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About

Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union, located in northern Europe, and has land borders with many countries: Norway in the west, Finland in the northeast.

In the south, it has a maritime border with Denmark, Germany,  and Poland. also, it has borders with Russia, Lithuania, and Latvia in the east.

The population in Sweden is 10.4 million and the capital and the largest city in the country is Stockholm. The country is divided into 21 provinces are

  • Stockholm,
  • Absala
  • Södermannland
  • Ostergotland
  • Yonkoping
  • Kronoberg, Kalmar
  • Gotland
  • Belkingh
  • Skin, Haland
  • Westra
  • Gotaland
  • Vermland
  • Oribro
  • Westmanland
  • Dalarna
  • Gevelburg
  • Westernorland
  • Yemland
  • Westerbotten
  • Norbotten.

climate in Sweden

In general, Sweden is a cold country, but its climate varies from one region to another. the northern part of it has a semi-polar climate, while the climate of the southern and middle sections is oceanic, humid, and somewhat temperate.

yet it can be said that its climate is generally mild compared to the northern country. Although of the high latitude, Sweden often has warm continental summers. However, it has reliably cold and snowy winters.

Education in Sweden

Sweden is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and the most advanced one in the world. It appreciates education and Science very much, therefore, it is interested in the development of universities and the educational sector.

Studying in Sweden is the best choice for international students. In addition, the certificates that are issued by the Sweden universities are recommended and accredited all over the world. 

Sweden supports the education system and promotes scientific research. Also, it has the Nobel Prize that is awarded for intellectual achievement in the world.

What currency is used in Sweden?

The official monetary unit in Sweden is the krona SEK. Most of the country’s bank branches have stopped handling cash and they support mobile payments and credit cards.

Sweden is ranked as the 29th largest export economy in the world, which depends mainly on timber, hydropower, iron ore, as well as machinery, chemicals, military armaments, and home goods.

Culture of Sweden 

If you choose to study in Sweden, you must learn about the interests of the citizens and the nature of their lives to make it easier for you to adapt to their society. The citizens of Sweden are people who have privacy and are deeply rooted in their families.

The people of Sweden are so classy, ​​kind, honest, and disciplined. the luxury is obvious in their lifestyle because the Sweden government provides for them everything and it is the highest country in terms of social spending as a percentage of GDP.

Swedes love to read, so in almost every town you can find a local newspaper, as well as the major morning newspapers, including Dagens Nyheter, Göteborg’s Posten, Svenska, Svenska Dagbladet, Aftonbladet, Expressen, Metro International

Sweden’s parliamentary system is very well developed.  It ranks first in the Economist’s Global Index of Democracy and seventh in the United Nations Human Development Index.

language in Sweden

Swedish is the official language of Sweden and is spoken by the vast majority of the entire population including several different dialects of Swedish that are spoken in various parts of the country.

Although the official language in Sweden is Swedish, English is used as a language of instruction in universities and a large number of people in Sweden speak English fluently. So, communicating with locals will never be a problem for international students.

 

Study Cost

While studying internationally, it is necessary to evaluate the cost of studying in a particular country. Sweden is considered an affordable country for international students.

as well as The concept of tuition fees revolves around the type of university and its international reach and research community.  

To cover the study costs, you will be required to pay for the entrance application, university admission, the tuition fee, and books and resources. The details for the same are given below:

Application Fee

You will be spending up to 90 EUR on the application fee during the time of admission and up to 80 EUR a month on books too. This would be a one-time application fee for all courses you apply to in Sweden.

Tuition Fee

The members of the EU/EEA are exempted from tuition fees. Exchange students are also not required to pay tuition fees in Sweden.

Bachelor’s and Master’s programs from public universities in Sweden provide free tuition for EU/EEA students. PhD. programs are free for all students.

  • For non-EU/EEA students, the average tuition fee costs between 7,500-25,500 EUR per year, depending on the study program and university, of course. For specialized programs like MBA, the cost can go up to 31,000 EUR per year.
  • For EU/EEA students, there is neither tuition fee nor application fee for the bachelor’s and master’s courses.

Books, Study Resources

You will be spending up to 80 EUR a month on books. You can get your personal identity number to issue books from the library and access online study resources. You will certainly not have to buy every book on the book list if you can find an alternate e-book for it on the web.

