NP Nordic University Rankings 2024 (The Best Nordic Universities)

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You might be considering studying in Scandinavia, researching on behalf of someone else’s studies, or just curious in general how the most prestigious universities in the Nordic region stack up against each other. Either way, you likely have the same question: What are the best universities in the Nordic region, and how do they compare?

There wasn’t really a good resource for this when this question first popped up in my mind in 2022, so I set out to work out a good answer for this to hopefully help someone else down the road. In the most unbiased and scientific way I could think of, I ranked the 32 best universities in the Nordic region based on average independent international university rankings, which for the 2024 edition has grown to the 40 best Nordic universities.

I’ve also included some basic info about each school so you can get a better sense of what type of school it is and what type of programs they offer.

After all, some universities specialize in one or two fields of study, while others may offer a wide selection of programs and possible degrees. It’s worth keeping this in mind as you browse the list.

ℹ️ Methodology:

To establish some type of scientific and unbiased ranking of the best Nordic universities, I wanted to collect as many reliable data points as possible, and then classify them as more or less reliable.

So I looked at the seven most established international university ranking methods, noted down how Nordic universities ranked in each of them, and then calculated a weighted average ranking for each university that had been featured on at least one list, with a higher weight for the big 3 ranking systems (QS, THE, AWRU) than the rest.

I’ve also accounted for the fact that specialized universities such as Karolinska aren’t eligible for certain rankings (to avoid penalizing such schools).

The school with the lowest weighted average ranking is considered the school with the best ranking. (Positions in previous years’ rankings are also included for each school.)

Nordic Perspective’s Nordic University Rankings 2024

Past Rankings:

Nordic Perspective’s Nordic University Rankings 2023

Detailed Nordic University Rankings Data Table:

For all the data geeks who would like to dig deeper and see exactly how each school ranks across all of the different ranking systems.

(Click “Show detailed rankings data +” to display the full table, and scroll side-to-side to display all the columns)

UniversityCountryQS 2023THE 2024ARWU 2023CWUR 2023USNWR 2023CWTS Leiden 2023WRWU (02/24)Unweighted Avg. Rank 2024Weighted Avg. Rank 2024
Karolinska InstitutetSwedenN/A503738511151487353
University of CopenhagenDenmark10710332374233756176
University of OsloNorway11712773778913898103105
Aarhus UniversityDenmark14310978107109140104113111
Uppsala UniversitySweden1051408277127161127117111
University of HelsinkiFinland1151211251189914391116119
Lund UniversitySweden85106175141112129125125123
Stockholm UniversitySweden11818598146127367241183146
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)Denmark121126175196165218158166147
KTH Royal Institute of TechnologySweden7397250140240333179187152
University of GothenburgSweden187225125168146231194182180
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)Norway292325125182267189202226242
Aalto UniversityFinland109225350335273458244285242
Chalmers University of TechnologySweden129189450392337465291322272
University of BergenNorway281275350276199381191279296
Aalborg UniversityDenmark336225350354267370226304304
Linköping UniversitySweden268275350372330420246323304
University of Southern Denmark (SDU)Denmark326275350361261329330319317
University of TurkuFinland315325350381342483388369340
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)SwedenN/A325350403356580445410362
University of OuluFinland313275450446447548410413363
Tampere UniversityFinland436325550418400502459441438
Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUTFinland3512759496961318846739455
Umeå UniversitySweden465450650338366511368450504
University of Eastern FinlandFinland548550550452487611592541547
University of JyväskyläFinland446450750565520759494569554
Copenhagen Business SchoolDenmarkN/A325750688859656577
University of Tromsø (UiT – The Arctic University of Norway)Norway577550650512475694498565586
Åbo Akademi UniversityFinland6015501089103713261001934695
Reykjavík UniversityIcelandN/A700700700
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)Norway120175073610281093962728
Stockholm School of EconomicsSweden5504581749919735
University of IcelandIceland1201550650434995621742786
University of StavangerNorway1401700104911709991064791
Luleå University of TechnologySweden710990777826826
Örebro UniversitySweden70075076966711061037829
Roskilde UniversityDenmark70014491075887
University of VaasaFinland4501494972972
University of AgderNorway134699511711171
Karlstad UniversitySweden11001309133912491175

Data sources:

QS: QS World University Rankings (2023)

ARWU: Academic Ranking of World Universities “Shanghai Ranking” (2023)

THE: Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2024)

CWUR: Center for World University Rankings (2023)

CWTS-L: CWTS Leiden Ranking (2023)

USNWR: U.S. News & World Report (2023)

WRWU: Webometrics Ranking of World Universities (Feb 2024)

Past rankings:

Nordic Perspective’s Nordic University Rankings 2023

Show detailed rankings data +


Karolinska Institutet 🇸🇪 (avg. 53)

Stockholm, Sweden

NP historical rank – 2024: 1, 2023: 1, 2022: 1

Quick facts – Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska is one of Europe’s largest medical universities, and Sweden’s biggest hub for scientific research and innovation within the field of medicine.

📍 In Stockholm, Sweden

⌛ Founded 1810

👩‍🎓 6 500 students (2021)

💸 Fr. 180 000 SEK ($17 000 USD) per year Non-EU/EEA student fee

↗️ Website

For 2021, ARWU ranks Karolinska Institutet as the 42nd best University in the world, and the 12th best in Europe.

Karolinska is among the top seven schools in the world in the fields ”Nursing”, ”Public Health” and “Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences”.

KI also ranks #16 in the world and 4th in Europe in “Biological Sciences”, and #31 in the world and 10th in Europe in “Clinical Medicine”.


University of Copenhagen 🇩🇰 (avg. 76)

Copenhagen, Denmark

NP historical rank – 2024: 2, 2023: 2, 2022: 2

Quick facts – Københavns universitet (KU) / University of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen is a public research university founded in 1479, making it the oldest university in Denmark.

The school has six different faculties across four different campuses within Copenhagen.

📍 In Copenhagen, Denmark

⌛ Founded 1479

👩‍🎓 37 500 students (2019)

💸 Fr. 47 000 DKK ($6 800 USD) per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

The University of Copenhagen (KU), nestled in Denmark’s vibrant capital, stands as the country’s oldest university, founded in 1479. That makes it the second oldest in the Nordics after Uppsala.

It is renowned for its comprehensive range of disciplines, excelling particularly in the life sciences, law, humanities, and social sciences. KU holds a prestigious position on the global academic stage, consistently ranking among the top universities in Denmark and the Nordic region, in various international rankings such as the prominent QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The university is made up of four main campuses in Copenhagen:

  • North Campus – The Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
  • City Campus – The Faculty of Social Sciences and Central Administration as well as Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Science.
  • South Campus – The Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Theology, and the Faculty of Science.
  • Frederiksberg Campus – The Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

The university’s sprawling urban campus integrates seamlessly into Copenhagen, offering students a rich blend of historical and modern academic environments alongside the city’s bustling cultural and social life. The University of Copenhagen is distinguished by its strong research output, with substantial contributions to global challenges in health, environmental science, and social inequality.

Prospective students should be prepared for a highly competitive admission process, reflective of the university’s rigorous academic standards. While the University of Copenhagen provides a wide array of programs in English, particularly at the master’s level, integrating into the Danish education system and society can be challenging for international students, requiring a willingness to adapt and engage with Danish culture and language.

