Study Abroad> Sweden

Universities in Sweden

Blekinge Institute of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology

Jönköping University

KMH – Royal College of Music in Stockholm

Halmstad University

Karolinska Institutet

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Karlstad University

Tips to navigate as an international student in Sweden

Sweden is a country that has been known for its social welfare. The country is not only very modern, but it also has a friendly culture and one of the most pleasant climates in Europe. Additionally, the government offers free housing, free health care, and free public education that is funded by taxes, considerably enhancing the nation’s capacity for innovation.

Tuition Fees

Studying in Sweden is free of charge for citizens of the EU/EEA and those with a permanent Swedish residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students may have to pay tuition fees between 80,000 and 140,000 SEK per year – ca. 8,000 to 15,000 EUR, or 9,000 to 17,000 USD. There is also an application fee for those outside the EU/EEA, which vary from university to university.

Transport & Movement

Sweden is a small country compared to other European countries and is therefore super easy to travel around in. The trains and buses are cheap, easy to use, and run on time. Also, there are numerous regional trains that travel through the countryside, which can allow you to enjoy the beautiful farms, lush green forests, and picturesque lakes. The 110-kilometer-long Stockholm subway system is said to be the world’s longest art exhibit featuring works from over 150 artists.

Food

Swedish food may be characterized as being mostly composed of berries, crisp and soft pastries, fermented dairy products, beef, poultry, lamb, pork, eggs, and seafood.
Be sure to visit Willis supermarket for your grocery shopping for the best deals, Lido is also another great option for any of your fresh produce and other assorted goods. Always check out smaller independently owned stores as well where you can find many different cuisines and spices at a good price. Swedes are thought to have a sweet tooth, the nation’s thriving pastry culture goes great with Coffee (“Fika”) as they call it.

Clothing

You’re going to want to pack for all sorts of weather, so be sure to bring a variety of clothing. Sweden can be quite cold in the winter which typically lasts between November and February, so bring boots, a heavy coat, and a scarf. In the summer it’s warm but can also be quite wet, so bring clothes that can get wet and shoes that can handle rain. You can shop for reasonably priced clothing at H&M, Stadsmission & Myorna.

Weather

The weather in Sweden varies from place to place, but overall it’s mild during summer (June to August)  and can get really cold during winter months which span from November to February. The average temperature varies from 9° C (48° F) in January to 1° C (34° F) during July/August.

Social Life

There are numerous University Clubs you can get involved with and this will help you make lots of friends and even help you feel more ‘at home’ by socializing with others. Most student organizations offer trips to different parts of the country — it’s a great way to discover Swedish culture. Plus, it’s usually cheaper than if you were to go alone

Work

Sweden is a great place to work, with plenty of opportunities for students of all disciplines. According to your visa type, there are different restrictions on how long you can work on a weekly basis, for example, students on a study visa are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week, so that’s something you need to keep in mind.

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