Guide: Education in Sweden

Universities in Sweden for international students

Universities in Sweden for international students

Looking for a university experience unlike any other? With some of the top-ranked universities in the world, a multitude of programs offered in English and a multicultural educational environment, attending college or university in Sweden might be the perfect fit for you.

How do Sweden’s universities rank in the world?

Sweden’s universities are consistently ranked as some of the best in the world. As recently as 2019, three of Sweden’s universities – Karolinska Institute (Stockholm), Uppsala University and Stockholm University – were ranked within the top one hundred universities in the world. An additional ten Swedish universities were ranked within the top one thousand; the full list can be found here.

Sweden’s universities have also been awarded prizes for their international qualities, an award given out by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education. According to this rating, Stockholm School of Economics, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg are the most international universities in Sweden. This rating was based on scores in six different categories: research, students, PhD students, education, faculties and management.

Other benefits of attending a university in Sweden


Gamla Stan in Stockholm – Photo : Gunnar Ridderstrom/Unsplash

While rankings are important, there are other aspects of student life to consider as well. The fact that English is widely spoken, that Sweden is a democratic country with a high standard of living and an already international population have all contributed to the percentage of international students in Stockholm’s universities rising greatly in recent years.

Another perk of attending university in Sweden is that after graduation, you’re allowed a full year after you graduate to find a job or set up a business. So if you decide that you’re not ready to leave after your education is over, you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next steps and extend your stay.

Last but not least, by going to university in Sweden you get to experience a completely different culture. Just like your home country, Sweden’s academic system has traditions, but they’re probably traditions that you haven’t experienced before. From an April bonfire to perpetually being 15 minutes late, here are some of Sweden’s strangest academic traditions that you would get to be a part of during your university experience in Sweden.

University fees in Sweden

Tuition fees for college and universities are subsidised for Swedish as well as EU/EAA citizens. Living expenses are paid by student loans, but generally can be paid back at a low interest rate over a longer period of time.

For students not from these regions, scholarships are available from places like the Swedish Institute and the Swedish Council for Higher Education. More general information on scholarships can be found here, and you can read about one international student’s scholarship experience here.

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