Prior to 2010, Sweden was one of few European countries where you could study for free. Since then, however, the Swedish Government passed a law allowing tuition fees and application fees for non-EU/EEA international students wishing to study in Sweden.
Having passed this law, the Swedish Government and several Swedish Universities now offer Swedish Scholarship Programs and/or fee waivers to international students as a form of financial assistance. Study & Scholarships has compiled a list of these below.
Swedish Government Scholarships for International Students
- Swedish Institute Study Scholarships
The Swedish Institute targets and provides scholarships for highly-qualified international students from developing countries. Scholarships are intended for full time master’s level study in many courses at Swedish Universities. In the past, few scholarships were awarded for studies at Bachelor’s level. The scholarship covers both living costs and tuition fees. About 120 scholarships are offered yearly...read more.
- Guest Scholarship Program for PhD and Postdoctoral Studies in Sweden
The Guest Scholarship Program provides Doctoral and Postdoctoral researchers with an excellent opportunity to conduct a study or research visit to a Swedish university within all academic fields. The scholarships are for candidates from developing countries identified by ODA as well as candidates from Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Selected applicants receive a monthly stipend of SEK 12,000 for PhD students and SEK 15,000 for post-doctoral studies (plus travel grants and insurance in certain cases). Only about 30 scholarships are awarded yearly...read more.
- Erasmus Mundus Scholarships in Swedish Universities
The EU’s Erasmus Mundus Program makes Europe’s educational opportunities more accessible to the rest of the world by granting scholarships to non-European students attending select programs. Some of these eligible programs involve Swedish universities. Ten Swedish Universities sponsor a total of 30 Erasmus Mundus supported programs. Erasmus Mundus Scholarships cover the living costs, tuition fees, traveling and insurance costs of the students who are accepted into supported programs.
- The Visby Programme — Swedish Institute Baltic Sea Region Exchange Programme
The programme is open to applicants from Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. It is available for master’s level (only for Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine) and PhD/doctoral studies and post-doc research. For Masters students, the scholarship covers both the tuition fee (which is paid directly to the Swedish university/university college by the Swedish Institute) and living expenses to the amount of SEK 9,000 per month. The scholarship amounts to SEK 15,000 per month for PhD students andSEK 18,000 per month for postdoctoral researchers and senior scientists.
Swedish Universities Scholarships for International Students
- Uppsala IPK Scholarships for International Students
The Uppsala University offers scholarships to first year applicants who are required to pay tuition fees. All scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fee for Master programmes offered in the January admission round for autumn. Students are required to cover their entire living expenses by their own means. The value of the scholarship will be deducted from the tuition fee and not paid directly to the student. The application deadline for scholarships is mid January...read more.
- Linköping University (LiU) International Scholarships
LiU offers scholarships to new students with excellent academic results. The award is open to students who have applied for a masters programme at Linköping University through the Swedish online national application, have chosen a programme at Linköping University as their first priority, and are required to pay tuition fees. Scholarships within the programme will result in a tuition fee waiver of 50-100%. Application deadline is 1 March...read more.
- Blenkinge Institute of Technology
BTH scholarship programme for prospective students is available for citizens from non-EU/EEA countries who are required to pay tuition fees for Swedish university education. This scholarship programme offers scholarships covering tuition fees in part or in full.
- Chalmer’s University
Chalmers can offer over 90 scholarships to all students including citizens from non-EU/EEA countries. Applications for scholarships are automatically considered against all Master’s programmes applied for at Chalmers (when the field of study is unrestricted). Scholarship value range from 75-100% tuition fee reduction while some scholarship offer stipend for living expenses.
- Dalarna University
Dalarna University tuition fee waivers are available to citizens of all non-EU/EEA countries (except for some countries) who are required to pay tuition fees for education at Dalarna University (DU).
- Gotland University
Gotland University offers three (3) scholarships in the form of tuition forgiveness to the value of SEK120,000 each. The scholarships are open to all students without regard to gender, race, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, assuming all academic requirements are complete.
- Gothenburg University
The University of Gothenburg Study Scholarship is aimed at applicants who have to pay tuition fees for their studies at the University. Depending on what programme you apply to, the scholarship will cover half or more of the fee for the whole study programme.
- Karlstad University
The Karlstad University Global Scholarship programme is aiming at top academic students from countries outside the European Union/European Economic Area (and Switzerland) who are required to pay tuition fees for studies. Scholarships cover 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the tuition fees.
- KTH Royal Institute of Technology
A limited number of tuition fee waivers will be available for students from non-EU/EEA/EFTA countries who apply for a Master’s programme, autumn 2012 entry, at KTH. The tuition fee waivers are aimed at especially qualified students and they are granted on the basis of academic excellence. If granted a scholarship, the tuition fee will be waived for the total length of the programme which is either 1 year/60 ECTS or 2 years/120 ECTS.
- Lund University
The Lund University Global Scholarship Programme is targeted at top academic students who are citizens of countries from outside the European Union/European Economic Area (and Switzerland). Scholarships may cover 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the tuition fee. The scholarship value is deducted from the tuition fee of the programme or free-standing course for which you are awarded a scholarship...read more.
- Stockholm University
The scholarship scheme at Stockholm University is aimed at especially qualified students admitted for Master programmes coming from countries outside of EU/EEA/Switzerland and who are required to pay tuition fees. Stockholm University scholarships cover tuition fees only, which means that students will need to cover their own living costs.
- Umea University Scholarships for International Students
Umeå University offers a number of scholarships to high caliber students from outside the EU/EEA. Scholarships are open to students applying for a Master’s degree programme and those who have Umeå University as first preference at Universityadmissions.se. Selection is awarded based on merit only. If granted a scholarship, it will be either a full or partial reduction of the tuition fee...read more.
- Mid Sweden University
For high performing students applying to a study programme at Mid Sweden University, the University is offering a number of scholarships which will result in a fee reduction of the tuition fee with 70 000 SEK or 125 000 SEK, depending on the programme one chooses to study.
Non-Swedish Organization Scholarships for International Students
- Rotary Peace Fellowships for International students
The Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. The Rotary Peace Fellowship includes tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and internship/field study expenses. Each district must set its own deadline for clubs to submit applications to the district selection committee. District-endorsed Rotary Peace Fellowship applications are due to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July each year...read more.