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Undergraduate Programs at SBS in English

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Hey everyone,

With the end of my first official year of university coming to a close, I wanted to discuss more in detail the current program I study: Business Administration and Political Science (BAPS).

I am sure that some of you have heard of this program, especially if you have looked into programs at SBS or have even applied (I hope to see you here next year!). My program is a dual-degree program where we spend three semesters studying business and 2-3 semesters studying political science or possibly an elective course. The Global Management (GM) program is another english-taught undergraduate program where you study business administration for two years along with a specific language of your choice for one year.

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Emma and Agnes, two of my BAPS best friends! From our first finsittning last Autumn. 

In BAPS, there was also a compulsory study abroad period during the second year… However this has been changed to the third year to be at the same time as when Global Management students study abroad and it is no longer compulsory. I will be having my exchange semester this autumn and I am so excited to be attending the University of Manchester for a semester! I cannot wait for the experience of studying in a new place (again, haha) and I can not wait to hear the stories from all of my friends when we get back from studying all over the world. Some of my friends are going to the United States, some Australia, some Singapore, some France, and the list goes on! You have so many options for study abroad through SBS’s partner institutions, which you can check out here: http://www.sbs.su.se/en/General/Exchange-studies/Our-exchange-partners/

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My fellow buddies from the buddy program earlier this Spring at another finsittning!

One of the things that I love about my program is that BAPS students and GM students shared all of the first semester classes together, and as of next year the students will share a whole year of classes together with the change of the program outlines! This allowed me to meet so many more english speaking students and make friends who were not studying my exact same program. Another cool thing about the Global Management program is that all of the students will go on to study different languages during the second year. Similarly, BAPS students go on to study a year of political science. This gives you even more opportunities to meet more english speaking students and lots of exchange students as many will be in your courses. It has been great to meet new people every semester while still maintaining your friendships with friends from past courses – it really gives you a big circle and provides you with a large amount of networking connections for when after you graduate!

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Me with Maja in Södermalm, one of my best friends from Global Management!

Something I want to touch on that doesn’t just relate to undergraduate programs here is the huge variety of international backgrounds of the students studying at SBS, excluding exchange students. Studying here has allowed me to meet so many amazing people from all over the world and it is so cool that we all ended up in these programs together with the same idea. But don’t worry, I have plenty of Swedish friends as well as this is a Swedish school after all! If you think you have an interest in studying one of these programs or coming for exchange or even for your Master’s, I STRONGLY urge you to apply and take the leap! You will not regret it!

If you would like to read more about these two programs, you can do that here: http://www.sbs.su.se/en/Study-with-Us/Bachelors-Programmes/

As always, if you have any questions feel free to ask!

Until next time,

Alexa

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6 thoughts on “Undergraduate Programs at SBS in English

  1. Hi Alexa!

    I’ve been accepted unto the BAPS programme and I have a question: I know Political Science III isn’t compulsory so if I choose something like Economics instead, will my degree title change (i.e. will it become Business Administration and Economics)? I know that two PolSci (I and II) modules are compulsory but I’m not particularly interested in Political Science nor do I want a “separate” degree in it. Hope my question makes sense!

    All the best

    Dave

    • Hi Dave,

      Political Science III is not mandatory, but the first two are. I believe that one semester of economics is not enough for you to get a degree in economics, as you have to take at least three I think including your thesis in order to get a degree. If I were you, I would message Louise Faymonville (coordinator for BAPS) and see what advice she can give in regards to this.. However if you do not have an interest in political science then you might want to look more into the global management programs 🙂

  2. Hi Alexa.

    I just graduated high school in California this year. I am visiting family in Europe this summer, so I was thinking of visiting Stockholm to see the university and learn more about the program- I learned about it only recently. I really like the unique combination, and was thinking of applying. I was wondering if you could tell me who I can direct some of my questions to. I didn’t get accepted into my first choice school – UClA, so I am starting community college full time to transfer, or at least that was my plan until I discovered BAPS. Is there a certain coordinator I should talk to about admission (SAT/ACT scores, if I can apply with a year of college in lieu of high school, or should send both documents etc). I would appreciate any information that you could provide me.

    thanks so much

    Peter

    • Hello, if you would like more information and a contact you should check out this link: http://www.sbs.su.se/en/Study-with-Us/Bachelors-Programmes/Business-Administration-and-Political-Science/

      Louise can help you with any transfer questions, however it is important to note that we do not take any basics like in the American system. We go straight to studying business and political science. So I am unsure if you would be able to transfer anything that applies after your first year at community college unless it is for example: accounting or economics. Other than that, Sweden does not look at SAT/ACT scores either – only your grades matter. There are a few people from California in my class so you would not be alone! In general, there are a bunch of Americans who are in my program and at Stockholm University. Good luck!

  3. Hey Alexa,

    My name is Jean-Pierre and I have been accepted to the program at SBS and I was wondering if you could guide me as I would like to pursue economics as my major. Would that be possible with this program? Also, would you recommend a Apple computer or a windows based computer?

    I am excited to soon join the SBS family but I have so many questions. Who do you recommend I communicate with in order to get a better understanding of the program and school?

    Warm regards,
    Jean-Pierre

    • Hi Jean-Pierre,

      Congratulations!! I am guessing your are referring to the Business and Political Science program? If not, I am not sure this same case will apply to the Global Management program.

      It is a double major program for a degree in Business Administration and (potentially, you are not guaranteed) a second degree in Political Science if your grades are good enough to get accepted into fifth semester political science to write your thesis. For that fifth semester, you can take economics instead of writing your political science thesis. Many students choose to do this.

      I believe it is possible to get a degree in economics, but you have to also get the degree in business administration. I think that you may also have to do an additional semester or two to further study economics 2 and 3 to get an additional degree in it. However, you will have to check on this. I know that are economics classes in english for certain though.

      As for computers, I would personally recommend an Apple computer and most students use apple, but there are still many who have microsoft. The school does not require a specific brand, so it is up to your personal preference. It is also important to note that the school has free Microsoft Office downloads for all students for both apple and windows. So that is great!

      Stockholm Business School is an absolute blast, so I think you would really enjoy it! Stockholm is a great city in general!I would usually recommend you to speak to Louise Faymonville, however she is on vacation until August. Check out this link for more people to contact: http://www.sbs.su.se/en/General/Contact-us/Academic-Advisors/

      Hope this helps.

      Best of luck,
      Alexa