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Cost of studying in Sweden

When it comes to the cost of studying in Sweden or in the Scandinavian countries in general, many people immediately think of high expenses - which is not entirely wrong, at least when it comes to the cost of living. But the Tuition fees hold a surprise in store.

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If you follow a few tips, the cost of studying in Sweden will be lower than expected.

EU citizens need namely in Sweden no tuition fees to be paid, as in the rest of the Scandinavian countries. However, Sweden was one of the first countries to introduce tuition fees for non-EU citizens in 2011 - and most of them are extremely high. But for such cases special scholarship programs have been set up so that students receive financial support when they perform well.

State universities are allowed to apply to citizens from the EU generally no costs for studying in Sweden because they are subsidized by the state. Only a few private universities without subsidies take tuition fees from students.

Cost of living

The costs of studying in Sweden for German students therefore mainly consist of the cost of living. As in all Scandinavian countries, they are Expenditures for daily life are relatively large, because the VAT rates are set quite high. Students should budget at least 800 to 900 euros for their monthly living expenses.

Tips for lower costs

Students have to pay most of their monthly budget for rent. But you can save a lot of money if you don't move directly to the city center, but to a peripheral area. There they may even be able to share an apartment with other students in order to Minimize rental expenses.

However, the costs for local public transport, which they then have to use more often, are usually far higher than in Germany. Therefore it is worthwhile, at least for the days with nice weather get a bike. With this, the students kill several birds with one stone: They see something of their new place of study, do something for their health and save money.

Another cost factor is that nutrition, because unfortunately there is generally no cafeteria at the Swedish universities. Here, too, you can save a lot of money if you don't go to the restaurant too often, but cook yourself. A lack of knowledge is not a disadvantage, after all, there are now a number of cookbooks that deal with an inexpensive student kitchen.

In the evening, preparing the meal quickly turns into one small partywhen you invite friends and work in the kitchen together - and nobody regrets the missed pub or club visit.

Financing options

Students are available to finance their studies or a semester abroad in Sweden different options to disposal.

Foreign BAföG

Applying for BAföG abroad is promising: Even those who do not receive BAföG in Germany because their parents earn too much, for example, may have other assessment limits this time chance of success.

The amount of funding is individually different. The assessment depends on various factors such as the housing situation, health insurance and much more. Tuition and travel expenses can be covered, as can rent and living expenses.


As EU citizens, students in Sweden can easily take up a job - no matter how extensive the job is or how much they earn from it. It is of course assumed that the Study always in the foreground stands and does not suffer from work.

Scholarships or student loans

Various organizations awarded Scholarships to study in Sweden. These include, for example, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), whose funding is always in great demand, or the Svenska Institutet, which awards a limited number of scholarships.

An alternative are student loans, which the students then have to repay. The granted amount is usually paid out in monthly installments.