Are you planning to continue your studies in Sweden?

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    Study in Sweden Photo: Andika Pradana

This page is intended to give you an insight into why you should choose Sweden as your next study destination, the websites you need to know and what the Embassy could help you with.


And first of all, remember: Don’t just pick a place, pick a future.

The number of Indonesians studying in Sweden has been steadfastly increasing the past few years. There must be strong reasons behind that fact. Why did they choose Sweden?

Sweden leads the world in innovation, new technology, sustainability and equality. Sweden is one of the most creative, well-educated and free-thinking in the world - thanks to its world class higher education system which have fostered new ideas since the 15th century. The first university in Sweden was founded in 1477, thus starting a long tradition of education and research. Sweden has been ranked #2 best higher education in the world (Universitas 21 ranking), 2nd highest number of the world’s top universities based on population size, and for many years, among the countries topping the Global Innovation Index. Over 500 Nobel Prizes for research excellence have been awarded in Sweden since 1901. A degree from a Swedish university means unlocking your potential to take the lead in your career and developing the tools you’ll need to thrive in the global workforce.

Sweden also made it to the Top 10 in the world for environmental issues (Enviromental Performance Index), #2 on the 2014 Energy Sustainability Index by World Energy Council and on the third place in the world for quality of life according to OECD Better Life Index. Swedish excellence doesn’t stop there, of course. With a population of only 9.7 million, Sweden is ranked #1 in the world for English proficiency amongst non-native speakers (English Proficiency Index), #1 in the EU for gender equality (EIGE Index), and #1 amount of multinational corporations per capita in the world. Pioneering global companies like Ericsson, Spotify, IKEA, Volvo, Electrolux, Tetra Pak, H&M, Scania, Sandvik and many more call Sweden home. Why not join them?

Sure! Where can I get more information?
This is the official website for everything you need to know about studying in Sweden. Here you’ll find everything you need to know on the Swedish higher education system, finding and applying for a programme, searching for scholarships, living as an international student in Sweden and learning Swedish. You can also explore Sweden’s many universities and hear from accomplished alumni on how choosing Sweden changed their lives.
This is the official website for application to all courses and programmes offered at Sweden's universities. Here you will find all you need to know about the admissions process, important dates, application timeline and checklist, fees, scholarships and residence permit.

Note: since you are going to stay for more than 3 months for your study, you will need to apply for residence permit (visa is only for less than 3 months stay). For more information about how to apply (if you are a new student) and how to extend your permit (for current students), please follow this link:

I am interested in knowing more about the universities in Sweden, and what subjects and programmes do they offer for international students?

To check out the list of all 36 Swedish Universities and Colleges, follow this link:
You can browse all the universities or filter your search using subject areas that you are interested in.

To search for available programme, you can use the search function on

Does the Swedish Government offer scholarships for Indonesian students?

The information changes every year, so don’t forget to check out this page:

For the 2018 intake, the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships application will open on 2-9 February, follow the link below for the information and instruction to apply:

Universities also offer a range of different scholarship programmes for international students to help cover tuition fees or living costs. The exact scholarships on offer vary between universities. To find out more about available university scholarships and how to apply, visit the universities’ websites from the links on this page:

Indonesian Government also offers scholarships for highly-qualified Indonesian students  through the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP). Visit to find out more.

Is there an organization for alumni of Swedish Universities in Indonesia?

Yes, Alumni Swedia was launched in 2012 and started to form an organization in 2013. They are in real life ‘Swedish Ambassadors’ and important partners for the Embassy in promoting Sweden in Indonesia. The Alumni Swedia members are also the ones who will assist the Embassy to prepare the new students before their departure to Sweden. Check out their website to learn more about their activities and you can contact them by email

The Alumni Swedia Cooperative, FIKA, was established in December 2017.

What about the Indonesians currently studying in Sweden, do they also have an organization?

Yes, and they are also very active. If you have practical questions about being an Indonesian student in Sweden, they are the ones to go to. They also share in their comprehensive blog posts covering many subjects, including their experiences, activities, tips on how to apply, daily life, campus life, scholarships, etc. Check out their website  and the contact page

I’d like to learn some Swedish before going to Sweden. Is that possible?

Yes, check out this new website:
Learning Swedish is a free online course in Swedish for beginners. It is your fast track to learning Swedish wherever you live. The course gives basic spoken and written knowledge of the Swedish language, as well as an insight into Swedish culture and society. All you need to do is sign-up and you can start learning Swedish anywhere and anytime you want!

Is Study in Sweden on social media?

Yes, of course! Follow them here:

What are the important dates I need to pay attention to, if I want to study in Sweden?

Check out the key dates on University Admissions’ website It’s continuously updated with the new ones.

To make it easier for you:

For the semester which will start in August 2018:

• 16 October 2017: Online service opens, with most but not all programmes published

• 1 December 2017: The entire course catalogue is available

• 15 January 2018: Admission application deadline at midnight CET

• 1 February 2018: Deadline for receipt of supporting academic documents (all applicants)

• 1 February 2018: Deadline for receipt of application fee and documentation of fee exempt status (if required)

• 2-9 February 2018: the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships application period

• 6 April 2018: Notification of Selection Results

• Last date to reply to your offer: your university will contact you if you must reply

• Second Notification of Selection Results (no reply required)

•August 2017: Autumn semester starts. Contact your university for exact dates for registration and introduction.

Every year in  November Study in Sweden and top universities from Sweden join the European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) in Jakarta and one or two other cities. This year, the EHEF will take place in Jakarta 10-11 November. Two more cities will be decided soon.

A Study in Sweden Roadshow will be arranged around those dates in several universities in the cities where the EHEF takes place.

A series of Admissions Walkthrough Sessions  in Jakarta and several other cities - for those of you who are interested to apply - will also be arranged in December by the Swedish Institute / Study in Sweden in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden and Alumni Swedia Cooperative (Fika) - to ensure applicants to get the correct information from the official institutions.


Contact at the Embassy:
Ms. Amreta Sidik
Promotion Officer - Study in Sweden