Nonetheless, for those drawn to high-quality education and research in a cosmopolitan European setting, the University of Copenhagen undoubtedly offers one of the best choices in the Nordics.


University of Oslo 🇳🇴 (avg. 105)

Oslo, Norway

NP historical rank – 2024: 3, 2023: 3, 2022: 3

Quick facts – Universitetet i Oslo (OiU) / University of Oslo

University of Oslo is the oldest university in Norway, and was also the largest one up until 2016 (when NTNU, see #13 below, passed it).

When it was founded in 1811, it was modeled after the University of Copenhagen as well as the University of Berlin.

📍 In Oslo, Norway

⌛ Founded 1811

👩‍🎓 28 000 students

💸 Fr. 180 000 NOK ($17 000 USD) per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

The University of Oslo (UiO), located in Norway’s capital, is the country’s oldest institution for higher education, and offers many programmes in the fields of law, humanities, and natural sciences.

UiO regularly ranks in the top among both Norwegian and Nordic universities and conducts education and research within areas such as:

  • Theology
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics & Natural Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Social Sciences
  • Education

UiO’s campus blends historic buildings with modern facilities, providing a stimulating environment for over 28,000 students.

Prospective students can expect a rigorous academic atmosphere, with a range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs, many of which are offered in English to accommodate an increasing number of international students.

However, living in Oslo requires navigating one of the highest costs of living in Europe, which can be a significant consideration for prospective students. Despite this, UiO’s commitment to academic excellence, combined with Oslo’s rich cultural scene and high quality of life, makes it a compelling choice for students seeking a comprehensive educational experience in a dynamic and scenic Nordic capital.


Aarhus University 🇩🇰 (avg. 111)

Aarhus, Denmark

NP historical rank – 2024: 4, 2023: 4, 2022: 4

Quick facts – Aarhus universitet (AU) / Aarhus University

Aarhus University is a prestigious public university, and Denmark’s second oldest to boot. AU usually finds itself around the top 100 in international rankings.

Established in 1928 in Denmark’s second-largest city, Aarhus, it is recognized for its contribution to higher education and research, particularly in the fields of health, business, humanities, and sciences.

📍 In Aarhus, Denmark

⌛ Founded 1928

👩‍🎓 38 000 students

💸 Fr. €8 000 EUR ($8 600 USD) Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

Aarhus University specialises in the areas of Science & Technology, Arts, Business Administration, and Health but also offer a long list of other courses and programs.

There are around 3000 International students at the school, which profiles itself as an international university.

AU is the home of 15 scientific research centres (Centres of Excellence) funded by the Danish National Research Foundation, covering a wide range of different specialisations from DNA nano technology to Geoomicrobiology.

The university is further distinguished by its unique campus architecture, featuring extensive park areas and modernist buildings designed by renowned Danish architects C.F. Møller and Kay Fisker, which create a stimulating and aesthetically pleasing learning environment.


Uppsala University 🇸🇪 (avg. 111)

Uppsala, Sweden

NP historical rank – 2024: 5, 2023: 6, 2022: 6

Quick facts – Uppsala universitet (UU) / Uppsala University

Founded in 1477 by Archbishop Jakob Ulfsson, Uppsala University is the oldest university in the Nordic region. The university regularly ranks in the top 100 globally, and has produced 15 Nobel Price winners, 8 regents, and 14 prime ministers.

Prospective students should be prepared for the rigorous academic standards and the highly competitive admission process, especially for international master’s programs, many of which are taught in English.

📍 In Uppsala, Sweden

⌛ Founded 1477

👩‍🎓 41 500 students

💸 Fr. 100 000 SEK ($9 500 USD) Non-EEA student fee per year

↗️ Website

Uppsala University has been one of the more prestigious universities in the Nordics for more than 500 years, with famous alumni including Anders Celcius, Carl von Linné and Hans Rosling.

The university offers courses and programs within most subjects, but has an especially good reputation within chemistry, biology, electrical engineering, English, modern languages, history, psychology, medicine and sociology (in each of these areas Uppsala ranks in the Top 200 internationally speaking per QS 2021).

Located in the historic city of Uppsala, just north of Stockholm, the university offers a blend of traditional and modern, with its historic buildings and state-of-the-art research facilities.

For those who appreciate beautiful campuses filled with architectural wonders, Uppsala does not disappoint.

The campus atmosphere is vibrant, enriched by a diverse student body and a variety of student organizations and activities. Uppsala University is particularly celebrated for its student nations, unique student-run societies that provide social and cultural activities, housing, and dining, contributing to a strong sense of community (I can attest to this myself as I’ve visited friends and family who studied here many times, and I’ve always been impressed by the student life and nightlife on offer).


University of Helsinki 🇫🇮 (avg. 119)

Helsinki, Finland

NP historical rank – 2024: 6, 2023: 7, 2022: 7

Quick facts – Helsingin Yliopisto / University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki was initially located in Turku (Åbo in Swedish) as the Royal Academy of Åbo, founded in 1640 when Finland was part of Sweden. It relocated to the capital in 1829, and is the oldest and largest university in Finland. There are courses and programs taught in Finnish, Swedish, and English at the university, which is recognized internationally for its high-quality research, education, and impact, consistently ranking among the top universities worldwide.

University of Helsinki.svg

📍 In Helsinki, Finland

⌛ Founded 1640 (in Turku/Åbo)

👩‍🎓 31 600 students

💸 Fr. €13 000 ($14 000 USD)/year intl. student fee

↗️ Website

With a strong emphasis on research, Finland’s oldest and largest university excels across a wide range of disciplines, notably in the life sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Its commitment to addressing global challenges through interdisciplinary studies is evident across its faculties.

The university’s four urban campuses are spread throughout Helsinki, offering students a blend of historic architecture and modern facilities within a city known for its high quality of life and vibrant culture.

The campuses are well integrated into the city, providing students with easy access to Helsinki’s rich cultural and social life.


Lund University 🇸🇪 (avg. 123)

Lund, Sweden

NP historical rank – 2024: 7, 2023: 8, 2022: 8

Quick facts – Lunds universitet (LU) / Lund University

Lund is one of northern Europe’s oldest and most prestigious universities and is located in Lund, Sweden (18 km north of Malmö, which is connected to Copenhagen, Denmark).

The university was founded in 1666 after the province of Scania had become Swedish, and is consistently ranked in the top 100 among most (but not all, hence the average of 123) of the university ranking systems.

📍 In Lund, Scania, Sweden

⌛ Founded 1666

👩‍🎓 28 300 (44 000 incl. satellite campuses) students

💸 Fr. 100 000 SEK ($9 800 USD) intl. student fee

↗️ Website

LU offers 270 different programs and ranks in the top 50 in the QS World University Rankings within the areas of Geography (24th), Development Studies (32nd), Environmental Sciences (44th), Nursing (47th), Marketing (42nd), and Finance (47th).

Notable alumni include four Nobel Laureates, Carl Linneaus (before continuing at Uppsala U.), Samuel Pufendorf, Pehr G. Gyllenhammar, and Tage Erlander.

LU faculty is further associated with the creation of the first pacemaker, the discovery of the role of dopamine as a neurotransmitter, the determination of the number of chromosomes in humans, and the development of Bluetooth technology.

