In Stockholm, you can have an enriching, but also fun study abroad experience. Stockholm was declared one of the best student cities worldwide in terms of entertainment and regarding the excellent study offer and opportunities. As research is a great part of the higher education system in Stockholm, the local universities’ researchers engage in government investigations and they have been awarded with Nobel Prizes, notably in physiology and medicine, and also received awards for good teaching. International students from over sixty countries choose to follow a degree abroad in Stockholm. Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in the Nordic region. Stockholm is spread across fourteen islands on the coast in the southeast of Sweden at the mouth of Lake Mälaren, by the Stockholm archipelago and the Baltic Sea. Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic centre of Sweden.
Stockholm has a flourishing and prosperous economy; the city’s economy alone covers a third of the country's GDP, and is among the top ten regions in Europe by GDP per capita. The career opportunities in Stockholm are numerous and diverse, especially since here you can find the seat of the government of Sweden and of most government agencies.
The largest industry is the service industry, which covers around 85% of jobs in Stockholm, followed by high technology, tourism and manufacturing (metal, machine, chemicals).
Large employers in Stockholm include: IBM, Ericsson, Electrolux, Swedbank, Skandia, the Stockholm Stock Exchange, H&M (headquartered in the city), Ericsson, Capgemini, Sodexo and Veolia Transport.
In terms of internship opportunities, international students can gain practical experience in many fields during their studies. However, it is important for them to have knowledge of Swedish.
You have so many interesting places to see and discover while you are in Stockholm that it is impossible to get bored. Stockholm is home to three of Sweden's World Heritage Sites: The Drottningholm Palace, Skogskyrkogården (The Woodland Cemetery) and Birka.
Other major attractions in Stockholm include:
Have long walks in the Humlegården and Tantolunden parks, or check out the Stockholm metro (even if you don’t have to travel with the metro), an attraction in itself, popular for its decoration of the stations, and it has been called the longest art gallery in the world.
Go to the Royal Swedish Opera or the Stockholm City Theatre (Stockholms stadsteater).
You should not miss boat sightseeing tours, an exciting way to see and admire Stockholm’s beauty.
Attend some of the local festivals in Stockholm, like: Stockholm Jazz Festival, the Stockholm Culture Festival.
Whenever you feel like dining out, you have plenty of restaurants serving food from all over the world such as Asian, Turkish, Scandinavian, Spanish, and Middle Eastern cuisine. The city is loaded with cafeterias, bars and pubs and you can have fun at some pretty cool and eccentric night clubs; Stockholm has a vibrant night life, catering all tastes.
Almost 30 % of the population in Sweden is born outside Sweden, minorities include: Finnish and English, as well as Bosnian, Syrians, Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Dutch, Spanish, and Croatian.
Stockholm hosts many international and multicultural events, one of the most famous is the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies and banquet.
The entire Sweden was stated as one of the easiest places in the world to set a business, and Stockholm is the major financial hub in the country, among Europe’s top ten most powerful economies. For this reason, the city registered a large amount of foreign investment projects, attracting many international business people.
Although located in a northern country, Stockholm has a relatively mild weather. Spring and autumn seasons are usually cool to mild. The average high temperatures during summer are around 20–25 °C (68–77 °F). Most of the rain or snow precipitation are falling in December and January and usually the winter season records a cloudy weather, with temperatures ranging from -3 to -1 °C (27 to 30 °F), and occasionally dropping below -20 °C (-4 °F). Daylight varies from more than 18 hours around midsummer, to only around 6 hours in late December.
Check out the accommodation options available in the city and take note on the fact that not all universities in Stockholm offer campus accommodation.
1. University dorms – around 375 EUR/month
2. Share a flat – around 550 EUR/month
3. Home stay – not so common, due to high prices, around 900 EUR/month
4. Hostel – average rates are 22 EUR/night
Living costs in Stockholm are somewhat high, between 850 and 1,000 EUR/month. In general, you will have to plan your monthly budget carefully and it highly depends on your life style.
Meal in a budget restaurant is between 8 and 10 EUR, food bills from local supermarkets are around 175 EUR/month. A student public transportation pass costs around 100 EUR/month.
Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) is rated as the top business school in the Nordic and Baltic countries and is highly regarded internationally. SSE offers a full range of business programs including bachelor, master, PhD, Executive Format MBA and executive education.
Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge.
Karolinska Institutet is one of the world´s leading medical universities. Its mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education. Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden and offers the country´s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.
The Royal Institute of Art (KKH) is an institution for higher education with a long artistic tradition dating all the way back to the 18th century. The education offered is diverse with courses in traditional methods as well as instruction in the most innovative and the very latest techniques.
Konstfack is Swedens largest university college of arts, crafts and design and has since 1844 educated artist, designers, crafters and teachers of tomorrow. All our training is based on artistic grounds and we have today around 1000 students and 200 employees.
Stockholm University of the Arts (Uniarts) provides education and conducts research in the fields of circus, dance, film, media, opera and performing arts. With our unique composition of education and artistic research, we want to create new opportunities for societal development and knowledge of tomorrow.
The Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH) is an inspiring setting for artistic learning and development – an excellent place to develop your talent and ability, deepen your understanding, and explore fresh fields of knowledge.
Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest ranked universities in the world and a leading European university. First class education and research ensure that you get the most out of your studies. Leading experts will teach and guide you in an academic environment with international exchange at every level.
The EIT Digital Masters Programme is a two-year programme with eight technical majors and a Minor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. 21 European top universities, renown researchers and leading business are partnered with EIT Digital to provide technical excellence leading to two master's degrees, the EIT Digital Master's Certificate and hands-on experience.
Sophiahemmet University is a leading higher educational institution in the field of nursing science in Sweden. Sophiahemmet University actively works to develop internationalization in order to increase cultural diversity among students and teaching staff. One important aim is to increase the number of students who wish to come to our University from countries both within and outside the EU.
Södertörn University (Södertörns högskola) is a young university that has expanded rapidly since it was founded in 1996, and is now at the heart of a higher education hub in southern Stockholm. It is characterised by a strong belief in independent and critical thought, with a multidisciplinary and multicultural ethos.