For the first time a survey with international alumni who have studied a master’s programme at the Stockholm University between 2007 and 2016 has been conducted by the University.

Respondent rate of 34 percent

The alumni survey was a first step to establish and develop international alumni relations at the University. It was disseminated to 4,371 international alumni, with bounces from 686 e-mail addresses, which means that 3,685 international alumni received the survey. 1,263 have participated in the survey, which corresponds to a respondent rate of 34 percent. 55 percent were women, 44 percent were men and 1 percent chose to be defined as other. The largest group of the respondents were between 26-35 years.

In order to be recognised as alumni at Stockholm University, 1 hp is required (''högskolepoäng'' is equivalent to credits measured in ECTS). This means that half of the respondents still were students when the survey was conducted.

Mapping of international alumni

The purpose of the International Master Survey was to establish were the international alumni is on the labour market today, how they have gotten there, how they value their education at Stockholm University and to learn more about how the international alumni would like to collaborate with the University. The survey shows that:

  • 2/3 of the respondents have mostly positive feelings regarding their time at Stockholm University
  • more than 2/3 of the respondents chose Stockholm University because of a specific programme they wanted to study
  • over half of the respondents have stated that a master’s degree from Stockholm University from very high to a high degree has affected their chances for employment.
  • more than 1/3 of the respondents have stated that they work within the private sector. 1/5 has chosen the academic world. Further, public government and international organisations are attractive work places for our alumni
  • eleven percent of the respondents are PhD students, whereof half can be found within Science
  • twelve percent of the respondents have chosen to stay in Sweden after completion of studies
  • 38 percent state that the choice of conducting an internship within their education has affected their chances for employment
  • over half state that their studies abroad have affected their chances for employment to very high to a high degree
  • 2/3 would like to feel more connected to Stockholm University
  • More than half of the respondents want Stockholm University to offer collaborating activities which could lead to work in Sweden, for example information and possibilities for competence development and seminars and workshops in English. Several alumni would like to see an active alumni organisation and alumni chapters being developed.

More information

Contact International Alumni Coordinator Jeanette Nordström at if you want to order a presentation document of the survey in English, or if you have any questions. Thank you to all alumni who participated!