Studying abroad

If you are going to study abroad, you may be eligible for either student grants and loans or a study allowance. Which one you receive depends on what you are going to study and how old you are.


If you want to receive student grants and loans for studies abroad or a study allowance, you must apply for it.

You can receive student student grants and loans if you are going to study at:

  • post-secondary level, for example at a college or university
  • upper secondary level*, for example at a language course, or at an institution that is the equivalent of a Swedish upper secondary school, adult secondary education programme (Komvux) or folk high school.

*) You can receive student grants and loans for studies at upper secondary level from 1 July of the year when you turn 20.

Normally, only Swedish citizens are entitled to student grants and loans for studies abroad. However, CSN may make an exception from this rule for EU nationals and their relatives.
Swedish student grants and loans for foreign students studying abroad

This is how much you can receive

You can choose whether you want to take a loan or not. You must pay the loan back later on.

Weekly student aid when you are a full-time student, 2017
Amount, kronor
Grant 712
Loan 1 792
Additional loan for studies abroad 560
Any supplements
Amount, kronor
Extra child allowance, 1/2/3/4 children 147/241/290/339
Additional loan depends on costs for tuition, insurance and travel

You will receive a study allowance if you:

  • are between 16-20 years old and are attending an institution that is the equivalent of an upper secondary school, an adult secondary education programme (Komvux) or a folk high school in Sweden

Study allowances include student grants, supplementary allowances, boarding supplements and allowances for daily travel.

This is how much you can receive in study allowance each month:

  • Student grant: 1 050 kronor

Under some circumstances, you can receive

  • A supplementary allowance: 285, 570 or 855 kronor
  • A boarding supplement: 1 190-2 350 kronor
  • An allowance for daily travel: up to 1 190 kronor
Latest updated: Sep 19, 2017