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Study in Sweden
Study in Sweden

ABOUT SWEDEN: Study in Sweden

Sweden is a Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains. Its principal cities, eastern capital Stockholm and southwestern Gothenburg and Malmö, are all coastal. Stockholm is built on 14 islands. It has more than 50 bridges, as well as the medieval old town, Gamla Stan, royal palaces and museums such as open-air Skansen.

Apply now to study in Sweden autumn 2020

You can now apply for studies commencing autumn 2020! So if you want to study in Sweden next autumn, start preparing your application. The deadline is 15 January 2020.

Find a programme

Visit Universityadmissions.se to find your perfect programme and submit your application.

There are more than 1,000 programmes offered in Sweden in English starting autumn 2020, in nearly all academic fields – from IT, engineering or physics to human rights, sustainable development, business or media studies. Find your programme!

How to apply

Double-check to make sure you meet the general and specific entry requirements to come study in Sweden.

Read our How to apply section with guidelines on the application process.

After submitting your application by 15 January 2020, you will have until 3 February 2020 to send in any supporting documents. Read more about documentation at University Admissions.


Work during your studies

As an international student in Sweden, you are technically allowed to work alongside your studies. There’s no official limitation either on how many hours you can work. However, it’s crucial to remember that your studies should be your top priority: the Swedish education system is demanding. While you might not have many classroom hours, you will still be expected to spend the equivalent of a full-time, 40-hour work week on coursework, reading and assignments. This can make it difficult to combine studies with working in Sweden.

When you apply to extend your residence permit, the Swedish Migration Agency also demands proof that you have made progress in your studies and achieved acceptable grades. If your studies suffer because you work too much, you risk not being allowed to stay in Sweden any longer.

Some universities have careers services that can help you find a part-time student job. Many also offer services like employer fairs, CV checks and special events with companies. Websites like Academic Work, StudentConsulting or StudentJob can also be a good place to look for postings.

Work after your studies

Sweden is a great place to start your career: innovative, international companies are found throughout the country. Check Working in Sweden for more information on starting your career or setting up a business in Sweden.

After graduation, you can apply to extend your residence permit for up to 6 months to search for a job or start a company. If you receive a job offer that meets certain conditions, you can then apply for a work permit. For more information on requirements and how to apply for an extension or a work permit, visit the Swedish Migration Agency’s website.

Tina Stafren/imagebank.sweden.se

10 tips for finding work in Sweden

If you’ve decided to stay in Sweden after your studies to look for work, here are 10 tips to help you find a job.

1. Visit your university’s career centre

The first stop in your search should be a visit to your university’s career centre. University career centres offer a range of services to help you find a job: career counselling (often in English), advice on your CV and cover letter, seminars and workshops, interview-technique training and study visits to potential employers. Career centres also typically provide listings for available jobs, internships and thesis projects.

2. Attend employment fairs

Swedish multinational companies like Volvo, IKEA or Skanska, large national banks, public sector employers and other companies regularly tour employment fairs to meet potential new employees. Employment fairs give you a chance to network with employers in your field and participate in one-on-one interviews and useful seminars. Major fairs include CHARM at Chalmers in Gothenburg, Handelsdagarna at the Stockholm School of Economics, eee-days at Lund University and Uniaden at Umeå University. There are also fairs that aren’t linked to universities, like Career Days in Stockholm.

Make sure you come prepared to these fairs: bring a stack of CVs and cover letters, decide in advance which companies you want to talk to, and have a strategy on how you’ll make a good impression. Send follow-up emails to the company representatives you spoke to – they could be a useful future contact.

3. Learn Swedish

Yes, nearly everyone in Sweden speaks English, and you’ll easily get through your studies here without knowing a word of Swedish. English may also be the working language at some larger companies (even Swedish ones).

But being proficient at Swedish will open up a lot of doors for you when you’re trying to find work. Many alumni say learning Swedish was their golden ticket into the job market. Speaking Swedish will almost always make you a stronger candidate – even when you’re applying for a job that specifically requires you to know fluent English or be a native English speaker. And don’t forget the social aspect: knowing Swedish will help you impress your new colleagues and bond with them more easily.

