Sweden, formally the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe in Scandinavia. It borders Norway to the west and north, Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge–tunnel across the Öresund. Sweden is the largest Nordic country, the third-largest country in the European Union, and the fifth-largest country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Stockholm. Sweden has a total population of 10.5 million, and a low population density of 25.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (66/sq mi), with around 87% of Swedes residing in urban areas in the central and southern half of the country.
The climate in Sweden can be really cold all around the year, except for a few months of summer. While many of us from developing countries do not mind extreme weather conditions, you might want to think again before coming to Sweden. Winter can be extremely dark and cold, unlike many other countries.
The official language of Sweden is Swedish, a North Germanic language, related and very similar to Danish and Norwegian, but differing in pronunciation and orthography
Sweden is a great destination for international students.
In this post, we’ll cover the cost of living in Sweden, tuition fees, admission requirements and the list of low tuition universities in Sweden
Costs of Living
Cost of Accommodation
Student accommodations are always tough to find. The best place to start is by looking at your university’s student services. They will often have useful information or be able to help you contact the organizations that handle student housing (or dorms).
- Dormitories are an excellent choice for international students looking to make friends and find people with similar interests.
- The cost of living in Sweden may vary but can range between 240-620 EUR per month.
- The second option, which is much more social than the first, is to rent an apartment with other people who are also studying abroad.
- So the average cost of living in Sweden in an apartment is around 700 EUR/month.
Cost of Transportation
As a student in Sweden, public transport is highly appreciated. Over 40% of students use it to get to university and various locations in the city. It usually costs around 40 – 55 EUR/month. You can also choose a bike for transportation and expect to pay 120 EUR per month. 27% of students in Sweden use bikes to travel within the city.
Food costs can vary wildly depending on your habits. If you’re cooking, you might spend around 200 EUR per month. If you’re eating a lot of take outs, that number could be around 300 EUR. But there are ways to reduce these costs — like shopping at affordable supermarkets like Lidl, Willy’s, and stores from the suburbs.
- Eating out in Sweden, for an average meal, costs between 8 and 10 EUR.
- A three-course meal for two, in an average restaurant, may cost about 45 to 65 EUR.
Citizens from non-EU countries, including the UK, are required to pay tuition fees as well as this union fee. Study in Sweden estimates the average fees to be 129,000 SEK per year (around £11,000). However, averages vary between subject disciplines:
- Social sciences and humanities students can expect to pay between 80,000 SEK and 110,000 SEK (£6,833 to £9,395) per year.
- For technical and natural science programmes, this rises to between 120,000 SEK and 145,000 (£10,249 to £12,385) per year.
- Architecture and design students face the highest fees, at a suggested 190,000 to 270,000 SEK (£16,228 to £23,061).
Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss students will also be subject to a university application fee of 900 SEK (almost £76).
If you’re from an EU/EEA/Nordic country or Switzerland, you won’t incur any tuition fees studying in Sweden. You’ll only be required to pay a students’ union fee, which varies between 50 and 350 SEK (around £4 to £29) per semester
- The student must have successfully completed their upper secondary (high school) education
- Prove your English proficiency: The English language general requirements are studies that are equivalent to Swedish upper secondary English Course 6.
- Students must have completed courses in mathematics equivalent to the level of maths taught at Swedish universities; approximately ten years of mathematics study.
- Must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an internationally recognized university or a degree equivalent to the Swedish Kandidatexamen.
- Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English
- The previous degree completed must be in the same field of study.
- The applicant must also submit the thesis submitted in the previous degree along with the application.
- Have a good command of English. Skills in Swedish are also important in some subjects where lectures and seminars are conducted in Swedish.
Low Tuition Universities in Sweden
- Uppsala University
- KTH Royal Institute of Technology
- Lund University
- Malmö University
- Dalarna University
- Stockholm University
- Karolinska Institute
- Blekinge Institute of Technology
- Chalmers University of Technology
- Mälardalen University, College.