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Bachelor degrees taught in English and

Which of the following are good options and why?

erdiles
post 25.Feb.2012, 11:30 PM
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Hi I´m from Chile and I´m planning to move to Sweden for the 2012 fall semester(my mother accepted a job offer and most of my family are moving there).I recently finished my high school education and I applied for different B.Degrees(in english) but I absolutely have no idea of which programme is better or worse, having in count things like prestige of the university,career options,social life,etc.
So i would be very grateful if someone could give my an oppinion about the following list of B.Degrees:

-Bsc in Industrial Engineering-International Business Engineering (University of Boras)
-Software Engineering and Management Bachelor´s Programme (University of Gothenburg)
-Bachelor´s programme in Business Administration and Political Science (Stockholm University)
-Bachelor of Science Programme in Development Studies (Lund University)
-International Management Bachelor programme (Jönköping University)
-Study programme for a Degree of Science in Computer Science (University of Gävle)
-International Business Management (Mälardalen University)
-International Relations(Malmö University)

I know that some programmes have no relationship between each other( you can´t compare international relations with any engineering programme) but i choosed these programmes because of my main interests and abilities(mathematics,physics,computers,social sciences).

Thank you very much for your attention!
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NataBee
post 26.Feb.2012, 10:13 AM
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I'm not very sure about other options you've listed, but for Gävle I think it might not be a good choice.
Högskolan i Gävle has really nothing that stands out, they've closed several programs this term because there is not enough of people applying. The city is small and depressing itself.
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Puffin
post 26.Feb.2012, 10:25 AM
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Location: Dalarna
Joined: 5.Apr.2006

These degrees encompass a wide range of different subjects - what is it you actually want to do?

If you have no particular preference then the best bet would be to go for the more highly regarded University - one that is ranked internationally - such as Lund, Gothenburg or Stockholm

The small regional colleges such as Gävle and Mälardalen don't have full University status and may not be highly regarded
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erdiles
post 26.Feb.2012, 04:26 PM
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QUOTE (NataBee @ 26.Feb.2012, 09:13 AM) *
I'm not very sure about other options you've listed, but for Gävle I think it might not be a good choice.Högskolan i Gävle has really nothing that stands out, they& ... (show full quote)

I visited Sweden in September of the last year and I went to 2 universities: Stockholm University and Gavle. I found Gavle a very interesting choice( it seemed like a nice place to study and they had options for me),but I wasn´t sure about the quality of the programmes offered there so thanks for the info! And also I want to ask you what of the cities that I listed above you find it depressing too? I heard that the winter in Sweden is very tough( only a few hours of sun light,very cold) and living in a city without activities wouldn´t be a good idea.

QUOTE (Puffin @ 26.Feb.2012, 09:25 AM) *
These degrees encompass a wide range of different subjects - what is it you actually want to do?If you have no particular preference then the best bet would be to go for the m ... (show full quote)

Well my first preference is a Engineering programme,specially in Boras ( I would like an Engineering programme combined with other stuff like business and industries) but i have heard that Boras is not one of the best universities in Sweden,what do you think about it?Also I have interest in social sciences like economy or sociology...I was convinced that Engineering was a good option because I like mathematics and physics,but also because in my country is the most well paid profession with Medicine ( the "humanistic" careers are not well paid,except for a lawyer.)

Can you tell me a little bit about the work options that Sweden is offering these times?? Maybe is happening something similar than in my country. I have heard that Sweden is specialized in more technical options than humanistic.
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NoraMiriam
post 27.Feb.2012, 10:37 AM
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Location: Södermanland
Joined: 27.Feb.2012

Hi,

I just want to add that Mälardalen University is a very good college.
The university status has little to do with the quality and regard of a college, it actually has to do with the university's research areas, "vetenskapsområde" in Swedish.

So, obtaining the status of "university" has nothing to do with the quality of the education itself.
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byke
post 27.Feb.2012, 10:49 AM
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Location: Europe
Joined: 28.Oct.2008

Dear NoraMiriam,
Please excuse my cynicism, but since you only joined today and your first post was to promote a specific university.
May I ask if you have attended said university as a student? and what is your role in relation to the university today?
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Puffin
post 27.Feb.2012, 12:54 PM
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Location: Dalarna
Joined: 5.Apr.2006

One of the issues that OP needs to address is what the long term plans are after taking a degree

If you want a career in Sweden they you are probably better off adapting to to the Swedish jobs market and attending a University where you can take the 1 year Swedish/TISUS conversion course and take a degree in Swedish where you can do any practical placements in a Swedish workplace and network with Swedish employers

If however you are interested in an international career then it is better to do a degree with a University that an employer can look up in the tip 100 or 200 World university rankings - then you are better off going for one of the "big 5" general universities
Lund
Uppsala
Gothenburg
Stockholm
Umeå