Financial Cost & Assistance

The financial cost for pursuing education in Sweden is different for EU/EEA students and non-EU/EEA students.

  • EU/EEA students are exempted from paying tuition fees and only have to cover insurance, accommodation, and living costs. They may do this via a scholarship, student loans, or personal funds.
  • For students who are not citizens of the European Union or the European Economic Area, the average tuition fee is around 13,000 EUR per academic year. This can vary depending on the university and the course.

On average, the total cost of the program is between 2500 EUR to 6500 EUR or more

 

Living Cost

The costs of your stay and study in Sweden will not be low budget, so you must be ready to schedule your expenses and try to take advantage of the offers that are offered to students there.

The cost of study in Sweden per month will be about 800 euros on average, which varies according to the city and how well you manage your expenses

The average cost of living (only food, transportation, recreation) should be between up to 1200 EUR per month. The costs are subject to what mode of transportation you use and how much you eat outside and can significantly vary from person to person.

Food & Drinks

The average bill for food per month cost around 200 EUR per month. Eating at a Swedish restaurant costs between 8-10 EUR.

Moreover, students can take advantage of discounts and offers available in supermarkets or suburban markets.

Transportation

As for the public transportation in the country, they are varied, including metro, train, bus, and taxi. The average monthly cost is about 85 euros. In addition, the transportation companies offer discounts for students who are under 26 years old.

A bicycle is economical and good for the environment. on the other hand, can cost up to 110 EUR. This is also a popular mode of transportation and 27% of students use it to travel around.

Entertainment & Recreation

Spare 70-100 EUR a month for recreation and entertainment. This can include movie tickets, tickets to museums and fairs, or social gatherings.

Accommodation

Finding accommodation in smaller cities is easier as compared to bustling cities like Stockholm, Gothenburg, or the traditional student town of Uppsala.

The rent there is also expensive and properties are often always occupied; hence, hard to find. The average monthly rent will cost between 250- 650 EUR, depending on the location and facilities.

Types of Accommodation & Cost

Most universities in Sweden offer accommodation services for their international students. In some cases, there are some universities help their students to find a suitable place to live in

Contact your university to get useful information about reliable accommodation. Get in touch with organizations that manage dormitories/ student residence halls.

Student Accommodation

1- Corridor Rooms

corridor rooms are the most frequent sort of on-campus lodging on the university campus, you can avail yourself of accommodation in corridor rooms.

There would typically be a common area with a shared kitchen, sometimes a public restroom, and 10-15 rooms in each corridor.

It is a good option for those who would like to socialize with a diverse student population as many local and international students. Corridor rooms cost between 300-650 EUR a month, depending upon facilities.

2- Student flats

You can get personal or shared rooms in student flats. The average cost for student flats cost between 700-900 EUR per month.

Shared rooms have two to four single bedrooms, a shared kitchen, a bathroom, and a common room. for more economical options you can split up the rent with your roommates.

3- Renting Houses

You can rent houses independently as a student in cities near your university. This can be a bit expensive to do on your own.

You can look for other students looking for shared accommodation in the same areas as you and split up the rent. The average rent for independent houses can be between 900-1200 EUR a month.

Head up: It is important to know that the hospitality of students is not managed by the university but by local companies or organizations. So, it is preferred to apply early to get available accommodation in the university in Sweden.

Universities

Every year, more and more students are enrolling in Swedish universities to study across disciplines.

The data from the Swedish Council of Higher Education states that the number of international students enrolling in universities in the countries has increased by 13% in 2020-21.

Some of the popular courses at the bachelor’s level are in the field of medicine, teaching, engineering, and management.

On the master’s level, the most popular courses international students enroll in are in the disciplines of agriculture, engineering, pharmacy, economics, laws, and medicine.

The country has a 20% foreign-born population and so, you will find much cultural diversity here. Most universities have a diverse population and encourage embracing differences in culture and treating everyone equally

The best universities in Sweden

Sweden has more than fifty educational institutions, including the most important international universities. The educational system in Sweden has a long-held reputation of being one of the strongest, modern, and advanced systems in Europe

1.  Lund University

Founded in 1666, Lund University is northern Europe’s oldest university. It is a public research institution with nine faculties offering over 270 educational programs. It has a high population of international students – 23% in total. The average tuition fee at Lund University is 13,000 EUR.

