July 5, 2024

Top Scholarships for Indian Students in Sweden

By Jeevan James

Sweden has emerged as the new trendsetter as the best sought-after destination for study abroad among Indian students. Sweden boasts a world-class infrastructure with the best-ranked universities and offers many courses and opportunities for aspiring students. Located on the Scandinavian Peninsula in northern Europe, this country attracts thousands of Indian students to its universities. With a thriving community of over 50,000 Indians, it has become a top destination for higher education among Indian students. But not everything is as rosy as it seems. Studying in Sweden can be costly compared to other countries, as it is one of the most expensive countries across the globe. However, there are a lot of scholarship opportunities available for students, offered both by the universities and some organizations. This in a way helps to alleviate some of the financial tensions among the students. Let us go through some of the scholarships available.


Types of Scholarships

In Sweden, students can explore three types of scholarships: Swedish Institute scholarships, University Scholarships, and other scholarships. The Swedish Institute scholarships, funded by the government, are for international Master's students and researchers, but they have strict eligibility criteria and are limited to certain countries, excluding India. University Scholarships, available to international students including those from India, are offered by specific universities like Halmstad University and Lund University, providing support for tuition, living expenses, and more. Lastly, other scholarships come from private agencies and foundations, such as UNESCO and the World Bank, but are only accepted by certain institutions. Your academic record is crucial for eligibility.


Universities  Offering Scholarships

Dalarna University

Dalarna University offers partial scholarships to new international, fee-paying Master's students with outstanding educational achievements. These scholarships cover 10-50% of tuition fees and are deducted each semester. Applications for the autumn 2024 semester closed on March 1st, but the spring 2025 scholarship applications open on August 1st. The application process includes an online form, a CV, and a one-minute video explaining why the applicant deserves the scholarship. The selection process prioritizes academic success, relevant work experience, and a motivational statement, focusing on those who list Dalarna University as their first choice. Additionally, enrolled students with exceptional academic results may receive a 10,000 SEK tuition fee waiver per semester. Other scholarships, like the Swedish Institute (SI) scholarships, cover both tuition and living expenses for non-EU/EEA students.


Halmstad University

Halmstad University offers the Halmstad University Scholarship to new international students enrolled in its master's programs, providing tuition fee waivers of 25% or 50%. Eligible students, who must be from outside the EEA/EU and Switzerland and admitted to a Halmstad Master's Program, will receive an email with the application link on March 8. The application process involves completing the scholarship form and submitting it by March 15. Selection is based on academic merit, including GPA, previous university ranking, and English proficiency, with priority given to those who list Halmstad as their first choice. Scholarship recipients are notified via email in April, and the award is initially for one semester but can be extended based on performance. The scholarship helps make education affordable, ensuring compliance with university regulations.


Jönköping University (JU)

Jönköping University (JU) offers scholarships and financial support for students admitted to its bachelor or master programs, specifically targeting non-EU/EEA countries. Key scholarships include the JU Scholarship and the Swedish Institute Scholarships, with additional funding opportunities available by country or region, such as Canada, India, Mexico, and the USA.


Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska Institutet offers several scholarships for master's students, including the Global Master's Scholarships, which provide tuition fee waivers to excellent non-EU/EEA students admitted to their Global Master's Programmes. The KI-DIS Fellowship, for DIS alumni, also covers tuition fees. Additionally, the Swedish Institute (SI) offers scholarships covering tuition and living expenses for non-EU/EEA students.


Linnaeus University

Linnaeus University offers scholarships to exceptional students from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland through two programs: the Linnaeus University Scholarship for new master’s students and the Linnaeus University Scholarship for Current Students, who are already enrolled in two- or three-year programs. These scholarships provide up to a 75% reduction in tuition fees and are initially granted for one semester, but can be extended for the entire duration of the program based on satisfactory academic performance.


Uppsala University

Uppsala University offers a limited number of scholarships covering tuition fees for international students admitted to Bachelor's programs. These scholarships are available to students from select countries outside the EU/EEA. The application period for the 2024/2025 academic year is from January 10 to January 22, 2024. Applicants must follow the specific application guide provided by the university.


Living in Sweden is quite expensive, being about 182% more costly than in India. You have to plan your expenses depending on the city. For example, living in Gothenburg or Stockholm can cost around 1,250 EUR/month, while Linkoping and Lund are about 850 EUR/month. This translates to roughly INR 75,000 to 1 lakh per month. Here is when these scholarships come in handy. They help you cover tuition fees and sometimes living expenses, making it more affordable to pursue your studies in Sweden. This support can help manage your budget and offer vital financial support to international students, making higher education more accessible despite the country's high living costs.



1. What types of scholarships are available for international students in Sweden?

International students in Sweden can apply for Swedish Institute scholarships, university-specific scholarships, and scholarships from private agencies and foundations.
2. Who is eligible for Swedish Institute scholarships?

Swedish Institute scholarships are available for non-EU/EEA students pursuing Master's degrees in Sweden. They are highly competitive and based on academic excellence and other criteria.
3. Can Indian students apply for Swedish Institute scholarships?

Unfortunately, Indian students are not eligible for Swedish Institute scholarships as India is not on the DAC list. However, they can apply for university-specific scholarships.

4. What are the application deadlines for scholarships?

Deadlines vary by scholarship and university. For example, the application period for Uppsala University scholarships for the autumn 2024 intake is from January 10 to January 22, 2024.

5. What do university-specific scholarships cover?

University-specific scholarships may cover tuition fees, and some may also provide assistance with living expenses, insurance, and travel costs.


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