A Guide to Studying Abroad in Sweden

There are lots of universities which accept international students and you can choose from a wide range of subjects. The Nobel Prize, which is the world’s most coveted and prestigious academic distinction, originated in Sweden.

As a student you will be able to become part of a historic tradition of academic excellence where you will be encouraged to get involved and give your opinion. Creativity and speaking your mind is welcomed in the classroom. If you are interested in research you might want to consider taking a master’s in Sweden as you will be able to meet new contacts which can help if you would like to do a PhD. 

One of the benefits of choosing this destination is unlike other worldwide study abroad destinations, you are allowed to apply for seasonal-jobs-working-holidays in Sweden and there is no limit on the amount of hours. There is so much you can do in your spare time too from going skiing in winter, hiking in summer, whilst popular activities include fishing, swimming and mountain biking just to name a few.

Once you have finished studying in Sweden you can apply to stay longer by extending your residence permit for a period up to 6 months. You might also like to apply to volunteer in Sweden which is something rewarding to do in your spare time.


Where to Study in Sweden

These are the most popular locations to study in Sweden:

  • Stockholm
  • Gothenburg
  • Malmö
  • Uppsala
  • Örebro
  • Linköping
  • Helsingborg
  • Västerås


Best Universities in Sweden for International Students

These universities are highly rated:

  • Lund University
  • Uppsala University
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Stockholm University
  • University of Gothenburg
  • Umea University
  • Linköping UniversityLinköping University
  • Karolinska InstitutetKarolinska Institutet
  • Stockholm School of Economics


Top Tips for Studying in Sweden

  • Get involved and try to make new friends
  • Learn Swedish, even if some basic words and phrases this will really help with integration
  • Shop locally at supermarkets and local markets - eating out can be expensive
  • Get a bike, walk or use public transport which is fantastic
  • Travel and see more of the region



Universities in Sweden are free for citizens of the EU/EEA and Switzerland. Students from outside of the EU/EEA are charged for studying at Swedish universities but the fees are low compared to other European destinations. Universities are allowed to set their own fees, which mostly vary between SEK 80,000 and 140,000 (£6,000 - £10,000 / US$10,000 - $15,000) per academic year.



Sweden has a high cost of living but there are plenty of ways to keep costs down and if you are applying from overseas then there are some scholarships available to apply for. The American-Scandinavian Foundation offers scholarships for anyone from the United States seeking to study in Scandinavian countries.


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