Looking for scholarships in Sweden for international students? You just found it. Swedish government ceased to offer tuition free universities in Sweden for international students in 2011. to compensate for this, a number of scholarships are offered by the Swedish government and institutions for international students.

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Sweden is sustainable, innovative and home to the Nobel
Prize. And did we mention that everyone speaks English? Before we get to
the list of scholarships, let’s learn how to study in Sweden.

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How to Study in Sweden

If you’re curious about studying in Sweden but don’t know
where to start, here’s your guide to the process.

1. Read up on
programmes and universities

Your first step is to get acquainted with the Swedish
university system and the different options you have available. See this link for a basic
overview of what it’s like to study in Sweden. Once you have an idea of the
basics, read up on the different universities in Sweden and consider
what type of school would suit you the best.

2. Choose a
programme

Universityadmissions.se provides a database to search the over 1,000 programmes at bachelor’s and master’s level that are offered in English in Sweden. You can also find programme listings at universities’ websites. You can choose up to four master’s programmes or eight bachelor’s programmes to apply for in each application round. Each year, most universities start publishing their programmes from October onwards. The full list of programmes that start during the autumn tends to be available in early December.

3. Prepare your
documents

Once you’ve chosen a few programmes that you’d like to apply
for, it’s time to start preparing your application. At Universityadmissions.se you’ll
find full application guidelines, including information on all of the documents
you’ll need to include with your application. If you’ll be proving your
English proficiency with a TOEFL or IELTS test and haven’t yet taken the
test, make sure to book a time well in advance of the application deadline so
that you receive your results in time.

See How to apply – bachelor’s level and How to apply – master’s level for general information on the type of documents required.

4. Search for scholarships

Many organisations offer scholarships for international
students, as do most Swedish universities. If you’re looking for a way to fund
your studies, it’s a good idea to start investigating options before you turn
in your application so that you can be sure to meet any application deadlines.
Some scholarships may only be offered for specific programmes – another reason
to read about what applies before you turn in your application. This
article will expose you to a good number of scholarship opportunities in Sweden
for international students.

5. Apply online by 15
January

The application deadline for programmes starting autumn is
15 January. Supporting documents and your application fee (or proof
of exemption) are due by 1 February. It’s always a good idea to upload
those documents and pay that fee a few days early to avoid last-minute stress!

English language requirements

In order to be eligible for university studies in Sweden,
you must demonstrate that you meet the English requirements for the course or
programme. You can find out what the English requirement is for the course or
programme you’re applying to by going to the course description page on the
university’s website.

Cost of Living

Like everywhere, living costs in Sweden depend on your
personal lifestyle and where you live. An average monthly budget is SEK
8,370 (around €815 or $925).

Scholarships in Sweden for International Students

we have put together a comprehensive list of scholarships in Sweden for international students. be sure to bookmark this page because we will be updating it from time to time.

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1.     Swedish Institute Management Programme (SIMP) Africa for Young African Leaders

Sweden is considered to be one of the leading countries in
sustainable business practice. Swedish companies play a prominent role in
finding new, innovative ways to integrate social, environmental and ethical
concerns into their core business models. But the challenges are global and we
have a common need for sustainable development. SIMP Africa is partly
funded by the Swedish Government and aims at emerging leaders. The
programme curriculum revolves around advanced business-related problem solving,
seminars and meetings with front figures in the commercial, political and
cultural fields, as well as on-site company visits.

Application Deadline: 6th February

Number of Awards: 25

Value of Program: 

Costs covered and arranged by Swedish Institute

  • Training and content
  • Accommodation, food and domestic transport
    during the programme
  • Flight tickets to and from Sweden
  • Insurance covering acute illness and
    accident when in Sweden

Duration of Program: The programme, spread over seven
months, comprises three weeks of intensive training divided into an
introductory kick-off at the Swedish Embassy in each country, a two week module
in Sweden and a concluding five day module in Africa.

