ABBA (the super popular Swedish music band) knows that money is a serious matter. Enjoy some Swedish music while reading about what I know about scholarships and job opportunities for English speakers in Stockholm. Plus, some useful comments about how much you might earn (take into consideration the 30% income tax that you have to pay in Sweden).
Every Swedish student gets a CSN scholarship/loan from the state to support themselves while studying. When it comes to international students, there are some less delightful facts. Namely, in order to get a scholarship you have to be:
a) a master (graduate) student, (which I’m not)
b) not from Europe, (which I am)
Or be better than me at looking for scholarships! ;D
Here are some links provided by KI if you want to start your quest for treasure aka scholarships.
If you want to find a part-time job while being a student, knowing some Swedish will be a major advantage. It means that you can work in a bar or a cafe. However, don’t panic if you have no Swedish knowledge. The first semester I was helping out in a Latvian family as a nanny. There should be a similar opportunity for you as well!
Two other options are working as a private assistant for elderly or disabled, or teaching private lessons. There is at least one company (I’ve heard about myAcademy and StudyBuddy) that hires students to give private lessons or help the younger scholars with homework in English or other subjects.
Read about more options in Leire’s blog post with 6 ideas for how to earn money in Stockholm without speaking Swedish.
I hope you find this information useful. Feel free to leave more tips in the comments!
- And if you want to read a summary about “How did I finance my 3 years?“, check out the part my blog post “Biomed BSc finished. How was it and what’s next?” under the same title.