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Linköping University: A first-class education and great student life

Innovative, high-ranking Linköping University in southeastern Sweden offers a wide range of English-taught master’s programmes. According to an independent study, our graduates are amongst the first in the country to find work. Linköping University, with over 28,000 students at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, is quite the performer in the Swedish heartlands.


High-ranking young uni

Linköping University – or LiU, as it’s often called – ranked 21 in the 2016 QS ranking of the world’s best universities less than 50-years-old. As a relatively young university, LiU is free of the traditions that can impede innovation and creativity. For instance, LiU was the first Swedish university to embrace interdisciplinary teaching and research – blending technology, sciences and the humanities. At LiU, we’ve found that students and researchers get better results when they work together.

Students from overseas appreciate LiU’s flat hierarchies and hands-on approach. You address your lecturers and professors by their first name. Lab capacity is so good that you can often do lab work yourself.

Business successes

Sweden’s population is only just over ten million – not much by world standards. But the country certainly punches above its weight in business. Successful Swedish-born corporates include IKEA, H&M, Volvo, Scania, Saab, Ericsson, Skype, Spotify and Mojang – the developers of Minecraft.

Bikes and hikes

International master’s students at LiU love the easy lifestyle in the twin towns of Linköping and Norrköping. A bicycle is the best way to get around, usually on separate bike lanes. Nearby are lakes, hiking areas and wilderness, and the national capital, Stockholm, is just 90 minutes away. Because most master’s programmes at LiU are two-years long, you can have a life outside your studies. You leave with more than just a great degree.

Quick facts

•  Four campuses: Linköping, Norrköping, Linköping University Hospital and Carl Malmsten Furniture

•  Regional companies include Saab, Ericsson, Siemens, Holmen Paper, BT Industries and Electrolux

•  Partner universities include Fudan University, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Nanyang Technological    
    University, Stanford University and University of Edinburgh

A student's perspective

Antonio Greco, originally from Sicily, moved to Milan to do a BA in economics and management, which also focused on public administration, international organisations and demography. After graduation, he spent time in the UK to improve his English and to reflect on life. There he decided to do a master’s in International and European Relations at Linköping University.

A year into the programme at Linköping, Antonio appreciates its wide range of courses in law, economics and politics. The various components are well integrated and you choose your own specialisation.

'Another advantage is that we focus on just one course per month, while the course themes are still connected. With the small classes, you get to know your fellow students, boosting your confidence. Plus, the teachers are very helpful and passionate about their fields.'

Antonio loves the Swedish educational culture, where lecturers meet students at eye-level, and students get to contribute in lectures.

He feels really welcome in his new home: 'Winter is a bit tough but I really like Sweden, the international atmosphere on campus and the impressive nature'.

For his third term, Antonio plans to do an internship in Latin America, before returning to Linköping to write his thesis.

Master’s at LiU: www.liu.se/master