Lund University also has extensive international partnerships (among them my alma mater UC Berkeley), and its participation in global research initiatives underscore its commitment to addressing complex international challenges.

The campus in Lund offers a unique blend of medieval history and contemporary Swedish design, fostering a vibrant academic community. Lund itself is a quintessential university town, characterized by its youthful, dynamic population and rich cultural life. The university is integral to the town’s identity, contributing to a lively atmosphere and a close-knit student community.


Stockholm University 🇸🇪 (avg. 146)

Stockholm, Sweden

NP historical rank 2024: 8, 2023: 6, 2022: 6

Quick facts – Stockholms universitet (SU) / Stockholm University

Stockholm University is a public university that is regularly present around the Top 100 best universities in the world in the various university rankings systems. It started as Stockholm Högskola (College) in 1878 and earned its University status in 1960.

SU has grown to become one of the largest in Sweden, with a significant international presence. It consistently ranks among the top universities worldwide, showcasing its global competitiveness and academic excellence.

📍 In Stockholm, Sweden

⌛ Founded 1878

👩‍🎓 33 000 students

💸 Fr. 100 000 SEK ($9 800 USD) Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

Stockholm University (SU), located in Sweden’s capital, is known for its strong emphasis on research and higher education across a wide array of disciplines across four colleges: Humanities, Law, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. It is regularly ranked in the Top 100 of ARWU’s global university rankings.

The university is set within the urban and scenic area of Frescati, close to the city center and adjacent to the Royal National City Park, offering a unique combination of natural beauty and urban convenience. This setting provides a conducive environment for study and research, with state-of-the-art facilities and resources.

SU offers degrees in 190 programs in total, with 75 master’s programs taught in English.

Prospective students should be aware of the competitive nature of admissions and the relatively high cost of living in Stockholm. Despite these challenges, Stockholm University remains a sought-after destination for students seeking a comprehensive education in a vibrant, beautiful, and cosmopolitan city.


DTU Tech. Univ. of Denmark 🇩🇰 (avg. 147)

Copenhagen, Denmark

NP historical rank – 2024: 9, 2023: 9, 2022: 9

Quick facts – Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU) / Technical University of Denmark

DTU was founded in 1829 as the College of Advanced Technology (Den Polytekniske Læreanstalt) by the visionary Danish scientist Hans Christian Ørsted, and is located 7.5 km north of the Copenhagen city center.

It is today among the best engineering institutions in Europe.

Logo of the Technical University of Denmark

📍 In Northern Copenhagen, Denmark

⌛ Founded 1810

👩‍🎓 7 600 students

💸 €15 000 EUR ($17 000 USD) per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

DTU’s campus is known for its modern facilities and extensive research infrastructure designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and hands-on learning experiences, and is a member of the EuroTech Universities Alliance.

International students will find a welcoming atmosphere at DTU, with a wide selection of programs taught in English and a vibrant international community.

DTU’s strong industry connections, emphasis on innovation, and commitment to solving global challenges make it a compelling choice for students aspiring to become leaders in engineering and technology, specifically polytechnic studies and innovation within fields such as electrical, construction, production, and mechanical engineering.

Other research areas include biotech, transportation, environment and energy, electric power and energy, and information and communication technologies.


KTH Royal Inst. of Tech. 🇸🇪 (avg. 152)

Stockholm, Sweden

NP historical rank – 2024: 10, 2023: 11, 2022: 11

Quick facts – Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) / Royal Institute of Technology

KTH was established in 1827 and was a continuation of the School of Mechanics from 1798, and even further to the Laboratorium mechanicum which dates back all the way to 1697 and established by Swedish scientist Christopher Polhem.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology logo.svg

📍 In Stockholm, Sweden

⌛ Founded 1827

👩‍🎓 13 500

💸 Fr. 100 000 SEK ($9 800 USD) Non-EU/EEA fee per year

↗️ Website

KTH is a well-established institution known for its focus on engineering and technology disciplines. Since its inception in 1827, it has grown into one of Sweden’s foremost technical universities and is recognized for its contribution to research, innovation, and education in various fields including but not limited to information technology, electrical engineering, and environmental science.

KTH’s urban campus in Stockholm offers a unique blend of historical buildings and modern facilities, creating a stimulating environment for study and research. Despite its prestige in the technical and engineering community, prospective students should consider the competitive nature of its programs and the rigorous academic standards expected.

The university promotes an interdisciplinary approach to education, encouraging students to engage with real-world problems. This approach is supported by KTH’s active partnerships with industries and international universities, facilitating a dynamic exchange of ideas and enhancing employment prospects for graduates.

Sustainability and innovation are key themes at KTH, aligning with Sweden’s reputation for environmental stewardship and technological advancement. The university’s commitment to these areas is evident in its curriculum and research initiatives. However, like any institution, the experience at KTH can vary depending on the specific program and department.


University of Gothenburg 🇸🇪 (avg. 180)

Gothenburg, Sweden

NP historical rank – 2024: 11, 2023: 10, 2022: 10

Quick facts – Göteborgs Universitet (GU) / University of Gothenburg

The University of Gothenburg was founded in 1891 and has around 37 000 students enrolled.

Goteborgs universitet seal.svg

📍 In Gothenburg, Sweden

⌛ Founded 1891

👩‍🎓 37 000 students

💸 Fr. 100 000 SEK ($9 800 USD) Non-EU/EEA fee per year

↗️ Website

The University of Gothenburg is one of the most versatile universities in Sweden with eight faculties within Creative Arts, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Education, IT, Business, Economics And Law, And Health Sciences.

It is situated in Sweden’s vibrant second-largest city, and it holds a respected position nationally and in specific academic fields internationally. The university’s urban campus is intertwined with the city, offering students a lively urban experience alongside their academic pursuits.


NTNU 🇳🇴 (avg. 242)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

NP historical rank – 2024: 12, 2023: 13, 2022: 13

Quick facts – Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (NTNU) / Norwegian University of Science and Technology

NTNU is the largest university in Norway with its main campus in Trondheim and smaller campuses in Gjøvik and Ålesund.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of several research institutions, including the Norwegian Institute of Technology established in 1910, NTNU has developed a reputation for excellence in research and education, particularly in areas related to marine technology, energy, and material sciences.

It is the main university in Norway for education and research within the areas of engineering and technology.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology logo.svg

📍 In Trondheim, Norway

⌛ Founded 1760

👩‍🎓 40 000 students

💸 Fr. 150 000 NOK ($14 000 USD) Non-EU/EEA student fee per year

↗️ Website

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), located in Trondheim, is Norway’s primary institution for engineering and technology education, also offering a wide range of programs in natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and medicine.

NTNU’s main campus in Trondheim, complemented by smaller campuses in Gjøvik and Ålesund, offers students a blend of historical architecture and modern facilities amidst the scenic beauty of central Norway. The university is deeply integrated into the city of Trondheim, fostering a vibrant student life and strong connections between the university, local industry, and technology startups.

In addition to its focus on engineering and natural sciences, NTNU also offers studies in medicine, psychology, social sciences, the arts, teacher education, architecture, and fine art.

NTNU is also collaborating closely with its R&D partner SINTEF, providing ample research opportunities for students and graduates.


