why study in sweden?

    Situated in the north of Europe, until very recently Sweden was not considered one of the most desirable destinations for studying. This has changed over time, due to the very high living standard, quality of life and hospitality of this quite unique nation. Critical thinking and personal initiative lie at the heart of the Swedish education system. Communication between professors and students is open, relaxed and unencumbered with unnecessary formality. This attitude stimulates young people towards equality in their opinions and attitudes, which results in them making good life decisions.


    Lecture groups are small and well organised, leaving enough room for dialogue and cooperation. The student groups are diverse, and students come from 106 countries of the world. The programmes encourage diversity, so you will have colleagues who come from almost all countries, from China to Chile. You will acquire important intellectual skills and learn to think from different perspectives.


    Almost all people in Sweden, regardless of their age, speak English very well. It will not be necessary for you to learn another language, such as Swedish, in order to cope with everyday life. If, however, you do choose to learn Swedish, which we highly recommend, in case you want to link your business future to this country, most faculties offer language classes that can also be part of your regular classes.

    how much does it cost to study in sweden?

     

    Qualifying for a scholarship in Sweden depends largely on whether you are an EU or non-EU student. If you have an EU passport, your studies are free. However, if you are a non-EU citizen, tuition fees range from €9,000 to €25,000 per year. One specific feature is that you cannot attend undergraduate studies if you do not have a B2 level of Swedish, while the master’s programmes offer a handful of options.


    The universities in Lund, Stockholm, the KTH Royal Institute and many others are widely recognised. Sweden is the best country for sustainable development and human rights studies. Choosing these fields qualifies you for the well-known full scholarship from the Swedish Institute, although this requires you to want to take a master’s in this field and have working and volunteering experience.


    An important detail is that applications are open only until 15 January and there is no other deadline for applying; the application costs €100 and is applicable to applications to up to four different universities.

    visas for studying in sweden

     

    Once you receive a certificate of admission to a Swedish university, the next step is obtaining a visa. The Swedish visa application is not overly complicated. You apply at the embassy in Belgrade, because the embassy has still not been opened in Montenegro. The list of all the official documents required is available on the embassy website. To obtain a visa you need a financial guarantee that you have €10,000 in your account.


    Students who are in Sweden for more than a year must have the Personnummer – a 10-digit national registration number, unique to each person. You can apply for it at the Skatteverket, or local tax agency. It is necessary to have a passport (in which the residence permit is attached) as well as a report on the results of the selection. The Personnummer consists of your date of birth followed by four additional digits generated by the system. The processing of the request takes a few days, and everything is delivered to your registered address.


    The Personnummer is necessary for almost all administrative and other services, where a contract is signed in your personal name (contract for using the internet, opening a bank account and the like). Also, this is proof that you have paid for health insurance, because if you need to go to your doctor you will be asked for that number.

    life in sweden during and after studying 

     

    Sweden is a country where life is rather relaxed. Swedes preserve values that most Western European countries have forgotten. By 2020, they will have switched over to full functioning through renewable energy sources and are truly investing in gender equality and a better quality of life for their fellow citizens. Staying after one’s studies is a great idea, but you will need to learn Swedish, which is not overly difficult, in order to make that possible. They have their own famous verb fikar, which refers to a small daily ritual, in which a coffee break and famous cinnamon or carnation cupcakes are mandatory.


    Perhaps because of that, the smell of Sweden is described as a mixture of cinnamon, cloves and vanilla. The food is fantastic, including a famous sauce made with cranberry jam. English language has a significant presence in everyday use, and even elderly citizens are well-versed in it. The average monthly salary is €3,678.11 (statistics for the first quarter of 2019), but food and accommodation are somewhat more expensive than the European average. Sweden has student dorms, but vacancies are very quickly distributed, so it is recommended to rent a private apartment with one or more housemates, in order to share the rent.