Most universities offer Swedish courses for international students. Take advantage of the opportunity – you won’t regret it! See Learn Swedish for more information on how to learn Swedish.

4. Take an internship

Internships can be a great way to gain experience and build your professional network. Even if your internship doesn’t lead to a job offer, you’ll have a reference from a Swedish company and a nice update for your CV. Try investigating options through international student organisations such as AIESEC and IAESTE. Or why not try your luck and directly contact a company you’d like to do an internship at?

5. Get a part-time student job

Working part-time during your studies can serve as a springboard for your career. Competition for part-time jobs can be fierce, especially if you don’t speak Swedish. But being proactive and knocking on doors armed with a stack of CVs – preferably in Swedish – can get you a long way. A useful resource is Academicwork.se, which introduces students to companies looking for part-time staff.

6. Get involved in your student union

Contacts in your personal network can offer valuable tips or introduce you to potential employers. Expand your network by getting involved in activities and organisations at your university. An obvious place to start is your student union. Involvement in a student union and the wide range of activities they organise can in itself lead to work opportunities – and your participation will be a strong merit on your CV.

7. Write your thesis at a Swedish company

Writing your final thesis at a Swedish company can be the perfect entrance to the job market. You get valuable experience, insights and contacts, and a foot in the door at a Swedish employer. Many university programmes and departments have strong links with companies, and thesis project proposals from companies are often published on university websites.

8. Join a union

Labour unions have a strong position in Sweden. Joining one as a student can be a stepping stone into the industry you want to work in. Many labour unions have special offers for students, including services like career guidance or CV assistance. They also offer advice on salary negotiations, and once you’ve found a job, they can support you in workplace matters.

Sweden’s main trade union confederations are SACOTCO and LO. Each are made up of a larger number of individual unions, representing most professions in Sweden. Visit their websites to find the right union for your field.

9. Contact employers directly

When you look at Swedish job ads, you may notice they include contact details for an employee or manager who can answer questions about the role. That person is often involved in deciding who gets the position, so it can be worth your while to call them, ask a few relevant questions and engage them in conversation. If you make a professional and enthusiastic impression, they may remember your name when your application lands on their desk.

10. Start early

Your fellow new graduates are just as eager as you are to land their first job after university, so start your job hunt early on. And don’t forget to apply for your work permit in good time. Read more about working or starting a business in Sweden on the Working in Sweden website.

Cost of living in Sweden

Average cost of living

Like everywhere, living costs in Sweden depend on your personal lifestyle and where you live. Here’s an average monthly budget:

Food: SEK 2,000
Accommodation: SEK 4,070
Local travel: SEK 550
Phone/internet: SEK 300
Hobby/leisure, miscellaneous: SEK 1,450

Total: SEK 8,370 (around €815 or $925).

Several of our bloggers have also written about their spending habits. Keep in mind that this is just a snapshot of their own situation:

When applying for a residence permit, you need to prove to the Swedish Migration Agency that you can support yourself financially during your studies. Visit the Migration Agency’s website for more information.

City-specific spending guides

Here’s what you may end up spending in specific student cities:

Photo: Simon Paulin / imagebank.sweden.se

Tips to save money

Want to become a pro at saving money and spending wisely? Our bloggers share their best tips:

1. Use student discounts

“Take advantage of student discounts by getting a Mecenat card or Studentkortet.  They have special offers on everything from clothing to electronics to newspapers.” – Anita

2. Borrow course literature

Many universities even have second-hand bookstores where you can buy (or sell) used course literature. “Or why not try to find your course literature in the library, or borrow it from senior students?” – Sania

3. Become a member

“Sign up for membership programmes run by your local supermarket (ICA, Coop, Willys, Hemköp) or chains like Clas Ohlson or IKEA. The points you accumulate as a member give you discounts and access to deals.” – Anita

