Friday, November 28, 2008

Requirement for Studying in Sweden (Part 3)

Master's Degree Programmes

Universities in Sweden offer a large number of Master's Degree Programmes taught in English. These programmes are open to both Swedish and foreign students with a Bachelor's degree (a Swedish Kandidatexamen) or equivalent academic qualifications.

Before you apply for a Master's Degree Programme you should make sure that you have the required academic qualifications and language skills.

Check the programme description(s) carefully for detailed information on requirements and documentation. Please note that the requirements stipulated for each programme may differ from those mentioned here. This information can be found on the web of each programme. If you have questions regarding the requirements, please contact the university directly.

Please click here to see the lists of the universities websites.

Application Procedure (Master's Degree and Undergraduate Programmes)

How to apply for a master's programme:
  • Check the programme description(s) carefully for detailed information.

  • Fill in the application form on-line. Please note that the postal address and e-mail address given will be used for all future communication. It is therefore very important that all correspondence information is correct.

  • Please check the information you have given carefully. Submit your application by clicking the "Send application" button.

  • Print out the cover sheet as instructed on the web page. Only part of the information you have given will be stated on the cover sheet. The cover sheet must be signed by you and sent by post to the address mentioned below.

  • Sign your cover sheet, attach all required documentation and send it by post to the address stated on the cover sheet. Applications missing the signature of the applicant will invariably be rejected.

  • Make sure that your cover sheet including supporting documentation will reach the address mentioned below, before stated deadlines. Applications sent by fax or e-mail as well as online applications without supporting documentation, will not be considered.

University Studies in Sweden
FE 1
SE-833 83 Stroemsund

The decision regarding admission will be communicated to the applicants through their personal account at Studera website.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Requirement for Studying in Sweden (Part 2)

English Language Requirements

For most courses and programmes taught in English the language requirement is set to the equivalence of English studies at secondary level in Sweden, English course B. For some courses the requirement is set to the lower level, English course A.

If your secondary school qualifications in English are not considered to meet these requirements, you must submit the official results from an internationally test or examination, such as Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency.

Minimum test results to meet requirements:

- Academic Training
For course B: An overall mark of 6.0 and no section below 5.0
For course A: An overall mark of 5.0 and no section below 4.5

- Paper-based
For B: Mark 4.0 (scale 1-6) in the written test and a total score of 550
For A: Mark 4.0 (scale 1-6) in the written test and a total score of 500

- Computer-based
For B: Mark 4.0 (scale 0-6) in the essay rating and a total score of 213
For A: Mark 4.0 (scale 0-6) in the essay rating and a total score of 173

- Internet-based
For B: Mark 17 of (scale 0-30) in the written test and a total score of 79
For A: Mark 17 of (scale 0-30) in the written test and a total score of 61

All TOEFL results must be sent straight from the ETS with the institutional code 9520.
English Language Test Exemptions (Master's Degree Programmes). Some students may be exempt from submitting formal test evidence. These are:
  • Students who have a Bachelor's degree from a university where English is the only language of instruction, according to the latest edition of International Handbook of Universities.

  • Students who have a Bachelor's degree (a Swedish Kandidatexamen or equivalent academic qualifications) with English as the major subject.

  • Students who have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Science or Technology from India or Pakistan.

  • Students who have 30 HE credits from a Nordic country and the language of instruction of the course/programme/university is English.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Requirement for Studying in Sweden (Part 1)

Documentation (Master's Degree Programmes)

Your application must be supported by the following documentation, sorted in the same order as this list. Put all documents in the same envelope. One set of documents is sufficient.

If you did apply last term, please note that you only have to send in new documents now; duplicate sets of documents will only delay the processing.

1. Cover sheet.
2. Certificates and diplomas from previous education at an internationally recognized university.
3. Transcripts of records (including course list). Sort them in reversed chronological order, i e put the last received document on top.
4. A copy of your passport or some other document of identification.
5. Proof that you meet the specific requirements of the programme(s) chosen (for example a short essay or a letter of intent is required in some cases, check programme description).
6. Proof of English skills.

Please avoid staplers, paper clips, and documents with text on two sides.

All documents, copies and scanned documents supporting the application must be stamped and signed by the issuing institution, or a notary public.

Please note that applications not supported by officially certified documents will not be processed.

The documents should be in the original language, and in officially certified translations into Swedish, English, French or German, if the documents are issued in any other language than the Scandinavian languages.

English test results from TOEFL (code 9520) should be sent directly from the test centre and reach the University Studies in Sweden on the stated date.

Please note that University Studies in Sweden check the authenticity of your documents with the issuing institution. Applications with unauthentic documents will invariably be rejected.

Send your application package to:

University Studies in Sweden
FE 1
SE-833 83 Stroemsund

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Lists of Swedish Universities that offer programmes in English

Please find below the lists of Universities in Sweden that offer programmes in English either undergraduate or postgraduate degree or both. Click on the university to be directed to their website.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

How to Apply for Postgraduate Degree Programmes in Finnish Multi-faculties Universities?

To apply for postgraduate degree programmes in Finnish multi-faculties university, first turn to the appropriate university’s web page for general information.

When you register at the electronic Application Form on University Admissions (Joint Application System), you create a personal user account which allows you to save your information. The system will help and guide you through the application process, so please read the instructions carefully.

After you have saved the electronic application form, the information will be compiled into a printable PDF-document. Follow the instructions given on the Form and sent your printed and signed application with all the required documents to University Admissions Finland. Please note, that the electronic application form itself is not considered an application, unless University Admissions receives it printed and signed with all the required enclosures via regular mail by the application deadline.

