Startpage for Swedish National Agency for Higher Education

Please note! The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education was closed down on 31 December 2012. Instead two new agencies have been established: the Swedish Council for Higher Education and the Swedish Higher Education Authority. This website will continue to operate as the new agencies will have links to information it contains.  

Studying at HEIs

Högskoleverket (Swedish National Agency for Higher Education) is responsible for compiling the official statistics about higher education in Sweden. The most recent statistics for 2009 present an overview of higher education in Sweden.

Students in first (undergraduate) and second cycle (Masters') programmes

  • Number of individual students: 363,000
  • Full time equivalent students: 318,400
  • Gender split: 41% male, 59% female
  • Non-Swedish background: 17% (born abroad or with two parents born abroad)
  • International students in Sweden: 46,800               
  • Swedish students abroad: 26,600

Student mobility

During 2010/11, around 26,600 Swedes studied abroad, of which 17,500 arranged their own studies, and 6,000 participated in exchange programmes. The UK is the country to which most students travel, in the academic year of 2010/11 it attracted 19 per cent of all the Swedish students who went abroad to study. It was followed by the USA, Denmark, Australia, Spain, France and Poland. The proportion studying in Asiais increasing and almost 2,500 Swedes studied  in Asian countries.

During 2010/11, there were 46,800 international students in Sweden. Almost 32,000 students had made their own arrangements to come to Sweden to study whilst 15,000 were participants in exchange programmes. During the academic year of 2010/11 there were 14,300 free-movers from Asia compared to 790 ten years ago. The majority of free-movers (39 per cent) come from China, Pakistan, Iran, India and Bangladesh.

Students in third cycle (doctoral) programmes

  • Number of active doctoral students: 18,300
  • Gender split: 51% male, 49% female
  • International entrants: 37% (2008/09)
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