4. Be a smart shopper

“When you go shopping for groceries, seek out the goods that are on promotion that week. You’ll just need to be a bit more creative and spontaneous with your cooking!” – Sania

5. Recycle bottles and cans

Don’t throw away empty bottles or cans! ”When you return them to a grocery store, you get a ‘pant’ coupon: a little ticket with money you can use to shop in the store. Just look for a black-and-white recycling symbol on your bottles and cans.” – Katharina

6. Bring your own lunch

“Make your lunch the night before, then take it to uni in a lunchbox. A total financial saver! Campus cafeterias have microwaves available to heat your lunch, and sinks to wash your lunchbox.” – Sania

7. Wear vintage clothes

“Second-hand shopping is like treasure hunting: with patience and time, you can find premium-quality products at a fraction of the usual cost. Chains like Myrorna, Stadsmissionen, Emmaus or Beyond Retro will get you all kinds of amazing clothes without the expensive price tag.” – Raeed

8. Travel at a discount

“If you’re under 26 years old or a student, you can book an SJ youth or student ticket. These can be up to 15% cheaper. And 24 hours before departure, SJ offers Last Minute tickets for as little as 155 SEK.” – Katharina

9. Get a part-time job

A part-time job can be a great way of getting extra cash. Just keep in mind that “if you don’t speak Swedish, these jobs are hard to find. And because university will take up a lot of your time, your part-time wage won’t be enough to cover all your expenses.” – Andrés

10. Stick to a budget

“Make a budget, then stick to it. Do this consciously: the next time you want to make an impulsive purchase, ask yourself two things: ‘do I really need this?’ and ‘how much value will this add to my life?’. This will help you avoid purchasing stuff you don’t need.” – Raghu

38 universities in Sweden


  1. Blekinge Institute of Technology
  2. Chalmers University of Technology
  3. Dalarna University
  4. Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College
  5. GIH – the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences
  6. Halmstad University
  7. Jönköping University
  8. KMH – Royal College of Music in Stockholm
  9. KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  10. Karlstad University
  11. Karolinska Institutet
  12. Konstfack
  13. Kristianstad University
  14. Linköping University
  15. Linnaeus University
  16. Luleå University of Technology
  17. Lund University
  18. Malmö University
  19. Mid Sweden University
  20. Mälardalen University
  21. Royal Institute of Art
  22. SLU – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  23. SMI – University College of Music Education in Stockholm
  24. Sophiahemmet University College
  25. Stockholm School of Economics
  26. Stockholm School of Theology
  27. Stockholm University
  28. Stockholm University of the Arts
  29. Södertörn University
  30. The Swedish Red Cross University College
  31. Umeå University
  32. University West
  33. University of Borås
  34. University of Gothenburg
  35. University of Gävle
  36. University of Skövde
  37. Uppsala University
  38. Örebro University

Scholarships in Sweden

University scholarships:

Universities offer a range of different scholarship programmes for international students to help cover tuition fees or living costs. The exact scholarships on offer vary between universities. Visit your university’s website through the links below to find out more about available university scholarships and how to apply.

If the university you’re interested in is not listed here, drop your comment below, in our comment box.

Swedish Institute scholarships: Click Here

Other scholarships: Click Here

5 reasons to study in Sweden

1. Creativity is central

When you study in Sweden, you’re encouraged to think independently, creatively and critically. You’ll develop your ability to question the status quo by assessing information, seeking new perspectives and coming up with well-informed opinions. You’ll be free to think creatively because of the informal and non-hierarchical nature of Swedish society, where everyone is encouraged to contribute ideas and opinions.

This independence of mind and the fact that everyone can make their voice heard are two of the reasons why Sweden ranks among the world’s most innovative nations. Another is that investment in research is among the highest in the world in relation to GDP.

Sweden’s status as a leader in innovation and a home of trendsetters and early adopters is nothing new: the list of Swedish world-changing inventions is a long one and includes the seatbelt, the pacemaker and the music service Spotify. Which one of your brilliant ideas will Sweden help make reality?

