Study in Sweden

If you want your opinions to he heard, you like taking initiative and a little snow doesn’t scare you off, then the go-to country for your studies must be Sweden.

Long time ago a country of barbaric Vikings, nowadays Sweden, has polished its manners, and nothing proves it more than the fact that the Swedish higher education system ranks second in the world. Did we mention cutting-edge research and real-world challenges in multicultural academic communities?

To get a better picture about what’s like studying in Sweden, you need to know that the education here is more about self-development through student groups and independent studies, than about listening to the typical teacher lecture. Let’s try and see the details behind this big picture.

Why study in Sweden?

Sweden will inspire you with about 1000 programmes taught in English, at over 35 universities, where creativity and independent thinking always come first.

Whenever creativity is involved, you should also expect a more informal environment, where you don’t have to worry about etiquette, and can even address professors by their first name.

Students who choose Sweden are attracted by the open-minded attitude Swedes have, their great English skills, but also by the eco-friendly and high standards of living. Add to that the fact that academic culture here dates back 500 years and the great social equality of it all, and it’s hard not to put Sweden on your studies map.

What to study in Sweden?

Swedes are great with cars, great with IT, and great with the environment. So, it’s not hard to guess which are some of the most popular study areas in Sweden. These are:

Study Computer Science in Sweden;

Study Engineering in Sweden;

Study Arts in Sweden;

Study Environmental Studies in Sweden;

Study Cultural Studies in Sweden.

Major cities in Sweden

Sweden is a great place to live and study. From buzzing larger cities like Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmö, to cosy university towns like Uppsala and Lund, there’s a place for every taste in Sweden.

Whether you end up close to the Arctic Circle in Luleå or bumping shoulders with continental Europe in Malmö, you’ll find accessible towns with extensive public transport and bustling student scenes. So, check and pick one of the Swedish cities below, like:

Study in Stockholm

Study in Göteborg

Study in Lund

Study in Linköping

Study in Uppsala.

Which universities to attend in Sweden?

Sweden is home to over 35 universities and university colleges, and they all offer degree programmes according to European standards. That’s why five of them almost always come up in the global higher education rankings.

So, start your search for your dream Swedish university with:

Uppsala University,

KTH Royal Institute of Technology,

University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Science,

Chalmers University of Technology,

Jönköping University;

Hanken School of Economics.

Helpful ways to make sure you qualify for a Swiss university:

Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programme. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice;

Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If you’re attending a degree programme in Sweden, you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures; some schools will require Swedish, while others will require strong English skills. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.

English-language tests

English is a must-have in Sweden, seeing how many Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes are taught in this language. Swedish universities accept as proof of your language skills:

High school studies taught in English/Swedish;

Previous university studies taught in English /Swedish;

English-language certificates: TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE Academic, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency.

Living in Sweden

What is it like to study in Sweden?

Studying in Sweden is likely to make you feel relaxed. Yes, students need to work hard, and expectations are high, but the higher education system is also very flexible and informal.

Popular student pastimes include team sports, cultural societies, and outdoor activities (performed very well dressed). There’s also a great nightlife, with clubs and bars dotting Sweden’s cities, and student unions organising evenings out.

Tuition fees in Sweden

In Sweden, students from EU/EEA countries do not have to pay tuition, but only an application fee of around 100 EUR.

Students from non-EU/EEA countries pay tuition fees. For instance, Humanities, Law, and Social Science degree courses cost around 9,700 EUR/year and Science programmes are worth around 15,000 EUR/year.

Naturally, fees vary depending programme and degree type, so be sure to check them when looking for study options in Sweden.

Accommodation, housing, food and other expenses

Living costs in Sweden are not exactly a bargain, but, here, paying more really means getting more back, in terms of quality of life. The monthly student budget here is around 950 – 1,200 EUR/month out of which some of the most common expenses are:

Monthly shopping cart: 210 EUR;

A meal at an affordable restaurant: 10 EUR;

A beer: 6 EUR;

Monthly transport pass: 80 EUR;

Monthly rent starts at 500 EUR for a one-bedroom apartment;

The average salary in Sweden: 2,100 EUR/month.

About Sweden

Interesting facts about Sweden

From Abba to Avicii, Sweden is a great music exporter. But don’t let that fool you! Sweden isn’t only about pop culture.

In fact, the country prides itself with a great tradition of monarchy and one the highest gender equality rates in the world. Ready for some more facts that will make you smile while reading?  Here they are:

The Nobel Prize is given each year in Sweden for extraordinary achievements in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, and Economic Sciences. But did you know that students in Sweden can attend the Nobel Banquet and mingle alongside the Laureates?

