Swede Life Back In School

Today we had the chance to explore the Scandinavian perspective of higher education and business school within Stockholm University. As Stockholm’s first “modern” university, we got the chance to walk through parts of campus and live our college experience from within Europe. The university has been around since the 60’s and provides free education for European students.

While traveling and exploring Sweden, a classroom was the last place we thought to find ourselves. We loved the student setting and seeing the similarities that align with schools back in America. We were shocked to hear that the university is home to potentially more than 100,000 students. At Chapman we are used to the smaller class settings and knowing most students as we roam campus. At Stockholm university class sizes could go up to 700 students. The business school is known to be the most prestigious in the country and stems from their economics department. Similar to America, you need to obtain a high GPA in high school and take a standardized test to get into college. Unlike the US, you only need to take 3 years of school and then 2 years for a maters degree. The idea behind this is to allow students to travel to other countries and take classes there. 

The business school focuses on a more stubble view of the workings within a company and how they shape the industry. During our time at the university, we had the opportunity to sit in on a lecture by Jacob Östberg about “The Swedishness of Swedish Advertising.” It was interesting to see the lack of censorship in their media and advertisements. It was also fascinating to view the country’s pride of Swedish innovation came through in most of their media. Jacob’s illustration in a 2×2 of the potential marketing positions relating to place resonated with us and our learnings from marketing management from our first semester at chapman. 

Overall we had an amazing time viewing the educational practices within a country that holds many cultural practices and differences.