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Sweden facts:

About Dalarna University

• 450 000 square kilometres (third largest country in Western Europe) • Over 100 000 lakes • Population 9.5 million • EU’s strongest economy in 2011 • World’s first central bank • Ranked among top five university systems in the world by Universitas 21.

Dalarna University – leading the next generation Located in the heart of Sweden, in an area of amazing natural beauty, Dalarna University is leading the development of Next Generation Learning. Over 16 000 students study at one of our two campuses in Borlänge and Falun as well as throughout the world thanks to our commitment to excellence in interactive webbased distance education. We offer our students an intimate educational environment and our students don’t get lost in the crowd. Many of them ex-

press gratitude and relief over the accessibility of staff. International students not only broaden their horizons during their stay in Dalarna, but they also make a welcome contribution to student life and perspectives at the university. Currently, Dalarna University offers over 1 200 courses, 40 Bachelor´s Degree programmes, and 15 Master´s Degree programmes. Hundreds of these courses, as well as eight programmes, are taught entirely in English both on campus and online.

About Dalarna The New York Times rated Dalarna as one of 45 places to see in 2012 and it is easy to understand why! The nature is fabulous, and with free access to clean water and forests, this is the place to be if you want to try all manners of winter and summer sports. Dalarna is famous for midsummer (the biggest annual holiday in Sweden), traditional carved wooden horses, local sausages, folk music, red cottages and beautiful mountains. We also offer a large variety of sports facilities and cultural entertainment including Sweden’s largest annual music festival, Peace and Love.

100 000 inhabitants, Falun and Borlänge are big enough to offer services and entertainment students need, but small enough to offer an intimate environment as well.

Borlänge and Falun – A Scandinavian Adventure With a combined population of over

Each town has theatres, shopping centres, museums, pubs, nightclubs and cafés within walking or cycling distance of campus.

Looking for adventure? Go on a moose safari, explore history by traversing through old mines or plan an outing kayaking on Lake Runn complete with a picnic break on one of the 100 islands in the lake. Any time of year, Borlänge, Falun and Dalarna as a whole offer a plethora of activities and excursions unique to this part of the world.

Our Media Studies building in Falun is one of Sweden’s most modern and wellequipped teaching facilities for that academic field. “The Black Box”, a building in Borlänge, also hosts the Solar Energy Engineering programme and its research facilities. One of Sweden’s largest solar collectors is situated on that very building, and we are currently constructing a new 4 500 m2 library building in Falun. Dalarna University continues to evolve, and we welcome you to become our next generation of learners.

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What actually goes on in the Black Box in Borlänge?

Research at DU is mainly conducted within our six research profile areas: • Energy, Forests & Built Environments • Health & Welfare • Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis • Culture, Identity & Representations • Steel Forming & Surface Engineering • Education & Learning

Until quite recently, Dalarna University housed research labs in four different locations. Now, though, all research labs can be found under the same roof, in the building often referred to as The Black Box. As well as education and research at the post-graduate level in Materials Processing, research is also carried out in Solar Energy, Small-Scale Energy Systems, Energy Conversion and Societal Processes. The Black Box is also home to a number of laboratories used for Steel Forming and Surface Engineering. The façade of the building is constructed from a coloured steelplate called “Energy”, produced by the local steel company SSAB. The black plate is intended to save energy since the coating reflects the heat from the sun while absorbing heat from machines and

equipment inside the building. Eighty square metres of solar thermal collectors comprise the façade and produce heat, and solar cells provide warm water, thus serving to save energy while being educationally useful for the university. SERC (the Solar Energy Research Center) at Dalarna University is leading the research within applied use of solar energy in Sweden, while The Black Box serves as a giant laboratory for students at the European School of Solar Energy ( Suffice it to say, The Black Box in Borlänge, along with the project work being conducted there, is significant for Dalarna University and will remain so well into the future. It’s a building that is at the forefront of technological development, both on the inside as well as on the outside.

This programme is one of Dalarna University’s most outstanding international programmes. Established in the 1990s, it has to a large extent been developed through extensive research work at the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC), which is part of Dalarna University. The programme has an ideal blend of theory and practical inputs to ensure you are exposed to all relevant subjects of solar energy engineering. Upon completion of the programme, you will have excellent job opportunities in the fast-growing solar industry in Europe as well as in other countries. Many graduates continue their academic career as PhD students and become researchers and teachers at universities throughout the world. Programme graduates have formed an active worldwide Alumni network that supports current students in the development of suitable thesis projects and later as they begin their professional careers.

