Study In Sweden

  • Country’s national language: Swedish
  • Country’s currency: (1 Swedish Krona = 7.81)
  • Country’s capital city: Stockholm
  • Country’s population: 9.8 million
  • Country’s Indian population: In the entire population of around 9 million in Sweden, People of Indian Origin approximately add up to 11,000+ or 0.012%. Most of them are Punjabis, Bengalis, Gujaratis & South Indians.

Country’s Higher Education System

A degree programme at a Swedish university consists of a number of courses in a particular field of study — such as business, humanities or natural sciences — leading to a specific degree. Bachelor’s programmes, also known as undergraduate programmes, typically take place after the completion of upper secondary school. Master’s programmes, also known as graduate programmes, build upon the knowledge developed during bachelor’s-level studies. These programmes vary in length — master’s programmes are usually one or two years in duration (60 or 120 ECTS credits), whilst bachelor’s programmes are usually three years long (180 ECTS credits).

Courses, sometimes known as modules in other countries, are the building blocks upon which each programme is based. Each semester, programme students follow one large course or several smaller courses. Instead of applying for a full degree programme, it is also possible to apply for admission to some courses directly through When you apply for and enrol on a course rather than a programme, you are only registered for that specific course. When you apply for and enrol on a programme, you will then register for many courses over the duration of your programme.

International student population in country

The study showed a significant increase in international student numbers in Sweden, notably from outside the EU-EEA, up to 2010. After fees were introduced there was a dramatic fall in in the number of non-EU-EEA students – from 8,000 to 2,000 from 2010-11

Rankings and position at global platform

New global ranking of higher education systems places Sweden number one in Europe and number two worldwide, just behind the US. The ranking, which includes data on 48 countries, was published by Universitas 21, a global network of 23 research intensive universities. Behind the US and Sweden, Canada, Finland, and Denmark complete the top five positions.

Highlights of ranking universities

  Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013

Country Rank Institution World Rank
1 Karolinska Institute 44
2 Uppsala University 73
3 Stockholm University 82
4 Lund University 101-150
5 University of Gothenburg 151-200
6-8 Royal Institute of Technology 201-300
6-8 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 201-300
6-8 Umea University 201-300
9-10 Chalmers University of Technology 301-400
9-10 Linkoping University 301-400
11 Stockholm School of Economics 401-500

Programs and courses offered by country

  • Economics Master’s Programme
  • Bioinformatics – Master’s Programme
  • Master Programme in Climate Sensitive Urban Planning and Building
  • Bachelor’s Programme in Business Administration
  • Biomedicine – Master’s Programme
  • Master Programme in Wood Technology
  • Master’s Programme in Marine Biology
  • Master’s Programme in Microbiology
  • Economics Master’s Programme
  • Infection Biology – Master’s Programme
  • Sciences, Chemistry/Physics
  • Sciences, Science with Photons and Neutrons
  • Infection Biology – Master’s Programme

Entry criteria

  • In order to meet the general entry requirements for bachelor’s level studies student must have successfully completed their upper secondary (high school) education (post-16) and be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent.
  • General entry requirement for Master’s level you must have been awarded a Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognized university and be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent.

Fees structure

The fees apply only to bachelor’s and master’s programmes and courses, while PhD programmes are tuition-free. Universities set their own tuition fees, and these vary between  SEK 80,000–140,000 per academic year for most subjects. However, programmes in the fields of medicine and art have notably higher fees.

Funding of VISA

You will also need to prove to the Swedish Migration Board that you will have an adequate sum of money at your disposal throughout the length of your studies. The amount set by the Migration Board is SEK 7,300 per month for ten months of the year. If you are bringing your family, you will need an additional SEK 3,500 for your spouse and SEK 2,100 per child and month. If you can prove to the board that you will receive free lodging during your stay in Sweden, the sum required will be reduced. This is also true if you have been awarded a scholarship through the Swedish Institute or another program.

Admission procedures

  • Find your programme
  • Check entry requirements and deadlines
  • Apply online
  • Wait to receive notification of acceptance
  • Apply for a residence permit


  • Autumn semester begins at the end of August and lasts until mid-January, usually with a short break at the end of December.
  • Spring semester runs from mid-January to the beginning of June.

Visa policies and procedures

If your studies in Sweden will last longer than three months, you will need a residence permit before coming to Sweden. Permits are issued by the Swedish Migration Board.

To apply for a residence permit for studies, you will need to:

  • Pay your first tuition fee installment.
  • Prepare your supporting documentation. This includes copies of your passport and letter of admission as well as proving that you can support yourself financially during your time as a student in Sweden. If you’ll be staying in Sweden for less than one year, you’ll also need proof of comprehensive health insurance.
  • Submit the online application.
  • Pay the application fee, currently SEK 1,000.

Documents required to process visa application

  • Copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal details, the period of validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin
  • Admission decision or letter of acceptance showing that you have been admitted to study a programme or courses full-time
  • Copy of document proving that you have comprehensive medical insurance coverage in Sweden (if you have been admitted to studies that last less than one year). If you are insured through the university or university college, attach a certificate to prove this
  • Bank statement showing that you have the means to support yourself. This bank statement, which you are to attach to your application, should be dated in connection with the time of application and be translated into English or
  • Documents issued in your name, showing that you have received a scholarship or similar (e.g. student aid), including information about the monthly amount and the period during which you will receive such funds or
  • Documents proving that you have been awarded an educational grant (only applies to doctoral students) or have been employed as a doctoral student, with information regarding the amount and the period during which you will receive such funds.

Standard visa processing timing :

The current waiting time for a residence permit for studies is up to five months

Benefits and opportunities

It’s home to some of the world’s best universities. In 2013 the Swedish higher education system was ranked number two in the world. Several Swedish universities are ranked by the Times Higher Education and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) as being among the world’s top seats of learning.

The fact that Sweden is home to the largest number of multinationals per capita of any country in the world and is the birthplace of many world-conquering companies – including IKEA, Tetra Pak, Volvo, Ericsson and H&M – means that getting on the career ladder here can really take you places. Should you receive a job offer while you’re still studying here, you can apply for a work permit and enjoy the work-life balance that Sweden is famous for.

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