Aalto University 🇫🇮 (avg. 250)

Espoo, Finland

NP historical rank – 2024: 13, 2023: 14, 2022: 14

“Aalto University, Espoo” by Ninara is licensed under CC 2.0
Quick facts – Aalto-yliopisto / Aalto-universitetet / Aalto University

A modern university made up of six different schools with old and proud roots. Degrees are offered in areas such as Business, Architecture, Art, Design, Film, Television, Scenography, Media, Chemistry, Telecom, Engineering, Computer Science, and Math.

Since 2019, all of the Aalto University schools are located in Otaniemi, Espoo (10 kilometers, or 6.2 miles, from downtown Helsinki). The original Otaniemi campus buildings were designed by Alvar Aalto, who gave name to and attended the school.

A logo for the alto university school of arts, design and architecture.

📍 In Espoo, Finland

⌛ Founded 2010

👩‍🎓 7 600 students

💸 Fr. $13 841 USD per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

Aalto University was founded in 2010 after a merger of three major Finnish universities: the Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki

The Finnish government set out to create a university focused on innovation, composed of six schools and a unique and modern focus of multidisciplinary programs within areas such as technology, economics, design.

The school is named after Alvar Aalto, the famous Finnish designer, architect, and entrepreneur – who also happens to be an alum.


Chalmers Uni. of Tech. 🇸🇪 (avg. 272)

Gothenburg, Sweden

NP historical rank – 2024: 14, 2023: 18, 2022: 18

Quick facts – Chalmers Tekniska Högskola (usually shortened to Chalmers) / Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers was founded in 1829 with the purpose of creating an “industrial school”, and started out as a private institution before turning public in 1937.

Chalmers wordmark.svg

📍 In Gothenburg, Sweden

⌛ Founded 1829

👩‍🎓 11 000 students

💸 Fr. 100 000 SEK ($9 800 USD) Non-EU/EEA fee per year

↗️ Website

Chalmers University of Technology, located in Gothenburg, Sweden, is distinguished for its focus on research and education in technology, natural science, architecture, maritime, and other management areas.

While it may not always top global rankings, Chalmers is highly regarded within Sweden and holds a significant international reputation, particularly in engineering and technology fields. It fosters a close-knit academic environment, integrating students into a vibrant research community from the outset of their studies.

Chalmers offers studies within the following fields:

  • Architecture and Civil Engineering
  • Biology and Biological Engineering
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Communication and Learning in Science
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial and Materials Science
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanics and Maritime Sciences
  • Microtechnology and Nanoscience
  • Physics
  • Space, Earth and Environment
  • Technology Management and Economics

The school puts a strong emphasis on sustainability and innovation, and the university’s programs are designed to address global challenges, offering students practical experience through industry partnerships and interdisciplinary projects. This hands-on approach is aimed at equipping students with the skills and knowledge to make tangible impacts in their chosen fields.


University of Bergen 🇳🇴 (avg. 296)

Bergen, Norway

NP historical rank – 2024: 15, 2023: 15, 2022: 15

Quick facts – Universitetet i Bergen / University of Bergen

University of Bergen has its roots in many different academic institutions in Bergen dating back to 1825, but was officially founded in 1946.

It is considered one of Norway’s four “established universities” and covers all the fields of a “classical university”.

The university offers programs within Fine Art, Music and Design, Humanities, Law, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Medicine, Psychology, and Social Sciences.

📍 In Bergen, Norway

⌛ Founded 1946

👩‍🎓 18 000 students

💸 Fr. 150 000 NOK ($14 000 USD) Non-EU/EEA student fee per year

↗️ Website

University of Bergen (UiB) is consistently ranked in the top one percent among the world’s universities (often in the top 200), and especially high in fields such as earth and marine sciences.

It is located in Norway’s picturesque coastal city of Bergen, and is renowned for its strong emphasis on research, particularly in marine sciences, climate research, and medicine.

UiB’s campus blends beautifully into the historic city, offering students a unique combination of natural beauty, vibrant city life, and rich cultural heritage. The university is organized into seven faculties, covering a wide range of academic disciplines, and is especially noted for its integrated approach to education and research, encouraging students to engage in interdisciplinary studies.

The international community at UiB is thriving, with numerous programs offered in English to cater to an increasing number of international students.

Formally speaking, University of Bergen is considered Norway’s second oldest University.


Aalborg University 🇩🇰 (avg. 304)

Aalborg, Denmark

NP historical rank – 2024: 16, 2023: 17, 2022: 17

Quick facts – Aalborg Universitet (AAU) / Aalborg University

Aalborg University is a modern university similar to Aalto University in Finland, with a interdisciplinary and inter-faculty structure offering an experimental curriculum based on an interdisciplinary basic course with subsequent specialisation within Humanities, Social Sciences, IT & Design, Engineering & Science, and Medicine.

AAU logo 2012.png

📍 In Aalborg, Denmark

⌛ Founded 1974

👩‍🎓 20 200 students

💸 €15 000 EUR ($17 000 USD) per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

AAU ranked #6 in the world in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, measuring the impact of universities according to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, making it the highest-ranked university in Europe.

In general rankings, the school hovers around the top 300 universities in the world, and offers subjects within design, engineering, exact sciences, information technology, humanities, medicine, and social sciences.

With its main campus in Aalborg and additional campuses in Copenhagen and Esbjerg, it is known for its innovative educational model and strong emphasis on research, particularly in engineering, health sciences, and information technology.

Established in 1974, AAU has developed a distinctive approach to learning, known as problem-based learning (PBL), which involves students working collaboratively on real-world problems, making its graduates highly sought after by employers, and particularly renowned for its contributions to areas such as wireless communication, energy technology, and sustainable development.


Linköping University 🇸🇪 (avg. 304)

NP historical rank – 2024: 17, 2023: 20, 2022: 20

Quick facts – Linköpings universitet (LiU) / Linköping University

Linköping University is a public university conducting research and studies within the fields of technology, medicine, and humanities, natural, educational, social and behavioural sciences.

Linkoping University Logo.svg

📍 In Linköping, Sweden

⌛ Founded 1969

👩‍🎓 32 000 students

💸 Fr. 100 000 SEK ($9 800 USD) Non-EU/EEA fee per year

↗️ Website

Linköping specializes in fields such as medicine, business and economics, teacher education, and engineering, and receives research grants from the government within five strategic research areas: IT & mobile communication, materials science, security & emergency management, e-Science, and transport research.

Situated in the city of Linköping with an additional campus in Norrköping and a smaller unit in Stockholm, Sweden, LiU is recognized for its innovative educational approach and strong interdisciplinary research.

Established in 1969, LiU quickly distinguished itself within the Swedish higher education landscape by pioneering problem-based learning (PBL), similar to the approach used by Aalborg University in Denmark and Aalto University in Finland. This method emphasizes student participation and real-world application of knowledge, preparing graduates for the complexities of their future careers.


SDU 🇩🇰 (avg. 317)

University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

NP historical rank – 2024: 18, 2023: 19, 2022: 19

Quick facts – Syddansk Universitet / University of Southern Denmark

SDU was founded in 1998 but has its roots in Odense University from 1966.

IT offers studies within the fields of Humanities, Science, Engineering, Social Sciences, and Health Sciences.


