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Study in Sweden: All you need to know

Popular for offering high-quality and affordable programmes in Engineering, Technology, Science and Medicine, Sweden provides some of the best Advanced Degree Programs in the world. Studying in Sweden can be a life-time experience for foreign students as the country, with rapid growth rate, has become one of the popular study destinations for international students.

With three schools ranked in the top 100 listing worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2010, Sweden has become a world leader in higher education now. Students from all over the world get attracted to pursue Masters in Sweden, making it a diverse and intellectually stimulating environment for advanced education. Students, who pursue Masters in Sweden, have the flexibility of full-time, part-time and online studies as well.

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Are you already getting excited to pursue higher studies in Sweden? But before you head to your application, you should know some of the crucial aspects of studying and living in Sweden.

Top universities in Sweden

With 14 public universities, 20 public university colleges, and several independent institutions, Sweden is an amazing destination of education for international students. Some of the prominent universities in Sweden include Lund University, Stockholm University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The academic year consists of two semesters, each about 20 weeks in length. The autumn semester runs from the end of August through the middle of January and the spring semester runs from the middle of January through June.

Scholarship opportunities

To ease the financial burden of international students, the Swedish Government has instituted two scholarship programs. One program is for students from developing countries and covers both tuition and living expenses. The other program is for other non-EU/EEA students and covers only tuition. Some of the scholarship opportunities for international students include Master’s in Smart Electrical Networks & Systems in Stockholm, Sweden; Stockholm School of Economics MBA Scholarship for International Students, Sweden; and Chalmers University of Technology Sweden IPOET Scholarships.

Cost of living in Swden

Monthly cost of living for international students in Sweden is a bit higher than other European countries, which means they would have to spend on average 700 – 1,000 EUR/month. One of the most important expenses is accommodation and 40% of the monthly students’ expenses will go for accommodation alone. In Sweden, students will have to pay around 200 EUR for food in a month. This number depends on your eating habits, but you also have cheap options such as products from Lidl, Willy’s, or supermarkets from the city suburbs.

Cost of study in Sweden

Students from EU/EEA countries do not have to pay any tuition fee. The universities only charge application fee for them which is around 100 EUR. Students from non-EU/EEA countries have to pay tuition fees. Humanities, Law and Social Science courses cost around 9,700 EUR/year and Science Programmes are worth around 15,000 EUR/year. Business degrees in Sweden are around 13,000 EUR/year.

Visa procedure

International students, who would like to pursue higher studies in Sweden and stay in the country for more than three months, must obtain a residence permit before they arrive in the country. The residence permit costs SEK 1,000 and is non refundable. Students can apply for the permit only after getting the acceptance letter for full-time studies and after paying for their first term. Students, who plan to stay for less than three months, require only a visa. Non-Nordic EU/EEA students, who would like to reside in Sweden for more than three months without a resident permit, must register with the Migration Board within three months after arriving and submit proof of higher education studies, health insurance, and living expenses.

Health insurance

To pursue higher studies in Sweden, international students must register for health insurance in their home country and get a European Health Insurance card. Sweden also has reciprocal medical benefits with some countries, so students should check to see if they qualify for this benefit before seeking other insurance. Foreign students are also eligible for Swedish health benefits if they are staying in Sweden for more than one year to study. Students, who are staying for less than one year, must obtain their own health insurance.

Some useful info

International students, who need a residence permit for higher studies in Sweden, should plan their stay well in advance, as the process can be very lengthy. Although Sweden is an EU member, the country still uses the krona (SEK) for currency. Popular credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and Eurocard are widely accepted throughout the country.

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