Study in Sweden

Quick facts

  • Population: 9,851,017 (2016)
  • Capital: Stockholm
  • Geographical size: 438,574 km2
  • GDP: €462.417 billion (2016)
  • Official EU language(s): Swedish
  • Currency: Swedish krona SEK

Higher education in Sweden

  • Number of higher education institutions: 35
  • Number of students in higher education: 453,300 (2012, Euromonitor International from national statistics/UNESCO)
  • Number of international students in higher education: 25,400 (Swedish Higher Education Authority)
  • Language of instruction: International higher education programmes in Sweden are taught in English, though you will also find many taught in Swedish
  • Typical tuition fees: There are no tuition fees for European Union students. Tuition fees in Sweden for students from other countries vary by course between roughly SEK 80,000 to 140,000/year.
  • Average length of a full-time higher education programme in Sweden:
    • Bachelor’s degree programme: 3 years
    • Master’s degree programme: 1-2 years
    • Doctorate/PhD: 4 years


Stand out from the crowd with a degree from a Swedish university. Over 1,000 degree programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s degree level are taught entirely in English in Sweden, across the spectrum of academic disciplines and often in ground-breaking interdisciplinary fields.

In Sweden, you’ll be challenged to find your own voice and critically evaluate the world around you. Project work will teach you to apply cutting-edge research to real-world challenges as part of an intercultural team.

Some of the world’s most exciting companies – and a new generation of start-ups – have their home here, making a degree in Sweden the first step to a global career.

When you choose to study in Sweden, you don’t just pick a place – you pick a future.

Why study in Sweden?

  • Be challenged and inspired by over 1,000 rigorous, unique degree programmes taught in English at over 35 universities,
  • Experience university culture dating back 500, 50 or 5 years – historical and new universities combine the best of tradition and innovation,
  • Explore an open and progressive society that has pioneered social equality and eco-conscious living,
  • Enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world and speak English wherever you go.


  • Five Swedish universities are ranked within the world’s top 125 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • Three Swedish universities are ranked within the world’s top 100 and nine in the top 300 by the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities

Universities in Sweden

Sweden is home to over 35 universities and university colleges. Many of these are large, comprehensive research institutions, while others are smaller in size and more focused in scope. All Swedish universities and university colleges offer rigorous degree programmes according to the standard European system of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

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