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Higher education in Sweden for international studens. List of 20 top institutions, rankings, prices and tuition fees

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Here you can find 20 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+

Times Higher Education’s top 50 best universities in USA 2021

World University Rank 2021  US Rank 2021 University City State
 2  1 Stanford University Stanford California
 3  2 Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts
 4  3 California Institute of Technology Pasadena California
 5  4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts
 7  5 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California
 8  6 Yale University New Haven Connecticut
 9  7 Princeton University Princeton New Jersey
 10  8 University of Chicago Chicago Illinois
 12  9 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Maryland
 13  10 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania
 15  11 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California
 17  12 Columbia University New York City New York
 19  13 Cornell University Ithaca New York
 =20  14 Duke University Durham North Carolina
 22  15 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Michigan
 24  16 Northwestern University Evanston Illinois
 26  17 New York University New York City New York
 28  18 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
 29  19 University of Washington Seattle Washington
 33  20 University of California, San Diego San Diego California
 38  21 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia
 44  22 University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas
 48  23 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign Illinois
 49  24 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison Wisconsin
 50  25 Washington University in St Louis St. Louis Missouri
 53  26 University of Southern California Los Angeles California
 =54  27 Boston University Boston Massachusetts
 =56  28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill North Carolina
 61  29 Brown University Providence Rhode Island
 =64  30 University of California, Davis Davis California
 68  31 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara California
 =80  32 Ohio State University (Main campus) Columbus Ohio
 =85  =33 Emory University Atlanta Georgia
 =85  =33 University of Minnesota Minneapolis Minnesota
 90  35 University of Maryland, College Park College Park Maryland
 =94  36 Purdue University West Lafayette West Lafayette Indiana
 =98  37 University of California, Irvine Irvine California
 =101  38 Dartmouth College Hanover New Hampshire
 105  39 Michigan State University East Lansing Michigan
 =111  40 Vanderbilt University Nashville Tennessee
 =114  41 Penn State (Main campus) State College Pennsylvania
 117  42 University of Virginia (Main campus) Charlottesville Virginia
 120  43 Georgetown University   Washington D.C
 =121  44 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Ohio
 =124  45 University of Arizona Tucson Arizona
 =124  =45 Rice University Houston Texas
 =131  47 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder Colorado
 =133  48 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
 =140  49 Indiana University Bloomington Indiana
 =147  50 University of Rochester Rochester (NY) New York

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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