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Some very good reasons to study at Stockholm University

Keen to study abroad but yet to settle on a university? You’re in luck because we’ve found one that ticks all the boxes for international students.

Some very good reasons to study at Stockholm University
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If you want an education in a city renowned for its academic excellence with a bustling (and safe) student life, Stockholm University is right up your street.

All sounds good but first things first, is the education up to scratch?

We thought you were going to ask about the nightlife first!

All in good time. What kind of education can I expect?

Well, Stockholm University has been ranked as one of the top 50 universities in Europe. It attracts some of the finest minds from around the globe to work as lecturers and in research. Oh, and several of the researchers at Stockholm University are members of the committees that elect the Nobel Laureates each year.

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Sounds fancy. Do I need to wear a tuxedo?

You do if you’re lucky enough to attend the Nobel banquet in Stockholm. But, casual clothes are just fine for life on campus.

And how is life on campus? Good programmes on offer?

Campus life at Stockholm University is vibrant and welcoming, which is to be expected given the diversity of programmes on offer! There are over 70 programs taught in English from the fields of science, humanities, social sciences and law. Check out the range of courses here.

So what can I expect when I enrol at Stockholm University?

You will be in the hub of an academic environment with direct access to top researchers in your field. Students get the best of both worlds as education and research are closely linked on campus. Independent thinking to solve problems is positively encouraged; traits that are de rigueur if you are to succeed and thrive in your international career.

Let's cut to the chase here, what are my job prospects going to be after I complete my course?

Rather good actually. According to the Global University Employability Ranking, graduates from Stockholm University are the most popular amongst employers in the Nordic region. The university was ranked first in Sweden and 45th globally for educating graduates ready for the workplace. Stockholm University was also ranked number one in the Nordics, before the University of Copenhagen.

Ah yes, the age-old debate between Stockholm and Copenhagen…

We're biased of course but Stockholm holds the unofficial title ‘Capital of Scandinavia’. It’s an innovation hotspot that’s home to start-up tech giants such as Spotify, Mojang and King and has everything on tap for students ranging from nightlife to great museums. Not to mention lots of stunning architecture and plenty of green space.

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Green space, you say. Does that I mean I need a bike?

Stockholmers are among the keenest bikers in Europe but even if you just fancy a walk you don't have to go far; you are never more than 300 meters away from a park in the Swedish capital. Better still, Stockholm University's campus is located in the Royal National City Park, which is right on the doorstep of the city centre.

Yes, people in Stockholm still cycle in the winter! Credit: Niklas Björling, Stockholm University

Much going on once you hop off your bike?

Plenty. Stockholm has an abundance of world-class museums and attracts lots of top international musical talent to perform here. Oh, and did we mention the city is an archipelago? So you’re nearly always surrounded by water and in the warmer months can hop on a boat to explore the beautiful nearby islands or ice-skate during the winter. And as a member of the student union you’ll get discounts on cinema tickets, gym memberships and plenty more besides.

A good education and a lively student city sounds like a safe bet.

Most certainly and speaking of safety, Stockholm has been rated as the safest city in Europe and in 2017 was ranked as the world's eight safest city.

I’m sold! Where do I apply?

You can find out more about applying to Stockholm University right here.

This article was produced by The Local Creative Studio and sponsored by Stockholm University.

RESEARCH

Not so gender-equal? Swedish teens still plan careers according to gender, study shows

Swedish teenagers’ plans for their future careers are heavily influenced by their gender, a new study shows, and girls' doubts over their abilities to succeed in male-dominated sectors are a decisive factor.

Not so gender-equal? Swedish teens still plan careers according to gender, study shows
File photo of a Swedish high school class. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix / TT

Both boys and girls are reluctant to enter professions dominated by the opposite gender, leading to gender segregation later on in the world of work, the study from Lund University shows. 

“We already knew that there's a large gender segregation in Sweden, but what we didn't expect to find was that girls still under-estimated their abilities in masculine stereotyped areas such as technology,” Una Tellhed,  who was project leader on the study, told The Local.

“Girls also underestimated how well they thought they would do in male-dominated professions such as engineering. Since Sweden is one of the most gender-equal countries in the world, we were hoping that maybe our 15-year-old girls would have moved past these stereotypes, but they're still alive and kicking!”

Researchers interviewed 2,600 15-year-olds for the study, at which age Swedish children begin choosing the subjects they will study in upper secondary school, which can be decisive for their future career.

Both boys and girls were less likely to choose subjects associated with the opposite gender, due to a range of factors, including their personal priorities (for example, whether they valued helping others over achieving high social status), concerns over fitting in within certain sectors, and perceptions of their ability to succeed in certain areas.

But among girls, Tellhed said that belief in their own abilities was the most important variable, followed by worries about fitting in. “Girls were slightly more likely to prioritize helping others over achieving a high status in their career than boys, but this had only a very small influence compared to these other factors,” she explained.

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Meanwhile, boys typically thought they would be able to do equally well in male-dominated and female-dominated fields. Like girls, however, they worried they would be less well accepted in a sector dominated by the other sex.

Tellhed hopes her research will be valuable in tackling gender segregation in Sweden's workforce, something she believes will benefit both Swedish society and individuals.

“We need more men to take an interest in nursing and more women to take an interest in technology, partly because it's important for the labour market to be able to recruit both men and women,” she said.

“But it's also a problem because men and women are more similar than they are different psychologically, so it's sad that people may not find the career that would match them best, just because it's not associated with their gender. Hopefully we will start to talk more about gender similarity instead of gender difference.”

Finding out which factors lead to gender segregation can help the government and educators tackle it more effectively, and encourage children to consider less gender-typical occupations.

“So now we know that ability-belief is the most important factor for women, we can work on ways to strengthen this self-belief. For men, we need to find out if it would be more efficient to raise the status of nursing to make it more attractive to them, or to try to make boys more interested in helping others — this needs more research,” Tellhed explained.

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