According to Universityadmissions.se the number of international applicants for master’s degree programs at Swedish universities have increased with 24 % compared to 2011.
The number of students that have paid the application fee has increased with 22 % so the increase is not mainly related to an increase in applicants that are exempt from fees. (Due to EU legislation, students from the EU/EEA, like Swedish students, do not need to pay tuition fees.)
Increasing number of international applications for Swedish mastern's degree programs. Photo: Ulf Lundin
Here’s a list of the top ten countries (with the number of applicants from each country in parenthesis)*:
- Sweden (1330)
- Germany (918)
- China (883)
- Great Britain (807)
- India (755)
- U.S.A. (639)
- Greece (562)
- Iran (531)
- Bangladesh (475)
- Pakistan (425)
And here’s a breakdown over the top ten most popular universities (with the number of applicants in parenthesis):
- Lund University (11449)
- Stockholm University (6724)
- KTH Royal Institute of Technology (5534)
- Chalmers University of Technology (5032)
- Uppsala University (4611)
- Linköping University (3905)
- University of Gothenburg (3592)
- Stockholm School of Economics (2169)
- Malmö University (2084)
- Blekinge Institute of Technology (1931)
If you are interested in more detailed statistics, including number of applicants for individual study programs, here is an excel file of the complete list of statistics from The Swedish Agency for Higher Education Services (VHS). We’re all about transparency.
* The list refers to the number of students that have either paid the application fee or are exempt from application fees. The total number of applicants per country can be found in the excel file above.
When you apply for university level studies in Sweden you are bound to come in contact with Sweden’s national (online) application portal. The Swedish Agency for Higher Education Services (VHS), which is responsible for the application and admission process, has recently unveiled Universityadmissions.se.
Universityadmissions.se is directed exclusively to international students applying for higher education in Sweden. So if you are from Sweden or want to apply for programs held in Swedish — you should instead go to Antagning.se. I hope and believe that Universityadmissions.se will be a step forward compared to the now defunct application portal Studera.nu, which received substantial criticism (sometimes well deserved) for its lack of usability.
So what’s new, what does it do, and how do I use it?
In short, Universityadmissions.se provides a searchable database of all degree programs and courses that are available for international applicants. When the application period for Autumn 2012 has started (December 1, 2011), it is through Universityadmissions.se that you send in your online application, pay the application fee (if applicable), follow your application in progress (including sending in the required documentation) — and when you have received your notification of selection results, reply to any offers of admission.
However, before you get carried away and start with your online application I would recommend that you have a look at the general guidelines about how to apply to higher education in Sweden at Studyinsweden.se.
The application period for international students wanting to study in Sweden in the fall 2011 is closing on Monday, January 17. Hurry up and apply if you have not done it yet as submissions after this date will be considered late. A few courses and programmes may still allow for a late application after January 17. These have an “Add” button in the course search on Studera.nu. But late applications will be processed by universities only if time allows and places have not been filled.
Also, be sure to submit your supporting documentation and/or payment latest January 28. See Studera.nu for the latest information.
Except for following the applications for fall semester, we are in the middle of planning our events for 2011. We will be writing continuously during the year about the events we are attending and organizing. We already know that we will be present at the student fair, EHEF, in Hong Kong, March 12-13. This event will be organized together with the Swedish General Consulate in Hong Kong.
Hope to see you at one of our events during 2011 or at a university in Sweden soon!