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How to finance your studies at KI: From self-funding to scholarships

As the days count down to the university admissions results on March 21, the anticipation is palpable. While you await this pivotal moment, it’s natural for your thoughts to turn towards the practicalities of financing your studies at KI. Having navigated the application process, the next crucial step is to secure funding for your academic journey. Many of you, as prospective students, have reached out with questions about this very topic – KI student funding options. In response, I’ve created this blog to shed light on the funding options available to you, based on what I’ve learned and experienced.


Self-funding represents the most direct route to financing your education, through personal savings, familial contributions, or other private resources. It’s a substantial commitment to your future, and foresight is essential. For those able to independently finance their education, self-funding is a practical choice. This includes managing tuition fees, living expenses, and other related costs personally. While pursuing higher education in Europe can be costly, the investment is often paralleled by the quality of education and opportunities presented.

For international students considering self-funding, a common query is about the procedure. When applying for your visa, the Swedish Embassy will require proof of your ability to finance your studies. This includes showing the first semester’s tuition fee and evidence of sufficient funds to cover living expenses in Sweden. Stay tuned for a blog post where I’ll write about the embassy procedures and essential information for your journey.

The Swedish Institute Scholarship for Global Professionals

The Swedish Institute Scholarship for Global Professionals is a prestigious scholarship that financially supports high-achieving international students from 41 eligible countries. This scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses, travel grants, and insurance, offering a comprehensive package to those who demonstrate outstanding academic performance and leadership capabilities.

In addition, it’s designed to create a network of global leaders committed to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to catalyse progress in their respective home countries. Due to its competitive nature, it’s crucial to make an application that distinguishes you from the rest, highlighting your unique qualifications and vision for the future.

The Karolinska Institutet Global Master’s Scholarships

The KI Global Master’s Scholarship is provided for first-year students admitted to one of KI’s 11 global master’s programmes. While this scholarship exclusively covers tuition fees, it’s significant financial support for about 10 non-EU/EEA students who demonstrate exceptional merit. Last year, for instance, two deserving students from Ethiopia were recipients.

Furthermore, the application process is refreshingly straightforward: no additional documentation is required. Instead, KI will reach out with a form to determine your interest in the scholarship, using the documents you’ve already submitted for your programme application.

A pro tip: remember to check both your inbox and spam folders to ensure no opportunity slips through the cracks.

Government scholarships and grants

Many governments, such as Indonesia, Mexico, Honduras and Russia, offer scholarships and financial aid programs to support their citizens studying abroad. It could be as part of their academic or career journey. They often pay for things like tuition fees or living costs or both. Each country has its terms and conditions for these scholarships. It’s a good idea to check with your country’s education department or your employer to explore these opportunities.

Overall, here are the few of the different funding options available for international students who wish to study at Karolinska Institutet, that I have come across with. From self-funding to scholarships and grants, I have covered the essentials to help you navigate the financial aspects of your academic journey. Each option will provide you with key details to decide on financing your studies at KI.

Yohannes - Health Economics Policy and Management

Yohannes - Health Economics Policy and Management

Hi there! My name is Yohannes, and I come from Ethiopia, the Cradle of Humanity. I've always been curious and ambitious, and my journey to Karolinska Institutet is a testament to that. I studied medicine and developed a deep fascination with the intersection of healthcare, economics, policy-making, and management. This passion led me to KI. I look forward to learning more about healthcare economics and becoming a part of the vibrant international community at KI. In my free time, I enjoy writing and drawing, always exploring and trying new things.


Adise Mosissa Ejeta

Adise Mosissa Ejeta

Thank you Dr Yohanis for unrestricted information you shared for your juniors and fellows kudos Dr.

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