Sweden vs Australia (Education)

Posted in: University on 13 January, 2020 by Sebastian

After living in Sweden for seven months, I have become more aware of the differences and similarities between the two countries both in terms of education and culture.

Regarding the former, I think that further education in Sweden and I could perhaps generalise further and say Northern Europe, is considered a right. Students have a right no matter their socio-economic background or ethnicity to attend university and have the freedom to study what they like. They are encouraged to attend university and then once there, supported both financially and mentally.

By comparing Australia and Sweden, I have come to understand that Australian students are not afforded the same support or encouragement by the state. As an Australian student, one must pay for their studies either upfront or by taking out a government loan and usually, must work while studying to support themselves financially. I have known friends who did not complete their studies or did not even consider studying due to the financial strain it causes.

I have much admiration for the education system in Sweden, from the state’s role in supporting students to the quality of education universities, in particular Linköping University, is able to deliver. I have come to see education and more specifically, higher education, as an opportunity that should be made more accessible to everyone. Australia could learn a lot from Sweden in terms of education, especially when it comes to supporting their students financially and consequently, mentally.


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Sebastian Westley

Hello, my name is Sebastian and I have recently moved to Linköping from Melbourne, Australia to study International and European Relations.
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