- #276 Ranking
- 23 Masters
- 28000 Students
Innovative, high-ranking Linköping University in southeastern Sweden offers a wide range of English-taught master’s programmes. Linköping University graduates are particularly popular with employers, with an independent study showing that they are amongst the first in the country to gain employment. Linköping University, with over 28,000 students at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, the quiet performer from the Swedish heartlands.
Linköping University – or LiU, as it’s often called – ranked 26th in the 2014 QS ranking of the world’s best universities less than 50 years old. As a relatively young university, it’s free of the traditions that obstruct innovation and creativity. For instance LiU was the first Swedish university to embrace interdisciplinary teaching and research – blending technology, sciences and the humanities. LiU advocates sharing and collaboration, rather than isolationism and ”keeping my stuff to myself”.
Students from overseas appreciate Linköping University’s flat hierarchies and hands-on approach. You address your lecturers and professors by their first name. Labs at LiU have enough capacity that you can often do some actual lab work yourself.
Sweden’s population is just less than ten million – not much by world standards. But the country certainly punches above its weight in the business sector. Successful businesses born in Sweden include IKEA, H&M, Volvo, Scania, SAAB, Ericsson, TetraPak, AtlasCopco, Skype, Spotify and Mojang – the developers of Minecraft.
So how is life in Sweden? Well the winters are actually a delight – provided you rug up properly. Accommodation is comfortable; with central heating and industrial-strength insulation you’ll stay warm while it’s snowy outside. Prices are much on a par with the UK and rents are reasonable. People can be a little reserved, but are helpful and friendly once you get them talking.
International master’s students at Linköping University love the easy lifestyle on offer in the twin towns of Linköping and Norrköping. A bicycle is the best way to get around, usually on separate bike lanes – that are even ploughed in winter. The surrounding region is beautiful, with easy access to lakes, hiking areas and wilderness, and the national capital of Stockholm is only about 90 minutes away by train. Because most Swedish master’s programmes at LiU are two-years long, you have plenty of time for a life outside your studies. So you don’t just leave with a degree. You learn, but you also live.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Linköping University!
A healthy life-style and general well-being are important factors for successful studies. If you find that your daily balance or study abilities are disrupted by physical or mental stress, you can turn with confidence to the staff at the Student Health Care Center.
Services offered by the Student Health Care Center
The Examination Office organises examination locations and co-ordinates supervisors for written examination. Examination Office also runs the system for examination administration (TAL). The object of the Examination Office is to execute high quality and legally secure examination in addition to offering services for students, administrators and examiners related to examination.
Note that the course instructor constructs the exam and grades it and that students can pick their examination papers up at the secretariat by their department.
Support for students with special needs
Linköping University has a responsibility to support special needs students in different ways. An overall aim is to offer, as far as possible, appropriate support to the special needs student so that he/she can pursue studies on the same conditions as other students.
In addition to impaired vision, defective hearing and mobility disabilities, there are different kinds of functional disorders, of physical as well as mental origin, which can cause problems during studies, e.g. difficulties in reading and writing.
The special needs student is entitled to the following services:
The Careers Service
The Careers Service is Linköping University centre for working life and has the aim of facilitating the transition from studying to working life for students at Linköping University and increasing contact between students and employers in the region. As a student, you will be offered feedback on your CV and personal letters, guidance and coaching on work and careers. You will also find series of seminars on the art of looking for work and information on vacant positions. NB! Today, most of the information are written in Swedish and the activities require knowledge of the Swedish language.
Linköping University is located in the middle of one of Swedens most expansive regions, about 150 kilometres south of Stockholm. We have 27,600 students. The majority is studying in Linköping and one fifth in Norrköping. We also have students in Stockholm, at Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies.
In Linköping, most students live in student housing areas situated within cycling distance of the campus. It is a good idea to start queuing and looking for accommodation early on. It can be difficult to find accommodation in Linköping at the start of the autumn term but it might be easier to find something in the surrounding area.
Many students live in co-ed dormitories, which are organised in corridor groups. Each corridor consists of eight student rooms with bathrooms, a shared living room and a shared kitchen. Laundry facilities are available in each building. Each student room is furnished with a bed, a desk, bookshelves and chairs. Students furnish their own bedding.
The voltage in Sweden is 220 volts at 50 Hz. As e.g. British and American outlets may differ from Swedish outlets, you may need a transformer and/or an adapter for your electrical appliances.
In each room there is a socket for fixed telecommunications, but you have to arrange for your own telephone subscription. Most student housing is also prepared for an Internet connection, although you have to reach an agreement with an Internet service provider. For detailed information, please contact the housing company.
The kitchen has a refrigerator, a freezer and an electric stove with an oven, but you have to provide your own kitchenware. Most students cook in the corridor kitchen, but student restaurants and coffee shops are also available.
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