Nordic students are generally highly literate, proficient in English, have an open, international mindset, and are interested in travel and engaging with other cultures. The EU (incl Denmark, Finland, and Sweden, but not Norway) goal is that, by 2020, 20 % of all students should have experience from exchange studies or internships abroad when they graduate.
Many Nordic students are attracted by the characteristics of American university life. The life painted through media in the last century holds the promise of collegial activities such as a playful environment with inspiring and high-standard learning.
Language studies have been popular in the Nordics for a long time and with the nature of the globalized economy, it is increasingly important for Nordic students to gain international experience and strong language skills in English. However, many Nordic students have very high levels of English knowledge and will therefore not be as attracted to basic English classes. In the very fitness and sports-oriented Nordic societies, college sports are an area for elite youths looking for scholarships in the U.S.
Exchange agreements where tuition can be severely reduced or eradicated are attractive for Nordic students that want to partake in the American college experience as well as improve their English language skills. Exchange agreements likely explain the reason for the increase in the number of Swedish exchange students, which according to a report from the Swedish Council for Higher Education has increased by 4%, and the decline in free movers by 3% in the latest academic year. Engineering and Business and Management are the two most popular study fields for Finnish students in the United States. In Norway, the one-year LLM program in the U.S. is of interest to Norwegian law students wishing to gain expertise in a specialized field of law.
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