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Why Study in Sweden?

Sweden is an open, multicultural society with a long tradition of welcoming international students. Currently, some 30,000 foreign students are studying in Sweden, making for a vibrant, international study environment. Students from 80 different countries are pursuing Ph.D programs in the country. Most Swedes speak English, and many courses and programs are taught in the same language.

The emphasis of Swedish universities has been on investigative research and independent thinking and on providing quality education and award nationally certified degrees.

Sweden has more than 60 higher educational institutions and offers approximately 300 postgraduate programs in courses ranging from human rights law to mechanical engineering. Some universities are more focused on research and others on teaching. The popular study fields are art and design, architecture, economics, history, film, humanities and the sciences.

Swedish universities have an open climate, with a strong focus on group work. The global job market values ambitious, innovative and perceptive team players and studying here equips students with those skills. Swedish universities foster these qualities through a forward-thinking culture where you are close to the latest ideas and trends. The emphasis has also been on developing a student-centric education system that has enough room for openness and informality between students and teachers.

The Swedish master’s degree programs offer unusual opportunities to turn theory into practice. Many programs also cooperate closely with the industry, offering students the possibility to mix study and practical work. The industry and academic working in close cooperation in the country have also added to the country’s reputation as a great innovator.

Sweden possesses a long tradition of success in science, engineering and invention. The country is home to the Nobel Prize, named after the scientist Alfred Nobel, who invented dynamite. The country has outstanding universities that date back to the 15th Century. Design is another touchstone of Swedish culture and a source of national pride, as is film making, a well known art form.

Sweden has a lot to offer students, as the country has popular outdoor activities include skiing, hiking and whitewater rafting. Stockholm is Sweden’s cultural as well as political capital, and students there can visit more than 70 museums, 57 theaters and 129 art galleries. Numerous music festivals are staged in the country throughout the year, and Stockholm is known for its vibrant nightlife, shopping and theater.

Courses & Degrees in Sweden

You can choose to study any program in Sweden. Masters degrees and diploma programs are for two years. Universities also offer one year master & diploma programs too.

Popular Programs include:

  • Business Administration
  • International Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Public Health
  • Healthcare management
  • Telecommunication
  • HR/Finance/Marketing

Talk to a Y-Axis consultant about our admission services in Sweden.

Eligibility for Masters Degrees 

Masters – Students should have 15 or 16years of education.

Diploma – To be eligible to apply, it is mandatory to have 10+2 Years of education.

PG-Diploma – Students need to have 15 years of education.

GRE / GMAT – Some schools will accept your application without these tests.

TOEFL / IELTS – It is Mandatory for most schools.

Work Experience – Students with prior work experience are given preference in good business schools.

Entrance Tests 

Before being accepted to a higher education program in Sweden, all applicants must prove a minimum proficiency in English by taking the competitive tests like IELTS or TOEFL. For international applicants whose native language is not English, they have to prove proficiency in English by obtaining a minimum score of 85 points out of 120 in TOEFL or a minimum band score of 6.5 out of 9.0 in IELTS.

Entry Dates & Admission Deadlines

Entry dates vary with each school but a general guideline is below:

  • March
  • August
  • September 

It is recommended to apply 6-8 months in advance and no later than 3 months if you have all your test scores in order. Please keep 2-4 weeks for visa approval.

Funds Required

Sweden is currently one of the few countries in the world that does not charge foreign student fees.

However, students must be able to show that they have enough money to support themselves throughout the planned study period.


Food: SEK 2,000. Accommodation: SEK 3,200. Local travel: SEK 500. Telephone/internet: SEK 300. Insurance, medical care and hygiene: SEK 250. Student union fee: SEK 60-70. Clothing, hobby/leisure, other: SEK 750.

Total: SEK 7,070 or about EUR 750

Air ticket 

It depends where you fly from & how early you book your ticket.

Proof of funds for visa

You will be required to show that you can pay for your tuition & living expenses while you are in the Sweden.

Visa fee 
The application fee, which is not refundable, is SEK 1,000.

Sweden Student Visa

To be eligible to apply for a student visa, you must satisfy the following criteria.
You must be able to show that you have been granted university/college admission in Sweden:

  • You must study full-time.
  • You must be able to show that you have enough money to support yourself throughout the planned study period. Proof should be provided in the form of some kind of documentation certifying your own or your sponsor’s bank assets, a letter of guarantee from your sponsor, or documentation certifying that you have received either a scholarship or student benefit from your country of origin/domicile.
  • Funds – The amount, SEK 7,300 per month for ten months of the year, is set by the Migration Board. If you wish to bring your family you must show that you have at your disposal an additional SEK 3,500 per month for your spouse and SEK 2,100 per child and month.
  • You must fully intend to leave Sweden on completion of your studies.

To apply for a visa, you need to fill the application forms, pay the Sweden embassy fee & provide all relevant documents including proof of financial support. The permit will be granted for the duration of your studies. If the study period is longer than a year you will be granted a permit for one year at a time.

Working on your student visa

Students may work and they do not need a work permit to do that during their stay in Sweden as a student or a Master’s degree student. Foreign Students can work for 20 hrs per week.

Your Dependents

Spouses and/or unmarried children under the age of 21 may accompany or join the principal visa holder in Sweden for the duration of his/her stay. Spouses and dependents may not work in Sweden. If seeking employment, the appropriate work visa will be required.

After you graduate 

Sweden is a good place for careers in most professions. And with relaxed labour migration rules in place, it has become easier to move here for work.

According to the Swedish migration authority, in order to remain and work in Sweden after your studies, you must have a student residence permit and have completed at least 30 ECTS credits or one semester/term of postgraduate studies in Sweden. You must also apply for a combined residence and work permit before your student residence permit expires.

Working in Sweden can be highly rewarding and an excellent way to spark your career. As an employee in Sweden, you are also offered a range of benefits and a strong work-life balance.

About Y-Axis Student Visa Services

  • Advising you on the best strategy to use to get your visa.
  • Advising you on how to present your case to the consulate.
  • Advising you on finances to be shown.
  • Advising you on documents to be presented.
  • Filling of forms.
  • Review of all documentation.

Talk to a Y-Axis consultant about our Visa Services in Sweden.