Tuition fees

In the autumn semester 2011, Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for international students who are not citizens of the EU, EEA or Switzerland or exchange students (whose studies are regulated by agreements between Swedish and foreign universities).

There are some exceptions to this general rule. The following is a list of criteria which exempt individuals, meaning they do not have to pay application and tuition fees. If you do not meet any of these criteria, you are most likely required to pay fees.

You are NOT required to pay application and tuition fees if:

  • You have Swedish citizenship
  • You have been granted a permanent Swedish residence permit
  • You have been granted a temporary Swedish residence permit for reasons other than studies (having a temporary residence permit for studies in Sweden does NOT grant you exemption from fee payments)
  • You are a family member of a citizen of an EU or EEA country, or Switzerland, AND have temporary or permanent right of residence in Sweden
  • You have long-term resident status in Sweden
  • You have long-term resident status in another country in the European Union AND have Swedish residency

Tuition fees will apply to bachelor and master programmes and courses, while PhD programmes remain free of tuition fees. Universities and university colleges set their own fee levels. You apply for courses and programmes through - an application fee of SEK 900 will be charged. You can read more about what fees are applicable by visiting

If you start your studies before the tuition fees were implemented, the old rules apply even if your ongoing studies stretch into and beyond the academic year of 2011/2012. You have up until 31st of December, 2018 to complete your studies without paying tuition fees if you started before 2011.

Local regulations for tuition fees at Linnaeus University

Tuition fees at Linnaeus University

The tuition fees at Linnaeus University are divided into categories. Course fees are determined on an annual basis but will apply to the whole period of study for which the student has been admitted.

From the autumn semester 2015 the tuition fees have been adjusted and the following tuition fees will be valid:

Category A:

Humanities/Social Sciences/Law

SEK* 85,000 per academic year

Category B:

Natural sciences/Engineering/Education/Pharmacy and Miscellaneous
SEK* 130,000 per academic year

Category C:

SEK* 140,000 per academic year

Category D:

SEK* 260,000 per academic year

Category E:

Medicine/Sports science
SEK* 170,000 per academic year

Information on the specific tuition fee for separate programmes and courses at Linnaeus University is to be found at the site for programmes and courses in English when you open the description for the programme or the course.

Please note that the tuition fee does not include living expenses, such as accommodation, food, course literature etc. The calculated cost of living for students in Sweden is approximately SEK 8,000 per month.

Payment and reimbursement

Application fees:

When you apply for programmes or courses at, you must pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100). This payment has to be made directly to – you can read more about that at the University Admission website.

Payment of tuition fees:

Once you have received your notification of selection results and have confirmed your acceptance to Linnaeus University, you will receive an e-mail asking you to order an invoice for the tuition fee for the first semester (30 HEC if you are studying full time). Once you have ordered an invoice by following the instructions in our e-mail, the request will be processed by our financial department and an invoice will be sent to you.

With the invoice you will get more detailed information on how and when the payment should be made, but some information can be found below as well:

  • Tuition fees always have to be paid in advance for the upcoming semesters
  • The tuition fee has to be paid through your bank account, via bank transfer. Please note that we do not accept cheque-payments of any sort.
  • You should pay your tuition fee before you apply for the residence permit. For the application to be complete the tuition fee has to be paid, a complete application will be processed faster.

Reimbursement of tuition fees:

To request a reimbursement, a specific application form, which can be found here, needs to be filled out.

A request for reimbursement shall be sent to Linnaeus University, to arrive no later than 8 weeks after the start of the semester or before the start of the course, if the start date of the course is later than 8 weeks after the start of the semester.

The decision about the reimbursement of tuition fees is made by the head of the Office of Student Affairs at Linnaeus University, after individual assessment of each application.

As stated in the local regulations for tuition fees at Linnaeus University, reimbursement of tuition fees can only be granted in case of:

  • cancellation of studies prior to the start of the semester
  • cancellation as a consequence of residence permit not being issued
  • cancellation as a consequence of revoked residence permit prior to the start of the semester
  • altered status of requirement to pay tuition fees prior to the start of the semester or for a course that the student has not registered on. Decisions on an altered status which lead to exemption from the obligation to pay tuition fees will be valid as from the nearest following course, the tuition fees that has been paid for commenced courses cannot be reimbursed.

None of the cases stated above are valid if the student has commenced/registered on a programme or course.

No reimbursements of tuition fees are done in case of:

  • cancellation of studies after the start of the semester, if the student has registered for the course/programme
  • suspension as a consequence of disciplinary actions
  • retroactively altered status of requirement to pay tuition fees.
  • revoked admission as a consequence of inaccurate documents.

If a reimbursement has been granted, the financial department will get in touch with you regarding the reimbursement procedure. Below follow some important facts:

  • no accrued interest is paid on the reimbursed sum
  • on reimbursement, an administrative fee of SEK 5,000 will be subtracted for admissions to fulltime studies. Regarding admissions to less than full time studies, the sum of the administrative fee corresponds to the percentage amount of the number of credit points the student is admitted to in relation to full time studies.