A few facts & figures:
Sweden borders Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Oresund
Swedish Krona (SEK)
Sweden has a low population density of 21 inhabitants per square kilometer (54 /sq. mi) with the population mostly concentrated in the southern half of the country.
Sweden's high-performing economy has built its success on openness to global trade and investment.
Culture has been described in many ways as very tolerant in nature. Swedish society and its culture is viewed as very concerned with the welfare and well-being of others indiscriminately
The vast majority of Swedes speak English
There are two major types of higher education institutions in Sweden:
These are institutions of higher education and research which grant academic degrees in various subjects and provide both Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral education.
University colleges (högskola):
These are independent institutions that provide tertiary education (Bachelor and Master degrees) only
Types of Degrees offered
Bachelor's Degree Programs or kandidatexamen:
The Undergraduate Degree programs are of 3 years and are offered in popular fields like Engineering, Computer Science, Business & Management, International Economics, Animation, Media & Communication, Creative Writing, Biological Sciences and many more
Master's Degree Programs or masterexamen:
The Postgraduate Degree program are of 1-2 years duration and some of the popular courses are Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering Management, IT Management & Innovation, Strategic Entrepreneurship, International Economics, Information Engineering & Management, Industrial Design, Software Product Design and many more
Doctoral level or forskarnivå (2-4 years):
The degrees that can be obtained at the doctoral level are Degree of Licentiate or licentiatexamen of 2 years and Degree of Doctor or PhD or doktorsexamen, of 4 years
If you are going to Sweden for the purpose of studying you will need a Swedish visa or residence permit.
Documents required for Resident Permit:
Students generally need to provide the following documents for visa though it is recommended that you check with the consulate for the exact list of documents for your case.
All documents should be shown in original at the time of submitting the application at the Embassy.
The current visa processing fee for Residence permit is SEK 1,000(approx. INR 8000/-).
Q-1; What are the living expenses?
Living costs in Sweden are relatively low as compared to other parts of EU or USA. On an average a student spends around INR 40-50K per month.
Q-2; Can I work while am studying?
As an international student, you're allowed to work alongside your studies – there's no official limitation for how many hours you can work. Most master's programs also offer internships as part of the program.
Q-3; Are Scholarships available?
There is a range of scholarships available to international students who wish to study in Sweden. The two major sources of scholarship are:
(i)The Swedish Institute:
This is a government agency that provides over 500 scholarships to students from various countries pursuing full time bachelor's & master's programs in Sweden. These scholarships cover both living costs and tuition fees.
(ii)University you are enrolled with:
Most Swedish universities also offer scholarships to meritorious students which cover full or part of the tuition fee.
Tuition fees estimates:
The tuition costs for most Bachelors' program is around SEK 90000 to 360000(From Rs. 6 Lacs onwards)*
The tuition costs for most Master's program is around SEK 120000 to 180000(From Rs. 8, 40, 000 onwards)*
On an average a student spends around INR 40-50K per month. A sample student monthly budget is as follows: