Education - a quick overview
Attending school in Sweden is mandatory for children aged 7 to 16. After compulsory school, comprising grades 1 - 9, students can decide to continue their studies at an upper secondary school, called gymnasieskola. What programme a person decides to study at the upper secondary school level - and how well one does in their studies - is important in determining what can be studied later at university.
At university, students can study a few years or many years and receive a number of different degrees in different subjects. Sweden has 50 universities and university colleges in many different locations in Sweden. For the autumn 2015 semester, Sweden offered over 15,000 courses and programmes at the bachelor's and master's levels.
The Swedish reputation
Sweden has a very long tradition of academic quality. Even though it's a very small country, some of the best universities in the world can be found here. Education's focus is on rationality, reason and applying knowledge. Students are not just taught knowledge; they are encouraged to work with others, be creative, speak their mind and be responsible for their education.
Look no further than the Nobel Prize to see this country's dedication to knowledge, creativity and discovery.
Different education agencies working together
It may be confusing with several different government authorities and agencies, and many students wonder where they should turn for specific questions or tasks. Here's a quick guide for you, with links to more information.
Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR)
UHR is the agency responsible for the website you're visiting right now. UHR's main tasks are:
- providing general information about higher education, mainly through studera.nu
- managing admission to Sweden's universities
- providing evaluations of foreign upper secondary and academic (university) qualifications
- helping students study abroad through the Erasmus+ programme
Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitetskanslersämbetet)
Universitetskanslersämbetet is tasked with overseeing Sweden's universities and university colleges, and to ensure that they comply with regulations and provide quality education. The authority is also responsible for statistics and follow-up with regards to the higher education sector in Sweden.
Centrala studiestödsnämnden (CSN)
CSN is responsible for providing financial support - in the form of grants and loans - to students for their university studies.
Page last updated 2016-05-12