Sweden is emerging as the popular destination for international students because of its long and proud history of academic excellence along with its participatory and research based education system. The North European country with safe and modern environment also provides the high standard of learning atmosphere for international student. Swedish government is positive towards multicultural student body and takes it as the invaluable assets for the development of nation from every aspect. The public spending on educational sector is around 4.9% of the Net GDP which is among highest expenses on education sector around the world.
The free education for all, availability of wide range of scholarship and flexible policy of Swedish government to allow all the students to work for the support of their living in Sweden made it even more attractive destination for international students. Universities in Sweden offer wide range of educational programs of (around 500) in English language and these universities are renowned worldwide for the encouragement they provide to their students to think every matter critically with personal initiatives.

Admission Requirements, Application Procedures and Deadlines for submitting application may vary according to level of study in Sweden.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements generally varies according to the level of study and programs selected. The requirements for admission is mentioned below according to the admission level.

Under Graduate Level

There is a wide range of single subject but very limited number of study programs available to international students intending to study in this level. That’s why very limited international students apply in Sweden for Undergraduate level. For admission in undergraduate level, student must meet the general as well as specific requirements of entry.

General Requirements

1. Student must have an internationally recognized higher secondary level education or must have equivalent recognized qualifications.
2. Student must show proficiency in English by means of internationally recognized English tests like IELTS, TOEFL, etc.

Specific Requirements

Many universities have their own specific requirements. The requirements may be in terms of ability, in terms of subject matter and so on. To study the specific subject, student may need additional requirements. Students are requested to visit the respective university’s website and look for University’s requirements for their indented subject as the requirements may vary subject to subject and university to university.

Post Graduate Level

General Requirements

Admission requirements for master programs are:
1. Student must have an internationally recognized bachelor’s degree or must have equivalent recognized qualifications.
2. Same as for undergraduate level, student must show proficiency in English by means of internationally recognized English test like IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
Specific Requirements
Different universities have their own specific requirements regarding academic performance, ability, and languages. To study the specific subject, student may need additional requirements indicated by the university itself. Students are requested to visit the respective university’s website where they intend to study and look for University’s requirements for their indented course because requirements may vary in accordance to universities and subjects.

Required Admission Documents

Student must submit:

1. Academic certificates to show that their qualification is eligible for their further studies.
2. Bio-Data including personal information, academic qualification, working experiences and references.
3. Two letters of recommendation in English from their teachers regarding their past studies.

Aplication Procedure

1. It is compulsory to check the program descriptions carefully for detailed information.
2. Student must fill and submit the application form online at https://www.studera.nu with correct postal and email address as it will be used for all future communications.
3. Once the application is submitted, student must print the cover sheet as instructed in the website.
4. The printed page then should be signed by student and send it by post to the address of Studera along with other required documents.

The student intending to study in any educational institutions including universities and colleges in Sweden for longer than 3 months period must have a residence permit except for nationals of Nordic countries.
The requirement of visa and residence permit for students depends upon their nationality

International Students from Non-Nordic and Non-EU/EEA Countries

For International Students from Non-Nordic and Non-EU/EEA Countries, before applying for visa and residence permit, student must have been admitted to full time accredited university studies in Sweden. Generally, length undergraduate and post graduate courses are more than 3 months, it is therefore essential to apply and obtain residence permit before entering Sweden. For certain courses whose length is less than 3 month and if student wish to stay for less than 3 month, then the student does not need a residence permit. However, students from these countries require a visa before entry into Sweden. The residence permit for study purpose is provided to international student for maximum of one year. If the course chosen by the student is lengthy than one year, student need to renew the validation of the residence permit.
International students will be granted a residence permit for study purposes if they have been enrolled for full time study at any recognized educational institutions in Sweden. Besides, students need to present the proof that they could support their study and life during their stay in Sweden. Also, students must be show that they have made health insurance. The application fee to apply for the visa is approximately USD 145 (SEK 1000).

Documentation Required to Submit the Application for Swedish Student Visa

1. A copy of valid passport showing the identity of the student.
2. A certificate showing that the student is enrolled for the full time study.
3. A certificates showing that the student have comprehensive health insurance that is valid in Sweden.
4. A certificate from a bank confirming that student have enough fund to support their stay in Sweden or the necessary documents that show that student have received a scholarship, study grant or any other type of financial aid.

Tuition Fee is free in Sweden for every students, either they are from Sweden or they are the International Students. But still student need to arrange the budget for living to study in Sweden. Most of the international students manage living budget from financial aid and scholarships because wide range of scholarships and financial aid programs are available for international students intending to study in Sweden. However, the competition is keen to be granted scholarships or financial aid. Especially, scholarships are available for Masters Level (Post Graduate) studies and Research Programs. Every year, the number of scholarships granted varies. However, Swedish government administers over 500 scholarships for students and researchers studying in Swedish Universities every year.
The types of scholarships available for international students in Sweden are:

1. SI Scholarships
2. Bilateral Scholarships
3. Non-SI Scholarships
4. Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

1. Chalmers University of Technology
2. Göteborg University
3. Halmstad University
4. Högskolan på Gotland
5. Jönköping International Business School
6. Jönköping University
7. Karolinska Institutet
8. Kristianstad University
9. Kungl Tekniska Högskolan
10. Linkoping University
11. Lulea University
12. Lund Institute of Technology
13. Lund University
14. Malardalens University
15. Mid Sweden University
16. Örebro University
17. Royal Institute of Technology
18. Stockholm School of Economics
19. Stockholm University
20. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
21. Umeå University
22. University College of Örebro
23. University College of Gävle/Sandviken
24. University College of Kalmar
25. University of Boras
26. University of Falun/Borlänge
27. University of Karlskrona/Ronneby
28. University of Karlstad
29. University of Kristianstad
30. University of Skövde
31. Uppsala Universitet
32. Växjö University


1. Blekinge Institute of Technology
2. University College of Kalmar
3. Mälardalen University College
4. Stockholm School of Economics
5. Malmö University
6. Jönköping University Foundation


1. Södertörn University College
2. Stockholm Institute of Education
3. Stockholm University College of Physical Education and Sports
4. University College of Borås
5. University College of Dalarna
6. University College of Gävle
7. University College of Gotland
8. University College of Halmstad
9. University College of Kristianstad
10. University College of Skövde
11. University West


1. HDK – School of Design and Crafts at Gothenburg University
2. Dramatiska Institutet – University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre
3. Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
4. National Academy of Mime and Acting
5. Operahögskolan – University College of Opera
6. GOArt – Göteborg Organ Art Center
7. School of Photography and Film at Gothenburg University
8. Royal College of Music in Stockholm
9. University College of Dance
10. Valand School of Fine Arts


1. Göteborg University
2. Karolinska Institutet
3. Linköping University
4. Lund University
5. Umeå University


1. Sahlgrenska University Hospital
2. Karolinska University Hospital
3. Linköping University Hospital
4. Lund University Hospital
5. Malmö University Hospital
6. Norrland’s University Hospital
7. Uppsala University Hospital

There is not approximate figure that can be stated as living cost for international students in Sweden as the cost may vary according to place of stay and living standard. For example, big cities like Stockholm is more expensive than the small towns. However, in average, Swedish living cost for international students, will be about US Dollar USD 1000 (Swedish Krona SEK 6500) per month.

Student can live more economically if they became careful and use their limited money effectively. For example, if student use student ID cards, they get a considerable discounts on markets. If student manage to cook food on their own, they will expend much less in food than estimated above.

Area:449,964 sq km
Language:Swedish, English
Religion:Protestant, Roman Catholic