Study on Affordable Tuition in Sweden: Tuition Fees, Cost of Living and Student Visa Requirements

If you desire to study in Sweden,  you will find yourself in a nation which has always punched well above its weight. From being a renowned empire in the 17th century, to being the home and birthplace of the Nobel Prize, Sweden’s influence has long spread well beyond its borders, although its population size is no bigger than a large city. Top swedish companies such as Ikea and Volvo are popular 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.

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Tuition Fees

For admission into Swedish universities, applicants are to use the centralized University Admissions application portal, that University is free for Swedish citizens and citizens of EU countries. However, in recent years tuition fees have been introduced for non-EU citizens. These fees are set individually by each university, and you should ideally 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.

Student Visa

If you are not from the EU/EEA:

  • 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.

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