Five great reasons to study at Stockholm University

Are you considering studying or doing research at Stockholm University? The positive incentives are numerous. 

  • Stockholm University is located in the middle of a National Park. Photo: Sören Andersson/ Stockholm University
  • Stockholm University offers an international environment with fantastic opportunities that appeal to students all over the world. And Stockholm, considered one of the most inclusive and welcoming cities in the world, is also famous for its start-up scene and innovations. Furthermore, almost everyone speaks English. Here are five great reasons to apply to Stockholm University.

  • The location of the campus offers an environment for students out of the ordinary. Photo: Jens Olof Lasthein
  • 1. Stockholm University is one of the world's 200 highest-ranked universities and one of Europe's 50 best universities. Shanghai Jiao Tong University produces the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). It measures quality of research, including indicators such as the number of alumni and employed researchers who have won Nobel Prizes, highly cited researchers, and articles published in Nature and Science. In the ARWU from 2021, Karolinska Institute ranked first among Swedish universities, and 42nd in the world; Stockholm University ranked second in Sweden and 74th globally; Uppsala University was third in Sweden and 78th in the world. QS ranks Stockholm University as number one in Sweden in Arts and Humanities. Five disciplines at Stockholm University are ranked among the top 50 in the world: environmental science, social policy and administration, sociology, geography, and geophysics. Read more >> Stockholm University in world ranking tables

  • Stockholm is built on 14 islands and it is often called the Venice of the North. Photo: Jeppe Wikström
  • 2. The Nobel Prize. At Stockholm University professors who teach students are among those who also nominate Nobel Laureates. Several professors are on committees that nominate the laureates for Nobel prizes and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The chairman of the committee for the award in physics and the secretary for the prize in chemistry are currently both professors at SU.
    Four researchers at Stockholm University have received the Nobel Prize – all in chemistry, and one of the University’s researchers, Gunnar Myrdal, has received the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences. In addition, Nobel Laureate Tomas Tranströmer studied and worked at Stockholm University. Read more >> The Nobel Prize

  • View of Stockholm’s Södermalm, known as ‘Söder’ or ‘The South Side’ Photo: Jeppe Wikström
  • 3. First-class education and excellent research conditions – in English. SU’s courses and programs are among the most sought-after at any Swedish university. There are over 75 international Master’s programs in natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and law. All are taught in English.
    Education and research are closely linked at Stockholm University. Students have close contact with leading researchers and access to the most recent scientific findings. Renowned researchers describe meetings with students among the most satisfying aspects of their work.
    The 2020 Global University Employability Ranking ranked Stockholm University as number 66 globally. In other words, an education from Stockholm University prepares you for a career in Sweden and abroad. Read more >> Our researchers. Your teachers

  • 4. Sustainability and the environment. These are central issues at Stockholm University, where – through education, research and collaboration – everyone works actively to achieve the goals of the UN Agenda 2030. SU, which has far-reaching excellence in science and humanities, conducts research and education related to the agenda goals.
    Stockholm University was also the first university in Sweden to allocate resources following the UN Climate Summit: for climate research and skills development for change, to become carbon neutral between 2030 and 2050 and to develop a cross-disciplinary environmental and sustainability education. Read more >> Films from Agenda 2030 at SU

  • 5. Stockholm is amazing. The capital of Sweden is beautiful and easy to get around on foot or by public transport. It is spread over many islands with more than 50 bridges, Lake Mälaren in the west and the Baltic Sea to the east. Stockholm is Sweden’s cultural, media, political and economic center and is also known as one of the most inclusive and welcoming cities in the world. It is a progressive, innovative city that is home to a growing tech community with numerous start-ups – a density with which only Silicon Valley can compete. Considering that Swedes only represent 0.13 percent of the world’s population, the Nordic nation is a significant contributor to global innovation. Sweden leads the European Innovation Scoreboard, an index published by the European Commission. Read more >> Visit Stockholm

  • Facts about studying in Stockholm
    Stockholm offers an inspiring and fun experience abroad. The city has been named one of the world’s best student cities for entertainment and education. In QS Rankings, Stockholm ranks 22nd globally for desirability, reflecting its high living standards and popularity with students.
    The deadline for applying for autumn 2022 courses and programs is January 17, 2022. To apply as an international student, please visit where you can create an account, search for and apply to courses and programs, and find additional information about applying to higher education in Sweden.
    At Stockholm University, tuition varies according to the course or program of study. The price per academic year for studies within the humanities/social sciences/law is SEK 90,000 (roughly $10,000) and within the sciences SEK 140,000 (approximately $16,000). Some programs have special prices in the above range, and a few programs offered in collaboration with other universities have higher tuition fees. There is also an application fee of SEK 900, paid directly to University Admissions in Sweden to have your application processed.
    Doctoral courses are free for all international students. In Sweden, the university or external financiers usually pay for doctoral positions, so you study for free and also earn an income. Additionally, there is a variety of scholarship options available to American students.
    Apply today! Study in Stockholm