For many international students, studying in Scandinavia is a life-changing, highly rewarding experience - and they are sure to receive a notable, world-class education. The four Scandinavian countries - i.e. Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden - are known for their highly advanced educational systems. That is also why two of them made it into the top 10 of our Country Ranking 2017.
In the table below, you can find the top 20 universities in Scandinavia, based on data provided by the major international rankings: the Times Higher Education ranking (THE), the QS University World ranking, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU or “Shanghai Ranking”) and the US News Best Global Universities Ranking.
|University of Helsinki||Finland||76||91||56||91|
|University of Copenhagen||Denmark||82||68||30||49|
|University of Oslo||Norway||135||113||67||116|
|KTH Royal Institute of Technology||Sweden||155||97||201-300||213|
|Technical University of Denmark||Denmark||167||109||151-200||125|
|University of Gothenburg||Sweden||180||264||151-200||205|
|University of Bergen||Norway||182||177||201-300||198|
|Chalmers University of Technology||Sweden||201-250||139||201-300||389|
|Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences||Sweden||201-250||201-300||346|
|Copenhagen Business School||Denmark||201-250|
|University of Turku||Finland||301-350||234||401-500||328|
Four of the twenty universities have ranked in the world’s top 100 across the board. The top university, Karolinska Institute, focuses on research and practice in the medical field. But many other of the ranked universities, such as Lund University, University of Helsinki and Uppsala University, offer a large variety of programmes for many different areas of study. You are sure to find the study programme that suits your needs - and with a degree from these universities, you set the course for a great career in academics or business.
While not all universities in the list made it into the global top 100, their academic quality is notable, and you can expect some of the best educational offerings that you can receive around the world. The University of Oslo, for example, has a wide range of research programmes ranging from entrepreneurship to physics, and is known for the Nobel laureates it spawned over the years. As the second oldest university in Denmark, Aarhus University is known as a very international school with a large variety of programmes, hosting over 1,000 international students per year in both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
To study in Scandinavia does not only mean obtaining a world-class education at some of Europe’s finest universities. It also means being exposed to rich cultural influences in an exciting region. If you are hard-pressed on making a choice among so many attractive universities and cities, you should not fear to miss out: You can always explore the region with short train or boat trips and get to know the surrounding countries, as well.
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