Stockholm is a city offering a great variety of educational institutions where literally everyone can find something to their liking no matter if they are still only thinking about choosing a career or want to gain some extra skills. However, you do not need to be planning your future studies to enjoy the university campuses and that is why I show you the most interesting ones in the Swedish capital in this post.
Obviously, not all schools are located in the same place, so it might be difficult to explore them all at once but if you have enough time, they are all absolutely worth a visit.
1. Karolinska Institute (Karolinska institutet)
Karolinska Institute with the main campus located on the edge of Solna, near the Vasastaden district and Karlberg Palace, is one of world’s leading medical research institutions. The university was established in 1810 when it resided in facilities on Kungsholmen near Stockholm City Hall. The most impressive thing you will find at its main campus is the modern lecture hall complex known as Aula Medica.
2. Stockholm University (Stockholms universitet)
Stockholm University founded in 1878 is the fourth oldest university in Sweden. Today, it is the largest university in Sweden by the number of students and the institution constantly ranks high in world university rankings. Its main campus is located in the area known as Frescati but its campus at Kista, where the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences resides, is formed by a stunning modern building I recommend you seeing, too.
The reason behind this department being located in this district is that Kista, colloquially known as the ‘Swedish Silicon Valley,’ is a technological hub where many global tech companies have their offices.
The university commonly known as KTH is another one of Swedish academic institutions known worldwide. The main campus of this university, specialising in technology and engineering, at Östermalm was completed in 1917. It is the campus with most traditional looks of all those included in this list. With its brick buildings and a beautiful courtyard, it gives a clear impression of an elite university.
The Sweden’s oldest higher education institution specialised in music opened its impressive new campus only last year. I can tell you, it is probably the most modern campus I have seen, which by itself makes it worth visiting. It also incorporates some listed historic sites, though, and is close to the KTH’s main campus, as well as Stockholm Olympic Stadium. This combination means that you absolutely do not want to miss this place.
By far the newest university on our list is Stockholm University of the Arts created in 2014 by joining three existing institutions with artistic specialisations. The university resides in a unique 19th-century complex in the neighbourhood of many other historic sites on Östermalm in Central Stockholm.
The Royal Institute of Art has roots in the school started with assistance of notable architects and statesmen such as Carl Hårleman and Carl Gustaf Tessin in 1735. This school had been founded to educate artists who could assist with the works on the Royal Palace that was then under construction. Today, it resides in a very pleasant environment on Skeppsholmen where art fits right in.
7. Stockholm School of Economics (Handelshögskolan i Stockholm)
Stockholm School of Economics with its main building located on Sveavägen near Stockholm Public Library is one of the world’s leading business schools. The school has founded several branches in other major European cities including Riga in Latvia, and St Petersburg and Moscow in Russia. The main building was designed by Ivar Tengbom, the architect responsible for Högalid Church, and built between 1925 and 1926.
As you can see, Stockholm is not the home of just any schools. Some of the Europe’s and world’s leading academic institutions in their corresponding fields reside in this magical city and I hope that this post will inspire you to pay them a visit.
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