Geographically, Mid Sweden University is located in the middle of Sweden, right at the heart of Northern Europe. It is a young university, but its roots go back more than 150 years.
As early as in 1842, in the same year as the elementary school was established in Sweden, the decision was taken to place a teachers education college in Härnösand. Today, Mid Sweden University has three campuses, Härnösand, Sundsvall and Östersund, with approximately 16 000 students. Around 50 percent are campus students, while the rest engage in distance tuition via net based courses and programmes.
Every year students from all over the world come to study at Mid Sweden University, and we firmly believe that the international element of any education is a measurement of quality. We have partnerships with a number of universities around the world for the exchange of students and staff. We offer courses for international students at all three campuses.
As a university, we provide higher education of a high standard on undergraduate, post-graduate, and research study levels. We offer a wide range of course programmes within the social sciences, behavioural sciences, media, nursing, teachers education, information technology, natural sciences, technology, and languages as well as other subjects within the humanities.
At Mid Sweden University, we integrate our research with the study programmes in a natural and intriguing way. In some subjects students may go on to the research programme, after having completed courses on the basic and advanced levels.
One of the main characteristics of Mid Sweden University is a combination of the intimacy of a small college, enabling close contact between students and teachers, with the educational variety and resources offered by a large university. At Mid Sweden University, no one runs the risk of getting lost in the crowd. All students have the opportunity to get to know each other. It is precisely the intimacy and sense of togetherness that students forward as one of the most prominent advantages of Mid Sweden University.
Mid Sweden University is the leading educational institution in the field of net based learning in Sweden. Approximately 50 percent of the students at Mid Sweden University study net based courses or programmes. The concept of flexible learning describes our approach to teaching and learning.
Exploring a new study environment is not the easiest thing to do, and studies in Sweden may be different from what you are used to.
The administration at Mid Sweden University offers service and support to students:
As a university with three campuses the International Office and Student Services at Mid Sweden University has a de-centralized organisation.
There are International Officers at Campus Sundsvall and at Campus Östersund, working at the Vice-Chancellor's and the Registrar's Office. There are also international co-ordinators available at each department. At the Division of Student Services prospective students can send their questions to the International Desk for guidance.
Survival Guide for International Students
Arriving to a new University is very exciting and thrilling! We know that you have a lot of questions concerning your guest University. The answers to the most frequently asked questions you can find in the "Survival Guide for International Students".
The Guide works both as a preparation guide and as a guide after your arrival and during your studies at Mid Sweden University. It is a good idea to print it out and bring it with you to Sweden. In this guide you will find information regarding:
Student Health Centre
The Student Health Centre provides preventive health care for students at Mid Sweden University and is a complement to the public health care system. If you are sick and need to see a doctor you should contact the Public Health Centre.
The Student Health Centre can help you with:
- Personal guidance
- Conversational therapy
- Lifestyle questions
- Crisis support
- Relationship questions
- Questions about alcohol and drugs
Centre for winter sports and tourism
Östersund, with approximately 60 000 inhabitants, is located about 180 kilometres to the northwest of Sundsvall. The main educational focus at Campus Östersund lies within the Social Sciences, the Natural Sciences and Technology. Courses are also offered within Health Sciences and Social Work.
Östersund is the number one winter city. The short distance to the mountains and the countrys top down hill centre Åre make many students choose Östersund as their city of studies. But the city and its surroundings have a wide range of recreational activities to offer the year around.
Sports fan, woodland scenery lover, or culture vulture? Östersund offers you a unique opportunity to choose, regardless of what category you belong to. The closeness to the stunning wilderness offers numerous opportunities for trekking as well as fishing and skiing. The slalom slope is situated in the midst of the city. In Östersund you will also have the possibility to try ice-climbing and when there is no snow on the ground, you can try climbing and challenging adventure tracks close to the slalom slope. The fine cross country ski stadium offers many long illuminated tracks for skiing, running, and even in-line skating. Every winter, big national sports events take place here. Over 10 km long ice-skating and skiing tracks on the lake Storsjön have been an appreciated contribution to the winter scenery in the city. This gives you the opportunity to go long-distance ice-skating and cross country skiing, when the snow has covered the city and the ice on the lake.
Entertainment and recreation
Östersund is not only the Mecca of sports fans. A few minutes walk from the city centre you find one of Swedens most frequently prized provincial museums Jamtli. In its role as the only city in the province of Jämtland, trade and business naturally take on a central function in Östersund. There are many shops that offer a wide range of products, which give you the opportunity of good shopping in the immediate vicinity. The city centre also has many cafés, pubs, open air bars, and restaurants that offer local specialties as well as international menus. The city has an active music and entertainment life for all kinds of tastes. For instance, annually in the shift between July and August, the city festivity Storsjöyran is arranged. Östersund is the seat of the county government in the province of Jämtland and it is situated right at Jämtlands geographical heart. If one turns towards the west, one sees the mountain tops Bydalsfjällen and Åreskutan in relief against the horizon. Few other cities than Östersund offer a similar mix of nature experiences, entertainment, and recreational activities.
Campus Östersund, inaugurated in 2002, is situated a few minutes walk from the main shopping street in the centre of the city. The new city district with the university, which formerly was a regiment, has been carefully renovated, built out, and transformed into a welcoming campus. The area harbours a modern library, lecture halls, student restaurants, and a café.
Student life in Östersund
The students union in Östersund has its base in Studenternas hus in the midst of campus. Here you find among other things the students union office with chairman and vice chairman, the students union counselling, and the different student sections. The restaurants that are situated in the library building are run by the students union and lunch is served for student friendly prices. Also in the evenings this is a natural meeting-point on campusthe perfect place for after-work, meetings, and dinners. In case you yourself would like to arrange a dinner, a meeting, a party, or work on any of the pub evenings, you just have to sign up for it. In Studenternas hus there is always something going on. If you like sports, there is the association ÖSIS (The Östersund students sports association), which possesses knowledge and devotion. In case your own sport is lacking, you might want to start it up. No sport is impossible within ÖSIS. The students union of Östersund warmly wishes you welcome to a funny and exciting time of study!
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Mid Sweden University (Östersund Campus)!