About Södertörn University

Students outside the main entrance of Södertörn University.Södertörn University provides high quality research and education at all levels, offering a friendly atmosphere and an inspiring environment. Our modern, attractive campus is located in Flemingsberg, 19 minutes from central Stockholm on the commuter train.

Södertörn University combines interesting subjects to make engaging and often unique degrees. We offer 250 courses and 70 programmes, and currently have 11 000 enrolled students. We conduct education and research in the humanities, social sciences, technology and natural science. We also offer teacher education with an intercultural profile. Research into the Baltic region and Eastern Europe forms a knowledge environment that is among the best in the world.

Refugees and resettlement

Over the two decades of Södertörn University’s existence, we have contributed to increasing knowledge regarding resettlement and integration. In our research and education, we have ensured that we highlight perspectives and challenges that relate to migration and people seeking asylum. These issues are always relevant, but are now particularly topical, as forced displacement reached record levels. Södertörn University is now investing in the integration of new arrivals in Sweden.

The university has an important role in the reception of refugeesAnna Galin

As a university, we have an important role to play in the reception of refugees. We have the opportunity to help people on their way back to productive, motivating professional lives and academic studies.

Anna Galin has been responsible for coordinating the university’s refugee activities since the autumn of 2016, and says that she has met great enthusiasm.
"One of the first things I did was to initiate a network for refugee issues at the university. After just a few weeks, almost 50 people had expressed an interest in the network, and most of them had a project or initiative linked to refugee issues that they wanted to discuss."

New arrivals on our courses and programmes

Since it was founded, 21 years ago, Södertörn University has had interculturalism at the heart of its activities. This approaches has become more important and in demand, as an increasing proportion of the Swedish population has backgrounds from places outside Sweden or Europe.

Language courses for asylum-seeker doctorsLanguage courses for asylum-seeker doctors

As the numbers of refugees receiving residency permits increase, we are looking forward to welcoming many new arrivals as students on our courses and programmes. To make this easier, Södertörn University, like many other Swedish higher education institutions, is working on further developing the admissions process for people applying on the basis of prior learning. We are also providing Swedish courses as part of a fast track system for asylum-seekers who are specialist doctors, who we hope will be a much-needed addition to the Swedish medical profession.

Research into the major issues of our time

A great deal of our research is in the fields of religion, culture, migration and integration. In 2015 and 2016, special funding from the vice-chancellor was announced as a means of boosting research, innovation projects, and seminars linked to the reception of refugees. This investment will allow us to use knowledge to influence and bring change, helping us understand how we can build sustainable societies for a diversity of people.

Internships contribute to Södertörn University

Gustav AmbergSödertörn University is also providing internships for newly-arrived refugees, in both academia and administration. The aim is for us to contribute networks and vocational Swedish, with the aim of helping refugees enter the Swedish labour market.

Vice-chancellor: “Important for both them and us” 

When the university’s vice-chancellor, Gustav Amberg, is asked for his view on internships for refugees, he
makes it clear they are important for both new arrivals and Södertörn University.

It is absolutely clear that work with refugees enriches our activities, as we gain the knowledge and experience we need as a modern, relevant university. It is not only about making a difference for the people who have come here to seek refuge, they are also making a great difference to us, says Gustav Amberg.

 

What is Scholars at Risk?

Scholars at Risk is an international network that works globally to protect scholars and promote academic freedom.

Scholars at Risk

Anna Galin is responsible for coordinating refugee issues at the university and is also the contact person for Södertörn University’s membership of Scholars at Risk. As part of Scholars at Risk, higher education institutions can also host
at-risk academics as visiting researchers.