Sweden's best city for study
Nordic countries have a very good reputation with international students, and Sweden is no exception. But where in the country offers the best environment for study?
The Swedish National Union of Students (SFS) has recently announced the winner of its 2017/2018 Student City of the Year award. The award goes to the city that actively works to improve the welfare of students, and this year it went to the city of Gävle.
Gävle is the capital of the Gävleborg County, located at the very lower end of Norrland. It's the country's 13th most populated city and is perhaps best known to the public for its unique Christmas tradition. Every year, a large straw goat, known as the Gävleblocken (or "the Gävle Goat"), is erected in the centre of the city and then, in a more unofficial tradition, tends to get destroyed by the locals.
The SFS jury explained that the city was chosen because it is "forward-thinking and pro-active". SFS chairman Caroline Sundberg praised the city for prioritising students and making sure they are well accommodated by increasing student housing and the influence of students in the city. "This brings hope and trust to the students of Gävle," Sundberg said. The city also has a positive outlook for the future, with plans for further development.
The city's largest educational institution, The University of Gävle, has a strong focus on creating sustainable living environments through research and higher education. It offers international courses on topics such as electronics/automation, geomatics, and energy systems and has around 17,000 students currently studying there.
What other cities in Sweden are great for study?
Though it may have nabbed the crown this time around, Gävle isn't the only place in Sweden that ranks highly for higher education. Here is just a small selection of other notable Universities that grace the Nordic country:
- University of Stockholm – Over 70,000 students at four different faculties make Stockholm University one of the largest in Scandinavia. It offers many different courses in English.
- Uppsala University – Founded in 1477, this is the oldest Nordic university. Located very close to Stockholm, it ranks in the top 100 in the QS World University Ranking 2016-2017 and is a previous winner of the SFS's award for Student City of the Year.
- University of Gothenburg – As Sweden's second largest city, Gothenburg is also home to one of the country's largest universities. It has eight faculties, including Creative Arts, Social Sciences, and Information Technology, and it offers around 70 undergraduate courses in English.
With a high quality of living, an excellent network of efficient public transport services, and no pressing requirement to learn the language (Sweden ranks as one of the top countries in the world when it comes to citizens' English skills), Sweden is an ideal country to move for study. What's more, if you're a citizen of an EU, Nordic, or EEA country, then you do not have to pay tuition fees.
Ensuring your finances are in order
However, the cost of living in Sweden is high and, therefore, it's important to get all the help you can with wealth management. After all, the future is unpredictable, so it's advisable to make sure you're using your money as wisely as you can.