Thousands of international students will be arriving in Stockholm this weekend, beginning studies in Sweden’s capital. The students will be greeted at the airport by guides and free buses into the city.
Each year more than 5,000 international students and researchers from more than 60 countries choose to study in Stockholm, drawn to one of the city's 18 different universities and university colleges.
“The first meeting with Stockholm is very important for them,” says Maria Fogelström Kylberg, Director of the Stockholm Academic Forum(Staf).
"Generally they have travelled far, and for some of them this is their first time abroad. They appreciate having someone to turn to with their questions."
In order to give the students a warm welcome and create a good first impression of Stockholm, the member universities of Stockholm Academic Forum have planned a proper welcome reception for those arriving at both the Arlanda and Skavsta airports.
During three days, August 22 - 24, the students will be taken care of by guides from several different universities in Stockholm. All students will be offered free bus transfer from the airport to Östra Station/KTH, or to Stockholm University. Onboard the bus, guides will offer an introduction of their new hometown Stockholm, and what it offers for students.
Stockholm Academic Forum, Staf, represents 17 Stockholm universities and higher education institutions and the City of Stockholm. Staf also promotes Stockholm as an important leading national and international academic centre.
Every year, a handful of outstanding scientists come to Stockholm to accept the Nobel Prize. But they are outnumbered compared to the 8,000 international students living in Stockholm. And while there are many other universities around the world, Sweden’s system of higher education is one of the best. The universities in Stockholm offer a broad variety of academic disciplines, ranging from art and design schools to world class medical education.
Stockholm Academic Forum is:
Sköndal University College, Karolinska Institutet, Konstfack –
University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Royal College of Music in
Stockholm, Royal Institute of Technology, Royal Institute of Art,
Sophiahemmet University, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm School
of Theology, Stockholm University, Stockholm University of the Arts,
Swedish National Defence College, Södertörn University, The Erica Foundation, The Red Cross University College, The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, University College of Music Education in Stockholm and The City of Stockholm