📍 In Odense, Denmark

⌛ Founded 1998

👩‍🎓 29 700 students

💸 €15 000 EUR ($17 000 USD) per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

SDU offers a range of disciplines as well as a broad selection of business and engineering studies, with a focus on areas such as communication, information technology, and biotechnology.

With its main campus in Odense and additional campuses in cities such as Kolding, Esbjerg, Sønderborg, Slagelse, and Copenhagen, the university’s campuses feature modern facilities and are designed to foster a sense of community among students and faculty.

SDU’s approach to education is student-centered, with a focus on problem-based learning (Similar to Aalborg/Aalto/Linköping above) that encourages practical application of knowledge and collaborative skills. This educational model is designed to prepare students for the challenges of the global job market.

The university is also the only university in Scandinavia that offers a degree in chiropractic studies (which is likely not something they like to brag about as it’s traditionally a very unscientific field).


University of Turku 🇫🇮 (avg. 340)

Turku/Åbo, Finland

NP historical rank – 2024: 19, 2023: 22, 2022: 22

Quick facts – Turun yliopisto / Åbo universitet / University of Turku (UTU)

UTU is the third-largest university in Finland, and was founded in 1920 making it the world’s oldest Finnish-speaking university.

📍 In Turku/Åbo, Finland

⌛ Founded 1920

👩‍🎓 19 700 students

💸 Fr. $1 000 USD per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

The University of Turku (UTU), located in Turku, Finland’s oldest city, is a prominent institution known for its comprehensive range of disciplines and strong emphasis on research.

It is particularly noted for its contributions to the life sciences, medicine, and humanities, with a typically Nordic interdisciplinary approach to education, encouraging students to explore across traditional academic boundaries to address complex global challenges.

UTU is formally split up into 6 schools:

  • School of Humanities
  • School of Law
  • School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Education
  • School of Social Sciences
  • Turku School of Economics

Its campus in Turku offers a vibrant academic community within a city rich in history and culture, providing students with a stimulating environment for both study and leisure. The university is equipped with modern facilities and laboratories, supporting cutting-edge research and innovative teaching methods.

The school is committed to internationalization, welcoming a significant number of international students and staff, and offering a variety of degree programs and courses in English.


SLU 🇸🇪 (avg. 362)

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

NP historical rank – 2024: 20, 2023: 16, 2022: 16

Quick facts – Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (SLU) / Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

SLU is a public university responsible for covering research and education in all Agricultural Sciences in Sweden.

Established in 1977 through the merger of existing agricultural, forestry, and veterinary colleges, SLU has developed a strong reputation for its contributions to sustainable development, biodiversity conservation, and bioeconomy.

The main campus and administration is located in Ultuna, Uppsala, but the school has external campuses in Umeå and Alnarp, along with a bunch of additional research and education centers spread around the nation.

📍 In Uppsala, Sweden

⌛ Founded 1977

👩‍🎓 4 200 students

💸 Fr. 100 000 SEK ($9 800 USD) Non-EU/EEA fee per year

↗️ Website

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), with its main campuses located in Uppsala, Alnarp, and Umeå, is a specialized institution renowned for its focus on agricultural, forestry, environmental, and life sciences. I’ve visited the Uppsala campus many times when my sister and brother-in-law studied here, and can only commend the facilities and the student life (which profits greatly from the proximity to the much bigger neighbor Uppsala University).

More specifically, SLU offers degrees in Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Sciences, Natural Resources and Agriculture Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, and Forest Sciences.

According to QS, the university ranks among the top three universities in the world within Agricultural Sciences, and in the top 30 within Veterinary Medicine. SLU also scores highly in ARWU’s ranking within Agricutlural Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, and Ecology, while the NTU ranks SLU 16th in the world within Agriculture, 9th within Plant & Animal Science, and 20th within Environment/Ecology.


University of Oulu 🇫🇮 (avg. 363)

Oulu, Finland

NP historical rank – 2024: 21, 2023: 25, 2022: 25

Quick facts – Oulun yliopisto / Uleåborgs universitet / University of Oulu

University of Oulo is split into two campuses: the main campus in Linnanmaa (5 km north of Oulo), and the Faculty of Medicine & Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the Kontinkangas Campus (2 km southeast of Oulo).

University of Oulu logo.jpg

📍 In Oulo, Finland

⌛ Founded 1958

👩‍🎓 13 000 students

💸 Fr. €10 000 EUR per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

The University of Oulu houses several faculties:

  • Faculty of Technology
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Education
  • Oulu Business School
  • Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
  • Faculty of Humanities

It is known for its research in wireless communications, health technology, and environmental sciences, contributing significantly to these fields at both national and international levels.

The campuses offer modern facilities, supporting a range of academic activities and student services. The university’s location in Oulu, a city known for its technology sector, facilitates collaboration with industries and research institutes, enhancing the practical relevance of its programs.

While the University of Oulu provides opportunities for innovative research and high-quality education, prospective students should consider the university’s geographic location, as Oulu’s northern position might affect personal preferences regarding climate and daylight hours.


Tampere University 🇫🇮 (avg. 438)

Tampere, Finland

NP historical rank – 2024: 22, 2023: 23, 2022: 23

Quick facts – Tampere University

TAU was founded in 2019 as a result of merging University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology (in turn founded in 1925 and 1965 respectively).

📍 In Tampere, Finland

⌛ Founded 2019

👩‍🎓 20 600 students

💸 Fr. €8 000 EUR per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

Here’s an overview of its main faculties and their areas of focus:

  • Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences: This faculty is renowned for its cutting-edge research and education in information technology, communication sciences, and media studies. It is a hub for innovation in digital technologies and their societal impact.
  • Faculty of Management and Business: Known for its interdisciplinary approach, this faculty combines business studies with social sciences, focusing on leadership, economics, and sustainable business practices.
  • Faculty of Education and Culture: Specializing in teacher education, educational research, and cultural studies, this faculty is dedicated to advancing pedagogical methods and understanding cultural phenomena.
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology: This faculty is at the forefront of medical research and health technology, offering programs in medical sciences, biomedical engineering, and nursing.
  • Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences: With a strong emphasis on sustainability and environmental engineering, this faculty covers a broad spectrum of engineering disciplines, including civil, mechanical, and environmental engineering.
  • Faculty of Built Environment: Focused on urban planning, architecture, and the built environment, this faculty addresses contemporary challenges in sustainable urban development and design.

The university’s integration with the city of Tampere provides a dynamic and engaging environment for students, fostering a sense of community and collaboration.


LUT 🇫🇮 (avg. 455)

NP historical rank – 2024: 23, 2023: 31, 2022: 31

Quick facts – Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT)

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📍 In Lappeenranta, Lahti, Finland

⌛ Founded 1969

👩‍🎓 5 200 students

💸 Fr. €10 000 EUR per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT University) is structured around these departments:

  • School of Energy Systems: Focuses on sustainable energy solutions, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable development. This school is highly respected for its contributions to clean energy research.
  • School of Engineering Science: Offers programs in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and civil engineering, with a strong emphasis on sustainable technology and innovation.
  • School of Business and Management: Known for integrating technology and business studies, this school emphasizes entrepreneurship, international business, and sustainable business practices.

LUT University’s campuses in Lappeenranta and Lahti are modern and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. The Lappeenranta campus, located near the Saimaa Lake, provides a beautiful setting that promotes an active and engaging student life. The campus is designed to support sustainable practices, including energy-efficient buildings and waste reduction programs.

