Top 15 Scholarships in Sweden for International Students

Up until 2010,  Sweden has been one of the few countries in Europe where you can study for free. The Swedish Government has then passed a law that charges tuition and application fees for students from non-EU/EEA countries to be supplemented by Swedish Scholarship Programs. In addition, a significant number of Swedish Universities still offer scholarships in the form of tuition waivers for international students.




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Swedish Institute Study Scholarships
The Swedish Institute provides scholarships in Sweden to highly-qualified international students from developing countries who wants to pursue a Masters or Bachelor’s Degree in many fields of study at Sweden Universities.  The scholarship covers both living costs and tuition fees.  About 120 scholarships are offered yearly.

Guest Scholarship Program for PhD and Postdoctoral Studies in Sweden
The Guest Scholarship Program provides PhD candidates 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.  The scholarship amounts to SEK 12,000 per month 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.

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.


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Universities in Sweden with Scholarships for International Students »


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.

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.

Skovde University
The University of Skövde has some scholarships to students attending a master’s programme at the University. The scholarships are tuition fee waivers of SEK 62 500 per year (50% of the tuition fee), and the amount will be deducted from the tuition fee when you receive the invoice. The scholarship granting criterion is academic merits.

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
Umeå University offers a limited number of scholarships to students from outside the EU/EEA. Scholarships are based on merit and open only to students applying for a Master’s degree programme and students who have Umeå University as first preference at  If granted a scholarship, it will include a full or partial reduction of the tuition fee.


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