Master Programme in Solar Energy Engineering, 60 credits (1 year) Location: Campus Borlänge Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Career Opportunities: Work in the PV and solar thermal industry, designing, researching and developing new solar technologies for various national and international companies

Evan Riley, USA

Black & Veatch Alumni, Master Programme in Solar Energy Engineering Why did you study Solar Energy at DU? I knew I wanted to get an education that would give me the competitive edge in the burgeoning solar industry and couldn’t find that education opportunity in North America. So I googled available options and found ESES, and schools in Germany and Australia that fit my interests. In the end I selected ESES due to its history, its great website, the responsiveness of the people I contacted there and the curriculum that was clearly communicated on the website. How would you describe your experience studying here? The programme provided a great foundation from which multiple career paths could be taken. I found that the course work was very independent: e.g., you could make as much or as little out of the experience as you wished.

What was the best part of your programme? My professors! Specifically Tara Kampal’s class on the economics of solar PV and Frank Fiedler’s class on PV system design. Who would you recommend study Solar Energy at DU? People who are interested in the project implementation side of solar photovoltaics and people who are interested in a broader view of photovoltaics before they decide on a niche for a PhD. Did your studies at DU help you get a relevant job? Yes, I would not be where I am today without the education I received from DU and ESES. I learned skills at DU and ESES that I use on the job every day. From time to time I even reference my old text books that live on my work desk.

What was the best thing about Sweden? The best thing about Sweden was the culture. It is so different from the culture of the United States. My experience of Swedish culture was that being a member of society means something completely different there than it does in the United States. In Sweden people are appreciated equally for the value they contribute to society regardless of their career; whether they are a labourer, a banker or an engineer, everyone is appreciated for their contribution. I found this in the teaching, the testing, the social scene and even the language. The whole experience was refreshing and eye-opening to me. I loved it there.

Business Intelligence at Dalarna University offers you the chance to solve practical problems at the organisational level. In this two-year programme, you will gain unique and cutting-edge theoretical and practical knowledge with which you will be able to develop new ideas and processes. You will have the skills to collect, store, analyse and quality-assure data. In other words, you will be able to provide the right information at the right time and in the right place so that it contributes to the development of an organisation.

By taking our Business Intelligence Programme, you will ensure that you are an attractive candidate in the international job market. You will have access to company and organisational data during your studies, which will allow you to build relationships with companies that can serve you well upon completion of your education. Your Master’s Degree in Business Intelligence will qualify you for successful employment at all levels: local, national and international.

Business Intelligence, 120 credits (2 years) Location: Campus Borlänge Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Microdata Analysis Career Opportunities: Huge demand for BI working with business analytics, forecasting, data mining and optimization

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Solution Center Manager, Business Analytics in Nordics and UK at SAP How did you find out about Business Intelligence at DU? I came as part of an exchange programme with my Chinese university. BI has a promising future, so I chose to study here. What is best about the BI programme? That it is cross-disciplinary. We learn about Statistics, Computer Science and Economics, so we get a good understanding of every aspect of BI. Would you recommend this programme? Yes, definitely to my friends – and especially students with a Computer Science or Statistics background. Zhiguang Dan, China

Student, Master Programme in Business Intelligence (BI)

What do you enjoy about Dalarna? The programme itself and the good mentor I had through NLE, the university’s student business unit. I also liked the Peace and Love festival.

How does SAP utilise BI to be successful? Today, BI is not only the “little extra” or the “something nice to have”. Now it is part of our daily business and we use it internally in all departments – from Finances to Sales, on our premises as well as on mobile devices. It is an absolute must if we are to set, achieve and follow up on our own goals. We are constantly embracing our own innovations. Do you see a need for an education in BI? With the growing amount of information, data is more important than ever. It is so valuable that some companies regard it as their golden asset and it therefore needs to be handled in a proper way. Already you can find a large demand for BI experts in various fields, and just as the amount of information is increasing, so is the need. This is why it is so vital for education in this field.

