Interested in applying to a Swedish university? Want to know what your international study options are and what to expect in fees? Take a look at our basic guide to enrolling in university in Sweden.
The Swedish Council for Higher Education is the only agency responsible for admission to Swedish universities. It is through their two application websites (one for EU citizens/residents and one for international students) that students search for courses and programmes, create an account, submit their application and receive their Notification of Selection Results (admission decision).
Applying to a university in Sweden
International students now have their own university application website. To apply for courses and programmes go to:
You can search for programmes and courses, and find out the application procedure and tuition fees.
If you are exempt from paying fees (you are a citizen or permanent resident of Sweden/EU), go to www.studera.nu to apply.
For those interested in applying to university in Sweden starting autumn term 2013 – the deadline for applications is looming – you need to have sent in your application by April 15th.
Note, however, that prospective students from outside the EU are advised to apply earlier (January round) leaving plenty of time to apply for and receive your resident permit (if needed), arrange for housing and have enough time to plan for your time in Sweden. Next early round (for Spring term 2014) is August 15th.
Until autumn term 2011, studying at Swedish universities was free for everyone – citizens, residents, and foreigners. However, now students who are not citizens of the EU, EEA or Switzerland have to pay fees to apply and attend undergraduate and masters programmes and courses in Sweden (PhD programmes are free).
There is currently a 900 SEK (Swedish kronor) application fee which has to be paid by the deadline in order for your application to be processed. Students pay one application fee for each semester they submit an application for. The fee is paid to University Admissions in Sweden, through the application website.
Unlike the application fee, tuition fees are paid directly to the university you plan on attending. You need to search for the course/programme you want to apply to in order to see the fees and details.
Make sure to pay the first installment of the tuition fee before you apply for a visa/residency permit. The reason is because the Swedish Migration Board will not approve your visa/residence permit until they have verification from the university that you have made your first payment.
Sweden universities are now offering more scholarships for non-EU citizens. These websites have all the information you need to apply to higher education in Sweden:
For specifics about some of the universities in the region see individual websites:
Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
Royal College of Music in Stockholm
Royal University College of Fine Arts
Sophiahemmet University College
Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts
Swedish National Defence College
The Red Cross University College of Nursing
The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences
The University College of Opera
University of Dance and Circus
University College of Music Education in Stockholm
For further information about living and studying in Sweden, visit: www.studyinsweden.se
By: Sarit Grinberg
Cover Photo: Orasis foto/Stockholms universitet
Photo:www.imagebank.sweden.se (c) The IT University in Kista/ The IT University in Kista