I’m sure you’ve always wondered that apart from winning a full scholarship, are there other funding options for Master’s studies in Sweden?
Don’t worry. This is what I’ll be discussing in this article.
Now, over the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing with you information about the Swedish Institute Scholarship, but I’ve neglected other options for funding your education Sweden.
Why did I do this?
Because, from my experience, the Swedish Institute Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship for Master’s studies in Sweden for international students.
It’s the only scholarship I know that pays for full tuition fees and also covers monthly allowances in Sweden.
The scholarship is so prestigious that after getting it and you’re in the process of applying for study permit in Sweden, all the documents you have to present are your admission letter, your passport and the scholarship offer letter.
However, for the other funding options I’ll soon talk about, you’ll still need to show proof of funds for your upkeep and expenses in Sweden before you can be granted residence permit.
Now, let’s discuss the other funding options.
There are TWO that I’m going to talk about:
1. University Scholarships: Most universities in Sweden have their own individual scholarships that they offer international students.
These scholarships are mostly partial scholarships that cover a part of your tuition fees only, while a few others cover full tuition fees only.
I’ve actually not seen university scholarships that also cover living expenses, but if you get a partial or full tuition fee scholarship from a university here in Sweden, you can do some part time work to cover your living expenses.
Application for these scholarships are done during the Master’s application period, starting in October of every year.
And most universities usually require that for you to qualify for their scholarships, you need to select one of their Master’s programmes as your first choice during the application.
2. Part time work: Now, follow me carefully. This option is only viable for you if you’ve gotten a partial or full tuition fees scholarship from a university, or you have enough savings to cover all your tuition fees.
Otherwise, there’s no part time work that pays enough to cover your tuition fees throughout your studies. And getting a part time job largely depends on your contacts.
The secret is, as soon as you arrive Sweden, start meeting and networking with citizens of your country living in Sweden.
They’re the ones that will be more sympathetic to your search for a part time job and connect you with folks in their network.
You should also be networking with Swedes too through social events like church or parties, etc. Swedes are characteristically reserved people who open up more in informal settings.
Popular part time jobs among students here include newspaper delivery, food delivery, store attendants, etc.
These TWO options require you to divide your time between your studies and part time work which can really be stressful.
When I was studying, some of my friends used to say how they envy me as I didn’t have to devote half of my day to any part time job because the Swedish Institute was paying me 10,000 Swedish krones (about $1020) every month.
And trust me, that 10,000 krones is more than enough to cover all your expenses as a student including accommodation, feeding, books, transportation.