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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.
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 encounter during your studies.
There are no fees in Sweden for:
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 €7,580 and €13,740 per academic year (the average is €12,220). Exact fees will be determined by your university.
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 an application fee of around €90 for each semester that they submit an application in.
The number of courses you apply to does not affect the cost of your application fee.
Though this varies across universities, you can generally expect to pay €5-35 per semester.
Again, this will vary depending on your course and university. Generally you can expect to pay around €75 per month.
Many sites online sell books at a lower cost second-hand. Student unions and universities also often organise book sales where you can purchase books from others at a lower rate.
The average monthly student budget in Sweden is €795.
Cities such as Stockholm, Lund, Gothenburg and other urban areas have a higher cost of living than more rural parts of Sweden.
Swedish universities are not responsible for providing accommodation, so it’s best to research housing options early.
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 provides 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.
The amount you are entitled to varies depending on your individual financial circumstances, but generally students are eligible for:
While you can apply for most funding up until the age of 56, loans are only available until you turn 47.
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:
For more information on eligibility, consult the CSN website.
International students can also be treated the same as 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.
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 Masters are specially designed international degree programmes. Courses normally last for two years. During this period you will spend time in multiple universities in at 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 are offered by banks in participating countries. They allow you to borrow between €9,000 and €18,000 to study abroad.
Students from Spain, Italy (Emilia Romagne region), Turkey, Croatia and Romania can apply for an Erasmus Masters loan to study in Sweden.
Many other Erasmus Mobility Grants are designed for shorter periods of study or training abroad.
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.
Though there are several 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. Study in Sweden has a useful list of university scholarship pages.
These scholarships have been designed to improve exchanges between countries, promoting research and enabling 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.
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.
Ready to start looking for your ideal study abroad opportunity? Browse and compare Masters degrees in Sweden on FindAMasters.com.
Last updated 21/01/2020