The Lahti campus, on the other hand, focuses on innovation and design, offering a creative environment for students and researchers.


Umeå University 🇸🇪 (avg. 504)

Umeå, Sweden

NP historical rank – 2024: 24, 2023: 24, 2022: 24

Quick facts – Umeå universitet / Umeå University

Umeå University was founded in 1965 and is split up into eight campuses as well as the University Hospital of Umeå.

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📍 In Umeå, Sweden

⌛ Founded 1965

👩‍🎓 31 000 students

💸 Fr. 80 000 SEK Non-EEA student fee per year

↗️ Website

Umeå University is divided into eight Schools:

  • Umeå Institute of Design – UID offers a Bachelor program, master programmes in Transportation Design, Interaction Design and Advanced Industrial Design, and doctoral studies. It’s the only Swedish school on BusinessWeek’s top 60 list of design schools in the world.
  • Umeå Institute of Technology – The Institute offers a wide range of study programmes and is a member of the CDIO Initiative.
  • Umeå School of Architecture – Internationally orientated laboratory of sustainable architectural development.
  • Umeå School of Business and Economics (a.k.a. USBE) – The school offers one Bachelor program, four undergraduate programs (Civilekonomprogram) seven master’s degrees programs (included the Erasmus Mundus Master in Strategic Project Management-program), as well as a number of doctoral programs.
  • Umeå School of Education (a.k.a. USE) – was inaugurated in January 2009 to replace the former Faculty of Teacher Education.
  • Umeå School of Fine Arts – was started in 1987 in a former factory next to the Umeälven river. Every year 12 new students are accepted to the school.
  • Umeå School of Sport Sciences – offers higher education to active athletes, but also sports related research in sports medicine and sport psychology.
  • Umeå University School of Restaurant and Culinary Arts – started in 1996 with the gastronomy program, and gives courses in leadership and hospitality management.

University of E. Finland 🇫🇮 (avg. 547)

Quick facts – Itä-Suomen yliopisto / University of Eastern Finland

NP historical rank – 2024: 25, 2023: 30, 2022: 30

UEF logo – Conference on Innovation and Communications Law

📍 In Joensuu and Kuopio, Finland

⌛ Founded 2010

👩‍🎓 15 000 students

💸 Fr. €10 000 EUR per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

The University of Eastern Finland (UEF), with campuses in Joensuu and Kuopio, is recognized for its multidisciplinary research and education, covering a broad spectrum of fields from health sciences and forestry to humanities and social sciences.

UEF is particularly noted for its contributions to environmental science, forestry, and rural studies, reflecting its commitment to addressing global challenges such as sustainability and health.

UEF’s academic environment is characterized by a strong research focus, with state-of-the-art facilities that support both scientific inquiry and student learning. However, the university’s geographical location in Eastern Finland means that students should be prepared for a more tranquil lifestyle compared to Finland’s larger cities, which could be a positive or negative depending on personal preferences.

The university has a dynamic international community, offering a range of programs in English to attract students from around the globe. This creates a diverse cultural atmosphere on campus, though the majority of undergraduate programs require proficiency in Finnish.


University of Jyväskylä 🇫🇮 (avg. 554)

Jyväskylä, Finland

NP historical rank – 2024: 26, 2023: 28, 2022: 28

Quick facts – University of Jyväskylä


📍 In Jyväskylä, Finland

⌛ Founded 1863

👩‍🎓14 000 students

💸 Fr. €10 000 EUR per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

The University of Jyväskylä, located in the central Finnish city of Jyväskylä, is a comprehensive institution known for its strong emphasis on education and teacher training, health and well-being, natural sciences, and information technology.

It stands out for its research in education sciences, partly due to hosting the Finnish Institute for Educational Research. The university also makes significant contributions to sports and health sciences, leveraging Finland’s emphasis on physical education and public health.

With a vibrant campus life, the university integrates modern facilities within a scenic setting, fostering a conducive environment for academic pursuits and student activities.

The University of Jyväskylä is committed to internationalization, offering several master’s programs in English and promoting global exchange opportunities. This international aspect enriches the student body and faculty, although the university’s location in Jyväskylä offers a distinctly Finnish living experience, combining urban amenities with close proximity to nature.


Cph Business School 🇩🇰 (avg. 577)

Copenhagen, Denmark

NP historical rank – 2024: 27, 2023: 12, 2022: 12

Quick facts – Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

CBS was founded in 1917 and the first full study program within the Accounting field was established within a few years of the start.

The campus is located in Frederiksberg near the city center.

Today, CBS has around 20 000 students between their bachelors and masters degree programs.

CBS, Solbjerg Plads

📍 In Copenhagen, Denmark

⌛ Founded 1917

👩‍🎓 22 829 students

💸 €15 200 EUR ($17 300 USD) Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

Copenhagen Business School (CBS), situated in the Danish capital, is one of the largest business schools in Europe, focusing predominantly on business, economics, and management disciplines.

Copenhagen Business School offers degrees in economics and business administration, as well as other types of programs that combine business studies with social sciences and humanities, IT, philosophy, politics, language, sociology, and communication. Ultimately it offers a wide range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs, many of which are taught in English to cater to its diverse international student body.

The school’s urban campus in Frederiksberg blends modern architecture with functional design, creating an engaging environment for study and collaboration. Despite its prestige in the business education realm, prospective students should be prepared for the competitive nature of its programs and the high cost of living in Copenhagen, which can be challenging for some.

The school’s extensive network of global partners provides valuable international exposure and opportunities for student exchanges.


University of Tromsø 🇳🇴 (avg. 586)

Tromsø, Norway

NP historical rank – 2024: 28, 2023: 29, 2022: 29

Quick facts – Universitetet i Tromsø – Norges arktiska universitet / University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway

Seal of the University of Tromsø

📍 In Tromsø, Norway

⌛ Founded 1972

👩‍🎓 17 800 students

💸 Fr. 150 000 NOK ($14 000 USD) Non-EU/EEA student fee per year

↗️ Website

The University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway, located well above the Arctic Circle, is Norway’s northernmost university. It is renowned for its research and education related to arctic and environmental sciences, indigenous studies, and medical research, particularly within circumpolar health issues.

The university offers a wide range of programs across various disciplines, including humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, many of which are designed to address the unique challenges and opportunities of the Arctic region.

The campus in Tromsø provides a close-knit academic community, with modern facilities and a stunning natural backdrop that offers unique recreational opportunities, such as northern lights observation and winter sports.

While the university’s location offers an unparalleled experience for those interested in Arctic and environmental studies, potential students should consider the geographical and climatic conditions, including long periods of darkness in winter and midnight sun in summer, which might not suit everyone’s preferences.


Åbo Akademi 🇫🇮 (avg. 695)

Turku/Åbo, Finland

NP historical rank – 2024: 29, 2023: 33, 2022: 33

Quick facts – Åbo Akademi / Åbo Akademi University

Åbo Akademi University, situated in Turku, Finland, is notable for its status as the only exclusively Swedish-language university in Finland. It offers a wide range of programs across various disciplines, including arts, sciences, business, and engineering.

The university is particularly esteemed for its research and education in the fields of chemical engineering, biotechnology, and minority studies.

