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Looking forward to study in Sweden? What are the related formalities? Find out in this article.

Studying abroad is the dream of thousands of young students worldwide. So if you are one of them, why not turn to Sweden? Thanks to its prestigious universities, the country provides quality higher education. Note that Sweden provides universal education to Swedish and European nationals. But before moving there, take the time to inquire on entry requirement and formalities.

Higher education system

The academic year is divided into two semesters:

  • the first one starts in the end of August and lasts till mid-January with a short break in December
  • the second semester, for its part, lasts from mid-January to the beginning of June.

Note that study programs offered in Sweden are up to European norms. Therefore, students can complete their baccalaureate, degree, masters and PhD.


There are two types of curricula in Sweden: full-time and part-time courses.

Full-time courses consist of several linked modules. Each semester is dedicated to a program, for a total of 40 hours a week. In general, a particular subject that has been studied during several weeks is followed by a examinations (oral or written, laboratory, group work, special projects, etc.)

Courses also include events such as meetings, conferences, seminars and group laboratory sessions. Students are required to participate in all these events.

Part-time courses, for their part, allow students to attend a few classes which are part of a complete program. Therefore, the student is not entitled to the whole curriculum.


Non-European nationals will spend less than 100 euros for enrollment fees. Tuition fees range between 8,500 euros and 15,000 euros per year for most subjects. However, it is best to inquire with the university of your choice.

On the other hand, higher education is free of charge for nationals of the European Union, European Economic Area, Switzerland and North European countries. But you should be able to prove that you come from one of these countries through a valid passport, identity card or other legal document.

You will also need around 80 euros per month to purchase your study material. Prices can be higher in the case of specific subjects, but you can still buy second hand material.

As a foreign student in Sweden, you will need an average of 900 euros per month to support yourself during your stay.

Health insurance

Subscribing to a health insurance is highly recommended when moving to a foreign country. Hence, nationals of the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland can apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before moving. They will thus be eligible to health care service at the same rates as Swedish nationals.

In the case of non-European nationals whose studies are going to exceed a year, they are required to register at the Swedish Tax Agency within three months following their arrival. They will also be entitled to a personal tax identification number. But if you intend to stay in Sweden for less than a year, you will not register at the Swedish Tax Agency but at the Swedish State Insurance Agency (Kammarkollegiet).


You must have obtained a resident permit before your arrival in the country. To be eligible to this permit, you must be in possession of a university registration letter for full-time courses requiring your permanent presence on the spot. Find more information in the article Traveling to Sweden.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – School and studies in Sweden Forum 
Study In Sweden studyinsweden.se
University Admissions www.universityadmissions.se
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) ec.europa.eu
Swedish State Insurance Agency – Kammarkollegiet www.kammarkollegiet.se
Swedish Tax Agency www.skatteverket.se

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