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Södertörn University College

Since its foundation in 1996, Södertörns högskola (Södertörn University College) has grown and flourished in a very short space of time, and currently has over 12,000 students and 750 members of staff. The university college offers its students a number of programmes and a broad curriculum in the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Technology, Education and Life Sciences. It has a thriving research culture, with particular emphasis on investigation into Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea Region.

Södertörns högskola attaches great importance to the provision of education which emphasises cultural diversity and cross-discipline learning. The same can be said of the research conducted there. The multiculturalism of the university college’s immediate surroundings - in a culturally, ethnically and socially diverse suburb south of Stockholm - is directly reflected in the curriculum, and promotes an awareness and appreciation of cultural differences. This is crucial to the distinctive quality and character of the institution.

The multidisciplinary philosophy pursued at Södertörns högskola encourages a broadening of the academic horizons and the blending of traditional academic boundaries, which create the conditions for a deeper understanding of, and new perspectives on, complex issues. All of these things push students of the Södertörns högskola to think critically, and prepare them for their own careers and their future roles in society. With its hitherto successes in both education and research in mind, Södertörns högskola anticipates achieving full university status in the not-too-distant future and has exciting prospects for continued development. 



Right from Stockholm’s foundation in the 13th century, the city had a promising future ahead: due to its strategic location between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea it was bound to become a successful trading centre. For centuries the city played a dominant role not only in Sweden’s economic development but was - and still is - the residence of the Swedish kings and the seat of parliament. Nowadays Stockholm, which is situated on 14 islands around the medieval Old City, still reflects this glorious past: two UNESCO world heritage sites and many differing architectural styles show the significance of this Northern metropolis, and at the same time draw a vivid picture of the city’s fast expansion. But Stockholm would not be Stockholm without its large number of internationally renowned museums and the huge variety of major cultural events, ranging from the Jazz Festival to the Stockholm Marathon. The "Beauty on Water" also enthrals its approximately 800,000 inhabitants, as well as a large number of tourists, with nearby unspoiled nature that promises recreation and adventure in the heart of a modern and multicultural municipality.

450,000 km
Population 9 million
Population density 20/km
Capital Stockholm
Other cities Gothenborg, Malmö, Uppsala
No. of higher education institutions 41
Language Swedish (official), also spoken: Sami, Finnish, Tornedal Finnish, Yiddish, Romani chib


Södertörn University College (Huddinge)
German Studies Research Unit

Contact person
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mai-Brith Schartau