What opportunities are there for studying, trainings and scholarships in Sweden?

10 May 2022

Sweden is a fantastic place to study and live. A large country, with a small population, Sweden is surrounded by an incredible wilderness. So even in the biggest cities, you’ll never be far away from nature. The population of Sweden might be small, but our higher education system is known for being one of the best in the world. Study at any of our 39 outstanding universities, such as Uppsala University, Lund University or Stockholm University, and you’ll experience this first-hand.

Sweden was one of the pioneers for switching to English-language tuition and offers a whopping 1000 degrees to choose from. Bachelor programs in Sweden are 3 years, while Master’s programs are either 1 or 2 years. Some of the popular programs are subjects related to sustainability, business, design, life sciences, biotechnology, engineering, human rights and international relations.

Studying in Sweden is free of charge for citizens of the EU/EEA and those with a permanent Swedish residence permit. Others may have to pay tuition fees that commonly ranges from 80,000 to 300,000 SEK per year (equivalent to 8,000 to 30,000 EUR or 9,500 to 35,000 USD). There is also an application fee for those from outside the EU/EEA.

Study in Sweden - Masters and Bachelors


How to Apply?

If you want to study in Sweden, no matter what program at what university, your application will go through our one official, centralized website: https://universityadmissions.se/. An important stop for all international students interested in attending a Swedish university is the Swedish Institute's comprehensive website for studying in Sweden and obtaining scholarships is https://studyinsweden.se/.

Essentially, you start off by applying online –you can choose up to 4 Master’s programmes or 8 Bachelor programs ranked according to priority. The application period at University Admissions is usually from mid-October to mid-January. Then you wait until April to find out if you are admitted, and in late August the academic year starts.


For many, scholarships are a big part of their decision to study at a university. Some scholarships are available for students who wish to study in Sweden. Funding is awarded on a competitive basis by the Swedish Institute (https://si.se/) and individual universities.


The Swedish Institute (SI) is a government authority (not a university), which receives funding each year for scholarships to international students (from eligible countries) applying for Master's studies starting in the autumn semester. This “SI scholarship” or “SI Scholarship for Global Professionals (SISGP)” calls for ambitious professionals who want to make a difference. SISGP offers a unique opportunity to develop professionally and academically, experience Swedish society and culture, and build a long-lasting relationship with Sweden and other global professionals.

SISGP applicants must first finish applying for an eligible Master’s program from the call for applications list (January deadline) before applying for an SI scholarship (February deadline). Only applicants who are admitted to one of the eligible Master’s programs by April will be considered for an SI scholarship.


Scholarships for undergraduate or bachelor studies are available from the majority of Sweden's universities. For this you must contact and apply directly to the individual university in which you're interested.

Each individual university has their own schedule for when students can begin applying, and important deadlines. You can find further information about the university you're interested in from their website and/or by contacting them directly. Please note that each individual university is responsible for their own B.A. scholarship programs, and University Admissions is unable to answer any questions on their behalf.

We advise that you begin your scholarship search for the undergraduate study program of your choice, by first visiting https://studyinsweden.se, which is tailored to the individual websites of all universities in Sweden.


Study in Sweden - Phd and Research


How to Apply?

When you apply for a PhD program in Sweden, you’re actually applying for a job. So that means – no tuition fees, no scholarships, but you’ll receive a monthly salary instead. And that’s why available PhD positions are listed on a university’s job board.

How to apply for a PhD position?

PhD positions in Sweden are advertised on individual universities’ websites when they are available. Then you’ll apply directly to the university in which you are interested.

There’s no centralized application process. Each individual university (department) has their own requirements, schedule for when prospective doctorate students can begin applying, and important deadlines.

PhD positions usually take four years to complete. You can find further information about the university you're interested in from their website and/or by contacting them directly. We advise that you begin your search here » PhD programmes (studyinsweden.se)



Sweden's research collaboration with Tanzania was first initiated in 1977. The first Swedish support was directed to the Tanzania National Scientific Research Council to provide grants for researchers. Gradually, our cooperation grew with an increasing focus on developing institutional research capacity in which research training in areas of relevance to Tanzania is key.

45 years of cooperation later, we see that human capacity has increased and created a wealth of invaluable knowledge, benefiting both our countries. Thousands of researchers have been trained through Swedish support and continue to publish relevant studies which have made an impact on Tanzania’s growth and prosperity, and efforts towards poverty alleviation.

Some of the scientific achievements are in areas including but not limited to malaria, HIV/AIDS, reproductive and child health, marine sciences, energy, ICT, urban and rural planning, business administration, natural resources management, geology, molecular biology and biotechnology, and more.

Our Tanzanian partners are University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Ardhi University (ARU), Muhimbili University for Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) and Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). For more information about the research being carried out at our partners’ universities and/or the results of past studies, please visit their individual websites.


How to apply for a PhD position at our Tanzanian partner’s univeristy?

Some PhD programs might involve collaboration and/or travel between a university in Tanzania and one in Sweden, however, each university will announce their own unique doctorate courses, requirements, and schedule.

For UDSM visit: UDSM Admission

For ARU visit: ARDHI | Postgraduate Degree Programmes (aru.ac.tz)


For more info about what COSTECH does visit: TANZANIA COMMISSION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (costech.or.tz)


Train in Sweden - SIMP and ITP


The Swedish Institute Management Programme (SIMP) brings together business leaders who want to succeed in driving change for economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable businesses. SIMP builds on Sweden’s prominent position in innovation and sustainable business and its connection to the global economy. The programme provides its participants with methods, concepts, and practical applications from leading experts in the key aspects of sustainability.

Today’s leaders need a firm understanding of the complexity and unpredictability of current global challenges and opportunities. They are increasingly expected to act responsibly and grow their businesses more sustainably. SIMP participants get access to knowledge and tools that are critical for understanding sustainable and responsible business, and that will help them become an even better leaders within their work contexts and local communities.

With its very hands-on approach, the SIMP program brings together participants from several companies from Sweden and the Eastern Africa region to discuss their sustainability work and explore their challenges. In addition to external experts, SIMP builds on the expertise and extensive experience within the group and creates a strong network between participants, with much time dedicated to peer learning and teambuilding.

To apply and for more information visit: Swedish Institute 

The International Training Programme (ITP) offers key people from institutions in low- and middle-income countries training in implementing reform plans in key areas. The objective of ITP is a transparent, efficient and democratic state administration under the rule of law. They cover everything from health, education, social security systems and human rights to patents, information and communication technology, trade, energy, the environment and climate adaptation.

The programmes develop the skills of people who hold key positions in various organisations and have a mandate to lead change processes. The participating organisations have the opportunity to gain new insights and exchange experiences about effective methods, as well as strengthen their capacity.

Participants represent public administration, civil society, academia and business. The focus is on creating meeting places for collaborations and exchange of experience between organisations from different countries. To create opportunities for long-term and sustainable change. 

Here you will find currently ongoing programmes: ITP programme catalogue | Sida

Last updated 10 May 2022, 10.27 AM