When you study in Sweden, you’re encouraged to think independently, creatively and critically. At Swedish universities, the emphasis is firmly on developing your ability to question the status quo by assessing information, seeking new perspectives and coming up with well-informed opinions. You’ll be free to think creatively because of the informal and non-hierarchical nature of Swedish society, where everyone is encouraged to contribute ideas and opinions. Expect to have an open and informal relationship with your professors.


This independence of mind and the fact that everyone can make their voice heard are two of the reasons why Sweden consistently ranks among the world's most innovative nations.  Another is that investment in R&D is among he highest in the world in relation to GDP. 


Sweden’s status as a leader in innovation, as a home of trendsetters and early adopters, is nothing new: the list of Swedish world-changing inventions isa long one  and includes breakthroughs like Skype, the pacemaker and Spotify. Which begs the question: which one of your brilliant ideas will Sweden help make reality?


Sweden has a long and proud history of academic excellence and despite its relatively small population, it’s home to some of the world’s best universities. In 2013 the Swedish higher education system was ranked number two in the world. Several Swedish universities are ranked by the Time Higher Education  and the Academic ranking of World Universities (ARWU) as being among the world’s top seats of learning.


In Sweden you’ll find a strong focus on rationality, reason and applying knowledge so that it makes a real difference. Look no further than the Nobel Prize, the world’s most coveted and prestigious academic distinction, for an illustration of the Swedish approach.


As a student here you’ll become part of this traditional of academic excellence. Just don’t expect to passively receive information: you’ll be encouraged and challenged to contribute, speak your mind and take your education in your own hands.


Swedish universities are well-adapted to the needs of international students, and Sweden was recently ranked first in the world for English proficiency. You’ll be able to use English with everyone you meet, from your professors and classmates to your postman.