📍 In Turku/Åbo, Finland

⌛ Founded 1918

👩‍🎓 5 500 students

💸 Fr. €10 000 EUR per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

ÅA prides itself on a close-knit academic community, fostering personalized interactions between students and faculty. However, the Swedish-language instruction presents a unique consideration for prospective students, requiring proficiency in Swedish to fully engage with most undergraduate programs.

The campuses in Turku and Vaasa are well-equipped with modern facilities, supporting a conducive learning environment. Despite its smaller size compared to other Finnish universities, Åbo Akademi maintains a strong network of international collaborations, offering students opportunities for global exchange.


Reykjavík University 🇮🇸 (avg. 700)

Reykjavik, Iceland

NP historical rank – 2024: 30, 2023: 21, 2022: 21

Quick facts – Háskólinn í Reykjavík

/ Reykjavík University (RU)

RU is the biggest private university in Iceland, and was founded in 1998.

📍 In Reykjavík, Iceland

⌛ Founded 1988

👩‍🎓 3 500 students

💸 45 000 SEK Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

The university is divided into two schools:

School of Social Sciences

  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Law
  • Department of Sport Science
  • Department of Psychology

School of Technology

  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Engineering
  • Department of Applied Engineering

NMBU Norwegian Uni. of Life Sc. 🇳🇴 (avg. 728)

Viken, Norway

NP historical rank – 2024: 31, 2023: -, 2022: –

Quick facts – Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet (NMBU), Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Norwegian university of life sciences logo.

📍 In Viken, Norway

⌛ Founded 1859

👩‍🎓 5 200 students

💸 Fr. NOK 80 000 ​($7500 USD) per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), located in Ås, near Oslo, focuses on environmental and life sciences. NMBU stands out for its commitment to sustainability, ecology, and bioeconomics, aiming to address global environmental challenges. The university offers a range of programs in science, technology, veterinary medicine, and social sciences, with many courses and several master’s programs taught in English, catering to an international student body.

NMBU’s campus is known for its green spaces and sustainable design, reflecting the university’s focus on environmental stewardship. While NMBU offers a specialized academic portfolio, students interested in broader non-life sciences disciplines might find the offerings limited. The campus life at NMBU is vibrant, with various student organizations and activities, but prospective students should also consider the tranquil setting of Ås, which offers a contrast to urban life.

The university’s strong research output, particularly in environmental and agricultural sciences, and its commitment to solving global challenges make it an attractive option for students passionate about sustainability. NMBU’s collaboration with international institutions and its integration of sustainability into its curriculum prepare students for global careers in their chosen fields.


Stockholm School of Econ. 🇸🇪 (avg. 734)

Stockholm, Sweden

NP historical rank – 2024: 32, 2023: 27, 2022: 27

Quick facts – Handelshögskolan i Stockholm (HHS) / Stockholm School of Economics (SSE)

SSE is a private business school offering studies within the fields of Business, International Business, Economics, Finance, Accounting, and Management.

Stockholm School Of Economics Logo.svg

📍 In Stockholm, Sweden

⌛ Founded 1909

👩‍🎓 1 800 students

💸 Fr. 100 000 SEK ($9 800 USD) Non-EU/EEA fee per year

↗️ Website

The Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), located in Sweden’s capital, is a specialized institution focusing primarily on business, economics, and finance. It is recognized for its high-quality education and research in these fields. SSE offers programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, with a significant emphasis on international business and economics.

The school offers an especially notable Masters in Management (ranked 7th in the world), and Masters in Finance (ranked 18th in the world).

The school is distinguished for its strong ties to the business community, which benefits students through guest lectures, internships, and potential employment opportunities. SSE’s alumni network is robust, contributing to its reputation as a leading business school in Europe.

SSE’s urban campus in Stockholm provides students with access to a vibrant city life, though the cost of living in Stockholm is relatively high compared to other locations.


University of Iceland 🇮🇸 (avg. 786)

Reykjavik, Iceland

NP historical rank – 2024: 33, 2023: 26, 2022: 26

Quick facts – Háskóli Íslands, University of Iceland

University of Iceland offers studies within areas such as social sciences, humanities, law, medicine, natural sciences, engineering and teacher education.

Seal of the University of Iceland.

📍 In Reykjavík, Iceland

⌛ Founded 1911

👩‍🎓 14 000 students

💸 ISK 75 000 ($600 USD) per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

The University of Iceland, located in Reykjavik, the country’s capital, focuses on a broad spectrum of disciplines, including the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, health sciences, and engineering.

It is particularly noted for its contributions to geology, environmental science, and Nordic studies, capitalizing on Iceland’s unique geological landscape and rich cultural heritage.

The campus blends seamlessly into the vibrant life of Reykjavik, offering students a dynamic balance between academic pursuits and the exploration of Iceland’s unique cultural and natural resources.

Despite its comprehensive offerings, prospective students should be mindful of the Icelandic language requirements for some undergraduate programs, although numerous graduate programs are taught in English to accommodate an increasing international student population.


University of Stavanger 🇳🇴 (avg. 791)

Stavanger, Norway

NP historical rank – 2024: 35, 2023: -, 2022: –

Quick facts – Universitetet i Stavanger, University of Stavanger

The University of Stavanger is a public research university located in Stavanger, Norway. It was established in 2005 when the Stavanger University College received university status.

The university of stavanger logo.

📍 In Stavanger, Norway

⌛ Founded 2005

👩‍🎓 10 700 students

💸 Fr. NOK 80 000 ​($7500 USD) per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

The University of Stavanger (UiS), located in the oil capital of Norway, has a pronounced focus on energy, technology, and social sciences. Established as an independent university in 2005, UiS has quickly developed a strong reputation, particularly in petroleum engineering and energy resources, reflecting the region’s industrial backdrop.

Additionally, the university is making strides in areas such as health sciences, arts and education, and business administration.

UiS’s campus combines modern architecture with functional design, creating an inspiring environment for its approximately 11,000 students.

The international community at UiS is growing, with several programs offered in English to attract students from abroad. This contributes to a diverse cultural atmosphere on campus, enhancing the educational experience. UiS’s commitment to research, particularly in energy and the sciences, positions it as a key player in addressing contemporary global challenges.

For students drawn to innovation in energy or seeking a strong industry connection in their studies, UiS presents a compelling choice within the scenic landscape of Norway’s southwest coast.


Luleå University of Technology 🇸🇪 (avg. 826)

Luleå, Sweden

NP historical rank – 2024: 35, 2023: -, 2022:

Quick facts – Luleå tekniska universitet / Luleå University of Technology

Luleå University of Technology (LTU), located in the northern part of Sweden, is distinguished by its unique focus on technology, natural sciences, and environmental studies, reflecting its Arctic location. Established in 1971, LTU has developed a strong reputation for research and education in engineering, mining technology, sustainable energy, and the digitalization of society. The university is particularly noted for its contributions to space engineering, in part due to its proximity to the Esrange Space Center, and for its research in cold climate technology.

The logo for lulea tekniska university.

