Study in Sweden: How to Apply, Tuition Fees and Visa Application Process

If you choose to study in Sweden, you will find yourself in a nation which has always positioned itself well above its weight. From being the center of an empire in the 17th century, to being the home and birthplace of the Nobel Prize, its influence has long spread well beyond its borders, despite the fact that its total population is no bigger than a large city. Swedish businesses such as Ikea and Volvo are known around the world, and its contributions to popular culture range from bouffant-haired 70s pop aristocrats ABBA to the groundbreaking films of director Ingmar Bergman.

Modern-day Sweden has gained recognition for its sense of social justice and fairness. You probably did not know this, but Sweden has the highest level of wealth equality in the world, one of the world’s lowest gender pay gaps, publically funded healthcare for all, and equal rights for homosexual and heterosexual couples. Add on striking northern European beauty, and free tuition for EU students (fees for non-EU students were introduced recently), and the appeal of studying in Sweden is pretty strong.

Application Process

For Swedish university admissions, you will use the centralized University Admissions application portal,

Tuition Fees

University education is free for Swedish citizens and citizens of EU countries. However, tuition fees have been introduced for international students from non-EU countries. These are set individually by each university, and you can expect to pay somewhere between SEK90,000 and 150,000 (around US$10,560-17,595) depending on your degree. Non-EU students must also pay an application fee of SEK900 (US$106) – this remains the same no matter how many courses or programs you apply for.

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Student Visa Application

    • You will require a residence permit in order to study in Sweden, which you can get from your local Swedish embassy. The application cost for both student residence permits and a permit to seek employment after completing your studies in Sweden is SEK1,000 (US$117).
    • In order to obtain a study permit you will need to prove you have been admitted onto a course, that you have comprehensive health insurance and that you can support yourself for the duration of your course. At present, you are required to have SEK8,010 (around US$940) a month for at least 10 months for every year of your stay, in addition to your fees (the first instalment of which must be paid before you’ll receive your permit). You must have enough money for the whole period of study at the time of your initial application. The required amount is reduced if you are receiving free lodging or food, or if you have a scholarship.


  • You will need to renew your permit annually.


EU and Swiss nationals:

    • You do not need a visa.
    • Unless you are from a Nordic nation, you will have to register with the Swedish Migration Board within three months of your arrival. This can be done in person, by post or online (note that the Stockholm municipality of Solna has slightly different regulations).
    • You will need to prove that you have been accepted onto a course, show that you have enough funds to cover your stay and provide evidence that you have acquired health insurance in order to get your registration certificate.


  • Swiss nationals will also need to get a special residence permit, for which you will need to follow a similar procedure.


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