2.     Lund University Global Scholarship for International Students

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is targeted
at top academic students who are citizens of countries from outside the
European Union/European Economic Area (and Switzerland). Priority will be given
to students with high academic performance and who demonstrate a strong
commitment and desire to study at Lund University. Over SEK 14 million (€1.6
million/US $2.1 million) awarded in Lund University Global Scholarship grants.

Application Deadline:

  • for studies starting in the autumn semester
    (August/September) – 15th January
  • for the scholarship – early February, after the deadline to apply
    for studies.

Number of Scholarships: Not Specified

Value of Scholarship:

  • Scholarship grants may cover 25%, 50%, 75% or up
    to 100% of the tuition fee. The scholarship percentage awarded depends on
    budget available to the programme/faculty. It has no reflection on the
    students’ academic level of excellence.
  • Please note that scholarships are toward tuition
    fees only and that living costs are not covered.

Duration of Scholarship: Scholarship will last for
the duration of study

3.     IPOET Scholarships for International Students at Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
offers around 50 IPOET scholarships, funded by the Swedish Council for
Higher Education, to prospective fee-paying taught master’s students of non-EU/EEA Nationality to study at the
University. The scholarships are administered and awarded by
Chalmers.

Application Deadline: 15th January

Number of Scholarships: 50

Value of the Program:

  • A 75% reduction of the tuition fees (4 semesters
    / 2 year programme)
  • Students who excel during their first year of
    studies may receive an increased scholarship reduction, which covers 85% of the
    tuition fee during the second and final year of studies
  • No funds are transferred to the scholarship
    laureates

Duration: 4 semesters / 2 year programme

4.     Avancez Scholarship for International Students at Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology awards a number of
scholarships funded by the Chalmers Foundation and these are available to all
citizens from non-EU/EEA countries who are liable to pay tuition fees for
Swedish university education.

Application Deadline: 15th January

Number of Scholarships: not specified

Value of the Program

  • A 75% reduction of the tuition fees
  • Students who excel during their first year of
    studies may receive an increased scholarship reduction, which covers 85% of the
    tuition fee during the second and final year of studies
  • No funds are transferred to the scholarship
    laureates

Duration: 4 semesters / 2 year programme

5.     Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for Developing Countries

The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships – SISS is the
Swedish government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global
leaders. It is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and
administered by the Swedish Institute (SI). The Scholarships target
highly-qualified students and are awarded for studies in Sweden starting in an
autumn semester. The scholarships are intended for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden and cover both living
costs and tuition fees. The Swedish Institute is looking for applicants who
display both intellectual ability and leadership potential and welcome
applications regardless of age, gender and religious beliefs.

Application Deadline:

  • To begin with, apply for up to four master’s
    programmes at universityadmissions.se, between 16th October
    – 15th January.
  • Then apply for an SI scholarship before 9
    February.

Number of Scholarships: Approximately 180
scholarships will be awarded

Value of the Program: 

  • Tuition fees: directly paid to the Swedish
    university by us
  • Living expenses of SEK 9,000/month
  • Travel grant of SEK 15,000 *
  • Insurance against illness and accident
  • Membership of the SI Network for Future
    Global Leaders (NFGL)
    – a platform to grow your network and experience, while in Sweden
  • Membership of the SI Alumni
    Network after your scholarship period – a platform for further
    professional development and to stay in touch

Duration of Scholarships: The Swedish Institute Study
Scholarships is intended for full-time master’s level studies of one or
two years.

6.     Linköping University International Scholarship

The LiU International Scholarship is aimed at supporting
foreign students with significant academic potential from countries outside the
European Union/European Economic Area (and Switzerland) who are required to pay
tuition fees for studies. The scholarship is open for students who have
applied for a master’s programme at Linköping University and who have chosen a
programme at Linköping University as their first priority.

