With grand cityscapes, colorful coastlines and interesting architecture, Sweden is a country that is on the radar of every avid traveler. Combined with housing some excellent universities and a stable economy, the country is equally attractive to students and businesses. Being extremely multicultural, Sweden has more than 15 per cent of its population belonging to other nationalities. The country is technologically very advanced and has one of the most digitally connected setup.


Geographic overview

Being the third largest country in the European continent, Sweden has the lowest population density. It has a deeply-indented coastline, comprising of many islands, countless lakes, rivers and streams that span across the length and breadth of the country and is extremely picturesque. It is covered with thick forests and snow-covered mountains in the north, while its central provinces consist of smaller mountains and more than a thousand lakes of various sizes. The country shares its borders with Norway and Finland and has bridge tunnel connecting it to Denmark.


Cultural Overview

Sweden has egalitarian culture and in general, people are very tolerant in nature. Since the early 80's, the Swedish establishment has very intentionally adopted anti-racist, anti-fascist and progressive views. Sweden was the home of the Viking culture prehistorically, which dominated the rest of Scandinavia for many centuries. The Swedish Vikings were the founders of the Kievan state and have left a huge impact on world history.
Swedish people give a lot of importance to informal coffee-break get-togethers, called as Fika. The consumption of alcohol is comparatively less than other European countries and alcohol is served only at restaurants and bars owning to the state monopoly on alcoholic beverages. Traditional Swedish costumes are brightly colored and festivals and family time are given a lot of importance.


Education in Sweden

Most of the European countries follow the same education pattern. In Sweden you can find more than 900 programs taught in English for your higher studies. As with any other European university even the universities in Sweden offer strong therotical base with a decent combination of practical exposure. Swedish Universities usually ask for general as well as specific requirements to be fulfilled for securing an admission. Specific requirements depends upon your country of origin or might even depend upon the course which you apply to.


Visa and stay back options in Sweden

Students who are going to Sweden to study for less than 3 months need a visa to enter. If the course duration is more than 3 months, then they would have to apply for a student residence permit. Admission at a Swedish institution and payment of the first installment of fees is mandatory to apply for the same. The duration for processing might be anything between 4 to 12 weeks and it allows the student to work part time during the course tenure. One can also apply for a 6 month extension post the completion of the course to stay back and gain work experience.


Industries in Sweden

Swedish economy is export driven, mainly in exports of hydropower, timber and iron ore. The main industries are pharmaceuticals, chemical goods, motor vehicles, industrial machines, telecommunications, precision equipment, forestry, home goods and appliances and iron & steel. Sweden is advancing in the agricultural sector, employing over half of the domestic workforce. Currently, the country has developed its steel, mining, engineering, and pulp industries to be internationally competitive.
Global brands that originates from Sweden include AstraZeneca, Electrolux, Ericsson, IKEA and Skype. Various Indian corporate companies have set up their offices in Sweden owing to the excellent working conditions and government policies. Some well known names include Infosys, HCL, Tata Consultancy Services, Bharat Forge and Tech Mahindra.


Admission Requirements

Sweden is an excellent option for higher studies owing to its extensive focus on research and overall development, while being extremely relevant to workplace requirements. The country usually offers a 2 year program for Masters and ranges from between six to seven semesters for Bachelors Degree.
While specific admissions requirements vary from course to course and from university to university, a student has to meet the general requirements of basic qualifications, English language profieincy and financial stability,along with specific entry requirements for the chosen course.
The best way to know more information on studying in Sweden is to search for the course details at www.eugateway.in or write to us at info@eugateway.in

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