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Founded in 1998 Malmö University is one of Sweden's largest universities with about 25 000 students in a modern campus. At present, almost 1,800 international students are enroled at the university.
Malmö University has five school and faculty areas, all of which are multi-disciplinary. This means that several sciences meet under one roof, each one enriching the other. It also means that the courses and programs give graduates a wider outlook as they prepare for their professional working careers.
Malmö is located in southern Sweden, close to Denmark and Copenhagen with easy access to mainland Europe.
Malmö University in facts and figures
- has been in existence since 1998
- is the 9th largest institute of learning in the country
- is composed of five different faculties
- has 6 bachelor's degree programmes and 12 master's degree programmes taught in English.
- had 25 000 students enrolled in full- or part-time studies
- more than 1800 international students (both independent 'freemover' students or as exchange students) from almost 100 different countries from around the world
- is Sweden's 8th largest university of undergraduate studies.
- has approximately 1,400 employees
- has just over 200 research students and approximately 50 full professors
Additionally, students studying at Malmö have the opportunity to study abroad during their studies as the Malmö has agreements with approximately 240 universities around the world.
Measured by its size, Sweden is not a small country; it’s as big as California or France. But the population is only 9 million. With this in mind, it is really rather extraordinary that so many global companies and well known inventions originate from Sweden. IKEA, H&M, Volvo and Husqvarna, as well as the pacemaker, modem and computer mouse were invented here, not to mention Skype and Spotify.
According to the European Innovation Scoreboard, Sweden is the most innovative and entrepreneurial nation in Europe, while maintaining a very high quality of life. And Sweden is central, despite of its location. Traveling to other places in Europe is fast and easy, and if you choose to travel within Sweden, beautiful nature, larger cities and small quaint villages are always nearby, no matter where in the country you are.
Malmö is the commercial centre of southern Sweden and an international city. This is expressed, not least, by the fact that Malmö has 286 500 residents from approximately 170 different nationalities.
Malmö is also undergoing a transition from being an industrial city to a city of knowledge. Older industries have been replaced by investments in new technology and training programmes of high calibre.
An exceptionally well developed infrastructure makes Malmö very easy to reach, whatever means of transport you use to get here: boat, plane, train or car.
Useful links to get acquainted with Swedish education system:
You are NOT required to pay application and tuition fees if you are a citizen of an EU or EEA country, or Switzerland.
Cost of Living
Though most students live on a tight budget, there are ways of making your money go further. You can use your student card for discounts and on-campus restaurants on a good value. You can also cook your own food; most student accommodations have some form of kitchen facility open to residents.
Living expenses of course vary depending on personal needs. However an estimated cost of living per month for a student in Sweden could be:
- Food SEK 2,500
- Accommodation SEK 3,000
- Telephone, TV, newspaper SEK 450
- Local travel SEK 350
- Medical care, hygiene SEK 200
- Clothing, hobby, leisure SEK 500
- Course literature SEK 300
Total SEK 7300*
- Please note that to be able to get a visa, financial proof of no less than SEK 7300/month must be enclosed with the visa application.
In most restaurants and bars, a beer will cost you SEK 40-50 SEK, a glass of wine perhaps a little more. Dinner starts at around 100-150 SEK (drinks not included). Eating out at lunchtime is cheaper; expect to pay somewhere around 55-90 SEK for a meal including a soft drink, salad and tea/coffee. An average monthly budget is set out below to give you some idea
Scholarships for International Students
Malmö University has scholarships available for international students. The Malmö University scholarship is a 25-75% reduction in the tuition fee (for NON-EU students). Other scholarships are available from the Swedish Institute and the Mundus ACP programme. More information
The Swedish Institute administers over 500 scholarships each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden to pursue their objectives at a Swedish university. The Swedish Institute is a government agency. On their website concerning studies in Sweden you will find a useful guide and extensive information on their scholarships as well as links to other organizations who also offer scholarships or travel grants for studies in Sweden.
Swedish Institute website
Study in Sweden
Visby program (Swedish Institute's Baltic Sea region exchange program) is a good option for financing your Master studies or if you want to do a summer course.
More on Visby program and criteria
If you plan to go to study to Malmö University you should be aware of that there is a serious and general shortage of housing in Malmö, especially in the sector of student accommodations.
There is a housing guarantee for all fee-paying students at Malmö University, for the whole period of their studies. To be eligible for this housing guarantee you have to be enrolled in full-time studies, pass their courses within the expected time and pay their tuition fees. The rooms are all fully furnished and you pay the full cost of the room.
Malmö University does not own student dormitories and does not normally organize accommodation for students. However, Malmö University cooperates with two of the larger rental agencies in the city of Malmö to help arrange accommodation for fee-paying students.
The International Office can only help with coordinating different contact details about the following types of accommodation
1. Celsiusgården - Furnished student room with private shower and toilet. Shared kitchen and lounge area. The area is 10 minutes bike or 10 minutes bus ride away from the University and the city centre. The rent for a room is approx. SEK 3350 per month.
2. Rönnen - Furnished student room with private shower and toilet. Shared kitchen and lounge area. The rent varies according to room size. The area is 10 minutes bike or 10 minutes bus ride away from the University and the city centre. Single room approx. 3200-4200 SEK per month. Double room approx. 4400-6000 SEK per month (2200-3000 SEK per person).
3. Sege Park - Furnished one room flat with private small kitchen and bathroom with shower and toilet. Internet access through cable can be arranged through the landlord. Sege Park is situated about 15 minutes bike or 10-15 minutes bus ride from the University and city centre. The rent varies between 3200 and 4100 SEK/month.
4. Private accommodation - Incoming students have the possibility of arranging accommodation on their own. The International Office can help with coordinating different contact details and apartments that they have on offer from outgoing exchange students or other persons contacting the office. The price varies from 2 500 sek to 3 500 SEK per month. More information about renting your own flat can be found here
More information about accommodation can be found here
If you are enrolled at a Swedish university or university college you can work in Sweden without a work permit. You do, however, need a residence permit. Nordic, EU and EEA students need to get a residence permit if they are staying in Sweden for longer than three months. All other nationalities need to get a residence permit before they arrive in Sweden. More information
Working as a student in Sweden is normal and six out of ten university students work part-time. The expected salary you can have is from 110 SEK/hour and higher depending on the job you are doing.
However it is recommended to take some Swedish classes offered by the university to make the job finding easier. The level of English speakers in Sweden is quite high though. Also, it could be a good idea to start searching for work already in August as this is the time when students usually go home for vacation and quit their jobs.