Accommodation services at the university are open for International students with a full-time program. The university opens accommodation opportunities twice a year in spring and autumn and offers limited housing exclusively for international students.

Most of the university housing is occupied by students who get a housing guarantee with their course. it has many facilities:

2. KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Awarded the “European University” title by the European Commission, KTH Royal Institute of Technology is Sweden’s largest and most prestigious technical university.

It is considered the second-best educational institution in Sweden and is one of the most important and leading engineering and technology universities in Europe,

The average tuition fee at this institution is 18000 EUR. The student life here, outside of academics, is lively and vibrant with over 3000 international students coming from across the globe.

The university assists international students to find suitable housing options in their first year of the program and provides limited shared and single room accommodation facilities to international students.

provide education and research within the following areas:

  • Economics and management
  • Engineering and technology
  • Humanities
  • Theology
  • Law
  • Fine arts, music, and theatre
  • Medicine
  • Science
  • Social sciences

3. Uppsala University

Uppsala University is the oldest university in Sweden as well as in other Nordic countries. It was founded in 1477 and is regarded worldwide for providing high-quality education across disciplines.

The average tuition fee at Uppsala University is 22,000 EUR. The disciplinary domains are organized in faculties

  • Faculty of pharmacology and pharmacology
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of life sciences
  • Faculty of technology

The university hosts about 3000 students annually from all over the world. therefore, Finding accommodation at and near Uppsala University is challenging as there is a shortage of housing.

4. Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers is a prestigious private university producing 40% of Sweden’s total architects and engineers every year.

It is located in Gothenburg and primarily offers research and education (master’s and PhD.) opportunities in the field of technology, architecture, natural sciences, mathematics, maritime, and management.

The tuition fee, on average, for this university is 15000 EUR a year. The international student population at this institution amounts to 10% of total students.

Since it is located in the popular city of Gothenburg, convenient housing is difficult to find in the area. Some students can avail housing guarantee from the university, the eligibility criteria for which is there on the official university website.

5. Stockholm University

It is located in Stockholm and was founded in 1878. It is one of the largest universities and it is characterized by its collaboration, openness, and innovation.

Stockholm University is one of the universities that offer scholarships in Sweden for international students. It has more than 65 departments and fifteen research institutes and centers. It offers several master’s degrees and Ph.D. programs. 

It is the Largest Scandinavian university for:

  • Law
  • Humanities
  • Social sciences
  • Natural sciences

6. Jönköping University

This is a non-governmental college located in the Jönköping city in Sweden. Out of 10,000 total students, close to 2,000 international students come from over 100 different countries. This university provides a high quality of education.

The university also promises an engaging and active student life because Student Union memberships are mandatory here.

You’ll be working for student housing, welfare, health and integration, and more as a member of the union. The university also has an exclusive nightclub called Akademien only for JU students.

7. Stockholm University of Economics

It is an academic school for international students who seek to study in Sweden. it is one of the most important universities that offer competitive programs in the fields of business administration and economics.

also, the Stockholm University of economics provides highly regarded MBA, PhD, and Executive Education programs.

 

Scholarship

When it comes to higher education and advanced universities, Sweden is a perfect country in Europe. The educational system builds a great reputation as one of the most advanced and development systems in the world.

Best Scholarships in Sweden

  • Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals
  • Visby Programme
  • Lund University Global Scholarship Programme
  • The Jönköping University Scholarship
  • Halmstad University Scholarships
  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

Financial Aid

You can avail of financial aid to help you meet your expenses while in Sweden. If you are an international student, according to Swedish regulations, you will have a right to receive financial aid in the country.

A student may avail of financial assistance through scholarships, student loans, and even jobs. There are many scholarships and financial assistance programs available in Sweden.

The primary institutes that facilitate international students’ education in Sweden are as follows:

1- The Swedish Institute

This is a public funding government agency providing scholarships to international students that mainly covers the tuition fee.

2- Universities in Partnership with Third-Parties

Some universities in Sweden team up with third-party institutions like The Swedish Institute to help students with financial aid.

3- Individual Universities

Swedish universities also provide hefty scholarships on an individual level, which cover both tuition fees and living expenses for students. The number of scholarships depends entirely on the university and the eligibility is often only a high academic score.

