With vast areas of untouched countryside, fiercely-protected green spaces, and world-leading recycling rates, Sweden’s reputation as a green country is justified in every sense of the word. However, there’s much more to this vast European nation than environmental initiatives. It has a proud history of protecting the rights of its citizens, making free healthcare available to all and producing a number of world-famous companies such as Spotify, H&M, and IKEA. The quality of life in Sweden commonly ranks at the top of global indicators, with its free healthcare, political stability, and strong job market.
It is free to study in Sweden if you are a citizen of the EU/EEA. Although students from the rest of the world have to pay tuition, the fees are in line with, if not cheaper than, its European neighbors. Sweden is home to several corporations that are always on the lookout for talented graduates. Government initiatives also make starting your own business an achievable goal. Choose to pursue an MBA in Sweden means you’re choosing one of the top study destinations in the world.
Sweden is undoubtedly one of the more expensive places to live in Europe. You can expect to pay anywhere in the region of SEK2,500-6,500 (US$250-$650) for your monthly accommodation, with rent in larger cities such as Gothenburg and Stockholm at the top end of that range. Day-to-day living costs are also generally considered to be above the European average. Study in Sweden estimates the minimum average monthly student budget at around SEK8,694 (US$874 and EUR€827).
MBA programs start at around EUR€20,000 and go up to €50,000 at the most prestigious business schools.
EU and EEA citizens do not require a visa to study in Sweden, though individuals staying for more than one year must register for a Swedish personal identity number. Citizens from select countries (here is the full list of countries) require a visa to enter Sweden and must apply for a residence permit if they are staying for more than three months. Citizens from countries not mentioned on this list do not need a visa to enter Sweden but they do need to apply for a residence permit for stays of more than three months.
Sweden punches well above its weight when it comes to higher education. It has two schools in the global top 100, while the Stockholm School of Economics is one of the top business schools in Sweden and Europe.
Whether you want to start your own business or join the ranks of one of Sweden’s most famous companies, there are plenty of job opportunities for talented graduates in Sweden. It has a strong and diversified economy with a typically low level of unemployment. It is also renowned for its protection of worker’s rights, with annual leave, maternity leave, and paternity leave among the most generous in Europe.
With free tuition for some and affordable tuition for all, Sweden has long been a popular international study destination. The number of international students in Sweden has been rising steadily in recent years and there are currently around 40,000 studying in the country. A quarter of those international students are based in the capital Stockholm.
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