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Fees and costs

Tuition fees, health insurance and other expenses: what to budget for when planning your studies in Sweden.

Application and tuition fees

Application and tuition fees apply for students who are not citizens of an EU/EEA/Nordic country or Switzerland. The fees apply only to bachelors and masters 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.

The application fee for fee-paying students is SEK 900.

Scholarships are also available for studies in Sweden. The Swedish Institute (publisher of administers several of these. More information is available in the section Scholarships. Additionally, Swedish universities themselves also offer scholarships directly to non-EU/EEA students.

Please note that the above fees only apply to citizens of countries outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland, and if these students are not part of a bilateral agreement or exchange between universities. You can read more about who pays fees at


If you are a fee-paying student (see above), the university to which you are accepted may provide you with free insurance during your time as a student. Furthermore, if your programme is longer than one year, you are entitled to the same health benefits as Swedes. See Health insurance and medical care for more information.

Student union fees

Students usually join the local student union and pay a membership fee. Fees range from SEK 50-350 per semester, depending on the union.

Literature and textbooks

Required reading is often extensive and students usually have to buy their own books, as library copies are limited. Teachers also prepare and hand out their own compendiums.

On average, students can expect to spend SEK 750 per month on books per semester. In some subjects, like law and natural sciences, this figure is likely to be higher. Many student unions organise book sales where students can buy used textbooks cheaply.

Living expenses

In addition to university fees, you will need to cover your living expenses during your study period, which amount to approximately SEK 7,300 per month. This is a requirement for acquiring a residence permit.


Explore sources of funding for your studies in Sweden.

Degree programmes

Swedish universities offer bachelor's, master's, and PhD degrees in accordance with the European standard.

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Recognition of foreign diplomas and degrees

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