If you’re looking for a country with one of the best education systems in the world, a strong economy and beautiful natural surroundings, Sweden might be just what you are looking for. In this guide we will cover all aspects of studying in Sweden as an international student: from getting accepted and financing your studies to working while studying and finding accommodation as well as general information about Swedish culture and language.
Applying And Getting Accepted.
The earlier you apply, the more options you have. If you wait until the last minute, many of your preferred universities will be out of reach because they’ve already accepted as many applicants as they can.
If you want to study in Sweden in English-taught programs, it’s best to make sure that the university you’re applying to offers this option or has an exchange program with another institution where they offer English-taught programs.
Once again, your chances will increase if there is a good reputation among international students for having high standards and offering quality education at a reasonable price.
Living In Sweden As An International Student.
You will be living with a family, a student house, a student dormitory or an apartment. You will share your apartment with other students from different countries which you can make friends with.
Students often share an apartment together so that they can split the cost of rent and food. It is also possible to live alone. Students often get involved in different activities such as sports clubs and societies where they meet new people and make friends from all over the world!
Financing Your Studies.
As a student in Sweden, you can apply for financial aid from the Swedish National Board of Student Aid (CSN). You can apply for a student loan only if you are a citizen of Sweden or an EU citizen.
If you are not an EU citizen but have permanent residence in Sweden then it is possible to get a loan through CSN.
If you do not have any other resources, there are some other options available. For example, if you live together with your parents and they have good income then they might be able to pay part of the cost themselves.
In addition, there is also free accommodation provided by the university called “studentbostäder”.
Working While Studying.
Swedes are known for their work ethic, so it’s no surprise that they also expect students to work hard at their studies. To be eligible for a student visa, you must show proof of financial support and have enough money to live on for the duration of your stay—about $1,600 per month.
However, if you are enrolled in full-time studies at a university or university college and have been accepted into an exchange program with another educational institution in Sweden, then you may be eligible for part-time employment (up to 20 hours per week).
If this exception does not apply to you and/or if your course load does not qualify as full time (at least 50 percent), then obtaining permission from your school beforehand is necessary before starting any employment outside of class hours.
In Sweden, All Students Are Awarded The Same Amount When They Begin Their University Studies.
All students are awarded the same amount when they begin their university studies. This means that you’ll receive a monthly payment from the government, which you can use for rent, food and other expenses.You may also choose to use your money to pay for courses at your university or in another country.
If doing so, it is important to note that some programs have specific requirements regarding how many courses should be taken each semester, which may limit what type of coursework can be included in an exchange program abroad.
If this is an issue for you, please speak with your academic advisor about possible ways around these requirements before applying to study abroad.
Congratulations! You’ve learned all there is to know about studying in Sweden. In our next post, we’ll talk about the other side of things—how to apply and get accepted, living in Sweden as an international student and financing your studies. We hope it helped you decide whether this country might be right for you.