Sweden is a great destination for international students. With over 60 Bachelor’s and 900 Master’s degrees on our portals, you can choose from a wide variety of English-taught study programmes and disciplines. Other advantages of studying in Sweden include:
- Free education for students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland
- Availability of numerous scholarships and financial aid programmes
- The government’s flexible policies allow students to work during their studies
- Most Swedes have advanced English skills, which means you can communicate and socialise with ease
You might say “All these benefits are great, but can I afford it?” It’s a great question. Let’s look at tuition costs in Sweden and ways to finance your studying and living costs.
1. Tuition fees at Swedish universities
Because Sweden is a member of the European Union, the tuition fee rules for nationals also apply to citizens from the EU/EEA, other Nordic countries, and Switzerland. Exchange students are also exempt from fees, as their studies follow agreements between Swedish and foreign universities.
Most universities in Sweden are public and Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes are free for EU/EEA & Switzerland citizens. As for PhD programmes, they are free for all students, regardless of their country of origin.
If you’re a non-EU/EEA student, tuition costs will vary depending on the university and discipline you choose. You can expect to pay between 7,500 – 25,500 EUR/year for a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme. Specialised courses, like MBAs, can cost as much as 31,000 EUR/year.
These are the tuition fee ranges for popular disciplines at Swedish universities:
- Social Sciences & Humanities: 7,500 – 10,300 EUR/academic year
- Engineering, IT, and Natural Sciences: 11,250 – 13,600 EUR/academic year
- Architecture and Design: 17,800 – 25,300 EUR/academic year
Free-tuition universities in Sweden
Check examples of free-tuition universities in Sweden for EU/EEA students:
Tuition fees at top-ranked Swedish universities
Here is a list of average tuition fees for international students (non-EU/EEA citizens) at top-ranked Swedish universities:
- Karolinska Institute - tuition fees: 16,000 - 19,400 EUR/year
- Uppsala University - tuition fees: 9,300 - 13,500 EUR/year
- Lund University - tuition fees: 9,300 - 25,000 EUR/year
- Stockholm University - tuition fees: 8,725 - 13,620 EUR/year
2. Scholarship and funding options
In Sweden, you can get financial aid from universities and other public or private institutions.
- Scholarships provided by the Swedish Institute - dedicated to international students applying to Master's degree programmes.
- Scholarships offered through the Visby Programme - the partnership between EU Eastern countries and Russia. Awards are offered to students who apply to programmes focusing on subject areas related to sustainability, innovation and corporate social responsibility.
- Scholarships offered by individual universities – each institution is free to decide the amount, duration, and admission criteria for scholarships.
Country-specific scholarships – offered to international students from certain countries. Funds come from universities, independent foundations, and other types of organisations.
- Studyportals Scholarship: International Distinction Awards - you've read that right. We're offering our own scholarship to a few lucky international students.
Check out the living costs in Sweden.