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Solar Expertise for Sustainability

The European Solar Enginnering School (ESES) at Dalarna University offers you a specialised educational experience that will broaden your professional opportunities in the renewable energy industry. For close to two decades, students from over 40 countries have come to Borlänge, a small town in central Sweden, to gain knowledge and skills in solar energy: examples of subjects covered are the design of PV, solar thermal and hybrid systems; energy storage; project management; and financing of solar energy.

When you take this programme, you will be taught by industry experts and researchers from 10 countries while becoming a member of the international ESES community that includes your international classmates and ESES alumni.

Connect with Industry – Learn by Doing

Professional connections are just as important to your success as the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you will gain. We understand this, and therefore this programme will ensure that you have multiple opportunities to cultivate these connections through:

  • Site visits to solar installations and research centres, as well as through guest lectures from experts in CSP, solar cell physics and chemical energy storage; these will ensure you are up-to date on the latest developments in this expansive field.
  • National and international internship opportunities in the second year of the programme and/or after you complete your studies.
  • Your thesis project, which offers you close contact with research facilities and companies both nationally in Sweden and internationally.
  • Our elective course "Global Perspectives in Solar Energy" taught by a group of alumni who have 60 years of combined industry experience. A course taught by alumni is very unique: with their positive experiences and interest, they are ready to help the next generation of ESES students. 

If you are interested in becoming part of the fast-growing field of renewable energy and have a bachelor's degree with a major in Physics; Mechanical, Electrical or Energy Engineering; or a similar field, then you are strongly encouraged to apply. Since the programme is taught in English, you will also need documentation proving your good command of both spoken and written English.

Application

Autumn Semester 2018

Start wk36

100% study rate, Location Borlänge
Application Code:
HDA-H2WHW
Teaching form:
Normal
Language:
English
Other:
Non-EU citizens should apply using this application code.
Entry Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering (mechanical, electrical, energy, engineering physics) or equivalent of at least 180 credits, or an equivalent degree. Documented language proficiency knowledge equivalent to English B/English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school or equivalent knowledges. An approved “Statement of purpose“ is also required.
Tuition Fee
First Tuition Fee Installment:
67,500 SEK
Total Tuition Fee:
270,000 SEK
EU/EEA Citizens or exchange students are not required to pay fees.
Information on application and tuition fees: www.universityadmissions.se.

Start wk36

100% study rate, Location Borlänge
Application Code:
HDA-H2WHX
Teaching form:
Normal
Language:
English
Other:
Non-EU citizens should apply using this application code.
Entry Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering (mechanical, electrical, energy, engineering physics) or equivalent of at least 180 credits, or an equivalent degree. Documented language proficiency knowledge equivalent to English B/English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school or equivalent knowledges. An approved “Statement of purpose“ is also required.
Tuition Fee
First Tuition Fee Installment:
67,500 SEK
Total Tuition Fee:
270,000 SEK
EU/EEA Citizens or exchange students are not required to pay fees.
Information on application and tuition fees: www.universityadmissions.se.

How To Apply

Applying to the Solar Energy Engineering Programme is quick and easy. Just complete these two steps:

  1. Click on the blue "Apply" button (displayed above during the application period only) to create a user account and add the program to your account in the online application portal.
  2. Submit the required documents to verify that you fulfill the entry requirements listed below. It is usually possible to upload the required documents to your user account.

​Entry Requirements (Academic year 2018/2019)

Specific Entry Requirements

  1. Completed bachelor's degree in engineering (mechanical, electrical, energy, engineering physics) or equivalent of at least 180 ECTS, or an equivalent degree.
  2. An approved Statement of Purpose.(Download and use Adobe Acrobat reader to modify the pdf file)

English Language Proficiency

The most common tests and important scores that are accepted are:

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

Please check the University Admissions information on English Language Proficiency to see if you are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS result.

Tuition Fees

270 000 SEK (total)
*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay tuition fees.

Tuition fees are paid in one-semester installments and the first payment (67 500 SEK) must be paid no later than June 1. This allows for reasonable processing time for a residence permit application.
If you have any questions about tuition fee payments, please e-mail tuitionfees@du.se.

Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available for successful applicants to the Solar Energy Engineering who are not EU/EEA citizens.

For more information about scholarships, please visit our webpage about international student scholarships or contact study@du.se.

 


Programme Overview

In 2016, the programme implemented a new curriculum that aims to enhance the skill-set of students in our core solar-engineering subject areas, especially PV and systems design.

The main changes to the curriculum include:

  • The increase in experimental/practical engineering work for students.
  • The addition of international internship opportunities.
  • The chance for students to study abroad in the third semester of the two-year programme.
  • The involvement of alumni who have connections within the industry in the new course Global Perspectives in Solar Energy.

Programme Structure and Content

All courses are taught in English by international faculty staff. The programme comprises 60 credits (1 credit = 1 ECTS) and begins at the start of the autumn semester in late August. Note: 1.5 credits = one week of full-time study.

Semester 1 (September-January)

  • Applied Solar Engineering 
  • Solar Radiation and Solar Geometry 
  • Photovoltaics 
  • Economics of Solar Energy 
  • Solar Thermal 

Semester 2 (January-June)

  • Design of PV and Hybrid Systems 
  • Design of Solar Thermal Systems 
  • Energy Storage
  • Scientific Communication
  • The Social Context of Energy Systems

Semester 3 (August-January)

In this third semester, you can choose to take the following courses at Dalarna University or you can complete one semester of course work at an approved partner university. You can also replace some or all of the courses below with an internship conducted in Sweden or abroad.

  • Dynamic Simulation of Energy Systems
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Solar Building Design
  • Project Course in Solar Energy Systems
  • Solar Thermal Power

Semester 4 (January-June)

Thesis Work in Solar Energy Technology

Degree Awarded

Degree of Master of Science (120 Credits) in Solar Energy Engineering

Study Environment

Dalarna University is a small university, which will allow you to develop personal relationships with your classmates and teachers. You will study at the Borlänge campus, which is located close to the region's largest shopping centre and an IKEA.

Students from the world over come to study Solar Energy Engineering here. Typically, there are 30-35 students in each class in the Solar Energy Engineering Programme. Lessons include lectures; practical excercises and laboratories; individual and group discussions and presentations; study visits; and exams. You should expect between 15 and 30 hours of classes a week, as well as 30 to 50 hours per week spent studying, preparing for exams, doing labs and being part of group projects.

Since the Solar Energy Engineering Programme admits only a small number of students, you will easily get to know your classmates and be involved with activities in and around Dalarna and Sweden with new-found friends. The knowledge and experiences you share with your classmates will prepare you to join our alumni who go on to find their ideal jobs within the field.

Career Opportunities

Many of our over 200 ESES alumni are active as engineers and managers in the global solar energy industry. After graduating, a number have started their own solar businesses; others pursued PhD studies and have become researchers and teachers at universities. The majority of graduates have gone on to work in various companies and organisations throughout the world.

Potentail future employers are:

  • Solar equipment manufacturers
  • Engineering and consulting companies specialising in renewable energy projects
  • Energy utilities
  • Government and non-government organisations

Increasing Job Opportunities

Until a few years ago, jobs in the solar energy industry were found mostly in countries where political efforts had led to an early adoption of renewable energy, often through subsidies for businesses and private individuals to invest in renewable energy sources such as solar energy.

Today the cost of solar energy is lower than ever before: now it can compete, without subsidies, in many developed economies. While the cost of installing solar energy has decreased, the possibility to harness and store solar energy is constantly increasing, ensuring excellent long-term job prospects for programme graduates.

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