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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
SLU is a world-class international university focusing on the very foundations of our existence: clean water, a living landscape, sustainable food production, high standards of animal welfare and sustainable cities. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for every living thing on our planet.
In order to succeed, we must have the courage to question and challenge. We must seek out new paths and be open to new solutions. By seeing things nobody has seen before and thinking of ideas nobody has thought of before, we are contributing to real change. Through education, research and environmental assessment we are creating the right conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.
SLU among the world's best universities
In the QS ranking 2020 SLU is ranked as one of the world's three best universities in the fields of agricultural and forestry sciences. We are also ranked as number one in the world in Forestry sciences (Center for World University Rankings).
The programmes offered by SLU are unique and based on our strength and profile areas, a bio-based economy and environment, health and life quality. The combination of teaching and research provide students with countless opportunities for interesting, in-depth studies and specialisations.
SLU contributes to the global goals
Agenda 2030 and the 17 global goals for sustainable development were adopted by the UN in 2015. The aim is to reduce poverty and achieve food security, improve education and health, mitigate climate change and achieve a sustainable use of sea and land-based ecosystems. SLU's education, research and environmental monitoring and assessment all strive to achieve many of these goals.
Around 50 Swedish public authorities have come together to help bring about the transition needed in society. SLU’s mission statement (SLU develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. This is achieved by research, education and environmental monitoring and assessment, in collaboration with the surrounding community) is closely linked to these global goals, and SLU was the first university to sign the joint declaration of intent.
Welcome to #studysustainably, #greenstudies and #mastersofnature where you get glimpses of student life as a master student at SLU!
Why study at SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sweden ranked #3 study abroad country
Sweden has been ranked the #3 study abroad country in Europe for 2020! With a high English language proficiency and the headquarters of companies like H&M and Spotify, Sweden was also ranked #1 in Europe for students who want to achieve their career goals.
Student services & facilities
The study and career counsellors can give you general advice on courses and programmes at SLU. We can show you where to find detailed information about the content of courses and programmes, what the job prospects are like and also help you assess this information.
Study guidance at SLU in short:
- We can assist you with general queries on study and career choices.
- We can help you structure your thoughts and explore the opportunities available to you, to help you make a choice that is right for you.
- Do you have more specific questions on e.g. course content or credit transfer? Then you should contact your programme director of studies.
- If you are taking freestanding courses or distance-learning courses, you can contact the course coordinator directly.
- The study and career advisers are bound by professional secrecy when it comes to personal information.
- We can meet on campus, via Skype or on the phone.Contact us to make an appointment.
Once you have been accepted as a student at SLU, it is time to think about accommodation options. Finding an appropriate place to live can be a difficult, competitive and time-consuming process. The earlier you start looking and applying for accommodation, the more alternatives you will have. Once you know where you will be studying, the best thing you can do is to put your name in an accommodation queue. The more queues you are in, the better chance you have of finding accommodation.
SLU’s Alnarp campus is a green oasis located in central Öresundsregionen. The campus is situated on a rolling, luxuriant park where education and research is intensively conducted. Adding to the picturesque surroundings are striking buildings with impressive architecture, offering an aesthetically stimulating environment for students, researchers, employees and visitors.
SLU’s Umeå campus is an inspiring and picturesque learning environment. Surrounded by deep green forests, scenic parks and clear, blue lakes, it is easy to see why Umeå is the fastest growing city in Sweden. With 110 000 inhabitants, Umeå is the largest city in Norrland, and each year over 800 000 people pass through Umeå's airport. It takes less than an hour to fly from Umeå to Stockholm, and four hours to fly to Brussels.
The SLU campus in Uppsala is situated approximately five kilometers south of downtown Uppsala. It takes around 20 minutes to bike from downtown Uppsala to the Ultuna area.
Scholarships & funding
Scholarships are available for fee-paying students admitted to Master's programmes. The scholarships are awarded by both SLU and the Swedish Institute (SI).
For the academic year 2019-2020, SLU will offer approximately 2-6 scholarships. The number of scholarships awarded changes from year to year.
All students who apply for an SLU Master’s programme as their top priority by the January 15 deadline will receive information about how to apply for a full tuition waiver scholarship. Application instructions will be sent to all eligible applicants within a few days after the application deadline. The deadline to submit your scholarship application will be February 15. A scholarship offered by SLU covers tuition fees only, no living or travel expenses are included. All fee-paying students, including scholarship recipients, will also receive comprehensive medical insurance through Kammarkollegiet FAS+ during the entire study period.
Scholarships awarded by the Swedish Institute cover both tuition fees and cost of living. There is a number of different scholarships available depending of your background.
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