Pre arrival information for master's students
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Tuition fees and living costs
Tuition fees and living costs
Pay the tuition fee (only students who are liable to pay tuition fees in Sweden)
It is strongly recommended that you pay the first instalment of your tuition fee as soon as you receive it. The residence permit application process will not begin at the Swedish Migration Agency until your first semester tuition fee has been paid.
The invoice will be sent to you by email. If you have any questions about the invoice, methods of payment or even about the confirmation email you will receive after the payment, you are welcome to contact Marie Karlsson from the Finance Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below you will find an estimate in Swedish Krona (SEK) of what the minimal cost of living per month can be for a student. The budget does not include expenses for literature, travel within or outside of Sweden or expenses for household furnishings.
Item Estimate Expenditure in SEK per month
Student accommodation 3.500 – 4.000
Local travel 500
Clothing, hobby/leisure, other 1.400
Total per month (SEK) 7.700 – 8.200
For more information: http://www.studyinsweden.se/Living-in-Sweden/Cost-of-living/.
You must be able to support yourself
According to the website of the Swedish Migration Agency, www.migrationsverket.se, the support requirement for a residence permit for studies in Sweden is, at present, a minimum of SEK 8.064 per month (March 2017).
"If you intend to study for one year or more you must show that you can support yourself for 10 months per year. You must show that you have funds for the whole planned study period already the first time you apply for a residence permit.
You must show that you have your support secured by means of verification of personal bank assets, a scholarship or similar means of support, such as a study grant from your home country. You must enclose a bank statement showing that you have your own bank assets available in an account belonging to you. The Swedish Migration Agency does not accept that you share an account with another person, for example, if you have access to your parents’ account. The Swedish Migration Agency does not accept that a sponsor (such as relative or company) covers your support while you are in Sweden, unless the funds are lodged in your own account."
For more information: http://www.migrationsverket.se/info/4578_en.html
Erasmus+ Master Loans
Erasmus+ Master Loans
At the moment, students from Spain and France can apply for financial support through the Erasmus Master Loan scheme for their master’s studies abroad.
Erasmus+ Master Loans allow students to apply for financial support for their Master's studies abroad. Loans will be offered by participating banks and student loan agencies on favorable conditions to mobile students, including better than market interest rates and up to two years to allow graduates to get into a job before beginning repayment. The loan scheme is being established in cooperation with the European Investment Fund (Part of the EIB Group) and will be gradually rolled out across the Erasmus+ programme countries over the first few years of the programme. At the moment, students from Spain and France can apply for financial support through the Erasmus Master Loan scheme for their master’s studies abroad.
Who can apply?
Higher education students who have been accepted for a full master's study programme in another Erasmus+ Programme country can apply for a loan to contribute to their costs. Your destination country must be different from your country of residence, and from that where you obtained your Bachelor's degree.
How much can be borrowed?
Up to €12,000 for a one-year master's programme or up to €18,000 for a two-year master's programme.
European Commission: Erasmus+ Master Loans
Spain: Préstamo Máster Erasmus+
Flight, train schedules, etc.
Book your flight, check train schedules and apply for pick-up service
How to get here
The best way to get to Skövde is to fly to Göteborg (Gothenburg) or Stockholm and take the train from there to Skövde. For further information concerning the timetables and ticket reservations, please contact SJ (Swedish Rail) or the regional transportation company Västtrafik. Please consider that Skövde is closer to Gothenburg.
SJ: Telephone +46 (0) 771-75 75 75
Västtrafik: +46 (0) 771-41 43 00
Please check information about the Pick-Up Service available for students and how you can apply for it. The Pick-Up Service will be available on specific dates before the Introduction Programme, so you can be picked-up at the train station in Skövde and be taken to your accommodation.
Other important preparations (documents, bank account, etc.)
Please make sure you have all you need before you leave home!
- Please be sure that you have organised cash to cover your first days in Sweden and made sure your bank card works outside of your home country.
- Be sure you have packed all relevant original documentation including:
- your original bachelor’s diploma,
- original grade transcripts,
- original translations into English,
- residence permit card (if applicable),
- residence permit decision/beslut (if applicable)
- European Health insurance card (if applicable),
- insurance certificate for private health insurance (if applicable)
The use of cash in Sweden is declining and the banks have limited possibilities to administer cash so it is recommended that you use a debit card or a credit card from your home country that is internationally accepted (e.g. Visa, mastercard).
If you are staying in Sweden for 10 months or less, we would recommend you to use a debit card or credit card that is internationally accepted (e.g. Visa, Mastercard).
If you are a student with a residence permit to live in Sweden for 12 months or longer we recommend you to open a bank account in any of the banks represented in Skövde. University of Skövde does not recommend any specific bank, but you are welcome to ask our advice after your arrival and registration into courses. as the banks have limited possibilities to administer cash so it is recommended that you transfer funds from your home bank once the bank account is open.
For opening a bank account in Sweden you may need a Swedish personal ID-number (personnummer), and you will need to bring a letter of acceptance from the University of Skövde, passport, and a registration certificate. You can require a registration certificate at the University of Skövde Student Affairs Office after your registration which will be done after your first programme meeting.
Just a few Swedish banks allow international students to open a bank account without a Swedish personal ID-number (personnummer). However, for some citizens outside EU (Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, etc.) without a Swedish Personal Identification Number (personnummer) it is very difficult to transfer money due to different EU directives and sanctions. If it is possible, talk to someone with experience in these matters before you travel here. Check the possibility of using a credit card that is accepted internationally for economic transactions in Sweden. The credit cards are commonly used everywhere.
Please note that what determines if you are entitled to request a Swedish personal ID-number is the duration of your residence permit, not the duration of the programme you have been admitted into.
Options to bank account
Several major banks in Sweden will no longer allow persons without a Swedish personal ID-number to open a bank account.
Bring a credit card or prepaid card issued by the bank in your home country:
It could be a good idea to set up a PayPal account before coming to Sweden.
Create a user account in order to gain access to the computers, printers, your student email and to have wireless internet access on campus.
Information: http://his.se/en/Student/Accounts-network-and-printers/User-Account/. Please note that you can attend the IT help desk session during the Introduction Programme or visit the IT Help Desk on campus to get help to create your user account.