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What inspired you during your studies? I believe that higher studies should take learning to the next level, from lecture-based learning to learning from great researchers. This is exactly the kind of supervision I received from my supervisor, Gunnar Isacsson. He is a man of great knowledge, with brilliant skills with whom I loved learning.

Jean-Philippe Deschamps-Laporte, Canada Alumni Master of Economics, currently conducting field research in Kenya Describe studying in Sweden? I would describe my experience at DU as enlightening. I never thought that studying in the middle of Sweden would lead me to meet and work with so many interesting people from all over the world. The Swedish education system lets you take your own rhythm and decide on many aspects of your learning (I wrote my thesis about poverty in Peru), which is great.

The specific objective of the programme is for you to acquire tools for economic analysis that you can apply to public and private policy-making. You will develop advanced skills with a sound knowledge of economic theory, in particular microeconomic theory and quantitative methods that will enable you to understand and analyse economic problems. These skills are essential for a practising economist in many applied fields. Upon

Who should study Economics at DU? I would recommend this programme for people who have a vision about what they want to achieve. I think that this programme is meant for students who have the determination to get the work done and move forward. How was life as a student? I lived in Dalarna for almost three years, sharing my life with people who quickly became precious friends. On top of that, I loved the fact that I could take a dip in a lake or do a couple of cross-country ski laps after class. Where do you see yourself in five years? After I finish my current studies, I hope to pursue a career in the field of development economics, half-way between academia and my passion for field work. With such a broad horizon, it is very hard to say “where” I will be (sorry Mom!).

completing the programme, you will be prepared for staff and management positions that require the integration of microeconomic analysis and advanced quantitative methods in the public and private sectors. A solid training in research is emphasised through thesis work. In the thesis, you shall demonstrate and practise your ability to integrate economic theory and methods in the context of the research question.

Bahar Faraz, Iran

Analyst at The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) Alumni, Master Programme in Economics How did your studying Economics at DU help you get your current job? My job is related to my education, which is the most important reason I like it. I feel really satisfied when I can use my experience from the classroom in my job. There’s always something new to learn at work, but this programme gave me the knowledge I needed to be able to begin my career.

Master Programme in Economics, 60 credits (1 year) Location: Campus Borlänge Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Economics Career Opportunities: s Private and public sector position that t) men age man g udin (incl integrate microeconomic analysis and advanced quantitative methods

List of subjects taught in English at Dalarna University: Arabic French German Business Administration History Ch inese Human Geography Communication International Relations Computer Science Economics Education Energy and Environmental Technology Swedish as English

stUDent hoUsing Student housing is easy to book, thanks to the partnership between DU and Tunabyggen in Borl채nge and Kopparstaden in Falun. Both Tunabyggen and Kopparstaden offer international students the chance to arrange housing within walking or biking distance to campus. Housing options include rooms with private bathrooms and shared kitchens, studio apartments and shared apartments. Student housing is one of the best places to meet lifelong friends.

Italian Japanese Management Pol itical Science Portuguese Russian Spanish Statistics a Second Language Tourism

We strongly recommend that you book your housing at least three months prior to the start of the semester. You can also contact the Student Union for information about housing. More information can be found at:

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Scholarship Information

Choose your course(s) or degree programme at

Accept your offer to study at Dalarna University (if admitted)

International Student Scholarships are a testament to the commitment of Dalarna University to quality and outstanding international students. These scholarships are available to international students who have shown great interest and motivation to study at Dalarna University.

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Apply online at

Pay first installment of tuition fees (if applicable)

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A total of 40 scholarships are awarded annually to fee-paying international students enrolled in a degree programme at Dalarna University. The ­scholarships, which have a value of 25% or 50% of tuition fees, are usually granted for one academic year (two semesters). An extension is possible for programmes that are longer than two semesters provided that study results are satisfactory.

Submit supporting documents to universityadmissions postal address below

Visit and book your housing and flight to Sweden

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Apply for a residence permit while awaiting admissions decision (if applicable)

Arrive in Dalarna and begin your adventures as a student!

For more information about the scholarship programme at Dalarna University, please visit:

Important addresses and contact information Swedish Agency for Higher Education Services University Admissions in Sweden FE 1 SE–833 83 Stroemsund SWEDEN

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