Stockholm University is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education with outstanding scholars, rich academic resources, and an ideal environment to encourage research and innovation. The Department of Education has a long history and tradition with many achievements in the field of international and comparative education.

Today I work as a Social Secretary, Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai.

 

I studied the Master’s Programme in International and Comparative Education at the Department of Education.

 

Questions and Answers

Study at Stockholm University

Question: Could I study as a visiting student?

Answer: Yes, you could choose to either join the master's programme or take independent courses as an exchange student (it depends on if your home institute has exchange agreement with Stockholm University). My advice is that you should first check on SU website the courses you are interested in and then contact student counsellor/study advisor at the department as soon as possible to see if you are eligible to take the courses. Best regards, Xinglong.

Programme Structure

Question: How is the programme structured?

Answer: The Department of Education at Stockholm University has a long-term cooperation with your home-university, Beijing Normal University. The program is in general a research-oriented one. You could check the programme structure together with the course content so see if you are really interested in the reserach field of international and comparative education. I would strongly recommend you contact student counsellor at the department for more information. You find more information here: http://www.edu.su.se/english/education/master-s-level/master-s-level-1.302266. Best regards, Xinglong.

Career Prospects

Question: What are the career prospects after the studies?

Answer: According to my observation, some alumni of the programme have gone on to academic and research careers at universities in Sweden and abroad. Others are employed across a wide range of other sectors such as government departments, NGOs or think tanks, international organisations, administration at local and nationl levels, as well as various types of schools and colleges in different parts of the world. The master's degree itself cannot guarantee a job in Sweden. Your personal interests, background, experience, skills, qualifications and opportunities will combine to decide the next step you take after finishing the programme. Best regards, Xinglong.

Scholarship possibilities

Question: Is it possible to apply for scholarship?

Answer: So far as I know, both the university and the Swedish Institute (SI, the government scholarship that you mentioned) can offer sholarship to applicants. You may check their website for their selection criteria and records of Chinese students in history. This year only some Chinese students have been granted SI scholarship. Best regards, Xinglong.

Will I be a teacher after graduating the ICE?

Question: Will I be able to teach after getting this Master's degree?

Answer: The Master's Programme in Interantional and Comparative Education is research-oriented and especially suitable for those seeking for PhD studies and research careers. As is written in its description, "The overall aim of the programme is for students to acquire and advance their knowledge and analytical skills in the research fields of educational policy, planning, management, reform and evaluation by drawing on international, global and comparative perspectives, including cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural, trans-national and developmental dimensions." Special eligibility requirements contain a degree within the Social Sciences or the Humanities or a Teacher certificate. For full information:
https://sisu.it.su.se/search/info/SINPO/en?eventident=34975&semester=20184

There are teacher training programmes connected to Swedish Teacher Certificates of different levels and the instruction language is normally Swedish. Best regards, Xinglong.