Application Deadline:

  • To apply for Masters studies: 15th January
  • To apply for Scholarship: in early April, after the deadline to
    apply for studies.

Number of Scholarships: Several

Value of Scholarship: With LiU International
Scholarships, tuition fees are reduced by 25, 50, 75 or 100%.

Duration: For the period of the master’s programme

7.     Mälardalen University Scholarship Programme

Every year Mälardalen University offers a limited numbers of
scholarships to students applying for a Master’s programme in Sweden. The scholarship is aimed at especially
qualified students coming from countries outside of EU/EEA/Switzerland and who
are required to pay tuition fees. The scholarship is NOT open for
students from the twelve countries with which Sweden has long-term development
cooperation (Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia). Students from these countries
should instead apply for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship.

Application Deadline: 1st February

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: The scholarship will cover
100% of the tuition fee of the programme as long as you follow the normal study
plan (minimum 22.5 credits/semester, minimum 45 credits/academic year). The
scholarship does not cover living expenses

Duration of Scholarship: Complete programme
duration

8.     University of Gothenburg Study Scholarships

The
Admissions Office at the University of Gothenburg administers scholarships
intended for fee-paying applicants, who have applied in the first admission
round via universityadmissions.se for one or several two-year Master’s
Programmes with entry autumn semester. The Admissions Office at
the University of Gothenburg administers four types of scholarships:

  • The University of Gothenburg Study Scholarship, which
    is funded by the Swedish Council for Higher Education, and covers the complete
    tuition fee for a study programme at the University of Gothenburg.
  • A scholarship funded by Adlerbert Foundations, which
    contributes to accommodation expenses for all the applicants who have been
    granted the University of Gothenburg Study Scholarship.
  • A scholarship funded by Adlerbert Foundations, which
    covers the complete tuition fee for a study programme at the University of Gothenburg
    and contributes to accommodation expenses.
  • A scholarship funded by Adlerbert Foundations, which is
    specifically intended for applicants who are citizens of an annual prioritized
    country from the OECD/DAC list, that and covers the complete tuition fee for a
    study programme at the University of Gothenburg and contributes to living and
    accommodation expenses.

Application Deadline: 2nd February.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: Fully-funded

9.     Umeå University Scholarships for International Students

Umeå University
offers scholarships each year, in conjunction with the Autumn term admission,
to academically talented and high-achieving students. Scholarships offered are
in the form of tuition-waivers. Selected candidates receive a full or partial
waiver of the tuition fee.

Application Deadline: 

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  • Study
    application deadline:
    15th January
  • Scholarship deadline: 15th March

Number of Awardees: forty-two (42)

Value of Scholarship: Selected candidates
receive a full or partial waiver of the tuition fee.

Duration of Scholarship: Duration of programme

10.                        University of Skövde Masters Scholarships for International Students

The University of Skövde
administrates some scholarships funded by the Swedish Council for Higher
Education (UHR) to students liable to pay tuition fees attending a Master’s
programme at our University. The scholarships are partial tuition fee
waivers (50% of the tuition fee). The amount will be automatically
deducted from the tuition fee when you receive your invoice. The scholarships
are granted for one academic semester. 

Application Deadline: 15th March

Number of Scholarships: Not Specified

Value of the Program: The scholarships are
tuition fee waivers of SEK 60 000 / year (50% of the tuition fee), and the
amount will be deducted from the tuition fee when you receive the invoice.

Please note that you have to be able to finance the rest of
the tuition fee yourself and to cover all the living expenses during your stay
in Sweden.

11.                        Halmstad University Scholarship for International Students

Each year Halmstad University offers a number of
scholarships to qualified students from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland.
These scholarships may be granted to students within any field of study at
Halmstad University.

Application Deadline: 26th March

Number of Awardees: Limited

Value of Scholarship: The Halmstad University
Scholarship covers 25% or 50% of the tuition fee and will be deducted from the
tuition fee. The scholarship will not cover living costs.

