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Study in Sweden

Everything you need to know about studying in Sweden as an international student.

Why study in Sweden?

This Scandinavian country can offer students beautiful landscapes, and exciting progressive cities. It is a country filled with some impressive education options too.

There is a sense of community and tolerance in Sweden. Studying as an international student will allow you to immerse yourself in a creative, innovative and exciting country.

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What are the best programs in Sweden?

Swedish universities have lots of freedom when it comes to implementing their teaching methods and graduate programs. The university system is based on research and teaching, with many universities allowed to govern themselves.

With an economy that is driven by science and technology, Swedish universities often have a focus on these areas although there are a wide range of courses on offer; you are also able to find business schools, medical universities and engineering universities.

Whether you’re looking to study for a BA, BSc, MBA or doctorate degree, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study in Sweden.

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What is the cost of studying in Sweden?

University education in Sweden is free for Swedish, Swiss and EU students, with many courses now taught in English to attract more international students. For other international students tuition fees are €9,000 - €15,000 per year.

It would be expected that students living in Sweden would be able to budget around €9,000 a year to cover living costs. University accommodation is most international students’ preferred living option, as it allows you to meet fellow students and settle into student life in Sweden more easily. It’s also often cheaper, as many halls will also provide you with food and study areas.

Key facts

  • Krona Kr Currency
  • 350,000 Student population
  • Swedish Language
  • 35 Universities

Where can you study in Sweden?

A big part of life in Sweden is the outdoors. Sweden is home to a stunning landscape, with beautiful islands, wilderness and lots of wildlife. Try hiking and camping in the north, boating and fishing across its many waters and foraging for berries in its woodlands.

However, if you’re more of a city person, then Sweden has plenty to offer, particularly in capital Stockholm and second largest city Gothenburg. You’ll find plenty of stylish bars and clubs, restaurants serving Swedish classics like meatballs and lingonberry jam, as well as plenty of seafood.

Sweden is a well connected country, with motorways serving most parts of the country and connecting it to Denmark. It’s airport hub is in Stockholm with both the Arlanda and Skavasta airports, while the ports of Gothenburg and the shared Copenhagen-Malmo port welcome travellers by sea.

Stockholm is the only city to have a subway system in Sweden.

Universities in Sweden

What are the requirements to study in Sweden?


Students applying to study in Sweden must have successfully completed post-16 education. The score requirements for the qualifications you hold are set at a university level so depend on where you are applying and which subject. For master’s programs you must have completed a bachelor’s degree. Your secondary post-16 education may also be reviewed.

English language tests

Sweden requires students studying in English to hold a qualification in English language proficiency such as TOEFL or IELTS.

Sweden student visa

If you’re from outside the EU / EEA and your program lasts longer than three months, then you’ll need to arrange for a residence permit before arriving in Sweden.

A residence permit can be organized through your nearest Swedish embassy or consulate. Depending on where you hold citizenship, the process and documents needed can vary.

Sweden student visa requirements

How to study in Sweden

  1. Find a university in Sweden and a program you’d like to study
  2. Apply on the Swedish government’s admissions web site
  3. Create an account and select the undergraduate or postgraduate program you’re interested in
  4. Check that you meet any general country requirements
  5. Upload your supporting documents in your application profile
  6. Pay your application fee and submit the application
  7. Receive an offer from a university
  8. Accept your offer and pay any necessary fees and deposits
  9. Apply for your Swedish residence permit

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