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Studying and living in Sweden

Swedish universities are highly ranked in the world's ranking lists. In Sweden, the teaching method is Socratic with a very informal culture, i.e. it really is a two-way communication, not only between students but also between students and the teaching staff. When it comes to studying law specifically, we in Sweden also differ a lot from other parts of the world when it comes to how we schedule our courses throughout the semesters. You will only focus on one course at a time and at the end of your course, there will be an examination, usually in the form of a sit-in exam and/or written assignments. If you fail an examination, you always have the right to a re-sit. So there is no hectic exam period at the end of the semester, just an evenly spread out workload during your stay here in Sweden.

To learn more about what Sweden has to offer, why not read about these 5 reasons to study in Sweden?

 

Cost of living

Living costs in Sweden depend largely on your individual lifestyle. This is a example of a monthly budget put together by Study in Sweden:

Food: SEK 2,000
Accommodation: SEK 4,000 -4,500
Local travel: SEK 560
Internet/phone: SEK 340
Insurance, medical care/hygiene: SEK 300
Hobby/leisure: SEK 1,300

TOTAL SEK: 8,500 – 9,500 / month
Remember that prices can vary considerably depending on where you live. Stockholm, for example, is more expensive than other cities. Dining out at restaurants can be somewhat expensive in Sweden, though student bars and restaurants often have discount prices. If you join the law students' association (JF, you will get even more discounts on and off campus.

 

Ska vi ta en fika?

Living in Sweden, it is of great importance to know about the Swedish culture. You will most definitely hear the word fika a lot (pronounced Fee-ka). It is the Swedes' way of enjoying a casual break during the day, often while drinking a cup of coffee and having some sort of a snack. The true original Fika contains a black cup of coffee and a Swedish cinnamon roll and lasts no longer than 20 minutes on a working day. At the weekends or after office hours, a fika can stretch out to several hours and include just about anything you want in terms of coffee, tea, lemonade, sandwiches, sweets, fruits and so on. A fika is a great way to start up new friendships and relationships, and may even boost your productivity! So make sure you have plenty of Fika in Stockholm!

 

We in Sweden also have a strong equality and non-discrimination tradition, we celebrate pastries and we are obsessed with order and lots of other things. You can read more about all this here:

Expats blog – Top ten things you need to know about Sweden

or here: 20 things to know about Sweden before moving here

And why not read the ultimate A-Z guide to Swedishness?

 

Our capital, Stockholm

 

View from City Hall

The capital Stockholm is very beloved, especially by its inhabitants. Often called “the Venice of the north”, Stockholm is unique due to its combination of tranquility and trendsetting and modern culture. The city is built on 14 islands and each area has its own vibe and feel to it. Stockholm is also stunning thanks to its maritime beauty; wherever you are, you are always close to nature and water. 

 

To learn more about Stockholm, we recommend this ultimate guide to our city: VISIT STOCKHOLM.

 

Studying at Stockholm University

 

Frescati is another name for Stockholm University's main campus, located just straight ahead when exiting the metro station Universitetet. This is where the majority of the university departments are located and where most of the teaching and research activities at Stockholm University take place. It is located in the middle of the world’s first national city park, and the area is characterized by beautiful nature, interesting architecture and modern art.  

campus Frescati in the spring

The first week of each exchange semester starts with Welcome activities. These are designed to assist you - as a new student - to settle into university life at Stockholm University. The whole week is normally packed with student activities such as a Welcome party, guided bus tours in Stockholm and on campus, and much, much more. 

 

More information about this is sent out to all incoming exchange students once we have received and processed your application.

 

Housing?

Accommodation in Stockholm can be very hard to find on your own, due to high prices and lots of competition. Stockholm University does not own any student dormitories and does not normally organize accommodation for its students - this is all regulated by our laws. However, as a special service, Stockholm University tries to assist students from partner universities with accommodation. Most of the exchange students that come to Stockholm get housing via the Stockholm University Housing Office. Please note that it always easier to get housing through our Housing office if you join us during the spring semester.

More information about housing here in Stockholm, about our Housing office and the housing application process can be found on the Housing Office website.

Once accepted as an exchange student here in Stockholm, you will receive more detailed information directly from the Housing office.

 

The Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law, also called Juridicum, is one of the largest faculties at Stockholm University, and its Law Programme is the most attractive higher educational programme in Sweden - and we are very proud of that and of our students! 

Our Dean, Prof. Jessika van der Sluijs

The Swedish Law Programme lasts for 4,5 years and the compulsory core part, which covers the first 3 years, is entirely taught in Swedish. The later part of the programme, year 4 and 5, we offer our students a variety of specialized courses at an advanced level in both Swedish and English. The specialized courses taught in English are open to our incoming exchange students and we try to keep a good balance between international and national students in our classrooms in order to facilitate interaction between students from different law backgrounds and cultures. Since the courses are on an advanced level, we highly recommend that you have at least 2,5 years of law studies before joining us here in Stockholm. You are expected to have a good knowledge of your own national law and of the foundations in European and/or International law in order to get the most out of the teaching and in the end be successful in your selected courses.

To find out more about our courses please visit our website: Courses for exchange students. Please know that this list will be updated every year (in February for the next upcoming academic year) and might be subject to change. 

 

There is of course more to the Department of Law than just focusing on you courses, even though we do ask a lot of our students while in class. Our law students’ association (JF) has created an International Law Student Mentorship programme (ILM) and if you join us here in Stockholm, we recommend that you join JF and take part in the ILM-programme so you get to experience all the fun social activities they plan for our incoming exchange students every semester. To read more about what they offer if you join them, please check their website: Law Students’ Association