All students, regardless of whether or not they are required to pay application and tuition fees, must be able to cover their personal living expenses while in Sweden.
Application and tuition fees
If you are a citizen of a country outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees to study at a university in Sweden. The application fee is SEK 900, and the cost of tuition varies between SEK 50,000 and SEK 72,500 per semester, depending on the programme.
If you are a citizen of a country within the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you are not required to pay application or tuition fees to study in Sweden.
If you are a citizen of a country outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, you can apply for a scholarship to cover the cost of your tuition fee either from Uppsala University or from external sources such as the Swedish Institute.
Cost of living
To obtain a Swedish residence permit, students are required to have a minimum of around SEK 9 000 per month for the duration of their studies (please check www.migrationsverket.se for an exact number). When you apply for your residence permit, you must enclose a bank statement showing that you have your own bank funds available in an account belonging to you. For more information, please visit the Swedish Migration Agency, Migrationsverket. Please note, living in Sweden can be costly, and around SEK 9 000 per month is the absolute minimum amount of money that you will require.
It is important to remember that the cost of living will vary from person to person, depending on their lifestyle. Aside from rent and food, students will have expenses such as text books, transportation and socialising. If you come from a part of the world with a warmer climate, it is strongly recommended that you purchase winter clothing and shoes
while you are in Sweden. Students may also wish to make the most of their location by travelling to other parts of Sweden and Europe during the university holidays.
To get an idea of what an average monthly student budget might look like, please take a look at Study in Sweden's website.
Please do not depend on working to support yourself during your time as a student in Sweden as it is very difficult to find available part-time jobs. Many employers require Swedish language skills, and depending on your university workload, it may be difficult for you to commit to work outside of studies. Some international students find employment at the pubs, clubs and restaurants at the student nations in Uppsala. However, while working at the nations is enjoyable and a great way to make new friends, the amount of money you earn will not be enough for you to live on.
For more information about the job market, visit the Swedish Public Employment Services.
Swedish student aid
The most common way for Swedish students to finance their studies is through a study allowance called CSN. If you are not a Swedish citizen, but have been granted a permanent residence permit and live in Sweden, you will usually be eligible to receive CSN. You must be officially registered as a resident in Sweden and intend to remain in the country even after completing your studies. All other students are expected to finance their studies themselves.
To read more about the Swedish student aid, please visit CSN's website.