Scholarship for South Africans to Study in Sweden in 2020

03 Dec 2019

Sweden is one of the leaders in the world in innovation, new technology, sustainability and equality – in large part thanks to its top-class, forward-thinking universities, which have fostered new ideas since the 15th century. Swedish universities offer degrees at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral level. Choose from over 700 master’s programmes and nearly 100 bachelor’s programmes taught in English at over 35 universities

Did you know that there is a fully-funded scholarship for South African citizens to study a master's programme in Sweden? To be eligible for the scholarship, you must first apply and get accepted to study in Sweden. Once accepted you can apply for the scholarship.

Apply to study in Sweden

The application period for studies in Sweden starting in August 2020 is open from 16 October 2019 to 15 January 2020.Sweden has a pooled admissions system which means students can apply for courses and programmes at all universities on the same application – at

There are programmes offered in English in nearly all academic fields – from IT, engineering or physics to human rights, sustainable development, business or media studies, and many more. For general guidelines on studies in Sweden, please visit

 Support for the application fees

There is an application fee of SEK 900 to University Admissions for your applications to universities in Sweden. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in South Africa will support a number of applicants with the university application fees. Read more about the support on the website of the DHET. For questions related to this support, please directly contact the DHET.

 Swedish Institute Scholarships for South Africa (SISSA)

Out of SI’s scholarships for 2020, about10 scholarships are assigned to South African citizensto pursue a master’s degree in Sweden.


The Swedish Institute Scholarships for South Africa (SISSA) programme is aimed at developing global leaders who will contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The goal is to enable the scholarship holders to play an active role in the positive development of the societies in which they live. Ideal candidates are ambitious young professionals with academic qualifications, demonstrated leadership experience, ambition to make a difference. Scholarships will only be granted to candidates who have followed the steps of the university admission and been admitted to one of the eligible master’s programmes in Sweden.

Please note that the application period for the scholarship only is open from 10 February to 20 February 2020! For more information about the application process, selection and edibility criteria etc., please see:


For other scholarship opportunities, look at exchange opportunities between South African and Swedish universities or look at opportunities directly from Swedish universities. For more ideas see:

PhD studies in Sweden

Swedish PhD programmes are mainly research-based, which makes them different from study-based Bachelor’s or Master’s programmes. PhD positions are also usually paid positions at Swedish Universities! Read more about PhD studies in Sweden here:


For questions or enquiries, contact details to the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria can be found at:


Last updated 03 Dec 2019, 1.13 PM