.. or one of the specialist colleges
KTH
Chalmers
KI
Handels/SSE etc etc

There is nothing necessarily wrong with the ´small regional colleges if you are aiming to work in the labour market in those areas as this their main role - for example with a vocational degree in teaching, nursing, dental technician etc etc- or specialist degrees in specific industries mining, steel. It is not so much an education issue as an issue of recognition
Many international students don't realise how many Swedish students dash to apply to a different college in the final term so that they can get Lund or Uppsala etc on their final degree certificate wink.gif
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Puffin
post 27.Feb.2012, 01:01 PM
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Location: Dalarna
Joined: 5.Apr.2006

Although I do not believe in following University rankings slavishly - it may be worth taking a look www.urank.se

Generally the tiny internationally renowned specialist colleges come top followed by the big 5 + newer unis such as Linköping/Örebro and finally the regional colleges

The current rankings are:
1. Handelshögskolan (Sthlm)
2. Karolinska institutet
3. Sveriges lantbruksuniv
4. Kungl. Tekniska högskolan
5. Uppsala universitet
6. Chalmers tekniska högskola
7. Lunds universitet
8. Göteborgs universitet
9. Stockholms universitet
10 Linköpings universitet
11. Umeå universitet
12 Örebro universitet
13. Södertörns högskola
14. Luleå tekniska universitet
15. Högskolan i Jönköping
16. Växjö universitet
17. Malmö högskola
18 Högskolan i Kalmar
19 Blekinge tekniska högskola
20 Högskolan i Borås
21 Mälardalens högskola
22 Högskolan i Halmstad
23 Karlstads universitet
24 Högskolan i Skövde
25 Högskolan i Gävle
26 Högskolan Dalarna
27 Mittuniversitetet
28 Högskolan Kristianstad
29 Högskolan Väst
30 Högskolan på Gotland

However you need to take overall rankings with a HUGE pinch of salt - the picture may be very different depending on what you are looking for - a school that is great for science and technology may be cr*p for business or social sciences
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NataBee
post 27.Feb.2012, 01:13 PM
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Joined: 29.Jul.2010

Högskolan i Gävle looks nice indeed, the location is quite ideal as it's not too far away from the centrum, next to a beautiful park, obviously romantic during summer and fall. However Gävle city is a forgettable one, if you've seen others. The atmosphere is not so positive, the wind from the nearby sea kills you, the unemployment rate is about to hit the fan. Not to be all negative, for a small city, Gävle has a bit of everything, some good restaurants, some nice clubs, some cool stores, etc.
If you ask me about the city then, I have 2 friends study in Västerås (Mälardalen), they don't have much to say about the college but they like the city.
I like Stockholm, love Göteborg even more, and they have good schools there.

Hope you can find a good place for your study. The quality of the school is just as important as the life in the city that the school is located.
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erdiles
post 27.Feb.2012, 10:44 PM
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Joined: 25.Feb.2012

QUOTE (byke @ 27.Feb.2012, 10:49 AM) *
Dear NoraMiriam,Please excuse my cynicism, but since you only joined today and your first post was to promote a specific university.May I ask if you have attended said univers ... (show full quote)

I though the same thing about NoraMiriam (maybe she is a teacher or part of the staff.. who knows)

QUOTE (Puffin @ 27.Feb.2012, 12:54 PM) *
One of the issues that OP needs to address is what the long term plans are after taking a degreeIf you want a career in Sweden they you are probably better off adapting to to ... (show full quote)

I´m more interested in having an international career more than being in Sweden for a long time( maybe end my bachelor and then a master) I had the same feelings about the big universities in Sweden but i wanted to be completely sure about it before doing any assumption on my own.

What do you think about Malmo? I heard that it was a good university too overall but I don´t know if International Relations career worth it.. in my country it doesn´t exist ( only for a master if you study political sciences or laws, if you want to become a diplomatic or something like that)

Thanks for the info!

QUOTE (NataBee @ 27.Feb.2012, 01:13 PM) *
Högskolan i Gävle looks nice indeed, the location is quite ideal as it's not too far away from the centrum, next to a beautiful park, obviously romantic during summer an ... (show full quote)

Yeah I don´t know if i would fit in a small city ( I have being living my entire life in a 6 million people city). I find Stockholm an awesome city to live.. you have everything, is beautiful and the public transport works perfect.
Thanks for the info/good wishes!
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NoraMiriam
post 28.Feb.2012, 07:37 PM
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Location: Södermanland
Joined: 27.Feb.2012

QUOTE (byke @ 27.Feb.2012, 10:49 AM) *
Dear NoraMiriam,Please excuse my cynicism, but since you only joined today and your first post was to promote a specific university.May I ask if you have attended said univers ... (show full quote)

Dear byke,

I'm new to the forum and read the different threads as they appeared. I replied to this one since me and my boyfriend were looking at the same question about two years ago. He's American and I'm Swedish. He moved here two years ago. He's attending the analytical finance programme at Mälardalen University and I'm attending the social work programme. Therefore I thought I had the right to express my oppinion that Mälardalen University is a good school. Not to advertise or promote the school. I also felt the need to explain that the main difference in between a college and a university has to do with research (vetenskapsområde) since many think it has to do with the standard of the education itself.

Kind regards, Nora Miriam
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