Tuition fees & Scholarships

Swedish universities charge application and tuition fees for citizens from outside of the EU/EEA and Switzerland. Applicants who are EU/EEA or Swiss citizens are entitled to free education in Sweden, and remain unaffected by the introduction of fees.

Non-EU applicants

Application fee 

The application fee covers the costs associated with the processing of an application. The application fee is 900 SEK (Swedish kronor)(≈ €96 or $129). In order for your application to be processed, the application fee has to be paid in full upon applying.

Students who are registered for a course or programme at a Swedish university at the time they submit their application are not be required to pay an application fee.

The primary method of payment is online with a credit or debit card. This is by far the best method of payment as it is quick, efficient and secure. The application fee of SEK 900 is to be made online at

Tuition fee

Since July 2011, all non-EU/EEA applicants, are due to pay tuition fees for studies in Sweden. The tuition fee for non-EU students, covering one study year at Umeå Institute of Design, is SEK 292 500 (≈ € 28  290 or $32 500).

All our Master programmes run for 2 years, so the tuition fee for the full two years is SEK 585 000 SEK (≈ €56 600 or $65 000).

Methods of payment for tuition fees

Students who are required to pay tuition fees will receive an invoice from Umeå University.


The Umeå University scholarship selections are made once annually, in conjunction with the autumn term intakes. Selections are based only on merit.

To be considered for this scholarship, an applicant must:

- Submit a complete application for admissions before February 1.
- Have Umeå university as first choice for the applied programme/education.

Design by Umeå Scholarships for International Students

Umeå University is offering scholarships as part of a collaboration with Umeå municipality in conjunction with the Autumn semester admissions. The scholarships are offered to academically talented and high-achieving design students in the form of tuition-waivers. Selected candidates receive a full or partial waiver of the tuition fee.

The scholarships are funded by a donation from Umeå kommun (Umeå municipality).

Scholarship Eligibility

We welcome you to apply for a scholarship if you:

  • are a citizen of a country outside of EU/EEA and Switzerland.
  • have completed your application for programme studies in design at master's level (before the application deadline of 17 January) and have paid the application fee by 1 February latest.
  • have a Umeå University programme as priority 1 at the University Admissions website

The selections are based entirely on the applicant's academic merit. A committee appointed by the Vice-Chancellor is tasked with selecting candidates for scholarships.


When the application form opens, eligible students will receive an e-mail with application instructions. Only applicants with a Umeå University programme as priority 1 are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

If you are an eligible student and have not received an e-mail by the opening date of the application form, contact us at

Current student at Umeå University 

If you are currently studying at Umeå University, and will continue your studies the upcoming academic year, you are also welcomed to apply.


EU/EEA Applicants

Students from within the EU/EEA, and Switzerland, are entitled to free education in Sweden, and remain unaffected by the introduction of fees. For these students, the tuition fees are covered in full by Swedish government grants. 

EU/EEA students are exempt from fees, but must document their status. In addition, students coming to Sweden as part of an exchange agreement - regardless of nationality - are exempt from both application and tuition fees. For students from certain countries or regions, there are study grants available for studying in Sweden. See our UID resource collection for students of funding bodies and grants.


Latest update: 2023-01-16