Exhibiting at Saco Student Fairs

Saco Student Fair is the largest educational fair in Sweden. Meet more than 27 000 young Swedes in their final year of high school as the visit the fairs in Malmö and Stockholm.

Saco Student Fair is the right channel if you want to reach those who are about to choose higher education and career path. The fair in Stockholm is the largest event for post secondary education in Sweden and about one third of all Swedes in their final year in high school attend one of the Saco fairs. The Stockholm exhibition has visitors from all over central Sweden, while the Malmö fair is more regional and serves visitors from southern Sweden.

Exhibitors are universities, polytechnic educations, employers and organizations, agents and international universities and colleges as well as the Saco with its professional associations who provide information about academic careers.

Recruiting in Sweden

Is it worth the effort? Absolutely! Swedish students are very keen to take on the adventure of studying in a foreign country.

As many as 50% of Swedish high school graduates take one or a few years off before commencing their university studies. During that time, studies and travels abroad are popular activities.

Almost 30 000 Swedes study abroad in 2014/2015. 18 600 werefree movers, 6 900 participated in exchange programmes and the rest went abroad for language studies. Great Britain Australia, Denmark, Poland and the US are the largest recipients. Asia has increased with 46% during the last four years.

Where do they go?


Main recipients

  Country Students 2014/15
1 USA 5 532
2 Great Britain 5 478
3 Australia 1 661
4 Spain 1 587
5 Poland 1 556
6 Denmark 1 552
7 Germany 1 113
8 France 1 110
9 Netherlands 1 039
10 Norway 980
11 Japan 890



What do they study abroad?

Financial aid

Swedish students have the right to apply for financial aid for studies in another country. A condition is that the overseas education has been recognised by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (UHR).

Find out about the requirements for recognition here

The amount of the financial aid/loan is the same for studying abroad as in Sweden. The repayment terms are also the same as for studying in Sweden. However additional finance is available for tuition fees, insurance and travel expenses, etc.

One condition for financial aid from the Swedish Board for Study Support (CSN) for studies outside the EEA and Switzerland is that the course lasts for a minimum of 3 months, full time. Within the EEA and Switzerland the minimum length is 15 weeks.

Source CSN 2015. For more info please visit www.csn.se

Swedes have excellent know ledge of foreign languages

Another reason for the large number of Swedes choosing to study abroad is their knowledge of foreign languages. Having a mother tongue that is not spoken anywhere else in the world, Swedes are encouraged to learn foreign languages early. Language studies give the applicants for university studies extra credits for all educational fields. It is also worth mentioning that the results from studies carried out with focusing on younger people's attitudes show that a very high percentage of young people in Sweden today plan to or want to spend a period of time abroad. Many want to study at university level and there is also an interest for shorter vocational courses and for work experience.
Find out more about the Swedish study system at The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education's website, www.uhr.se

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The Saco fair is a starting point for the choice of education

For many young people the process of choosing a higher education begins at Saco Student Fair. They discover the wide range of educations and are inspired by both education providers, educational organizations and future employers. Our lectures, exhibitors and study guidance counsellors provide everything they need to make a smart and conscious choice of education. The impressions from the fairs are very important for their choices.

How do we reach the visitors

We invite all high schools through their guidance counsellors, who manage the reservations and coordinate the visit. The fairs in Stockholm and Malmö are well established and have a good reputation. Most of the schools keep coming back. 

Preparation is the key

Our evaluations have clearly demonstrated that preparations are vital for the students' output of the fair. Thus we have plenty of support for preparations.

Beside the fairs we provide anumber of tools to enable conscious choices of education. We provide four books on how to choose higher education, prepare for studies and labour market forecasts. All books are handed out at the fair and are ordered free of charge by schools. They can also be downloaded on our website. Are you interested in advertizing? Please read more here.

Popular lectures 

Our lecture program is an important part of the fairs. We organize more than  hundred short lectures (20 minutes) every day in all sorts of subjects. Some are organized by Saco itself, others are held by exhibitors. To give a lecture is an excellent way to reinforce your statement. Read more here