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Cost of Studying in Sweden 2019 for International Students

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Cost of Studying in Sweden 2019 for International Students.

Cost of Studying in Sweden – Planning your budget is as important as planning your study in Sweden and as such, we would be bringing you the expected cost you will be making while studying in Sweden either as an international student or as a domestic student.

Sweden is among the world leaders in higher education and most of the country’s reputation is due to the independent study system that involves less teacher-led time and more group and independent study system.

Cost of Studying in Sweden

Before you head to your application, I would want you to know more about all of the financial aspects of studying in Sweden, from the tuition fee down to the cost of living and transportation which are all contained in this article.

Education System In Sweden

The educational system in Sweden is one that needs everyone between the ages of 7 and 16 to be educated. Like most schools in the Northern Hemisphere, they have school from August to June, with a 2 week holiday from late December to early January.

Most of the educational system is run by the municipality that a school is located in. There are also schools that are funded by public funding, which are known as independent schools. Some independent schools are religious in nature; others have some sort of objective (technical school, etc).

There are private schools (boarding schools) in Sweden, but they are few and far between and are still overseen by the government in some way.

Following secondary school, those students who followed academic programs may apply to go to university directly, while their vocationally-minded peers may need to first complete two bridging years at college.

Swedish universities offer a combination of general academic degrees, and technical degrees for example in engineering, medicine, and law. This is all still free of charge for Swedish, European and Swiss citizens.

Tuition Fees in Sweden

  • Undergraduate Tuition Fee

an undergraduate degree can take a student between two and five-and-a-half years to earn the first degree. A course may be as short as five weeks or as long as eighteen months.

In general, students are expected to devote about forty hours per week to full-time study. One week of full-time study equals a single point.

One semester of full-time study is the equivalent of twenty points. Many programs require undergraduates to successfully complete either a degree project or thesis.

Tuition fees in Sweden range from approximately SEK 80,000 per year (approximately 8,300 EUR or 9,200 USD as of Oct, 2016) to SEK 130,000 (or approximately 13,000 EUR or $14,600 USD

  • Master Tuition Fee

A Masters in Sweden can either be a one-year or two-year degree. Usually, this will include about 75% coursework and 25% research for a thesis project.

As in other countries, this thesis will normally be an independent research task, or a substantial practical exercise, depending on your discipline. In addition, Swedish universities have close ties to industry, and often facilitate thesis work at companies or organizations.

Sweden uses the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) with Masters degrees being worth 60 or 120 ECTS credits, depending on their length.

If you are from a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland, application and tuition are free. Students from other countries will have to pay an application fee of €90 as well as tuition fees.

Each university sets its own fees, which usually range between €8,140 and €14,245 per academic year. The average fee is €13,120, but you should expect to pay significantly higher fees for medicine, architecture and art degrees.

  • Doctorate Tuition Fee

Doctoral-level study in Sweden takes one of two forms: A standard Ph.D. requires a minimum of four years full-time work (equivalent to 240 ECTS credits) and awards a full doctorate (along with the all-important title of ‘doctor’).

Alternatively, you may choose to study for a shorter licentiate degree. This generally only requires two years of full-time work towards a shorter and less ambitious thesis (equivalent to 120 ECTS credits).

The Swedish licentiate is similar to the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) offered in the UK or other countries and some students initially enroll for this qualification before upgrading to become full Ph.D. candidates.

The academic year in Sweden runs from August to June with two teaching terms (August to January and January to June) separated by summer and winter holidays.

State-funded Swedish universities do not charge fees for Ph.D. study (note that this doesn’t apply to Masters or Bachelors degrees). Doctoral programs are free for EU, EEA and international (non-EU) students.

The same applies to application fees you don’t need to pay these for a Ph.D. in Sweden. You will need to cover your accommodation and living costs, but support may be available from your university to help with this.

Cost of Accommodation in Sweden

Swedish universities are prevented by law from organizing EU student accommodation. The student union of your university may be able to help you in some cases but are not obliged to do so.

Finding accommodation in larger cities such as Lund and Stockholm can also be particularly difficult. Students are advised to contact student housing agencies where they can opt to rent a private or shared flat.

The Swedish rental market is highly regulated, and rental prices differ little across cities. On average, for a room rented as part of a 2-3 bedroom shared flat with a shared kitchen and bathroom, you can expect to pay around SEK 710 in rent per week.

Prices do vary depending on size and how close to the city centre you are. For a room in a shared house in surrounding areas of Lund, you might pay around SEK 2000-SEK 4000 per month, but in the city, you might pay up to SEK 5,2000.

Costs vary depending on the area and type of room but range from SEK 13,000-SEK 20,000 per semester. Students living in a residence hall often also pay a ‘corridor fee’ of about SEK 200.


Cost of Transportation in Sweden

All Swedish cities have reliable public transport systems. Most major hubs offer travel card options that allow unlimited travel for a set period of time.

Stockholm enjoys a comprehensive network of trains, metro lines, trams and buses, all accessible via an SL Travel Card. You can also travel on a discount via a student travel card in most major cities, provided you have a Swedish Student ID.

  • SL Travelcard, Stockholm, 24 hours…SEK 115
  • SL Travelcard, Stockholm, 1 month…SEK 790
  • Student discount, travel card, Stockholm, 1 month…SEK 560
  • Skåne card, Lund and Skåne county, 24 hours…SEK 195
  • Student discount, Skåne card, Lund and Skåne county, all zones, 1 month… SEK 840
  • Taxi normal tariff, per km (excluding start tariff), …SEK 12

Cost of Medical Insurance in Sweden

If you are a citizen of any Nordic, EU/EAA country or of Switzerland, you will have access to essential health care in Sweden if you register beforehand as a social insurance office in your home country and obtain a European Health Insurance Card.

If your country does not yet issue European Health Insurance cards, ask for a form E128 or a form E111. This form will allow you to just pay the normal patient fee, just like Swedish citizens.

If you are an international student studying in Sweden for longer than a year, you are entitled to the same health benefits as Swedish citizens.

You will first need to register at your tax office, and then obtain a personal identification number as soon as you arrive in Sweden.

  • The average cost of an emergency room visit: 300 KR (£30, US$38, and AU$47.5)
  • The average cost of a doctor’s visit: 200 KR (£20, US$25, and AU$31)

Cost of Visa to Sweden

Depending on the purpose of your travel to Sweden, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occasion.

Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside in Sweden permanently, you will have to apply for a different Schengen Visa, accordingly.

Adults: EUR 60 or INR 4 560 (Revised on 05-08-2019)

Children aged 6 – 12: EUR 35 or INR 2 660 (Revised on 05-08-2019)

VFS Global charges a service fee EUR 12.75 (inclusive of Service tax) per application over and above the visa application fee.

CSN Team.



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