If you are planning to study to study in Europe, then Scandinavian universities should be on your mind. Read this article to find out why you should consider studying in Denmark, Sweden, Norway,or nearby Finland or Iceland. These last two countries are not technically in Scandinavian region but are within the Nordic group.
(1) Support for Innovation and Research
If one word was chosen to sum up the Scandinavian region, ‘innovation’ would surely be a good word.In Blomberg’s most recent list of the world’s 50 most innovative countries,Finland 7th, Denmark 9th, Norway 14th, and Iceland 28th. Nordic countries are also scoring high in research, development,intensity and researcher concentration.
These national traits are reflected in the region’s universities, many of which have a strong emphasis and focus on research and innovation-including support for students to develop their ideas.
At Finland’s University of Helsinki, one example of this is the Helsinki Think Company, an initiative launched in collaboration with the city government.This dedicated innovation centre hopes to bring together students, academics, and budding entrepreneurs to fast track the process of turning good ideas into companies
(2) Some of the World’s Best Universities
These research and innovation strengths imply that Scandinavian universities are home to some of the best universities in the world. A 2016/2017 rankings shows a total of 27 Nordic universities -ten in finland, eight in Sweden, five in Denmark, and four in Norway-most of whom are all well within the global top 500.
For international students hoping to study at one of the best universities in the region, the ranking sure are a good starting point, but it’s important to look beyond this. The fact is some of the best known Scandinavian universities are actually not listed in the overall rankings, because they are too specialized to meet the criteria for inclusion. Examples of these are, Sweden’s Stockholm School of Economics and the Karolinska Institutet( a medical university) both highly reputed worldwide in their respective fields.
Many Scandinavian universities offer growing selection of opportunities to study in english. In sweden, there are now almost 100 english taught programs at undergraduate level and over 900 at postgraduate level.
(3) The Fancy Scandinavian Lifestyle
Beyond the university education,there is also a wider appeal of Scandinavian lifestyle.These countries may not have the best of climates, but they are known for their high quality of life, highly advanced social support systems, and leadership on issues ranging from gender equality to environmental policy.
Nordic capital cities also rank well in terms of quality of life.Please note that these cities are not on the scale as much larger metropolises such as London or New York. If you want to lose yourself among a skyscraper or in a tangled underground system, you’ll probably have to look else where. Nonetheless, Nordic cities pride themselves on combining city life with a pleasant, clean, relatively relaxed atmosphere.
(4) The possibility of a free degree
Understandably, Nordic countries than to have relatively high costs and this is to a large extent balanced out by low tuition fees. You may even get a free degree. Do note that this is no longer as common as in previous years, with more nordic countries charging tuition fees-at least for some groups of students.
In Denmark tuition remains free for students from the EU/EEA and for students on exchange programs. International students can expect to pay US $6,000 TO $17,000 a year.
In Finland, tuition fees were recently introduced for international students. Fees are low and range from $3,000 to $21,000 a year. While candidates from EU/EEA are not charge fees.
Public universities in Norway are still free for students of all nationalities, at all study levels. There is just a small fee of $35 that is charged.Private universities do charge fees and are particularly low.
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