Costs, 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
Students pay one application fee for each semester they submit an application for. The fee is paid through universityadmissions.se.
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
Rules on payment and repayment of the tuition fee
According to the Ordinance on Admission Fees and Tuition Fees at Higher Education Institutions (SFS 2010:543) (the Ordinance), a higher education institution shall charge a tuition fee for first or second-cycle education from those who are not citizens of an EEA member state or of Switzerland.
Stockholm University has adopted the following regulatory document, which includes the national and local rules applicable on payment of tuition fees for first and second-cycle education for those who are not citizens of an EEA member state or of Switzerland.
Rules for payment of tuition fees (177 Kb)
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. 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 an invoice from the Student Services at Stockholm University.
The fee is paid by making an account deposit via a bank transfer.
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
A tuition fee is charged for those who are citizens of a third country at the start of the course or study programme and who are considered liable to pay fees during their studies. 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 declared to be liable to pay fees can, following a review, be declared not to be liable to pay a tuition fee during their course or study programme in accordance with the Ordinance. The student is responsible for notifying the University when they are no longer liable to pay fees. 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
Because the fee status is not changed until the next semester, a tuition fee is not repaid during an ongoing semester. The fee for the current semester is not repaid to students who interrupt their studies or fail to register without notifying the university no later than the last day of registration. When prevented from commencing studies after the tuition fee has been paid (but before commencing studies) for reasons beyond the student’s control, the student is first offered deferment, not repayment. Repayment may only be made for verifiable, special reasons.
If a residence permit application is denied
In the event an application for a residence permit is denied, the tuition fee may be repaid after the start of the semester, as the student will not have been able to claim his or her place. No repayment is made for the part of the course or study programme already completed by the student. The student shall apply for repayment and present evidence to support his or her claim.
If a higher amount than required has been paid
If the amount paid as a tuition fee exceeds the amount stated in the invoice, an excess amount of less than SEK 1 000 will not be repaid.
Administrative fee for repayments
An administrative fee of 5,000 SEK normally applies to repayments.
The fee has however been waived for the autumn semester 2020 and the spring semester 2021. The tuition fee will therefore be fully refunded if the conditions for a repayment are fulfilled.
Repayments related to the new coronavirus
You will find more information about repayments related to the effects of the new coronavirus on our Q&A for newly admitted students.
Questions and answers about the new coronavirus
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 programmee in question or, if the fee is lower at the end of the leave of absence, at the fee level applicable at the time. The student will notify the University well before resuming studies to receive a new invoice. If the fee is lower, the lower fee will apply.
What does the tuition fee cover?
Tuition fee coverage
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, healthcare insurance and Swedish language courses for international students
The tuition fee does not cover
- Accommodation costs
- Course literature
- Living expenses
Stockholm University does not guarantee an offer of accommodation (housing) for fee-paying students.
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.
Living costs in Sweden
Students in Sweden should budget for at least 8,514 SEK per month to cover all of their living costs. Find out more about an average student budget and available discounts for students at Stockholm University.
Stockholm University and the Swedish Institute offer scholarships for master's students coming from countries outside of EU/EEA/Switzerland and who are required to pay tuition fees for studies. In addition, various organisations and foundations around the world offer scholarships for studies abroad.
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Last updated: January 25, 2021
Source: Student Services