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Distance university degree in Sweden

Ctx
post 4.Nov.2006, 01:17 PM
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Dear Friends

any body know if there are any Ba degree to study in Sweden via internet Distance ?
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Puffin
post 4.Nov.2006, 05:40 PM
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Location: Dalarna
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It depends whether you are looking for a course in Englah or Swedish and what level you want to study at.

Sweden has the "Netuniversitet" - which has online and distance courses - mostly in Swedish but there are some in English. You can either study separate modules or combine them to a BA (Kandidatexamen) or an MA (Magisterexamen). If you use the search function on the link below you can scroll down to the section "undervisningsspråk" and click on engelska which will show you the courses available in English.
http://www.netuniversity.se/Frameset.asp


Another option is to study with the UK Open University that runs distance degree courses in English. The OU courses are available in Swedish and you can take your exams in Sweden - the downside is that you have to pay fees:
http://www.open.ac.uk/


Hope this helps
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Ctx
post 5.Nov.2006, 12:30 AM
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thnx my friend but the problem am not able to find any english staff in the swedish link could you help me please ,thanks in advance
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Ctx
post 5.Nov.2006, 03:24 PM
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do you know if this degree recognized in sweden if i wana apply for master here ??
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Puffin
post 5.Nov.2006, 03:45 PM
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Hi!

The Open University degrees are recognised in Sweden as long as you choose a specialist subject to major in and complete the disseration course.

(Th OU also awards general degrees that can contain any combination of subjects - but these are not recognised as full BA degrees in Sweden)

I can give you a hand with net University if you can tell me what subject area you are interested in. You don't have to be admitted to a programme to be awarded a BA in Sweden - usually if you have 120points with a minimum of 60 points in one subject including 20 points in each of levels A,B & C in the main subject (English, german, sociology, business studies etc)
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Ctx
post 5.Nov.2006, 04:28 PM
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some bunisess or computer Ba degree but in english language
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Puffin
post 5.Nov.2006, 04:55 PM
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I cannot find any BA programmes within Computers/Business where the whole degree is BOTH in English and distance based studies. There are a few one off courses - but nothing a finals level

I guess that there is not a huge demand for this type of course - most courses in English are run for exchange students who actually come to Sweden to study and want lectures and seminars.

If you have the finance - I guess that OU would be an option - however you would need to select your course carefully so that it would not be something based too much around UK laws/specifications.

However it depedns what you want to do with your degree after you graduate - if you are looking at taking a degree and establishing a career in Sweden then you would be far better off and far more employable if you learned Swedish (TISUS/Svenska cool.gif and took a degree in Swedish as this would give you much better insight into Sweden. Also many of the Swedish degrees include practical placements and contact with business.
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Ctx
post 5.Nov.2006, 04:58 PM
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can u find any Ba degree program in English for distance study?
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Puffin
post 6.Nov.2006, 01:27 PM
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Location: Dalarna
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The only subjects that I can find that would let you read all 60p for a BA in English and as a distance course is English - which is available at several Högskolor.
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*Anonymous*
post 8.Nov.2006, 11:22 AM
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Hej! I'm currently living in the UK but we are planning to move to Sweden in the coming years (my BF is swedish), & i wanted to change my career path from IT Management, which is too demanding if you want to have children, my options are changing drastically & studying for a BA in English language to allow me to teach kids English from 7-13 maybe, or keep within IT & studying IT Training for users.

Would Sweden accept a BA english degree from the Open university & allow me to teach? Is IT training growing over in Sweden as it is here? It's a really rough decision & I need to make it soon as the next courses all start in Feb.
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Puffin
post 8.Nov.2006, 12:01 PM
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I'm not sure where you are thinking of living and what sort of teaching you are planning to do - but a few words of advice:

Open University degrees are recognised as a degree in Sweden - but they are not a teaching qualification - you would need a PGCE/Bed of you wanted to teach in primary schools.If you want to teach in the Swedish state sector/evening classes or for private training providers - then you would need to be fluent in Swedish and for working with younger children you would need a recognised teaching qualification such as a PGCE. Sometimes you can get lucky and find a job in the 16+ and adult colleges.

A BA degree alone will not give you qualified teacher status as an English teacher in the stae sector. English is a tough subject to get regular work in as it is studied in school for 9 -12 years. Also for the age group you are talking about - 7-13 (Primary and middle school) most schools do not hire specialist teachers for English - the regular class teacher teaches this subject - as well as teaching maths, Swedish and social studies etc.

International schools in the major cities teach in English - however they usually only employ experienced qualified teachers with several years post qualification teaching experience.

I'm not sure what the state of play would be for IT training. I think that the market is pretty saturated - but there is perhaps someone else on this board who can give better advice. You would need ti be familair with the Swedish keyboard and Swedish computer terminology if you wanted to teach.


However for any type of teaching job fluent Swedish will be essential.
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*Anonymous*
post 8.Nov.2006, 12:07 PM
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Thanks for the advice, am taking Swedish classes currently. Funny my BF's mom is an English teacher & can hardly speak English, they have no conversational English skills. These teachers can point at things & provide names & that is about as far as it goes.

Swedish job market seems saturated in almost every field, Swedish keyboard is not an issue, use both on my current system & lived in Holland & worked in IT for 3 years there. 'Swedish' computer terminology required should be limited as most countries use English pc terminology.

Will keep on checking the options. Thanks again for the advice.
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Puffin
post 8.Nov.2006, 01:42 PM
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Obviously it depends on what level you are interested in - however the computer clasess that I attended at the local Adult Education college were entirely in Swedish using Swedish terminology.

I'm ver surprised that your BF's mum is an English teacher and can't speak English as the standard is generally fairly high. University students are expected to read academic texts in English and many Uni courses have more than 50% english texts as well as some lectures and seminars in English. How would you get on with Swedish texts on the OU course.

However the real problem for us English speakers is that there is an expectation of employees being able to speak English and Swedish - there is no premium for speaking English only. Most employers look for a certificate - SFI would be the the absolute minimum.

I have worked as an English teacher doing a variety of evening classes, childrens classes, A-level and adult education work. The problem is that unless you are a qualified teacher it tends to be part time contracts for a few hours a week - the pay is pretty poor as well £8-10 per hour before tax!
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*Anonymous*
post 8.Nov.2006, 01:48 PM
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Great:-( thanks. They're from way up north in Skelleftea.
Looks like I will just have to push my Swede to get a brilliant paying job & hope for the best when it comes to me :-( But with Swedes being so fixated on being 'equal' it is hard to put up with being paid badly just because you are a foreigner.

I'm really worried about working there someday as I have no idea what the job market is like.
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Alfredo
post 8.Nov.2006, 01:57 PM
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''However for any type of teaching job fluent Swedish will be essential.''

Not strictly true, unless talking about young children.

'Gymnasie' or adult teaching requires no Swedish whatsoever, as has been proved by many ...
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