Duration of Scholarship: The scholarship will
initially be granted for one semester, but will be automatically extended for
the duration of the study program (2 or 4 semesters) provided that study
results are satisfactory.

12.                        KTH Royal Institute of Technology Masters Scholarships for International Students

Every year up to 30 KTH Scholarships are awarded based on
academic excellence. Recipients of the KTH Scholarship will have their tuition
fee waived for the first and the second year, provided that the study results
during the first year are satisfactory.

Application Deadline: 15th January.

Number of Awardees: 30

Value of Scholarship: 100% tuition fee waiver.
The scholarship is applied to the tuition fee at KTH and does not include a
cost of living allowance.

Duration of Scholarship: 2 years

13.                        Kristianstad University Scholarship for International Students

Each year Kristianstad University offers a
number of scholarships to qualified students who are citizens of a country
outside the EU/EEA with the requirement of paying tuition fee for studies at
Kristianstad University. If granted a scholarship, it will include a full or
partial reduction of the tuition fee. Keep in mind that these scholarships do
not cover your living costs. The Kristianstad University Scholarship is completely
merit based. The assessment of scholarship applications is made on the basis of
the merits and documents sent to Universityadmissions.se when applying for a
programme.

Application Deadline: 1st February

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: Full or partial reduction
of the tuition fee. Keep in mind that these scholarships do not cover your
living costs.

Duration of Scholarship: 1 year

14.                        Karlstad University Global Scholarships for International Students

The Karlstad University Global Scholarship programme is
aiming at top academic students from countries outside the European Union/European
Economic Area (and Switzerland) who are required to pay tuition fees for
studies. Karlstad University Global Scholarship offers scholarships covering
tuition fees in part or in full. Priority will be given to students with high
academic performance and who demonstrate a strong commitment and desire to
study at Karlstad University.

Application Deadline: 1st February

Duration of
Scholarship:
The scholarship is only awarded for programmes starting in a
fall semester. An offer of a scholarship is only valid for the year and the
programme stipulated in the scholarship notification.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: 

  • Scholarships cover 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the
    tuition fees. The value of the scholarship is stated in the notification of
    scholarship for each scholarship holder.
  • The scholarship value is deducted from the
    tuition fees of the programme for which you are awarded a scholarship.
  • Karlstad University Global Scholarships do not
    cover living costs.
  • To be able to finance your stay in Sweden and
    get a residence permit for studies you need to show that you have funds for the
    total study period the first time you apply for a residence permit.

15.                        Mid Sweden University Scholarship for International Students

For high performing students applying to a study programme
at Mid Sweden University, the University is offering a number of scholarships
which will result in a tuition fee reduction, depending on the programme
one chooses to study. The Mid Sweden University Tuition Fee Scholarship
is aimed at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA
(and Switzerland). 

Application Deadline: 5th February

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Duration of Scholarship: 1 year

16.                        Chalmers Adlerbert Study Scholarships for Developing Countries

Five scholarships will be awarded to students who are
citizens of one of 143 countries. The scholarship comprises a full tuition fee
waiver and is funded by the Adlerbert Foundations. 

Application Deadline: 15th January

Number of Awardees: 5

Value of Scholarship: Covers 100% of the tuition
fees

Duration of Scholarship: 4 semesters/2 year
programme

17.                        King Carl Gustaf Scholarship at Uppsala University

The King Carl Gustaf Scholarship is aimed at
students who live in unsafe and dangerous conditions in areas of conflict
outside Europe. Scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, but not living
expenses, for studies at Uppsala University Master’s programmes.

Application Deadline: 1st February

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: Complete tuition waiver

Duration of Scholarship: 1 year

18.                        Rotary Peace Fellowship for Masters and Professional Programs

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around
the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of its peace
centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip
transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

Application Deadline: 31st May

Two types of peace fellowships are available.