You might already know that companies like IKEA, H&M, Volvo, and Ericsson are Swedish. But did you know that Sweden is also a hub for software and game development? Spotify, Skype, Minecraft, Battlefield, and Candy Crush – amongst many others – are Swedish innovations.

All employees (graduate students included) receive 5 weeks of paid leave per year.

Learning Swedish will help you understand some Norwegian and Danish, as well, as all three languages evolved from the same dialect.

Sweden doesn’t compromise when it comes to protecting the environment. You’ll discover an excellent recycling system and hear about all kinds of initiatives to reduce pollution.

But, on a lighter note, you should also know that, in Sweden:

You can take sick leave during your holiday if you are ill.

You’ll find elk fences along large roads to prevent elks from jamming traffic.

Swedish children put on witch costumes and go trick-or-treating… on Easter.

20% of police stations are closed during the summer, because everyone is off on vacation.

Work Permit

Find out all you need to know about work permit regulations for studying part-time (during studies) and full-time (after studies) in this country.

Work while studying in Sweden

If you’re from Nepal, you will need a work permit if you want to combine studying with working in Sweden.

Here you see the rules for getting a part-time work permit.

Student Residence Permit

You do not need an official document to work as a student in Sweden.

How can I apply?

You do not need an official document to work as a student in Sweden.

Application requirements

You can apply for the work permit if you have:

A valid student visa.

Duration of work permit

2 YEARS

Your work permit will be valid for as long as you have a valid student visa.

Max. hours of work per week

NO LIMIT

You can work as many hours as you like with this work permit. However, you must dedicate at least 40 hours per week for your studies.

Work after graduation in Sweden

Want to work in Sweden after graduation? If you’re from Nepal, you will need a work permit to get a full-time job in Sweden after finishing your studies.

First things first! In Sweden, you can choose a work permit like the Residence Permit for Seeking Work or Residence Permit on the basis of Employment to remain in the country and work full-time. Read our work permit info below and start planning!

Residence Permit for Seeking Work

If you want to work in Sweden after finishing your studies, this permit will allow you to work here for up to 6 months after graduation.

How can I apply?

ONLINE, AT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

You can apply online with the Swedish Migration Agency or the Agency’s local offices. You will pay a fee. You will need to have your biometrics taken at the local offices.

How long does it take to get the permit?

1 TO 30 DAYS

After applying for the work permit you will have to wait 1 to 30 days for a decision. You will receive your residence permit card a week after the decision.

Application requirements

You can apply for the work permit if you have:

Still be in Sweden

Hold a valid passport

Your last residence permit must have been for studies

Have completed your studies

Have an insurance policy

Proof you can support yourself: 8,064 SEK/month.

When can I start applying?

You can start applying for the work permit after you have completed your studies and passed all your exams.

Duration of work permit

6 MONTHS

Your work permit will be valid for up to 6 months after graduation.

Work permit fees

95 EUR. You will have to pay 95 EUR for your work permit.

Required documents

LIST:

You will need a few documents to apply for your work permit:

Copies of the pages in your passport showing your personal details;

A certificate from your university;

Examination certificates;

Bank statements showing that you have enough money to support yourself;

Healthcare insurance.

Residence Permit on the basis of Employment

If you want to work in Sweden after finishing your studies, this permit will allow you to work here for up to 2 years.

How can I apply?

AT LOCAL AUTHORITIES, ONLINE

Your employer in Sweden initiates the work permit application by completing an offer of employment which also includes your email. You will receive an email about how to apply. Gather the necessary documents, pay the fee, and apply online or at the Swedish Migration Agency. You will need to have you are biometrics taken at the local offices.

How long does it take to get the permit?

120 DAYS

After applying for the work permit you will have to wait 120 days for a decision. Depending on the industry you will work in, and on whether you apply online or in person the work permit processing can take as much as 11 months. If you apply for a work permit before your residence permit for studies expires, you can work while your application is processed.

Application requirements

You can apply for the work permit if you have:

Still have a valid your residence permit;

Have been offered employment in Sweden;

Have been offered a minimum salary of 13,000 SEK/month;

Your employer intends to cover your insurance.

When can I start applying?

You can start applying for the work permit when you found employment.

Duration of work permit

2 YEARS. Your work permit will be valid for up to 2 years.

Work permit fees

190 EUR. You will have to pay 190 EUR for your work permit.

Max. hours of work per week

40 HOURS/WEEK. You will be allowed to work 40 hours per week.

Minimum wage per month

1,237 EUR/MONTH

You are guaranteed a minimum salary of 1,237 EUR per month while working in Sweden.

Required documents

LIST: You will need a few documents to apply for your work permit:

Copies of the pages in your passport showing your personal information;

A certificate of at least 30 credits or one semester of postgraduate studies in Sweden;

Employment related-documents uploaded by employer.

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