Apartment buildings in Sweden. Photo: Heléne Grynfarb/imagebank.sweden.se

Tuition fees and costs

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

Planning your budget is an important part of preparing to study in Sweden. Here’s an overview of the different costs you should include in your budget.

In Sweden, the currency used is the Swedish krona (SEK). We’ve given costs in SEK; use a currency converter like Google or xe.com to find up-to-date exchange rates. In January 2019:

1 EUR = about 10.2 SEK
1 USD = about 9.0 SEK
10 INR = about 1.3 SEK

Application and tuition fees

Application and tuition fees apply for students who are not citizens of an EU/EEA/Nordic country or Switzerland studying at the bachelor’s or master’s level.

The application fee is SEK 900. This fee is paid as part of your online application at Universityadmissions.se.

Tuition fees in Sweden vary depending upon the subject. The average fee for a master’s programme is SEK 129,000/year; bachelor’s programmes are generally less expensive.

A standard range of tuition fees for various subjects is shown below (the exact level may vary).

Social sciences and humanities                                   SEK 80,000 – 110,000/year
Technical programmes and natural sciences               SEK 120,000 – 145,000/year
Architecture and design                                              SEK 190,000 – 270,000 /year

Tuition fees for each programme are listed at Universityadmissions.se and on each programme’s website.

Read more about tuition fees and figure out if you’re required to pay fees at Universityadmissions.se.

Living expenses

An average monthly student budget is about SEK 8,370 per month. Of course, your costs will vary depending on where you live and your personal preferences. Read more at Cost of living and on the student blog.

Health insurance

See Health insurance and medical care for information on health insurance for international students in Sweden.

Student union fees

Students usually join the local student union for a small membership fee. This gives you access to various student activities and student discounts. Fees range from SEK 50-350 per semester, depending on the union. Your relevant student union can provide information on membership fees and benefits.


On average, expect to spend about SEK 750 per month on textbooks. 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; it’s also common for students to post notices on campus selling their used copies of previous years’ textbooks. Websites for buying used textbooks are also popular.


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