Invest In Your Future: Study Abroad In Sweden

by Djulia Montana de Veyra

Sure, the Vikings’ pillaging days are over. But the excitement goes on in Sweden, as remnants of its historic past give it an undeniable mystique, and modern advancements make it one of the most progressive countries in the world. Study abroad in Sweden, and become part of a beautiful, forward-thinking small country that’s big on innovation.

Coastal houses
The picturesque coastal town of Lysekil, Sweden. Photo by Troy Peden

Speak Your Mind.

Be as bold as the Vikings and bare your thoughts in Sweden. The country has a distinctively student-centric educational system that practices an open climate. That means that you get to embrace your individuality and freely speak up for yourself. The local culture encourages casual relations between teachers and students. Not only does this mean addressing your professors on a first-name basis, but also having the leeway to debate opposing views. Be ready to question old assertions and bring to light new ideas. Personal initiative is not only encouraged, but is expected of anyone getting a higher education in Sweden, study-abroad students included.

The educational system in Sweden zeroes in on the individual and takes into account unique strengths and talents. This is aimed at not only improving students’ academic abilities, but their sense of self as well.

Benefit From The Culture Of Innovation.

Home of the Nobel Prize, Sweden is known for its pioneering sense of innovation and exploration. Be part of the trailblazing research environment in a Swedish university, and you may just be the next brilliant mind behind a great invention. Home to Ericsson, H&M, Ikea, Saab and Volvo, Sweden has become an esteemed creative force. Learn all about Sweden’s groundbreaking inventions, including the Bluetooth, the computer mouse, dialysis machine, and your favorite online applications, Spotify and Skype.

EuroScholars alone offers a range of research opportunities that include subjects in Social Sciences, Liberal Arts, Humanities, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Biological Sciences. The EuroScholars Research Study Program opens its doors to students from the undergraduate level. Early on, participants get valuable research skills and experience that not only give them practical knowledge, but add a whole lot of substance to a resume.

Lysekil, Sweden

Lysekil, Sweden

Turn Theory Into Practice.

The Swedish educational system is largely geared toward preparing students for the actual workplace, and focuses on topics that help them acquire the necessary skills to thrive in their future professional world. Students are in close contact with the actual industry, putting into practice what they learn in school. For instance, the Danish Institute for Study Abroad offers a study program for students of furniture design — the course takes them to several Swedish furniture factories and workshops to learn about Scandinavian furniture design, architecture, and interior design.

Studying abroad in Sweden puts you in a group setting, which offers an approximation of the actual workplace. You will gain practical skills that will put you ahead of your peers back home, come job-search time.

Make a Diverse Network of Friends.

Sweden is proud of its long history of academic excellence, with some universities tracing their roots to the 15th century. Its academic prestige has made the country a favorite destination for students doing a study abroad program. The Uppsala International Summer Session alone brings in about 220 foreign students every summer. Do not be surprised to find a classroom full of students from a wide variety of countries and continents. You’ll enjoy the truly international setting as you make friends with people who come from vastly different backgrounds, but share similar interests. Typically, studying abroad in Sweden leaves participants with a global network of lifelong friends, who have a potential positive impact on future travels, and even employment or living circumstances.

Some study-abroad programs in Sweden include Stockholm University’s Swedish Program, which puts primary emphasis on intercultural education, and engages students both intellectually and culturally. The University of Kansas’ popular “Health Care and Social Policies in Sweden” course is an in-depth study of Sweden’s highly successful national health care system. Students learn about Swedish history, culture, and social structures, and get a firsthand look into several public health-care facilities around the Stockholm-Uppsala area. Studying in Sweden’s oldest university town, Uppsala, gives students a taste of history, with access to the massive 16th-century royal residence, Uppsala Castle, where much of Sweden’s most dramatic history played out.

Crush Language Barriers.

One major reason why students choose to study abroad in Sweden is so they could learn to speak Swedish. Though learning the Swedish language is definitely recommended for international students, they can communicate just fine without learning it, as the majority of the country can speak English quite fluently. As early as the 1940s, English has been a compulsory second language taught in Swedish schools. However, if you show an interest in learning Swedish, the welcoming and gracious Swedish people will absolutely help you out.

Nordens Ark

Nordens Ark Zoo located in Bohuslän, Sweden

Bask In The Beauty Of Nature.

In Sweden, you get to study amidst the backdrop of beautiful greenery. You may choose to sign up with the Uppsala International Summer Session and spend your weekends in Varmland where you can take long hikes, pump up your adrenaline with an exciting raft ride down the river, or simply lie back breathing in the beauty of nature. The country hardly ever has a shortage of outdoor activities, which range from trekking to skiing. You may opt to study at the Linnaeus University’s Vaxjo campus, which is located amidst unspoiled lakes, rich forests, green countryside, and fun hiking trails.

Sweden prides itself in its deep-rooted tradition of stringent environmental laws and control. The Swedish currently has the most developed environmental technology in the world, a functional example of how a nation can be very modern yet still manage to leave a relatively low ecological footprint.