The world’s most popular schools and countries 2017

Which schools and countries are most popular for studying abroad? Here is the answer provided by Swedish students in 2017, based on statistics from CSN.

The most popular schools 2017

 

School

Country

Swedish CSN-students 2017   (2016)

1

Copenhagen Business School

Denmark

478   (457)

2

Medical University of Gdansk

Poland

465   (493)

3

Riga Stradins University

Latvia

414   (380)

4

Santa Monica College

USA

387   (476)

5

Santa Barbara City College

USA

371   (478)

6

Speakeasy Language School

Spain

294   (188)

7

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

228   (222)

8

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Denmark

225   (221)

9

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

222   (231)

10

Wroclaw Medical University

Poland

222   (248)

11

Copenhagen University

Denmark

217   (278)

12

University of Glasgow

United Kingdom

209   (239)

11

University of Aberdeen

United Kingdom

206   (204)

The most popular countries 2017

Country

Number of Swedish CSN-students 2017   (2016)

1

USA

5 532   (5 956)

2

United Kingdom

5 478   (5 586)

3

Australia

1661   (1 617)

4

Spain

1 587   (1 439)

5

Poland

1556   (1 625)

6

Denmark

1552   (1 653)

7

Germany

1 113   (1 175)

8

France

1 110   (1 144)

9

Netherlands

1 039     (934)

10

Norway

980   (1 019)

11

Japan

890     (946)

No big differences compared to last year

No major differences have occurred since last year. Eight out of ten top 10 schools were top 10 last year too. The noteworthy changes are that the American Community Colleges Santa Barbara and Santa Monica have lost about 100 Swedish students each, while the Spanish language school Speakeasy from Barcelona has increased by more than 100 students and entered the top 10.

The US is still most popular, despite a negative Trump effect

The US drops over 400 students in what could be described as a negative Trump-effect. The US is still the most popular student country for Swedish students, but the UK has almost caught up. Spain and the Netherlands have both increased by more than 100 students compared with last year.

This is where the Swedes prefer to study

In summary, the English-speaking countries: USA, England, and Australia are the most popular destinations for Swedish students. Medical Schools in East European countries such as Poland and Latvia have also been very popular the last couple of years.

Higher Education is free in Sweden and the same goes for the neighboring countries Denmark and Norway. That Swedish students prefer free education is also very evident in the UK where the three most popular schools, for the second year in a row, are from Scotland where Swedish students currently can study for free.

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