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Higher education in Sweden for international studens. List of 18 top institutions, rankings, prices and tuition fees

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Here you can find 18 best institutions with higher education in Sweden for international students. Also, we put together information with description, rankings, reviews and prices for programs for international children and students, how to apply to make it easier to make the right choice. FREE admission services to our partner institutions, places are limited.
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Features of admission to universities in Sweden for international students

When deciding to get a higher education in Sweden, an applicant must take into account several important points necessary for successful admission to a Swedish university. Having decided on the institution and specialty, prepare documents - remember that submitting them to Swedish universities is necessary for several months:

  • from December 1 to January 16, if you plan to be in time for the fall semester (classes from September);
  • from June 1 to August 15, if you plan to catch the spring semester (classes from January).

For admission to most universities in Sweden, a desire, confidence and a certificate confirming knowledge of the English language: TOEFL or IELTS are sufficient. To get a certificate, you can visit the language schools and camps in Sweden or Europe, which open summer vacation courses for children. You can learn English or Swedish - in the second case, even more academic programs will be available for the applicant when entering the university.

Swedish universities have introduced a common ECTS point system - they must be earned during the year (each year corresponds to 60 points).

  • Bachelor's degree lasts 2-3 years;
  • Master's program - 1-2 years;
  • Doctoral studies - 6 years: 2 of them are licensed, 4 - PhD.

The principle of students' work is based on independent work: teachers give direction, and students themselves look for ways to solve problems. Teachers help when necessary, they are friendly with students and are able to engage in the desired useful process.

Universities in Sweden: tuition fees and accommodation costs for foreign students


Entrance fees

900 $

1 year of study Bachelor's and Master's programs 

$ 9,850 - $ 17,200

1 month of stay

$ 200 - $ 450 per dorm room

Other expenses (meals, travel by public transport, insurance) for 1 month

From 400 $

Many applicants cannot afford the cost of studying and living in Sweden, which is why the government and private foundations offer scholarships and study grants for foreign students. You can apply to several funds by receiving a scholarship covering from 20-25% to 100% of the cost of the program. More than a hundred grants for research and study are annually allocated to prospective students with a high level of knowledge of the language, desire and perseverance.

In your free time, you can relax and visit the sights of the Scandinavian Peninsula - this is an amazing place with a rich history. Scandinavia is distinguished by its beautiful nature, which is breathtaking: reserves, fjords, forests, lakes, which have no analogues in any country.

Getting higher education in Sweden, you will also get a unique experience of communication with representatives of different races and nationalities, because Americans, Asians, Africans, Europeans study at universities in Sweden. This is an invaluable contribution to your future and an interesting pastime in the company of people with their own history, traditions and culture.

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration, 
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Top 50 universities in the USA

1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2 Stanford University
3 Harvard University
4 California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
5 University of Chicago
6 Princeton University
7 Cornell University
8 University of Pennsylvania
9 Yale University
10 Columbia University
11 Johns Hopkins University
12 Duke University
13 Northwestern University
14 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
15 New York University
16 Carnegie Mellon University
17 University of Wisconsin-Madison
18 Brown University
19 University of Washington
20 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
21 Rice University
22 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
23 Boston University
24 University of California, Davis
25 Washington University in St. Louis
26 Purdue University
27 University of Southern California
28 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
29 University of Maryland, College Park
30 University of Pittsburgh
31 Michigan State University
32 Emory University
33 University of Minnesota
34 University of Florida
35 University of Rochester
36 Case Western Reserve University
37 Texas A&M University
38 University of Virginia
39 Vanderbilt University
40 University of Colorado Boulder
41 Dartmouth College
42 University of Notre Dame
43 Arizona State University
44 University of California, Irvine
45 Georgetown University
46 Tufts University
47    University of Miami
48 North Carolina State University
49 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Cost of living in Sweden

Expenses - USD/Month. Min. Med.
Accommodation 246 359
Food 227 442
Transportation 67 194
Communications and utilities 51 57
Clothing 29 109
Sports and leisure 26 113
Total 646 1,274


Accommodation in Sweden

Shared room outside of centre 248
Shared room in city centre 363
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 447
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 654


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