with its first focus on medicine. Now Stockholm is home to Stockholm University, the fourth oldest university in Sweden and one of the largest universities in Scandinavia. Continually making world university ranking lists’, the university offers a unique experience for all students. Specialities of the university focus mainly on the sciences, and currently there’s only one undergraduate course taught in English. However, Stockholm University does have a significant focus on postgraduate education especially for international students. The university offers 65 Master’s programme’s that are taught in English ranging across science, humanities, social sciences and law focuses. University campuses are also all conveniently located along public transport route.
Perhaps one of the best aspects Stockholm is able to provide students are the wealth of culture across multiple different fields. There’s famous poet’s and authors for the literary types, architecture, art galleries and museums for the more visual and theatres and an amusement park for the adventurous set. There are also yearly events such as the Stockholm Jazz Festival and Stockholm marathon that offer glimpses into the history of the city up close and personal. With an extensive public transport system there’s no reason students can’t get around to explore everything the city has to offer. There are also four airports and an inter-city trains that stretch across Sweden. The cuisine also has been influenced by other cultures from around the world, providing a taste of the local flavour alongside other bites from home.
Sweden is more than just a temperature, and due to the weather it provides a way of life that is an unique aspect within the study abroad. The city has so much to offer international students as it’s a hub for travel in itself. If you’re interested in studying a postgraduate degree abroad, Stockholm, Sweden is one destination to check out and consider!
Orginially from Seattle, Washington I moved to London in 2009 earning my MA in Creative and Professional Writing at Roehampton University. A fan of trivia nights, cult movies and baking, I adore everything London has to offer!