As you’d expect from a nation with an economy driven by science and technology, Sweden offers a good selection of universities. It has eight entries in the QS World University Rankings® 2018, all of which are in the top 350. The top five are:
Lund University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Northern Europe, and ranks joint 78th in the world. With a large student body of 42,000, students make up almost half the population of the city of Lund, 20% of which are from outside Sweden. The university cooperates with 600 universities in over 70 countries, both in research and in student exchange programs such as Erasmus.
KTH, Royal Institute of Technology
KTH is Sweden’s largest, oldest and most international polytechnic university and considered one of the best in Europe. Located in the capital, Stockholm, it currently ranks joint 98th in the world, provides a third of Sweden’s research and engineering education, and has consistently ranked as one of the top 40 universities for engineering and technology subjects.
Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is the oldest university in both Sweden and all the Nordic countries. It ranks 112th in the QS World University Rankings 2018 and has 43,591 students enrolled. The university’s long history of prestigious education makes it a member of the Coimbra Group, an association of longstanding institutions of a high international standard.
Chalmers University of Technology
Located in Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology is another very strong polytechnic university, ranked 133rd in the world overall and within the top 100 for engineering and technology subjects. Over a third of students enrolled on master’s programs at Chalmers are international, which may be partly due to the fact all master’s courses are taught in English.
Stockholm University is the Swedish capital’s state university and is currently ranked joint 195th in the world. It’s one of Scandinavia’s largest universities, educating more than 70,000 students in four faculties. Stockholm University offers many programs in English and is currently ranked within the top 100 universities in the world for arts and humanities.
Other internationally ranked universities in Sweden include the University of Gothenburg (ranked joint 283rd), Linköping University (joint 287th) and Umeå University (338th). In addition, Sweden is home to a number of prestigious specialized institutions, including the medical-focused Karolinska Institute.
Another specialist institution is the Stockholm School of Economics, which offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate business degrees and boasts a worldwide network of over 20,000 alumni.