Study In Sweden - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Sweden as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Sweden as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Sweden

Why study in Sweden

Cost of studying in Sweden

Universities in Sweden for international students

Cost of living in Sweden for international students

How to get a visa to study in Sweden

How to apply and study in Sweden

Tuition fees to study in Sweden

Applying to study in Sweden

 University education is tuition free for all Swedish citizens and citizens of EU countries. So all non-EU citizens and other international students are required to pay tuition fees in order to study in Sweden.

 The tuition fees for international students to pay is about US$10,560-17,595 per year depending on the course and remember that each university have a different tuition fees set for international students so it will be better to contact the university you are interested in directly.

International students will also have to pay an application fee of about US$106 – this remains the same no matter how many course you decide to study and the type of course you want to study.

Applying to universities in Sweden


Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Cost of living in Sweden according to expatistan

            1 month of gym membership in business district




Housing            [Edit]

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area

18,236 kr

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area

13,278 kr

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat

921 kr

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area

13,568 kr

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area

9,481 kr

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio

684 kr

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)

216 kr

            40” flat screen TV

4,377 kr

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)

1,152 kr

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)

61 kr

            Hourly rate for cleaning help

231 kr

Clothes [Edit]

            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)

959 kr

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)

372 kr

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)

978 kr

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes

1,530 kr

Transportation  [Edit]

            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new

220,982 kr

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

14 kr

            Monthly ticket public transport

821 kr

            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)

244 kr

Personal Care   [Edit]

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)

52 kr

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)

101 kr

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)

254 kr

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)

40 kr

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)

35 kr

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)

35 kr

            4 rolls of toilet paper

24 kr

            Tube of toothpaste

18 kr

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city

309 kr

Entertainment    [Edit]

            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub

402 kr

            2 tickets to the movies

259 kr

            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)

953 kr

            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert

645 kr

            1 cocktail drink in downtown club

133 kr

            Cappuccino in expat area of the city

40 kr

            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)

60 kr

            iPad Air 2, 64GB

5,288 kr

            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

0.95 kr

            1 month of gym membership in business district

510 kr


Visa to study in Sweden

You need a visa to study in Sweden as an international student. Below are the requirements and process of getting a Sweden visa.

How to apply for a visa

Applications for visas to Sweden are made at a Swedish embassy. Relevant addresses can be found under 'Embassies and consulates' under 'Related information'. In places where Sweden does not have an embassy, another Schengen country can represent Sweden, process an application and issue visas on Sweden's behalf. In some places Sweden is represented by another Schengen country even though there is a local Swedish Embassy.

What documents will be required?

If you wish to visit Sweden and the other Schengen countries, you must have:

           a passport which is valid for at least three months after the final date of the visa.

           money for your keep and for the journey home. Sweden requires that you have SEK 370 for each day spent in Sweden. In certain circumstances, this amount may be lower, for example in the case of a young child, if the cost of food and accommodation is paid in advance or if you are going to stay with relatives or friends. You must be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds for your keep with the help, for example, of bank statements or a document in which the person inviting you to Sweden promises to meet all expenses during the visit.

           individual medical travel insurance which covers the costs which could arise as a result of emergency medical assistance, emergency hospitalisation or medical repatriation. The insurance should cover costs of at least EUR 30,000 and be valid in all the Schengen countries.

Special rules apply for citizens of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Serbia and the Ukraine due to the Visa Facilitation Agreement concluded between these countries and the EU. More information about this agreement can be obtained from the embassies and consulates of the EU Member States in these eight countries.

How long is the visa valid for?

A Schengen visa is valid for a maximum of three months in a six-month period. The number of days depends on the duration of and reason for the stay in Sweden and the Schengen area. A visa is usually valid for entry into all the Schengen countries. In exceptional cases, it may only apply for a stay in the country that issued it.

Visa appeal procedure

A decision rejecting an application for a visa may be appealed. The appeal of a visa decision is lodged with the embassy or consulate that made the decision. The embassy or consulate sends the appeal to the Administrative Court in Gothenburg, which decides whether the appeal is to be upheld. Before the appeal is sent to the Administrative Court, the embassy or consulate can reconsider its decision. Similarly, if the decision to reject the visa application was made by an embassy or consulate of another Schengen country, the appeal is to be lodged with the embassy or consulate that made the decision. The appeal is then dealt with according to the national regulations of the country in question.

Who requires a visa?

Sweden is a member of the Schengen group of countries, which means that the visa rules of the Schengen Agreement are applicable. A visa issued in one Schengen Member State (such as Denmark) is also valid for visits to all other Member States. The current Schengen area is composed of the following countries – Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.


List and ranking of all the universities in Sweden


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Sweden. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Sweden and their ranking




Rank    University         Location

1          Kungliga Tekniska högskolan


2          Lunds Universitet

Lund ...

3          Uppsala Universitet


4          Linköpings Universitet

Linköping ...

5          Göteborgs universitet


6          Umeå universitet

Umeå ...

7          Stockholms universitet


8          Chalmers tekniska högskola


9          Karolinska Institutet


10        Sveriges lantbruks universitet


11        Luleå tekniska Universitet

Luleå ...

12        Malmö högskola


13        Mälardalens högskola

Västerås ...

14        Linnéuniversitetet

Växjö ...

15        Handelshögskolan i Stockholm


16        Örebro Universitet


17        Mittuniversitet

Sundsvall ...

18        Högskolan i Skövde


19        Blekinge Tekniska Högskola


20        Högskolan i Borås


21        Karlstads universitet

Karlstad ...

22        Jönköping University


23        Högskolan Dalarna

Falun ...

24        Högskolan i Halmstad


25        Högskolan i Gävle


26        Konstfack


27        Högskolan Väst


28        Södertörns högskola


29        Högskolan i Kristianstad


30        World Maritime University


31        Stockholms konstnärliga högskola


32        Kungl. Musikhögskolan i Stockholm


33        Kungliga Konsthögskolan


34        Gymnastik- och idrottshögskolan



Courses you can study at universities in Sweden

Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in Sweden

In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Sweden or other study abroad destinations

1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.

Take this opportunity to travel the world with no commitments but to study and learn about new cultures. Studying abroad is an experience unlike any other.


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