Studying in Sweden may be quite different from what you are used to. The Swedish educational system emphasises not only the academic quality but is also permeated with an open and informal atmosphere where the students are expected to develop their own academic intellect. Group work as well as personal initiative and critical thinking are important in Swedish university studies.
International students can apply for education at undergraduate level (as an exchange student or a 'free mover'), as a master's candidate or at doctoral level - depending on your previous education.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, with its profile of applied IT and sustainable development, is charged with a task: to contribute to sustainable growth not only in Sweden but also in Europe and the rest of the world. Therefore, BTH offers high-quality education and research aimed at providing a scientific and technological knowledge base.
Swedish Education System
In Sweden the state is responsible for the provision of higher education. The Swedish parliament and the Government decide on regulations and the allocation of national resources.
The Higher Education Act in Sweden stipulates that higher education must have an academic or artistic basis and must be founded on tried and tested experience. All higher education must be of a high quality. Universities are responsible for continually developing the quality of their programmes and for providing quality assurance. Standards are maintained via regular evaluations by the National Agency for Higher Education.
In Sweden, the Government stipulates which qualifications may be awarded by whom as well as the specific requirements for those qualifications.
Studying in Sweden
In Sweden we are proud of our long tradition of innovations and cutting-edge research. To continue this tradition, the Swedish education system encourages students to think independently.
Students learn how to turn theory into practice and how to be team players - skills that are sought after by modern businesses. Therefore, discussions, case studies and group work are important in the Swedish education, and these activities complement the traditional seminars and lectures.
When studying at a Swedish university, you may be surprised by the informal and open climate. You are expected to take an active role in the discussions and present your thoughts and ideas, both when working in groups and in connection with seminars. Most people in Sweden speak English fluently, which makes your stay and your studies here easier.
While attendance at seminars and lectures are required, the group work and your own studying are your responsibility. The informal climate at a Swedish university should not be confused with a lack of seriousness: Swedish universities are very serious about their education, and the students are expected to act accordingly.
Sweden has a system of credits (högskolepoäng); a normal 40-week academic year corresponds to 60 credits. The system is compatible with ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System). The academic year is divided into two terms - autumn term (late August to mid-January) and spring term (mid-January to early June).
All courses and programmes are measured in credits, i.e. according to the ECTS. Thus, students can easily compare courses and programmes given by different universities, the mobility is enhanced and your achievements are easily compared.
The Swedish education system is divided into three cycles: first, second and third.
Undergraduate degrees (First cycle):
- University Diploma: 120 ECTS
- Bachelor's Degree: 180 ECTS
Postgraduate degrees (Second cycle):
- Master's Degree (1 year): 60 ECTS
- Master's Degree (2 years): 120 ECTS
Doctoral degrees (Third cycle):
- Licentiate Degree: 120 ECTS
- Doctoral/PhD Degree: 240 ECTS