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Masters Fees and Funding in Sweden

Internationally renowned for its research and innovation, it comes as no surprise that Sweden also boasts some of the highest standards for student financial aid (studiestöd) in the world.

Better yet, many Masters students in Sweden also benefit from free tuition. However, there are other costs to consider when planning your postgraduate studies.

This article provides information on Masters fees in Sweden for both international and domestic students, as well as the funding available to you.

Elsewhere on our website you can read a full guide to Masters study in Sweden, check out current Swedish university rankings or get started searching for a Swedish Masters programme.

Masters fees in Sweden

Many students are eligible for free postgraduate tuition in Sweden. However, all students can be expected to incur some costs for administration and course materials.

Below you can read about criteria for free tuition, as well as typical expenses you may incur during your studies.

Tuition fees

There are no fees in Sweden for:

  • Domestic (Swedish) students
  • Students from other Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway)
  • Other EU, EEA and Swiss students

These policies apply to full-time and part-time students. However, if you undertake a joint degree you may incur costs if part of the award takes place in another county.

Other international students can expect to pay between kr80,000 and 140,000 SEK ($9,000 – 15,700 USD) per academic year. Exact fees will be determined by your university.

Application fees

Domestic, Nordic, EU/EEA and Swiss students do not have to pay application fees when applying to Masters programmes in Sweden.

International students outside of the EU/EEA will have to pay a fee of kr900 SEK ($100 USD) for each semester they submit an application for (i.e. Autumn and Spring).

The number of courses you apply to does not affect the cost of your application fee.

Student union fees

Though this varies across universities, you can generally be expected to pay kr50-350 SEK ($6-40 USD) per semester.


Again, this will vary depending on your course and university. Generally you can expect to pay around kr750 SEK ($84 USD) per month.

Many sites online sell books at a lower cost second-hand. Students’ unions and universities also often organise book sales where you can purchase books from other second-hand at a lower rate.

Cost of living

The average monthly student budget in Sweden is kr8,000 SEK ($896 USD).

Cities such as Stockholm, Lund, Gothenburg and other city-centres incur higher costs than more rural areas.

Swedish universities are not responsible for providing accommodation, so it’s best to research locations early.

Find out more about living costs in Sweden

Want to know more about maintenance and accommodation expenses for postgraduates in Sweden? Our guide to Masters study in Sweden includes a detailed section on postgraduate living costs.

Government funding for postgraduate study in Sweden

Though there are no tuition fees for domestic and EU students, government loans have been put in place to help students manage living costs and other study expenses.

Government funding is allocated through the Swedish Board for Study Support (CSN). CSN provide financial aid (studiemedel) in the form of loans and grants.

The type and amount of financial aid you can claim will depend on your nationality and circumstances.

Swedish students

The amount you are entitled to varies depending on your individual financial circumstances, but generally students are eligible for:

  • A grant of up to kr704 SEK ($79 USD) per week.
  • A loan of up to kr1,772 SEK ($198 USD) per week. If you turn 25 the year the loan is allocated, this may be set at a reduced amount of kr887 SEK ($99 USD) per week (known as the supplementary loan, or tilläggslån).
  • A child allowance (tilläggsbidrag) of up to kr335 SEK ($37 USD).
  • An additional loan (merkostnadslån) may be allocated for extra costs you might incur i.e. for disability needs. The amount is variable depending on your needs.

Swedish mature students

From the year you turn 25, it is possible to receive a higher grant (högre bidrag) of kr1,639 SEK ($183 USD) per week. Do note, however, that your loan amount may correspondingly be reduced to kr837 SEK ($94 USD) per week.

In addition, while you can apply for most funding up until the age of 56, loans are only available until the year you turn 47.

EU, EEA and Swiss students

Postgraduates from the EU, EEA or Switzerland may be able to access student aid in Sweden, but are subject to fairly strict eligibility criteria.

You can apply for funding if:

  • You are an EU/EEA citizen and have permanent right of residence (PUR) in Sweden. You are normally allocated PUR if you have resided in Sweden for 5 years or more.
  • You are from outside the EU/EEA but have lived in Sweden with an EU (non-Swedish) relative for 5 years or more.
  • You are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen running a company in Sweden. You may be entitled to funding even if you have ceased to work.
  • You are married to, cohabiting with, or a child to an EU/EEA (non-Swedish) or Swish citizen who is working or running a company in Sweden.

For more information on eligibility, consult the CSN website.

International students

International students can also be ranked equally to Swedish citizens if they are a long-term resident in Sweden or another EU member state and have received a PUR in Sweden from the Swedish Migration Agency.

Erasmus Masters funding in Sweden

The Erasmus programme is an excellent source of funding for students wanting to spend some or all of their time abroad during Masters study.

There are three schemes available to you as a postgraduate in Sweden.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees

Erasmus Mundus Masters are specially designed international degree programmes. Courses normally last for two years. During this period you will spend time in multiple universities in a least two different countries.

You may be able to apply for a full scholarship for an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree. If so, you will not be required to pay fees.

You can also receive a monthly allowance and a grant to help with travel costs.

Do note that while you have a say as to which countries you visit, the universities which take part in the scheme are already pre-determined.

Erasmus+ Masters Loans

Erasmus+ Masters Loans are offered by banks in participating countries. They allow you to borrow between €9,000 and €18,000 to study abroad.

As of 2016, students from the UK, Spain and France can apply for an Erasmus Masters loan to study in Sweden. Swedish students can also apply for finance to study in one of these countries.

Erasmus+ Master Mobility Grants

Many other Erasmus Mobility Grants are designed for shorter periods of study or training abroad.

Study placements are on offer for between 3 and 12 months, while traineeships can be undertaken for periods between 2 and 12 months.

Read more about Erasmus Masters funding

The Erasmus+ programme is an excellent option for postgraduate funding to study abroad - in Sweden, or elsewhere. Our guide explains what kinds of support are available, what they offer and who is eligible.

Other Masters scholarships in Sweden

Though there are a number of scholarships available in Sweden, competition for them is quite high.

Information on scholarships from external bodies is provided below.

For information on scholarships offered by individual universities, you will normally need to contact the institution directly.

Swedish Institute (SI) Scholarships

The Swedish Institute (SI) provides a number of scholarships and grants for international students wishing to study in Sweden.

These scholarships have been designed to improve exchanges between countries to promote research and enable students to play an active role in developing the societies in which they live.

As such, through the scheme you are invited to take part in the SI Network for Future Global Leaders to attend events, workshops and seminars around Sweden during your study.

Once you have completed your studies, you will be a member of the SI Alumni Network.

Lund 350 Scholarship

Lund University has set aside €350,000 to fund a number of scholarships for the Autumn 2017 semester.

The funding is in celebration of the university’s founding, this being the 350th Jubilee. Scholarships are for tuition only, and will not cover travel or living expenses. The deadline for registration is the 15th January 2017.

Open Society Foundation fellowships and scholarships

Open Society Foundation fellowships and scholarships are ideal for students wishing to pursue research Masters degrees.

Competition for these scholarships is fierce, and many expect you to have gained a certain level of experience through work and study in your chosen field.

FindAMasters scholarships

As we specialise in all things postgraduate, it’s only appropriate that we have offer funding of our own.

Every year we award £12,000 worth of scholarships to help support study costs. To find out more, simply register your interest.

Further information

To find even more sources of funding, why not check out PostgraduateFunding.com? Here you can search through over 3,000 smaller grants and scholarships.

Our full study guide also offers more general information on Masters study in Sweden.

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Last updated - 11/11/2016

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