Fees and scholarships
Individuals who are citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees. There are some exceptions to this general rule.
National application fee
The fee is 900 SEK per semester, paid through universityadmissions.se. This fee covers any applications made within one semester.
Students who are registered for a course or programme at a Swedish university at the time they submit their application for future semesters are not required to pay an application fee.
The tuition fee varies depending on the type of course or programme.
- The price per academic year for full-time studies within the Humanities/Social Sciences/Law is SEK 90,000
- The price per academic year for full-time studies within the Sciences SEK 140,000
Some courses and programmes have special prices that may be higher than the prices indicated above. The price for each course or programme is available on the course- or programme-page on the online course catalogue.
Students exempt from paying tuition
Students are not required to pay application fees or tuition if they can document that they are:
- Exchange students at Stockholm University. (You are exempt from paying application and tuition fees for studies conducted as part of the exchange agreement.)
- Swedish citizens or permanent residents
- Swedish temporary residence permit holders for reasons other than studying
- EU/EEA or Swiss citizens
- PhD student (in the process of applying or already registered)
Information for British citizens
Rules on payment and repayment of the tuition fee
Conditional admissions offer for students required to pay the tuition fee
Students who are required to pay tuition fees will receive a conditional offer of admission and need to pay the first instalment of the tuition fee in order to secure their seat. The admissions offer. All offers of admissions are considered preliminary until the student has paid the first instalment of his or her tuition fee. The National Admissions System cannot record when an applicant has paid the first instalment of their tuition fee. The admissions status will therefore still be listed as 'Conditionally admitted,' on University Admissions even after a student has paid the first instalment of the tuition fee.
Paying the tuition fee
Admitted students who are required to pay the tuition fee will, after the Notification of Selection Results has been published, receive instructions on how to request an invoice from the Student Services at Stockholm University.
The fee is paid by making an account deposit via a bank transfer. The last date for payment of the tuition fee for each semester is:
- Autumn semester: 1 June (1 August for courses or programmes given entirely at a distance).
- Spring semester: 15 December.
If the date stated is a holiday the last date for payment is the following weekday.
Suspension due to non-payment of the tuition fee
If the second and subsequent instalments are not paid by the invoice deadline after a reminder sent by the University, the student may be suspended for the course or programme until the fee has been paid.
Determining if a student is required to pay the tuition fee
The question whether a student is required to pay the tuition fee is established when the student is admitted to a course or programme. A student that has been exempted from paying the tuition fee for a specific course or programme will remain exempted for the entire course or all subsequent semesters of the programme, unless the basis for the original decision was incorrect.
When a student is no longer required to pay the tuition fee
A student who was required to pay the tuition fee can later be determined to be exempted from paying the fee for reasons stated in the Ordinance (2010:543). For the exemption to be registered for the subsequent semesters the student must notify Stockholm University of a change that may affect their status. The change of fee status is not made until the next semester, which means that a tuition fee is not repaid during an ongoing semester.
Repayment of the tuition fee
Repayment can be considered for a student who is prevented from commencing studies for special and well documented reasons.
The tuition fee for a semester that has commenced is not repaid if the studies are interrupted or the student fails to register for studies, unless Stockholm University is notified no later than the last day of registration.
In case of a refusal of an application for a residence permit the tuition fee is repaid after the semester has commenced.
No repayment is made for the part of a course or programme already completed by the student. A request for repayment must be made by the student. The justification for the request must be documented.
If a student is prevented from commencing studies
A student who is prevented from commencing studies after the tuition fee has been paid, for reasons beyond the student’s control, is primarily offered deferral of study commencement and not repayment. Only for special and well-documented reasons can repayment be considered.
Deferral of study commencement
If the University has granted a student deferment in starting their courses, no new application fee shall be charged when the student takes up their place.
If a tuition fee has been paid before the deferral decision, the fee already paid is carried forward to the term when the student takes up their place. If a tuition fee has not yet been paid, the tuition fee level that is applicable when the student takes up their place is applied.
Approved leave from studies
A student who is liable to pay tuition fees may continue the course or programme after an approved leave from studies at the same fee level that applied when the student was admitted to the course or programme. If the fee is lower, the lower fee will apply.
The Ordinance (2010:543) contains regulations on application fees and tuition fees for students at higher education institutions.
The Decisions 2016-01-14 contains the rules for the payment of the tuition fees at Stockholm University
Rules for payment of tuition fees (296 Kb)
What does the tuition fee cover?
The tuition fee covers the course or programme that the student has been admitted to and paid for. For students studying a Bachelor or a Master programme, the fee normally covers 30 credits per semester. For students studying individual courses, the tuition fee covers the number of credits in the course.
The tuition fee also covers related academic administration and support services. Fee-paying students are subject to the same services, rights and obligations as non-fee-paying students, such as study and career counselling, Student Health Services, Disability Services, access to library and university facilities. Find more information about the Student Services at Stockholm University on our website.
A comprehensive healthcare insurance: "FAS - The Swedish State’s Insurance for Fee-Paying Students" is provided for all fee-paying students at Stockholm University.
Swedish language courses are provided for exchange and international students free of charge.
Stockholm University does not guarantee an offer of accommodation (housing) for fee-paying students.
Living costs in Sweden
Student rights and student influence
All enrolled students at Swedish universities have many rights as well as responsibilities, which may affect their educational experience. The rights of students are regulated in a number of national acts and ordinances as well as in universities’ internal regulations.
The Higher Education Act (1992:1434)
The Higher Education Ordinance (1993: 221)
The Work Environment Act (1977:1160)
The Discrimination Act (2008:567)
Quality of the education and student influence
Swedish universities and the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) have a shared responsibility for quality assurance in higher education. Most quality assurance efforts are to be conducted by the universities and all universities are required to have systematic quality assurance processes.
When students are taking part in or have finished a course they will be given an opportunity to describe their experience and express their opinions in a course evaluation. The universities are required to arrange course evaluations and summarise their results and they also have to inform students about these results and any measures that may be adopted because of them. Students can also influence their studies through representation in their university’s decision-making and planning bodies.
FAQ and contact
Last updated: March 25, 2020
Source: Student Services