How much does it cost to study in Sweden?

By Vidhya

Though Sweden has a reputation for being an expensive country to live in, but in terms of education it is exactly opposite to that of its living expenses.

Sweden has about 53 universities, while there is no college or tuition fee for the European Union students, although tuition fees has been recently introduced for the non-EU students.

Until 2011, there were no tuition fees at Swedish higher education institutions while there has been college fees instated for non EU students who study there.


The costs of the education in Sweden depends on the course one opts for, and may start around SEK 70,000 per year.

According to the proposal from the Swedish Ministry of Education, the registration or application fee will be about SEK 900.

Although, the tuition fee is decided by the institution related to their academic offer. In general, the tuition fees for international students in Sweden is about SEK 90000 for Humanities/Law/Social Science courses and about SEK 140000 for Science courses.

Living Expenses for International students in Sweden

On an average, the monthly expenses budget for a students is about SEK 8,000 per month.

Living costs in Sweden largely depends on the individual lifestyle of the students.

The following is an average sample monthly budget:

  • Food: SEK 2,000
  • Accommodation: SEK 3,750
  • Local travel: SEK 560
  • Telephone/internet: SEK 300
  • Insurance, medical care and hygiene: SEK 300
  • Hobby/leisure, miscellaneous: SEK 1,100

The prices vary depending where you live. Dining in restaurants can be expensive in Sweden while student bars and restaurants often have discounts.

The average amount of SEK 8,010 per month for 10 months of the year is set by the Migration Agency. In case, the family accompanies the student, it is a must that he/she has at their disposal an additional SEK 3,500 per month for your spouse and SEK 2,100 per month per child.

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