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Sweden is among the ten happiest countries in the world. It is the third largest country in the EU in terms of territory after France and Spain. In terms of human development, Sweden ranks second in the EU, and in the ranking of countries with the best reputation it has the first place in the world.
Swedish is the most popular Scandinavian language.
More than 10 million people speak the Swedish language and only 53 out of 6500 languages, that exist on our Planet, have more speakers, than Swedish has. That is why Swedish belongs to a large language group. The language is an official one in Sweden, Finland and Aland Islands. Swedish is one of the Germanic languages and, therefore, people, who know English or German, should find it rather easy to learn Swedish. And if a person knows Swedish, it will be easy to learn Norwegian and Danish. The research “Swedish in Belarus” has shown that 100% of respondents know English and choose Swedish as the second foreign language. But even if you don’t know any foreign language, you can easily learn Swedish as the only foreign language.
The Swedish language gives privileges to study in Sweden, get internships and participate in international projects in Sweden. For example, according to the research “Swedish in Belarus” conducted in 2017 by the Swedish Centre, 33% of respondents received grants to study in Sweden.
Study in Sweden
All students of the Centre can participate in programs and grants given by the Swedish Institute and the Royal Society for Swedish Culture Abroad.
In 2002 the Swedish Institute (Swedish Institute, SI) opened the Centre for Swedish Studies and until nowadays SI remains one of our main partners. Apart from providing support in learning Swedish, SI gives a lot of possibilities to study in Sweden FOR FREE both in Swedish and English, as well as conduct research in Sweden. In English, you can study to acquire a Master's degree or a PhD in Sweden, participate in Visby program, management program SIMP, Summer Academy for Young Specialists SAYP, Global Leaders’ Program LEAP, visits of Swedish scholars and specialists (part of Visby) and etc. In Swedish, there are the Swedish language summer courses, short-term research activity in Sweden, courses and conferences for teachers of Swedish and etc. For more information visit web-sites: www.si.se и www.svenskaspraket.si.se.
The Royal Society for Swedish Culture Abroad also supports learning of Swedish abroad. The Society in contrast to SI provides grants and courses for non-academic learners of the Swedish language (those who don’t study Swedish at university). There is a non-paid summer course, which includes 3 weeks on a picturesque Ireland of Tjörn. For Belarusians, there are possibilities to get a discount (for more information, contact the Centre). Also there is a free of charge program for one academic term to study Swedish in Sweden. The Society collects memorable signs about Sweden across the globe, send something from Belarus! More information is available on the web-site: http://www.sverigekontakt.se/wp/
Many universities are partners of the program “Erasmus Mundus”, the aim of which is to support student-exchange programs between EU universities. The whole list of such universities is available on the web-site of the Swedish Institute. The program covers accommodation, tuition fee, administrative expenses and travel costs.
Swedish universities also provide opportunities for foreign students to participate (on a competitive basis) in receiving a scholarship. For example, such programs are provided by the University of Lund, the Technological Blekinge University, the Chalmers Technological University, the University of Dalarna, the University of Linné, the Royal Technological University, the University of Malmo, the University of Gothenburg and many other universities of the country.
While acquiring post-graduate qualification (PhD) in Sweden, one has the right to get money, as stated in a labour contract. For conducting research and teaching, universities in Sweden pay 1200-1600 euros per month and provide social benefits for post-graduate students.
The benefits of studying in Sweden
All consultations about studying in Sweden can be received in the Centre for free. The Centre provides a unique chance to pass the Swedish language test Tisus in Belarus. The results of the test are accepted by all Swedish universities as the assessed knowledge of the Swedish language.
Knowledge of Swedish opens new opportunities for work. According to the research “Swedish in Belarus”, 45% of respondents use Swedish at work, for 15% of respondents, knowledge of Swedish was the obligatory work requirement and, for 42% of respondents, knowledge of Swedish gave benefits to get a job.
You may say: “Everyone speaks English!” It is possible to find information about Sweden and communicate with the Swedes in English. But sometimes our own level of English is not sufficient to communicate successfully. If you do not know Swedish and therefore the specificity of Swedish mentality, you will find it difficult to establish relations with the Swedes.
Knowledge of Swedish is an opportunity for those who dream to learn the Scandinavian culture and traditions, travel and read books in Swedish. 2-3 times per month the Centre holds interesting meetings with the representatives of the Swedish culture.
Sweden.se- an official web-site of Sweden. You may find all necessary information about Sweden.
The Swedish language
Following resources may be of great use for those who study Swedish.
We learn Swedish https://www.facebook.com/groups/Vi.studerar.svenska/
Medical vocabulary https://www.facebook.com/groups/medicinsk.svenska/
Swedish for English speakers https://www.facebook.com/groups/svenska.engelska/
Swedish for Russian speakers https://www.facebook.com/groups/svenska.ryska/
Scone dialect (skånska) https://www.facebook.com/groups/talaskanska/
Travel in Sweden https://www.facebook.com/groups/Sweden.Travel/