Young Swedes choose summer school

The summer vacation usually means a chance to earn some much needed cash for young people in Sweden, but for those that can’t get hired, going back to school may prove the most viable option.

Especially since it makes you eligible for continued student allowances.

“In many cases this is due to a lack of summer jobs. Taking a summer course becomes a way to have fun while doing something useful at the same time, “ Peter Citron of Växsjö university told TT.

The Swedish agency for higher education services (VHS) has noted a significant increase of applicants to the summer courses at universities countrywide.

Last week saw the deadline for applicants for the coming summer term, and according to news agency TT there is an increase of 17 percent since last year.

Courses on offer range from the more traditional to the obscure.

Students can choose to study the American TV channel HBO, behind TV-series such as Sopranos, in a course called “HBO and the contemporary TV-drama”.

Other courses on offer across Sweden are “Chemistry in the Kitchen”, “The Meaning of Life” or “The behavioural needs of zoo-animals”.

However, according to news agency TT, the number one on the list this year is “Harry Potter and his worlds” which received 900 applications.

Peter Citron of Växsjö sees this as a positive development as it could be a way to guide those into the academic world who otherwise never may enter it.

“As far as I know there are strict rules on quality and content, there is no need to question them,” Peter Citron told TT.

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