Master’s degree:
Each year, up to 50 master’s degree fellowships are awarded at these
institutions: Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
USA, International Christian University, Japan, University of Bradford,
England, University of Queensland, Australia and Uppsala University, Sweden

Professional
development certificate:
For experienced professionals working in
peace-related fields who want to enhance their professional skills, Rotary
offer a three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution at
Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.

Number of Awards: up to 100

Value of the Program: The Rotary Peace Fellowship
covers: Tuition and fees, Room and board, Round-trip transportation and Internship/field
study expenses.

Duration of Scholarship: 15 to 24 months

19.                        Nordic Africa Institute Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Program

The purpose of the Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme
is to provide opportunities for postdoctoral researchers in Africa to pursue
their own research projects, thereby indirectly strengthening the academic
milieux in African countries. The scholarship offers access to the Institute’s
library and other resources that provide for a stimulating research
environment. Through the programme, the Nordic Africa Institute can
establish and maintain relations with and between African and Nordic research
communities.

Application Deadline: 1st April.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: The scholarship includes a
return air-fare (economy class), accommodation, a subsistence allowance of 300
SEK (approx. 34 USD) per day plus an installation grant of 2,500 SEK (approx.
280 USD) and access to a computer in a shared office at NAI.

Duration of Program: The maximum duration of the
stay is 90 days, minimum is 60 days.

20.                        Swedish Institute Creative Force Grants Program

Do you work to strengthen democracy, freedom of expression
and human rights? Do you use media or the arts as a means to bring about
change? Creative Force funds international projects of this kind. If you have a
project idea and a partner in one of the target countries, you should apply. It
is a funding programme for international projects which work though media or
the arts to strengthen basic freedoms and rights. 

Application Deadline: 25th January

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: 

  • Seed
    Funding
    : up to SEK 100,000
    for an initiative which you must complete within 12 months.
  • Collaborative
    Projects
    : up to SEK 500,000
    per 12-month period. A project may last 24 months at most (in other words, you
    can apply for max. SEK 1 million).

21.                        Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) Claude Ake Visiting Chair Scholarship for African Researchers

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research and the Nordic
Africa Institute invite applications to the Claude Ake Visiting Chair. The
Chair is intended for scholars who, like Claude Ake, combine a profound
commitment to scholarship with a strong advocacy for social justice. The Chair
is open to social scientists working at African universities with problems
related to war, peace, conflict resolution, human rights, democracy and
development on the African continent.

Application Deadline: 1st December

Number of Awardees: 1

Value of Scholarship: The awardee is entitled to
a tax-free stipend/scholarship of 20 000 SEK/month. The total amount is
calculated according to the number of days spent in Uppsala. In addition,
travel costs and accommodation for the holder of the position, and if relevant,
his/her accompanying spouse/ significant other, are covered by the grant. The
Chair holder is provided office space at the DPCR and NAI, and basic office equipment

Duration of Scholarship: 3 months

22.                        Swedish Institute Young Leaders Visitors Programme (YLVP) for Young Leaders

Young Leaders Visitors Programme (YLVP) is an intercultural
leadership programme for young leaders from the Middle East, North Africa and
Sweden. The programme offers personal and professional development to
leaders who work for positive social change in the fields of democracy, human
rights, sustainability and equality. YLVP provides the tools necessary to
accomplish greater social impact. YLVP builds and strengthens individual
leadership through group-centric methods such as collaboration, feedback and
reflection. Participants will learn in group from merited facilitators and from
each other, through workshops, practical exercises and hands-on performance.

Application Deadline: 5th December

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Program: Training and content, Accommodation,
food and domestic transport during the programme; Flight tickets; health and
accident Insurance; Visa costs

Duration of Program: YLVP is made up of four
weeks divided into two modules at separate times. Module one is three weeks
long and always takes place in Sweden. Module two is one week long and takes
place either in Sweden or in another location.

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