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Tuition, fees and funding

With a few exceptions, all citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees for education at Umeå University at the undergraduate and master's level.

Exemptions from application and tuition fees

Applicants are NOT required to pay any fees if they are:

  • Exchange Students - students attending Umeå University as part of an exchange agreement
  • Students with citizenship in a EU/EEA country, or Switzerland.
    • A copy of the passport has to be provided during the application procedure to be designated tuition-exempt. Further instructions are available at University Admissions.
  • Pursuing Doctoral level (PhD) studies.

Application fee for non-EU/EEA students

Students with citizenship in a country outside the EU/ EEA, or Switzerland, will be required to pay a one-time SEK 900 application fee.

Tuition levels vary depending on subject

The specific tuition fee levels vary depending on the course and programme.
The tuition rates for degree programmes and full-time studies range from SEK 93,000 per year to highest 364,000 per year, depending on the field of study.

Methods of Payment for tuition fees

The tuition is to be paid via an international bank transfer (wire-transfer).

After the admissions process is completed, and the Letter of Acceptance is generated, the tuition invoice is sent via email, along with the payment instructions.
Details about the tuition payment process

Application for Residence Permit

The first instalment of the tuition fee must be paid before your application for a residence permit can be processed.

The Swedish Migration Agency processes all the residence permit applications of non-EU/EEA citizens visiting Sweden. Per their protocol an application for residence permit for studies will not be processed if the first instalment tuition is not paid.

Further information related to the residence permit is available on the Migration Agency's webpages.


The Swedish Migration Agency does not grant a residence permit for students admitted to:

  • less than full-time studies (30 ECTS per semester) or
  • internet-based or distance courses

Tuition Fee Exemptions

Citizens of the following EU/EEA countries do not pay application or tuition fees:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland*, United Kingdom

* Switzerland is not an EU/EEA country, yet its nationals are exempt.

Frequently asked questions about Application and Tuition fees