Top 10 Best Swedish Universities for Higher Studies in 2014

Students looking to pursue higher education abroad often look for American, Canadian, and Australian universities. In contrast, European universities have been unfairly under-rated due to several misconceptions like language barriers--Telegraph says.

Sweden is a modern country with schools and universities using English as primary language. The Government of Sweden has implemented great reforms in recent years to improve the quality of curriculum in English and raised the status of the teaching profession.

If expat life in Sweden appeals to you then apply at any of the best Swedish universities for higher studies. The list below is compiled in accordance with data of QS World University Rankings.The ranking, however, tends to vary from one source to another.

10. Umea University

Umea University, founded in the year 1965, is ranked 67 by QS, and 23 by Times Higher Education. This Swedish university comprises of ten schools and 36,000 students registered for undergraduate and graduate programs. The institute costs $34,100 per year in tuition and fees.

9. Blekinge Institute of Technology

Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) offers a variety of programs in technology and engineering. With approximate student strength of 14,000, Blekinge Institute is ranked among the top ten technology centers in Europe. Admission rate amounts to roughly 400 new students per year. The annual tuition fee is $24,500.

8. University of Gothenburg

HDK School of Design and Crafts at University of Gothenburg has merged most of its degree programs with the School of Craft and Design in Gothenburg. Typically ranked high on most lists such as 31 by QS, and 17 by Swedish National Agency for Education. HDK has one of the highest average GPAs for admitted students, each paying upwards of $39,000 in tuition and fees.

7. Uppsala University

Established in 1477, Uppsala University is one of the most prestigious universities in Europe. Ranked 81 by QS World University Rankings, this institute has around 9,100 students enrolled in various undergraduate and graduate programs, paying $34,100 per year in tuition.

6. Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology is situated in Gothenburg, Sweden. The university is typically ranked between fourth and eighth on most lists. The 7,100 students enrolled paid $31,200 in previous academic year, with the tuition fee expected to rise this year.

5. Lund University

Lund University was established in 1825. It is the home to more than 47,000 students, paying a steep $45,000 of tuition and fees annually. A few notable individuals like Peter Estenberg, Manne Siegbahn, and Tage Erlander are associated with this institute.

4. Dalarna University

Dalarna University is located in central Sweden. It is ranked 28 by QS with its slightly higher tuition fee--about $42,000 per student per year. Currently, the university has around 5,910 students enrolled.


3. Linnaeus University

With just 5000 students, the School of Business and Economics at Linnaeus University is ranked 24 by QS. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration, and economics. The school charges nearly $35,020 per year in tuition and other fees.

2. Stockholm University

Stockholm University is ranked 81 by the Shanghai Ranking System, and 43 by QS. Its notable alumni include Carl Bildt, Hans von Euler-Chelpin, and Dag Hammarskjöld.  This Swedish university has 13,000 students enrolled. Their fees top out just over $34,000 per year.

1. University of Gothenburg

Founded in 1891, the University of Gothenburg is ranked 19 by QS. It has nearly 35,000 full time students, and 57 departments. The institute offers courses in arts, social sciences, humanities, education, information technology, and economics. This university costs a whopping $30,120 per year in tuition and fees.


Apparently, Sweden offers one of the best education systems in the world and the future looks bright as we rely upon a great universities like the ones above.