Studying abroad, what with the dollar rising against the rupee and worries of a slowdown, has not been easy, and a number of students studying in Sweden, say education does not come cheap. The country was an attractive destination for Indians, Bangladeshis and Asians, but imposition of a tuition fee from 2011 saw a drastic fall in numbers. Today, for non-EU/EEA students the annual tuition fees vary according to the programme, but expect to pay SEK85,000-140,000 per academic year for master’s programme. Specific programmes such as medicine and fine arts may charge more.
So what’s a good way to enter the country? Niklas Tranaeus, marketing manager, of the Swedish Institute (SI), a public agency that promotes Sweden, says many students are eligible to apply for an SI scholarship (studyinsweden.se) that covers both tuition fee and cost of living or scholarships awarded directly by the universities.
Karolinska’s scholarship round for programmes starting in the autumn 2014 will open on October 17 in with the application to the master’s programmes. These will, however, only cover the tuition fee cost, not living expenses. The application is made online and will be available on: http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=581&a=104191&l=en
The selection process will be based on the applicant’s CV and qualifications that will be evaluated in connection with the application for a KI study programme.
Dates you should remember
Mid-October – online application process opens at www.universityadmissions.se
January – admission application deadline
February – deadline for submitting supporting documentation and payment of application fee (if required)
March – admission decision
April – pay tuition fee (if required). Apply for residents permit or visa with the Swedish Migration Board
Late August – Autumn semester begins