Visby Programme for master's level studies in Sweden

    The aim of the Visby Programme is to build an integrated, knowledge-based and research-intense region, centred on the Baltic Sea but also bridging to the Eastern Partnership countries and the Russian Federation.

    Countries of eligibility

    The program is open to candidates from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.


    There is no age limit for scholarship holders.
    A scholarship cannot be granted for a student who:
    • Has already lived in Sweden for two years or more previous to the scholarship period.
    • Has a Swedish or EU/EES-citizenship, permanent residence permit or work permit in Sweden.
    • Has previously been awarded a Swedish Institute scholarship for master’s level studies or research at a Swedish university/university college. Students who have attended Swedish Institute summer courses in the Swedish language or within the Swedish Institute Summer University may apply.
    • Already holds a degree from a Swedish university/university college.
    • Is currently enrolled in a study programme at a Swedish university/university college.


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    The scholarship covers both the tuition fee (which is paid directly to the Swedish university/university college by the Swedish Institute) and living expenses to the amount of SEK 9,000 per month.
    The scholarship is only awarded for programmes starting in the autumn semester (August/September) and is granted for one academic year, i.e. for two semesters at a time. It will be extended for programmes longer than two semesters provided that the student’s study results are satisfactory.
    The scholarship is designed to cover living costs and study expenses for the scholarship holder. There are no grants for family members. The scholarship cannot be transferred to another degree programme or university, nor can the scholarship period be altered or extended beyond the period of study for the degree programme. However, scholarship holders within the Visby Programme enrolled on one-year master’s programmes (60 credits) may apply for an extension of the scholarship to pursue an unpaid internship in Sweden lasting for a period of up to 5 months beyond the ordinary programme period.
    Travel grants
    Scholarship holders receive a travel grant in connection with the scholarship. The travel grant is a one-time payment, fixed according to the scheme below and based upon the citizenship of the applicant. The grant is meant to also cover the cost of the return flight. Students on a programme that lasts longer than two semesters will receive an additional grant with the scholarship extension.
    • Belarus, Ukraine and Russia: SEK 4,000.
    • Georgia and Moldova: SEK 5,000.
    Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.

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