2. Coursework is challenging – in a good way

Sweden has a long and proud history of academic excellence and despite its relatively small population, it’s home to some of the world’s best universities. The entire Swedish higher education system is ranked as one of the best in the world, and several Swedish universities are ranked by the Times Higher Education and the Academic Ranking of World Universities as being among the world’s best.

In Sweden you’ll find a strong focus on rationality, reason and applying knowledge so that it makes a real difference. Look no further than the Nobel Prize, the world’s most prestigious academic distinction, for an illustration of the Swedish approach.

As a student here you’ll become part of this tradition of academic excellence. Just don’t expect to passively receive information: you’ll be encouraged and challenged to contribute, speak your mind and take your education into your own hands.

Swedish universities are well-adapted to the needs of international students, and Sweden consistently ranks in the top three in the world for English proficiency. You’ll be able to use English with everyone you meet, from the classroom to the city centre.

3. Sustainability and the environment are in focus

If you’re concerned with sustainable development for a greener future, you’ll feel right at home in Sweden. Environmental issues are high priority here, and Sweden has been named the most sustainable country in the world for its use of renewable energy. Sweden is aiming for 100 per cent renewable energy production by 2040.

Anders Ekholm/Folio/imagebank.sweden.se

Environmental thinking and sustainability are a part of all aspects of life here, including education. Studying here will give you the chance to draw on Sweden’s deep environmental experience and apply its sustainable approach to your own chosen field.

And it’s not hard to see why Swedes are so keen to protect the environment: nature here is breathtaking, with huge forests, beautiful beaches and snow-capped mountains. Sweden’s 29 national parks and nearly 4,000 nature reserves offer you the opportunity to ski, hike, fish, swim and mountain bike.

4. Equality and diversity are central to Swedish society

Swedish society is known for its inclusiveness and equality – you may have heard Sweden referred to as the most equal country in the world. It consistently places among the world’s top countries in gender equality, while lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Sweden are regarded as among the most progressive in the world.

The belief that everyone is of equal value contributes to Sweden’s consensus approach to getting things done, where everyone takes part in the decision-making process. During your studies, you’ll learn how to balance different interests, needs and ideas to bring out the best in everyone and solve complex issues as a team – vital skills for your global career, where teamwork across cultures is the norm.

5. You’ll learn skills for a global career

What’s the most important thing you’ll need for success in your career? According to a global study of CEOs, it’s creativity. And creativity is exactly what studying in Sweden will foster, along with other in-demand skills such as how to combine theory and practice, and how to navigate complex situations where there’s no easy solution.

Many degree programmes in Sweden include internships, which are a great way to get real-world experience while you build your professional network. If you’re interested in research, doing a master’s in Sweden can be a great way to make the contacts you’ll need to carry on and do a PhD.

The fact that Sweden is home to the largest number of multinationals per capita of any country in the world and is the birthplace of many world-conquering companies – including IKEA, TetraPak, Volvo, Ericsson, AstraZeneca and H&M – means that getting on the career ladder here can really take you places. Should you receive a job offer while you’re still studying here, you can apply for a work permit and enjoy the work-life balance that Sweden is famous for.

Bonus: life is international student-friendly

So Sweden is green, creative, equal and open. What else should you know before you decide to study here?

  • Everyone speaks English – Sweden regularly ranks as one of the top countries in the world for non-native speakers of English. That means you don’t have to speak any Swedish to study here.
  • Public transport is widespread, and it works. Sweden’s extensive network of buses, trains, subways, trams, boats, planes and more can take you anywhere you want to go, car-free.
  • International students can work in Sweden. Though your studies are your number-one priority, there’s no legal limit to the amount of hours international  students can work during their studies. After completing your studies, you can apply to extend your residence permit to look for work for up to six months. (If you do want to work, learning Swedish is important – it’s often a requirement for jobs).
  • Sweden is clean and safe, and the standard of living is high. Study in Sweden

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