Studying abroad for a period when you’re in higher education can be rewarding, but is often expensive. A temporary move to another country brings additional costs. If you are also studying independently at a foreign HEI, most countries charge tuition fees, which can be very high. This is a presentation of the most common ways of financing studies abroad.
Student grant via CSN
If you are entitled to a student grant for studying in Sweden, you are usually entitled to one for studying abroad. The student grant can differ from the Swedish one, as each country’s student grant is based on that country’s living costs. CSN’s website has a list of student grants in the most popular countries. It is possible to loan extra money from CSN for travel, insurance and for any tuition fees. Our experience is that most people manage on a student grant during a semester abroad, but often people want to take the chance to travel and do lots of other things while they are abroad, which may mean that the grant is not adequate. It may therefore be a good idea to have extra money.
Apply for a student grant on the form available on CSN’s website.
Grants and stipends
Södertörn University has no finding of its own for awarding stipends to students who want to study abroad. We receive EU funding to award an expenses grant to exchange students on the Erasmus programme. Internationella programkontoret (nu en del av UHR) and Sida provide us with funding for students on the Linnaeus-Palme Programme and Minor Field Studies (MFS).
There are many foundations, funds, organisations and businesses that award stipends for studying abroad. We have collected the information that is sent to Södertörn on the intranet, log in and read Nyheter (News), and via SH-karriär.
You can join SH-karriär for free by emailing: karriar.sh.se
GlobalGrant is a scholarship database, which students at Södertörn University can search for free. Log in and search using the library’s databases. NB! Only free on campus.