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Studying in Sweden - A Primer
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Studying in Sweden - A Primer
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To make it clear: I’m not gonna try to convince you where or why, – it’s your job to do the research the universities and programmes. Decided on Sweden? Great, let’s get started.

Application
Unlike everywhere else where you need to apply to each university by individually filling forms, sending scores and paying application fees, applying to Swedish universities is much simpler. The whole application process is centralised and managed by Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR). With a single application, you can apply to 4 programmes, which are to be prioritised in the order of your preference. You can get an offer from only a single programme (the one with the higher preference). The application fee is roughly INR 7,000. Mandatory documents to upload along with the application include passport, transcripts, marksheets and English proficiency test scores. The latter can be waived if your undergraduate degree certificate states that the medium of instruction was English. Individual programmes may also request additional stuff like CV, motivation letter, work certificates, portfolios, etc.

The results of the first round of selection are declared towards the end of March. If you intend to keep your place, you need to respond within 2 weeks (by mid-April). By then, you can also start your study-loan procedure. You need to pay the first semester fees in order to apply for a student residence permit.

- Study in Sweden - Official Website
- Swedish University Admissions - Official Website
- UHR admission statistics for previous years. Enter programme name in Fritext and select MASTERHTxx in Välj termin for Masters programs, or just use Google Translate
- The Local SE forums. Many international students have admission discussions here

Housing
Like many other European cities, Swedish cities face a severe housing shortage. However, most universities guarantee housing for international students. In larger cities, apartment costs vary from SEK 2,800 (shared bedroom+kitchen), to SEK 4,000 (single bedroom+shared kitchen) to SEK 5,000 (single bedroom+attached kitchenette).

Take action immediately after you receive information email on applying for housing. Do not keep putting it off.

- Student Housing Agency in Stockholm
- Student Housing Agency in Gothenburg
- Student Housing in Gothenburg

Visa/Residence permit
Residence permits are issued by the Swedish Migration Agency. The application process is done online, where you need to upload bunch of documents. The residence permit card acts as the entry visa; there are not passport stickers or such. Before you can receive the RP card, you need to submit biometrics (fingerprints + photograph) at the New Delhi embassy. Although there is no mandatory interview, a small number of applicants (2-5%) may be randomly selected for it. On submitting the biometrics, the RP card is manufactured in Sweden and shipped to the New Delhi embassy, which will forward it to your Indian address.

The whole process takes almost two months. Ideally, you should apply online by end of May so that you can receive the RP on time. Note that you need to pay the fees for the first semester to the university before you can start with the online application. You will also need to show that you have enough funds to support yourself for the duration of your studies (as of 2017, this is SEK 8,064 per month, which comes to approx. INR 14L for 2 years). The permit is granted for 13 months and is to be renewed at the end of your first study year. After completing studies, you can extend it for 6 more months (for job search, etc.), but again, will need support funding proof.

- Swedish Migration Agency
- How to receive your decision and resident permit card

Money
The currency of Sweden is Swedish Krona (English: Crowns). Sweden is a cashless society. Cards are accepted everywhere and Swedes won’t fret to swipe cards even for a few kronor. Unless you live in larger cities in India, SEK currency notes could be harder to come by. You could purchase EUR or USD and get it exchanged once you reach Sweden. I would suggest carrying around 2,000 kr in currency notes and around 10,000 kr in travel card. This should be sufficient for a couple of weeks until you can open a bank account. In my experience, Centrum Forex has the best exchange rates (same as market, for both currency and travel cards). Axis bank and HDFC bank also offer SEK.

Expect around 6,000 kr as your average monthly expense. Other than rent, groceries will be around 1,000 to 1,500 kr; and another 1,000 kr for public transportation.

- Abhineet Tomar's blog, a KTH student. Very informative
- Blocket, a Swedish online marketplace. You'll find almost everything here

I might add more sections here. Feel free to ask questions and good luck!

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(This post was last modified: 08-24-2017 10:12 PM by vn14.)
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Awesome thread!!!! Very useful for Sweden aspirants. Hope to see more content as we go.

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