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Stockholm - Södertörn University College

Södertörn University College was established in 1996. It is situated in the south of Stockholm, 20 minutes from the central train station by local transport. At this point of time, 12,000 students are enrolled at the university. Students can select from over 30 academic programs within the Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Education. Furthermore, it is possible to chose from over 400 freestanding courses that can be studied without attending a full program. There are Master and Bachelor programs available. Six of the Master programs and 50 of the other freestanding courses are taught in English, which gives the opportunity to attend courses without any proficiency in Swedish language.

Södertörn University College is not as traditional as many other universities but more alternative and for example often giving a gender perspective. Questions concerning migration, nationalism and ethnicity areas are well of concern, especially in the Social Sciences.

In Sweden university studies are almost free of charge. You only have to pay around 35€ to the Student Union each semester. The deadline for application is the 15th of April for the autumn semester and the 15th of October for the spring semester. In order to give an insight into the Law studies at Södertörn University College we have conducted an interview with the woman responsible for the Law program, Patricia Jonason:

  1. What is the history of Law at Södertörn University College?
    The Södertörn University College has chosen from the very beginning to specialize within the field of Public Law. The specialization in Public Law is the only one in Sweden and started in the end of the 1990´s.

  2. What degree do you get?
    You get a degree of Bachelor of Arts/Social Sciences/Science with a major in Public Law (90 ECTS Credits in Public Law is demanded and 90 ECTS credits in optional courses). Or you get a degree of Master of Arts/Social Sciences/Science (one year) with a major in Public Law. The Master degree is fulfilled when the student has made 60 more ECTS credits in Public Law and has a Bachelor degree of at least 180 ETCS credits in the direction of Public Law.

  3. For how long are you studying?
    The studies in Public Law are ongoing in one and a half year, if you do a Bachelor degree, and two and a half year, if you do a Masters degree.
  4. What is specific for Law at the Södertörn University College?
    The focus is first of all on the conditions of enterprise.

  5. Are there many students with a foreign background?
    Yes, we have many nationalities represented.

  6. What is the Swedish language demand? Are there any special language courses that one can take to be able to study Law at Södertörn University College?
    One has to be able to speak and write in Swedish on a satisfactory level. Most of the lectures are hold in Swedish. There are no special Swedish language courses given.

  7. What do you have to do if you want to be a lawyer in the end?
    If you chose the lawyer or judge profession, you should chose a university that gives a traditional Master of Laws.

  8. How many teachers are at the institution of social sciences?
    There are about 50 at the institution, where four are teaching Law.

  9. What are the working possibilities after finishing?
    The education being offered is meant to be preparing for work as official in charge of administrative commission in an authority or as an employee at an enterprise having contact with authorities.

  10. Can one include courses from foreign universities in the studies at Södertörn University College?
    Yes, to some extent. This is decided from case to case.

  11. Is every student receiving individual supervision from teachers?
    The students are provided with supervision in small groups during the writing of thesis until the third semester. Individual supervision concerning the Masters thesis is given in the fifth semester.

  12. What are the names of the courses?
    Our courses in English translation are the following:

    Europe, the State and Public Law, Basic- and Intermediate Course, 60 ECTS credits:
    EU, the Swedish State and the Conditions of Enterprise, 30 ECTS credits
    EC-Law, an Introduction, 7.5 ECTS credits
    EU, the Swedish State and the Conditions of Enterprise, 22.5 ECTS credits

    Human Rights from a European Perspective, 15 ECTS credits
    Jurisprudence with Emphasis on Public Law, 15 ECTS credits

    Comparative Public Law, 30 ECTS credits

    From all of the abovementioned courses together you will have 90 ECTS Credits of Public Law, which is what is demanded from Law studies to get a Bachelor degree. You will need another 90 ECTS credits to be able to have the Bachelor degree (three years of study in total).

    European Legal Studies, Master's program, 60 ECTS credits (one more year of Law studies)

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