Research in Scandinavia: how to decide on your college

Denmark, Finland, Norway or Sweden, the countries of Northern Europe offer quality courses, in an exotic environment and even in English! Our leads to help you make your choice.

Have you decided to go to the Far North? From Denmark to Norway, most universities are public and its study plan is smoothed in the European system: bachelor’s (license) and master’s are the two main diplomas. Scandinavian countries are always attracting more students. Every year, the French are therefore nearly 5,000 to fly there as part of your Erasmus exchange, with Sweden at the top of the list of destinations.

Bet on Erasmus

In most cases, your stay in Northern Europe will take place as part of an Erasmus exchange. The principle is simple: you will study, for one or two semesters, at a partner university of your home institution.

Ask your university or school’s international relations department for a list of Scandinavian establishments that can host you. Is betterstart the process between six months and a year before departure.

Read too : Sweden, Norway, Finland, Norway, Denmark the rising stars of Erasmus

English courses

If the Vikings’ language is an obstacle to your departure, don’t worry: it’s also quite possible to go to Scandinavia to improve your English. Many courses are in English. Furthermore, these countries are less sought after than the UK, your chances of being accepted will be even higher.

To integrate these programs in English, you will need to be at least “fluent” so as not to lose the thread. Exchanges with teachers are less formal than at home andClassroom debates are fueled by student reflection.

For example, the University of Oslo offers over fifty master’s degrees in English. In Sweden, the University of Malmö offers around fifteen master’s degrees in English, as does the University of Technology in Tampere, Finland. Finally, in Denmark, the Ministry of Higher Education is proud to be able to offer international students over 500 courses entirely in English in all establishments in the kingdom. You will therefore be spoiled for choice.

Go it alone: ​​plan ahead!

If you decide to leave an exchange program, you will have to take care of the registration yourself:
– In Sweden, it is done online on the University Admissions in Sweden platform, between 1 June and 15 August;
– in Finland, is also done online, on the University Admissions Finland website, but much earlier. Depending on the establishments, it can start on December 1st and end at the end of January;
– in Denmark and Norway, you must register directly with the institution you are targeting. The platforms are not yet open to internationals. Please note that applications are made very early: between December 1st and March 15th.

In any case, your application file will be examined with a magnifying glass. Universities require results from previous years, a motivation letter and a letter of recommendation.

To prove your level in English, you will also need to present a score ranging from 60 to 90 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), depending on the level of the universities, or 6.5 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

international reputation

A criterion to take into account when choosing is the reputation of the universities. Known for being innovativesome Scandinavian institutions, particularly the Swedish ones, regularly find themselves in the top 100 rankings of the best universities in the world.

Times Higher Education 2018 QS Best Universities 2018 Shanghai (ARWU) 2017
1 Karolinska (Sweden) 38th University of Copenhagen (Denmark) 73rd Karolinska (Sweden) 44th
two Uppsala U. (Sweden) 86th Lund U. (Sweden) 78th U. of Helsinki (Finland) 56th
3 U. of Helsinki (Finland) 90th KTH (Sweden) 98th U. of Oslo (Norway) 62nd
4 Lund U. (Sweden) 93rd U.of Helsinki (Finland) 102nd Uppsala U. (Sweden) 63rd
5 Aarhus U. (Denmark) 109th Uppsala U. (Sweden) 112th Aarhus U. (Denmark) 65th

Note that international rankings emphasize research. It is therefore interesting to look at them from the “postgraduate” level, that is, master’s and doctoral degrees. Before that, other aspects are more decisive for your choice, such as selectivity or geographic location. It’s up to you to carry out your little investigation!

Did you say “Scandinavia”?

Scandinavia includes Denmark, Sweden and Norway, whose languages ​​are built on the same model. Finland is not strictly Scandinavian : Finnish has similarities with Hungarian and Estonian, not with Swedish, Danish or Norwegian.

Denmark: Everything you want to know about higher education.
Sweden: This site lists the different courses you can take and much more.
Finland: the guide to higher education.
Norway: an official portal that references the various possibilities of study.

Study in Scandinavia: follow the guide!

Your decision is made: you will study in Denmark, Finland, Norway or Sweden. But how to choose the university? How much will your registration cost? Where to stay? We take stock of the measures to be taken.

• Test: Are you ready to study in Scandinavia?
• Study costs, scholarships, jobs… what budget for Scandinavia?
• Visa, insurance, language test… what are the formalities to study in Scandinavia?
• Accommodation, transport, budget… student life in Scandinavia

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