Study masters in Sweden: Everything you need to know

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Looking for a good country to do your higher studies? Well, if a globally accepted university, relaxed study environment, a well-developed society with comfortable life choices were what you had in your mind, we have the best option for you. We are talking about the country with the world’s second-best higher education system, Sweden!

Why Sweden?

01. Availability of universities –

Sweden has over 800 master’s programs taught in English and thousands of international students are already doing their higher studies there. They have 39 universities, 20 public university colleges, several independent institutions, and specialized schools, such as the Royal Institute of Technology.

02. Free tuition –

Sweden offers free tuition for students from European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA)! Yes, you don’t have to pay any money to study in a public university in Sweden and you can use that money to cover your living costs.

03. Quality living standards –

Sweden is one of the countries with the best living standards. People are so friendly and ready to support your personal, academic, and professional growth. Since immigrants make up almost 10% of  Sweden’s population, it’s not hard for a foreign student to fit in. Open-minded citizens in Sweden respect individual choices and differences. English is widely spoken in Sweden making it even easier to get along.

04. Work during studies –

Foreign students are permitted to work an unlimited number of hours as they may please during studies. Since the tuition is offered free of charge and the cost of living is a bit higher than the European average, you can use the money you earn to cover your living costs.

05. Relaxed study methods –

The Swedish education system is an innovative one where the students are encouraged to be more creative and maintain an informal, flexible relationship between their instructors. Work is more research-based and independent thinking and group work are appreciated. Many master programs are co-operated with industries in order to give students some real-world experiences. Although working hard and higher standards are expected, it is only achieved through this relaxed, more practical way rather than the typical listening and writing method. Students can also engage in various sports activities, cultural events, form unions, and societies, etc.

What to study?

Popular study areas for masters in Sweden are computer science, engineering, arts, cultural studies, and environmental studies. Uppsala University, the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, the Hanken school of economics, and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology are some of the well-accepted universities you might want to try out. Usually, master programs in Sweden run for a duration of about 1-2 years. The academic year consists of 2 semesters of 20 weeks each.

What are the entry requirements?

01. Academic qualifications –

The minimum requirement to enter a Swedish university is a completed bachelor’s degree. If you are hoping to apply for a masters program which is conducted in English, you are required to demonstrate your language skills through TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    But don’t you worry! There’s another way of doing a master’s in Sweden without IELTS. If you possess a degree similar to Swedish kandidatexamen where English is the main subject OR if more than one degree is required to make it equivalent to Swedish kandidatexamen and English is the main subject in both such degrees, you won’t need IELTS.

English Language Test Exemptions

Students with a formal university transcript or degree certificate for their Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) where it is clearly stated that the language of instruction for the program was English meet the requirement.

02. Visa requirements –

A visa is enough for a non-EU/EEA student who plans to stay for not more than 3 months. But need to obtain a nonrefundable residence permit if they are planning to stay for more than 3 months.  One must apply for such permit only after they have been accepted for full-time studies and paid for the first term. Further, you need to have a valid passport and should be able to financially support yourself during the stay.

03. Insurance –

To be eligible for a residence permit, you should have comprehensive health insurance that covers the period of your stay in Sweden. EU/EEA, Swiss and Nordic students must register for health insurance in their home country and should obtain a European Health Insurance card too.


* The applications must be sent through the “University Admissions in Sweden online system.” You can follow up the procedure once you visit the website.
* Entry requirements may differ from university to university. You can apply for up to 4 programs at once and for further details, you must contact the respected universities.
* The Swedish government has instituted a scholarship program for students from developing countries which covers both tuition and living expenses. There’s another program for remaining non-EU/EEA students which only covers the tuition.
* Swiss, EU, and EEA students may work in Sweden after their masters are completed without any restrictions. Other foreign students are required to stay in Sweden as job seekers up to 6 months and if they are able to find a suitable job during this time, they may apply for an extended work permit. 

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