Although foreign degrees are recognised in Sweden, you can improve your job prospects by getting a Swedish degree. If the idea of going to university all over again makes you tired, check these five hacks to make the process as smooth as possible.
1. Make it flexible! Find evening, weekend or online (distance) university courses on University Admissions. You will get a proper degree like anyone who studied in a more usual way.
2. Combine! You don’t have to take all the courses of one programme. You can combine courses from a few programmes and even few universities. It is still possible to get a degree even if you have a half of credits from Umeå and a half from Malmö, or if you had 15 ECTS of Italian instead of software engineering. Of course, in order to avoid any complications, we recommend you to investigate the possibilities before you start. You don’t want to be forced to change your title, or even worse, take additional courses in the last moment.
3. Choose a short programme! If you already have a bachelors degree, take a one-year (60 ECTS) MSc degree. If you don’t, enroll a higher vocational school (called yrkehögskola).
4. If you do it in parallel with your current job or taking care of your family, don’t hurry. Luckily, Swedish universities offer you different paces of study: you can study 50% (half-speed) or even 25% (1/4 speed). That gives you two or four years to finish one-year course.
5. And now a real hack, if all this is still too much for you, take only one or two courses. This will be enough to mention a Swedish university in your resume. Don’t worry because listing your unfinished studies or single university courses you took is a common thing in Sweden.