Fees and costs

Tuition fees, living costs 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 and who apply for or enrol on studies at the bachelor’s or master’s level.

The Universityadmissions.se application fee is SEK 900.

Tuition fees vary between SEK 80,000 and 140,000 per academic year for most subjects. Programmes in certain fields may have notably higher fees. The tuition fees for each course and 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 8,000 per month. Read more at Cost of living.

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 and pay a membership fee, but this is not compulsory. Fees range from SEK 50-350 per semester, depending on the union.

Literature and textbooks

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


Explore sources of funding for your studies in Sweden.

Working in Sweden

Finding a part-time job alongside your studies is a great way to prepare for your future career.

Degree programmes

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

Recognition of foreign diplomas and degrees

How are international qualifications evaluated in Sweden?


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