 

 

 

Study Visa

Depending upon your country of origin or your duration of stay, you will require a student visa or a resident permit. If you are of non-European origin, the type of visas you will require is stated below depending upon your duration of stay:

  • If you’re visiting Sweden for less than 90 days, you will only need a student visa.
  • If your stay is going to be for more than 90 days, which is more likely for most educational programs, you will require a residence permit.

Head up: For EU/EEA citizens, no visa or resident permit is required.

How To Apply for a Sweden student visa? 

The application process for a student visa for Sweden isn’t very complicated. However, there are some prerequisites before applying for a Swedish visa:

You will need to enroll in a full-time program in a Swedish university and pay your first installment of tuition fees before being eligible for applying for the visa. Keep the proof of admission and the fees handy as it will be required.

You can apply for the visa online or offline in the following simple steps:

  • Visit the Swedish Embassy in your country or just visit the online portal of the Swedish Migration Agency. (The latter is likely to process your application quicker than the embassy!)
  • Fill up the student visa application form in the online portal and submit the necessary documents.
  • Wait for the approval. Note that it can take between 3-5 months to process your visa application.

Course Eligibility Criteria

The course eligibility criteria for Swedish universities are given below:

For Bachelor’s Program

General entry requirements:

  • Completed your higher secondary education
  • Proficiency in English
  • Mathematics requirements for students who received their school grades post-December 31, 2009. Must have completed a course in mathematics equivalent to Swedish 1a, 1b, or 1c in mathematics.

For Master’s Program

General requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a university that is internationally recognized
  • Proficiency in English

For PhD. Program

General requirements:

  • Master’s degree with the core subject as the one intended to study in the Ph.D.
  • English proficiency

Note that for all the programs, you would be required to fulfill university-specific criteria to get admission.

Confirmation Of Acceptance Of Studies

The aspiring student must have a confirmation letter from their university declaring the acceptance of studies. This is an essential document that you must have with you when you’re moving to Sweden for higher studies as an international student.

 

 

 

 

Requirements

There are certain basic and other university-specific requirements you need to fulfill to study and move to Sweden. Since you will be moving to a different country with a diverse culture, you also need to be well prepared.

Find all about what you will need to prepare for before beginning your student journey in Sweden below:

Documents Required For Student Visa

Here is a comprehensive list of all the documents needed for your student visa application:

  • letter of admission 
  • a copy of the passport and the passport must be valid.
  • 2 personal photos with white background.
  • High school diploma detailed with grades.
  • Academic certificates previously obtained by the student.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • proof of payment of the tuition fees 
  • Certificate of the student having passed the IELTS English test and having obtained at least 6 points in each test.
  • A bank deposit and a statement of recent bank transactions ensure a sufficient balance for personal expenses and living costs in Sweden

Make sure to submit the documents on time as they can take a few months to process. Apply as early as you can and you’ll be good to go in a matter of a few months.

Head up: you need to review the university’s website to verify the required papers, as some universities require additional evidence.

Why Study In Sweden

The quality of education provided in the Universities in Sweden is among the best in the world. This is why in recent decades, Sweden has emerged as one of the most preferred locations for students interested in pursuing higher education abroad.

The country is known for its welcoming attitude towards international students and offers free education for students from the EU/EEA region and Switzerland.

Sweden is known for its breathtaking landscape, quality of life, and promising education. The culture of this country values and prioritizes sustainability, equality, and freedom for all. It has a thriving economy and a lower rate of gender disparity than most other countries in the world.

The country also boasts of producing some of the greatest minds in technology and medicine. In fact, after Silicon Valley, the city that produces the most multi-billion dollar tech companies is the capital city of Sweden, Stockholm.

As Sweden is a student-friendly country, it also offers several benefits to its international student population.

although it isn’t a utopia, Sweden still has come farther than most other countries when it comes to providing its native and non-native citizens with the best academic and non-academic experience.

why study in Sweden?

The educational system builds a great reputation as one of the most advanced and development systems in the world.

University in Sweden has several types of degree programs and numerous disciplines that make it one of the popular destinations for international students.

The reasons of Study in Sweden:

  •       Affordable tuition and low living expenses
  •       Scholarships abound
  •       Work while you study
  •       Learn skills for a global career
  •       Innovative learning
  •       Learn Swedish language and immersion with culture in Sweden
  •       Several programs taught in English
  •       Abundant natural beauty and emphasis on sustainability

If you are an international student and planning to study in Sweden, you must apply for a Sweden student visa before the commencement of your course.