Earning a Engineering Degree in Sweden
Sweden is a beautiful country that is full of opportunity, not just IKEA. Being ranged 22nd of the highest rank in accordance with the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), for the size of its country Sweden has a lot to be proud of in terms of education. With most courses taught in English, this allows ample opportunity for international students to earn an engineering degree in Sweden. Our student editor Ashley brings you more on this information guide.
Sweden’s higher education rankings have been steadily moving up the list in recent years, providing an excellent alternative when studying abroad. Many courses are also more research based, allowing for engineering to be a solid subject choice when studying in Sweden. The resources the country naturally provides gives uniqueness over other countries. Sweden has an excellent selection of engineering courses, both undergraduate and postgraduate. Subjects range from civil engineering, audio technology, electronics, and industrial engineering to name a few. Post graduate subjects place a greater focus on specific topics such as biomedical engineering, microelectronics, polymer engineering and product development.
Undergraduate courses are three years at full time study, and may not be offered part-time, be sure to check with your desired university for specifications. For example, at Jonkoping University Foundation, they offer multiple undergraduate engineering courses that are taught in English, but only for full time study. Depending on the subject focus of engineering, the course can either have a strong technical or industrial system direction. Master’s degrees are offered at full time study for the duration of two years, although again, it depends on the specific course of engineering, it can be offered separately only as part time study. Courses are structured with lectures, team and single projects as well as exams that test the theory aspects of the subjects.
Requirements and Scholarships
For undergraduate degrees a high school diploma or equivalent is required, for masters degree’s a bachelor of science in an area of engineering is required. Proficiency in English is required (although being able to speak Swedish is great as well) with a required minimum score of 173 points on the TOEFL computer based for undergraduate courses. For postgraduate study, an engineering subject test may be required depending on the course and university. Post graduate courses have an English requirement of either 550 for the paper based TOEFL or 213 for the computer based. Tuition is high, making scholarships highly competitive, but still possible. Scholarships are available for international students. The Swedish Institute is an excellent resource for scholarships, although most are for post graduate or research degrees. Working whilst studying is an option available to international students in Sweden, and this can be a great option to learn or better understand the Swedish language. A student visa is also required in order to pursue studies, please check in ‘More Information’ for the guide on how to apply for a Swedish student visa.
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