During the application round 2008-2009 the following Finnish universities will use the electronic Application Form:

Lappeenranta University of Technology
Turku School of Economics
University of Helsinki
University of Jyväskylä
University of Lapland
University of Oulu
University of Tampere
University of Turku

Other Possibilities

Please note that the universities above also offer programmes to which it is not possible to start applying online. Check the application deadlines and instructions on the universities' Web sites.

Other Finnish universities do not use the electronic University Admissions Application Form during this application round 2008–2009. If you are interested in applying for studies at the following universities, turn to the appropriate university’s Web page for information and follow the instructions given there:

Friday, November 14, 2008

Update on Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences Programmes in English

The joint application website for the Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland has been updated with the programmes available in English starting in Aug/Sept 2009 and the universities that offer them.

Please take your and review the one after the other before the application period in January.

Click here
for the link to the page.

Good luck

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My recommendations about university selection in Finland

NB: The following recommendation are based on my personal experience and therefore not binding on anybody but just a way of creating awareness to people about studying in Finland and sustenance as foreign students.

The following universities are my recommendation based on proximity to Helsinki, capital city. Therefore, the possibility of getting student job is imminent unlike the Northern Finland, where jobs for foreign students are scarce and limited because of the language barrier i.e. language of communication is Finnish. Meanwhile, if you can learn finnish quickly, you are assured of job.

The Multi-faculty Universities and Universities of Technology are mainly for postgraduate studies in English. The application is jointly on University Admission or directly to the universities.

Meanwhile, the Universities of Applied Sciences are primarily for undergraduate studies in English. The application is jointly on OnlineApplication2PolytechnicsinFinland. Although, they offer some postgraduate studies in English, the application details can be found on the schools websites.

Please explore the websites to the fullest for other vital information of importance. Watch out for institutions in Helsinki, Turku, and Lahti.

  1. Abo Akademi University, Turku

  2. University of Helsinki, Helsinki

  3. University of Joensuu, Joensuu

  4. University of Jyvaskyla, Jyvaskyla

  5. University of Kuopio, Kuopio

  6. University of Tampere, Tampere

  7. University of Turku, Turku

  1. Helsinki University of Technology, Espo

  2. Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lppeenranta

  3. Tampere University of Technology, Tampere

  1. HANKEN Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki

  2. Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki

  3. Turku School of Economics, Turku

  1. Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki

  2. Sibelius Academy, Helsinki

  3. Theatre Academy, Helsinki

  4. University of Art and Design Helsinki

  1. Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki

  2. Diaconia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki

  3. Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki

  4. HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Hameenlinna

  5. Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

  6. Humak University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki

  7. Jyvaskyla University of Applied Sciences, Jyvaskyla

  8. Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Lahti

  9. Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences, Mikkeli

  10. North Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Joensuu

  11. PIRAMK University of Applied Sciences, Tampere

  12. Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Pori

  13. Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio

  14. Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences, Seinajoki

  15. South Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Imatra

  16. TAMK University of Applied Sciences, Tampere

  17. Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku

  18. Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences, Kouvola

  19. Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Vantaa

The following universities are also superb in term of their standard but I only separated them because of their location and proximity to the capital.

  1. University of Lapland, Rovaniemi

  2. University of Oulu, Oulu

  3. University of Vaasa, Vaasa

  1. Aland University of Applied Sciences, Mariehamn, Aland

  2. Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences, Kokkola

  3. Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, Kajaani

  4. Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences, Kemi

  5. Novia University of Applied Sciences

  6. Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu

  7. Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences, Rovaniemi

  8. Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, Vaasa

Monday, November 10, 2008

Studying UK and USA

United Kingdom

UK College Search

The UK Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) provide an excellent outlook for an information-base focusing on admission. It also provides access to course search database and links to many other UK students’ websites.

For more details on studying in UK, click here ...

Alternatively, Education UK is a classic source for information on studying in the UK. It is a British Council page.

For more details, click here

United State of America (USA)

The US Network for Education Information (USNEI)

The USNEI site is likely the only reliable site in the America university Internet source. It is very complete, informative and fast. Just choose on ‘Studying in United States’ from the sidebar and click your way through various options. It lists the universities, financial aids opportunities and a well-scrutinized external links.

For more details on studying in US, click here

Alternatively, EduPASS is a very informative site, which is also good. The sites provides information for those considering education in the US, most especially the international students already in the US.

For more details, click here

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Studying in Spain, Sweden and the Netherland/Holland



This site provides a lot of information about studying in Spain but quite unfortunate, everything is written not in English.

For more details on studying in Spain, click here


This site contains all you need to know about studying and living in Sweden as foreign students. A very comprehensive site with good onward links!
For more details on studying in Sweden, click here


Dutch Nuffic website is a very comprehensive source of information about studying in Holland and the links to the rest information about Holland.

For more details on studying in the Netherlands/Holland, click here

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Studying in New Zealand and Norway


Education New Zealand

This site is an excellent source of information for people interested in studying in New Zealand.

For more details on studying in New Zealand, click here


Centre for International University Co-operation (SIU)

This organization site provides somewhat minimal information for foreign students about studying in Norway. Nonetheless, it is still a point of reflection for study in Norway.

For more details on studying in Norway, click here

Monday, November 3, 2008

Studying Ireland and Japan


Education Ireland

Education Ireland which is managed by International Education Board Ireland covers all that you need to know about studying in Ireland without bothering about irrelevant details. Detail information about academic system to living in Ireland as international students. There exist links to all higher education institutions in Ireland.

For more details on studying in Ireland, click here


Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide

This site provides a wealth of information about studying in Japan. It also provides prospective international students with the required information about academic life in Japan.

For more details on studying in Japan, click here