Find out how Natives used global research expertise, student-specialist strategy and a bold creative vision to reinvent the Study in Sweden brand, The Swedish Way.

Natives were commissioned by Study in Sweden, the national agency for the promotion of higher education in Sweden (which represents more than 40 universities) to an international audience, to conduct a comprehensive brand audit and end to end rebrand. The changes in the digital landscape, student mindsets and increased sophistication and competition in the market highlighted a critical need for a major update. We're proud to say, the strategy is working. Figures show that in 2021, the number of admitted students not previously educated in Sweden had increased by over 3% in just one year.

"Sweden is simply becoming more recognised as a study destination,” Douglas Washburn, senior marketing manager at Study in Sweden said, asked on why the numbers had increased.

“Students enjoy studying and living in Sweden but it takes time to for a country to build a reputation as a study destination and to build word of mouth among students and alumni. It takes time to for a country to build a reputation as a study destination." 


Let's find out what the project entailed...

Natives began with surveying and interviewing over 6,000 students from around the world, as well as key brand stakeholders. The themes explored, ranging from the classroom to the broader cultural aspects, gave us an expansive picture of the most distinctive and compelling aspects of the study experience.

Our approach was to position the brand as a challenger in the space, with a bold and distinctive proposition unlike anything in the market, driven by robust qualitative and quantitative market research.

Students' voices led the way. Themes of equality, freedom, inclusiveness and sustainability became the new building blocks of the brand - complimenting established trends of informality, critical thought, non-hierarchical classroom culture and innovation, that students looked for in an institution. 'The Swedish Way’ was forged, creating a space to be bold, disruptive and provocative but also inclusive and welcoming. Through a number of workshops, focus groups and presentations at key milestones, we ensured that all voices were heard and the brand could be owned by all. 

"We think that we’ve done something together that’s unique in the higher education space. It’s been a wonderful journey that we’ve been on and it’s definitely been worth the wait and all the work."

- Douglas Washburn, Marketing Manager, Swedish Institute – Study in Sweden

Check out their new website and brand identity here