avaleht University of Borås
The University of Borås is a modern university with six departments:
- Fashion and Textile Studies
- Library and Information Studies
- Business and Informatics
- Behavioural and Education Sciences
- Health Sciences
UB has the front edge on several exciting research projects, among other things ‘Smart textiles’ which is a preferential research area in the region. Cloth which changes colours when the mobile phone rings, garments which measure muscular frequency and curtains which become lights in the dark are just a few examples. Although textile is one of the major areas of the research, there is another unique research area - resource recovery from waste. This course helps to find solutions to the environmental problems.
These days the total number of students is nearly 15,000 (including both undergraduate and postgraduate students). The campus is located in modern, purpose built buildings in the city centre.
Why study in University of Borås?
- unique programs in textile and resource recovery
- master programs closely connected to cutting-edge research
- no tuition fees for EU students
- state-of-the art university library
- study in modern building
- programmes give knowledge and skills for the working life
- several lecturers have a background in industry
- University of Borås is placed in the top when the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education investigates the employment situation
Measured by its size, Sweden is not a small country; it’s as big as California or France. But the population is only 9 million. With this in mind, it is really rather extraordinary that so many global companies and well known inventions originate from Sweden. IKEA, H&M, Volvo and Husqvarna, as well as the pacemaker, modem and computer mouse were invented here, not to mention Skype and Spotify.
According to the European Innovation Scoreboard, Sweden is the most innovative and entrepreneurial nation in Europe, while maintaining a very high quality of life. And Sweden is central, despite of its location. Traveling to other places in Europe is fast and easy, and if you choose to travel within Sweden, beautiful nature, larger cities and small quaint villages are always nearby, no matter where in the country you are.
Borås is a small city in south-west Sweden, located approximately 60 kilometers east of Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city. Borås has a population of around 100,000. Borås is sometimes referred to as the textile and sculpture capital of Sweden.
Useful links to get acquainted with Swedish education system:
"Ministry of Education and Research" http://www.sweden.gov.se
"Swedish Schools Inspectorate" http://www.skolinspektionen.se
"Swedish National Agency for Education" http://www.skolverket.se
You are NOT required to pay application and tuition fees if you are a citizen of an EU or EEA country, or Switzerland.
Cost of Living
Though most students live on a tight budget, there are ways of making your money go further. You can use your student card for discounts and on-campus restaurants on a good value. You can also cook your own food; most student accommodations have some form of kitchen facility open to residents.
- Food: SEK 2,700
- Student accommodation: SEK 2000-4000
- Clothing, hobby/leisure: SEK 1000
- Local travel: SEK 500
- Medical care and hygiene: SEK 500
- Telephone: SEK 300
Total monthly costs: SEK 7000-9000
In most restaurants and bars, a beer will cost you SEK 40-50 SEK, a glass of wine perhaps a little more. Dinner starts at around 100-150 SEK drinks not included. Eating out at lunchtime is cheaper; expect to pay somewhere around 55-90 SEK for a meal including a soft drink, salad and tea/coffee. An average monthly budget is set out below to give you some idea
Scholarships for International Students
The Swedish Institute administers over 500 scholarships each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden to pursue their objectives at a Swedish university. The Swedish Institute is a government agency. On their website concerning studies in Sweden you will find a useful guide and extensive information on their scholarships as well as links to other organizations who also offer scholarships or travel grants for studies in Sweden.
"Swedish Institute website" http://www.si.se
"Study in Sweden" http://www.studyinsweden.se
Visby program (Swedish Institute's Baltic Sea region exchange program) is a good option for financing your Master studies or if you want to do a summer course.
"More on Visby program and criteria"http://www.studyinsweden.se/Scholarships/SI-scholarships/Visby-Program/
The University of Borås does not have a campus with student accommodation but the university cooperates closely with Borås’ largest student accommodation agency, AB Bostäder, and informs them about admitted students. The earlier you start searching for accommodation, the more likely you are to get a suitable room or apartment. Please note that if you have not found a place to live before you arrive in Borås, you should be prepared to spend time in a hostel or other short-term accommodation before finding a permanent residence.
AB Bostäder offers three types of student accommodation. The rent includes electricity, water, heating and Internet connection.
1) Furnished apartments
Price range for room 1560 – 2200 SEK/month. Price range for an apartment 3200 – 3860 SEK/month
2) Furnished rooms in halls of residence
Price range for room 1550 - 2633 SEK/month
3) Unfurnished studio rooms
Price ca 4200 SEK/month
More information about the accommodation "here" http://bit.ly/h1CGlt
If you are enrolled at a Swedish university or university college you can work in Sweden without a work permit. You do, however, need a residence permit. Nordic, EU and EEA students need to get a residence permit if they are staying in Sweden for longer than three months. All other nationalities need to get a residence permit before they arrive in Sweden. "More information" http://www.migrationsverket.se/info/starten.html
Working as a student in Sweden is normal and six out of ten university students work part-time. The expected salary you can have is from 110 SEK/hour and higher depending on the job you are doing.
However it is recommended to take some Swedish classes offered by university to make the job finding easier. The level of English speakers in Sweden is quite high though. Also, it could be a good idea to start searching for work already in August as this is the time when students usually go home for vacation and quit their jobs.