South Asian students’ guide to studies at Swedish universities and university colleges

Information on courses and departments Information on admission and residence permits
Information on funding Other useful information

Where to find information about courses and departments?


SASNET presents Swedish Institutions and Departments engaged in research related to South Asia. Go for the list!

SASNET presents Swedish institutions, departments, seminars, and folk high schools engaged in courses and other educational/seminar activities related to South Asia. Go for the list!

The Swedish Institute (SI) is a public agency located at Stockholm, entrusted with disseminating knowledge abroad about Sweden and organizing exchanges with other countries in the spheres of culture, education, research and public life in general.

Studyin.sweden.se/Swedish Institute

Studyin.sweden.se was established in 2003, and is administered by the Swedish Institute. It contains general information on higher education studies in Sweden and on the opportunities open to international students, admission procedures and other practical details. The website is designed for students at all levels. It provides lots of information on undergraduate courses, Master's programmes and opportunities for researchers. The site also includes an advanded course search. Go for it!

All International Master’s programmes at Swedish universities and university colleges are available through Studyin.sweden.se:s search function. Go for the search page, and search for "International Master’s programmes".

Högskoleverket (National Agency for Higher Education)

The National Agency for Higher Education presents a complete list of Universities and University Colleges in Sweden. There are currently 14 public universities, 22 public university colleges and 3 private universities. Go for the full list! new

The National Agency for Higher Education refers all inquiries concerning postgraduate studies to be put directly to the respective university where one wants to study. However the agency has published a Handbook for Postgraduate Students (Doktorandhandboken) with lots of useful information. It is available to get through Internet (as a pdf file). Go for the handbook!

The National Agency for Higher Education also offers a search function to find out courses at Swedish universities and university colleges, through its web site www.studera.nu, providing information about studies and careers. It is however all in Swedish. Go for the search function!


Information about admission to Swedish universities/university colleges

Swedish Institute

Studyin.sweden.se offers all necessary information on admission requirements.
Note that admission to Master's Programmes at Swedish universities generally require that you have a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent and a good knowledge of English (500–550 on the paper based Toefl test or equivalent). For information on the Toefl (Test of English as a Foreign Language), see the web page http://www.ets.org/toefl/.

Swedish Migration Board

The Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) gives information on the rules concerning visas and residence permits. For studies at a university/college in Sweden scheduled to last more than three months a residence permit is required, which must be obtained before arrival in Sweden. Go to the pages on:
Studies at university or college; and for Postgraduate studies
Exchange studies
• Short study courses, etc
Application forms are also available. Go for the web page!

Foreign students applying for the first time for a residential permit to go to Sweden can not do this through the Internet, but must do this personally at the Swedish embassy or consulate in the country of his/her origin or country of domicile. The addresses of embassies/consulates are available at: http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/2366.
Read the instructions regarding residence permits for studies at Swedish universities/colleges (as a pdf-file).


Information about funding

Swedish Institute

The Swedish Institute announces a number of Guest Scholarships open for applicants from South Asia. These are applied for in global competition and are open to foreign students/researchers who wish to come to Sweden as guest students and who do not intend to settle permanently in Sweden.

For Master's level studies the deadline is the same as the application deadline for the specific programme (Applications should be sent directly to the university or university college concerned).

Prior to submitting an application for a scholarship, the applicant must contact a Swedish university or university college department willing to accept the applicant for the proposed studies. This contact can also be made through a professor or academic adviser at the applicant's home institution. Maximum period of scholarship is for three academic years, but they are usually granted for one academic year (nine months ) at a time, or for shorter durations. Students who are already studying in Sweden can also apply if they are not permanent residents nor holders of Swedish work permit. Read the complete information on these guest scholarships.

STINT – Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education

STINT Scholarship for Academic Excellence. STINT has initiated a new scholarship programme for foreign students at international master programmes in Sweden, inviting a number of foreign universities to nominate candidates to the programme. SSAE is a scholarship programme for students attending two-year international master’s programmes at Swedish universities. The purpose of the program is to attract excellent students from eminent universities in Asia, Latin America and Africa. The foreign partner universities have been selected in collaboration with Swedish universities. Students must apply themselves to the international master programmes at a Swedish university. The foreign partner universities then have the opportunity of nominating candidates to the programme. Students can not apply for scholarships on their own. Currently no universities in South Asia are involved. More information.

The STINT Foundation has also for a number of years made special efforts to enhance the internationalisation of the humanities and social sciences, through scholarships for doctoral candidates. The scholarships provide opportunities for doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences (including law and theology) to spend half an academic year (minimum four months) at a foreign academic institution. Applicants should be accepted for doctoral studies at a Swedish university. Stipends for the academic year 2007/2008 will be announced during the fall of 2006. More information.

Asian Scholarship Foundation (ASF)

The Asian Scholarship Foundation (ASF) aims to increase overall awareness of the intellectual resources in the countries of South and Southeast Asia, and the People’s Republic of China. ASF seeks to establish a multi-national network of Asian specialists in Asia who will foster the development of Asian Studies within existing area studies communities. ASF, which is based in Bangkok, Thailand (but with an office in New Delhi), is an Asian-led non-profit organization funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation. It administers ASIA Fellows Awards giving possibilities for Asian students and researchers to pursue their studies/research in other parts of the World, e g in Sweden.

Economy & Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA)

Open for PhD students from Sri Lanka (no other counties in South Asia). A programme established in 1993 which supports training and research in environmental & resource economics. EEPSEA provides awards to cover the costs of fieldwork required for doctoral degree programs.  The awards are open to nationals of EEPSEA member countries, who intend to remain in or return to Asia following completion of their studies. The awards cover the costs of fieldwork for up to one year, including one return economy class airfare. There are no fixed deadlines for applications. More information.

International Programme Office for Education and Training

The International Programme Office for Education and Training (Programkontoret) administers the Linnaeus-Palme exchange programme, for teachers and students at undergraduate and master's level of higher education and aims at strengthening co-operation between institutions of higher education in Sweden and developing countries and thereby increasing global contacts in the world of higher education. More information on the programme.


SASNET presents a list of other potential Swedish and International funding agencies, giving links to their respective web sites. Go for the list!


Other useful information

SWEDEN.SE – the official gateway to Sweden

SWEDEN.SE is a web site inaugurated on 18 November 2002, giving all kinds of information on Sweden. The site is administered by the Swedish Institute in cooperation with the Swedish Government Offices, the Swedish Trade Council, Invest in Sweden Agency, and the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council. Go for the web site!

Studyin.sweden.se is a part of this site. It is administered by the Swedish Institute and offers lots of information on Swedish society; Studying in Sweden; Living in Sweden; and the Higher Education System.

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Last updated 2009-09-25