📍 In Örebro, Sweden

⌛ Founded 1971

👩‍🎓 19 000 students

💸 Fr. 80 000 SEK Non-EEA student fee per year

↗️ Website

LTU’s main campus in Luleå offers a close-knit academic environment, complemented by campuses in Kiruna, Skellefteå, and Piteå, each providing specialized facilities and research centers that leverage the unique regional resources and industries. The university is committed to innovation and collaboration with local and international industries, offering students practical learning experiences and research opportunities that address real-world challenges.

The university actively promotes internationalization and hosts a diverse community of students and faculty from around the world. Many of its programs, particularly at the master’s level, are taught in English to accommodate international students.

Despite its strengths, prospective students should be prepared for the remote location and colder climate, which significantly influences both the academic and social aspects of university life.


Örebro University 🇸🇪 (avg. 622)

Örebro, Sweden

NP historical rank – 2024: 32, 2023: -, 2022:

Quick facts – Örebro universitet, Örebro University

Örebro University is a state university in Örebro, Sweden. The university has its roots in the Örebro campus of Uppsala University, and became an independent state university college in 1977.

A red and blue logo with the letter o.

📍 In Örebro, Sweden

⌛ Founded 1999

👩‍🎓 17 000 students

💸 Fr. 80 000 SEK Non-EEA student fee per year

↗️ Website

Örebro University, situated in the mid-sized city of Örebro in central Sweden, is a relatively young institution that has quickly established itself in the national and international academic community (2024 marks the first year on this list, for example).

The university offers a wide array of programs across disciplines such as health sciences, humanities, business, and technology, with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary research and education. It is especially recognized for its contributions to medical and health sciences, as well as psychology and social work.

The university’s modern campus provides a conducive environment for study and research, featuring state-of-the-art facilities and a range of student services aimed at fostering a supportive and vibrant student life. Despite its strengths, prospective students should consider that Örebro, while offering a charming blend of urban and natural amenities, may not provide the same level of cosmopolitan experience as larger cities.


Roskilde University 🇩🇰 (avg. 887)

Roskilde, Denmark

NP historical rank – 2024: 37, 2023: -, 2022: –

Quick facts – Roskilde universitet / Roskilde University

Roskilde University (RUC), located in Roskilde, Denmark, approximately 30 kilometers west of Copenhagen, is recognized for its distinctive approach to learning and interdisciplinary research. Established in 1972, RUC was designed with the intention of rethinking traditional university education and promoting a more participatory and project-based learning model. This approach encourages students to engage deeply with real-world problems across various disciplines, fostering a dynamic and innovative academic environment.

The logo for ruc roskilde university.

📍 In Roskilde, Denmark

⌛ Founded 1972

👩‍🎓 9 500 students

💸 €15 200 EUR ($17 300 USD) Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

RUC is organized around broad interdisciplinary fields rather than traditional departments, focusing on areas such as natural sciences, human sciences, social sciences, and technical sciences.

The university’s commitment to group work and project-based learning is complemented by its modern campus, which encourages interaction and creativity among its diverse student body.


University of Vaasa 🇫🇮 (avg. 972)

Vaasa, Finland

NP historical rank – 2024: 29, 2023: 33, 2022: 33

Quick facts – Vaasan yliopisto / Vasa universitet / University of Vaasa

The University of Vaasa, located on the western coast of Finland in the city of Vaasa, is a dynamic institution known for its focus on business studies, administration, and engineering. Established in 1968, the university has expanded its academic offerings to include a range of disciplines such as technology, law, and social sciences, with a special emphasis on energy economics, finance, and international business.

📍 In Vaasa, Finland

⌛ Founded 1968

👩‍🎓 5 500 students

💸 Fr. €10 000 EUR per year Non-EEA student fee

↗️ Website

The University of Vaasa’s campus is notable for its modern architecture and scenic seaside location, offering a stimulating environment for over 5,500 students. The campus is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including the latest technology in classrooms and laboratories, designed to support innovative teaching and research.

Despite its relatively small size, the University of Vaasa is recognized for its strong connections with the business sector, providing students with valuable opportunities for internships and employment upon graduation.

For those seeking a comprehensive education in business and related fields within a vibrant, international setting, the University of Vaasa presents an attractive option in one of Finland’s most dynamic and multicultural cities.


University of Agder 🇳🇴 (avg. 1171)

Kristiansand & Grimstad, Norway

NP historical rank – 2024: 39, 2023: -, 2022: –

Quick facts – University of Agder

The University of Agder (UiA), located in southern Norway with campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad, is a young institution with a strong focus on innovation, technology, and interdisciplinary research. Established as a university in 2007, UiA has quickly made its mark in the Norwegian higher education landscape, offering a wide range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs across various disciplines, including engineering, health sciences, the arts and humanities, and social sciences.

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📍 In Kristiansand & Grimstad, Norway

⌛ Founded 2007

👩‍🎓 14 215 students

💸 Fr. NOK 80 000 ​($7500 USD) per year Non-EEA student fee

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UiA is committed to creating a dynamic learning environment that fosters student engagement and collaboration. Its modern campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including advanced laboratories and research centers, designed to support innovative teaching methods and cutting-edge research projects.

Located in a region known for its entrepreneurial spirit and beautiful natural surroundings, UiA provides students with unique opportunities for practical learning and engagement with the local community and industries. This connection to the regional economy is particularly evident in areas such as renewable energy, ICT, and health innovation.


Karlstad University 🇸🇪 (avg. 1175)

Karlstad, Sweden

NP historical rank – 2024: 40, 2023: -, 2022: –

Quick facts – Karlstad universitet / Karlstad University

Karlstad University, KaU, situated in the city of Karlstad in the heart of Sweden, is a young and modern institution known for its commitment to high-quality education and research with a strong emphasis on collaboration with the local community and industries.

Founded in 1999, though with roots going back to the 1960s as a university college, it has rapidly grown into a comprehensive university offering a wide range of programs in the arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, and health sciences.

The logo for karlstad university.

📍 In Karlstad, Sweden

⌛ Founded 1983

👩‍🎓 16 000 students

💸 Fr. 92 500 SEK Non-EU/EEA student fee

↗️ Website

KaU prides itself on its friendly and welcoming campus environment, characterized by its modern facilities and beautiful setting on the banks of the Klarälven River. With a focus on student-centered learning, Karlstad University aims to provide an engaging educational experience that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking needed for their future careers.

The university is particularly noted for its research and educational programs in paper technology and energy efficiency, reflecting the region’s industrial heritage and commitment to sustainability.

As a relatively small university in a peaceful city, it offers a different experience from larger urban universities, which might be appealing for students looking for a close-knit academic community. For those seeking a modern and innovative educational experience in a serene Scandinavian setting, Karlstad University presents an attractive option.

Note: A higher average ranking on international university ranking services does not always equate to a higher post-graduation average salary. Studies have shown that your average salary depends more on your individual area of study.


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By Karl Andersson

As a native Swede with a Finnish mother, Karl identifies as both Nordic and Scandinavian. He left Sweden at 19 to explore the world, and stayed abroad for almost 8 years—during which he backpacked, worked every job there was, earned a degree from UC Berkeley, and met the future mother of his children. He ultimately returned to his native Malmö with his love, where they now have 3 Swedish-American boys eager to explore the world.

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  1. I am keen to know if there are universities where PhD or D Sc degrees are awarded on the basis of published/unpublished research as an overseas candidate (India) with minimal tuition fees as I am a retired person.
    Thanks and regards

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