Frequently asked questions concerning studies at Chalmers
- Bachelor and Doctoral Studies
- Master's Studies
- Scholarships, tuition fees and living costs
- Residence Permit
- Swedish Language
- After Arrival
Bachelor and Doctoral Studies
- I want to study at a Bachelor programme at Chalmers, what should I do?
If you want to study at Bachelor level at Chalmers, you need to prove that you have enough Swedish language skills since all the Bachelor programmes at Chalmers are taught in Swedish. If Swedish is not a problem for you, then you can read more information, including all the programmes and their admission requirements, at Bachelor's Studies.
- How do I become a PhD student at Chalmers and how much would the fees be?
You can know more about Doctoral studies at Chalmers at Doctoral Studies. You can find all the available PhD student positions at Vacancies. Unlike many other universities, Chalmers does not charge tuition fees for PhD students. Usually, a PhD student is considered as a fulltime employee and is entitled to the corresponding benefits (salary, social benefits, etc.).
- What are the Master's programmes available at Chalmers?
Chalmers University of Technology offers 39 Master's programmes out of which 38 are taught in English and one is in Swedish. Besides that, together with other Nordic universities, we offer Nordic Five Tech's joint Master's programmes that lead to a double Master's degree. Each Master's programme has a web page dedicated to it containing all details pertaining to it.
- What are the eligibility criteria for the Master's programmes at Chalmers?
Chalmers has general entry requirements that are the same for all Master's programmes. In addition to these, each Master's programme has specific entry requirements. The programme-specific requirements are provided at each programme web page under the section - "Entry Requirements".
The general rule for eligibility is that the applicant must have one of the Bachelor’s majors listed for the programme applied for, as well as all the courses listed as prerequisites (if any). The prerequisite courses must all be covered and the results must be submitted before the deadline for supporting documents. Read more about the specific requirements for all Master’s programmes at Chalmers here.
- Are there specific amounts of credits required for the prerequisite courses?
Should there be a specific number of credits specified for a course requirement, such as for example “Mathematics at least 30 cr.”, then this should be regarded as a minimum criteria.
- Where can I find information specific to my country?
You can find information on country specific requirements at the University Admissions in Sweden website.
- Does Chalmers require me to prove my English skills?
Yes. Proficiency in English language is one of the specific entry requirements. If you will submit a result from an English test (such as for example IELTS or TOEFL), please note that Chalmers does not make exceptions from the minimum scores. Read more at English language requirement.
- If I do not meet the English requirements, can I be admitted on the condition that I take an English course at Chalmers to compensate?
No, you must meet the English requirements when applying for a programme, otherwise your application will be rejected.
- How can I convert the credits from my university’s credit system into the Chalmers credits system?
Chalmers Admissions is aware of the fact that all countries do not have the same education systems, and this is taken into consideration in the assessment of applications. If you need help comparing the credits of your education system it might be good to know that 30 credits at Chalmers equals one semester (half an academic year) of studies. Thus, in order to satisfy a requirement of for example 30 credits, the courses you have taken within the specific course requirements field needs to equal 30 Chalmers credits (i.e. half an academic year), when we convert your University’s credits into Chalmers credits.
- Does Chalmers need me to submit a GRE test?
No, Chalmers does not need your GRE test results.
- I am from X University and I have a major in Y, with Z in my English test. Could you tell me my chance to be admitted before I submit my application? If not, why?
No. Chalmers Admissions cannot beforehand give an answers to whether an applicant is eligible - nor whether s/he will be admitted. One of the reasons is that Chalmers Admissions compares your complete application with the ones of other applicants.
- I have technical difficulties using the application system. Could you help me?
You need to contact University Admissions in Sweden in this matter. They are the ones operating the system.
- If I am admitted to one programme, can I apply for a transfer to another programme?
You may apply for a transfer in Master’s programmes two weeks after enrollment. This application can be made only via the Student Counsellor who will guide you further. There is no guarantee of a place being available or you being eligible for the other programme. The application for a transfer will be reviewed and assessed to ensure that the applicant fulfills all the requirements of the new programme.
Student Portal - Master's Programme Transfer in Semester 1 of Year 1
- How can I find the courses that are part of my programme?
Each programme page has a tab called "Curriculum". There you can find a course overview and a link to the Student Portal where the courses for that programme are listed by academic year. You can choose academic year one or two at the top right hand side of the page. You can also do this by going directly using the Programme Search page on the Student Portal.
- Where can I find the schedule for my courses?
You can find all schedules on TimeEdit. On TimeEdit schedules can be generated based on various criteria including programme name, course name, course code and even the name of classrooms or the teacher. The schedule shows information including dates, times, locations and even which programmes are related to the lecture.
Scholarships, tuition fees and living costs
- Does Chalmers have any scholarships?
Yes. Meritorious students from around the world, required to pay tuition fees, are eligible for one of the numerous scholarships offered and administrated by Chalmers. Additionally, there are several external scholarships that you can apply for such as the Swedish Institute Scholarships. Students are also encouraged to search for and identify other such scholarships.
- Does Chalmers award scholarships only for the second year? In other words, as a fee-paying student enrolled for the first year, can I expect to be awarded a scholarship for my second year of studies?
Yes, Chalmers awards the Adlerbert 60th Anniversary Scholarships for second year fee-paying students. In order to be eligible, applicants must have passed at least 60 credits during the first year of studies. The scholarships, which amount to 60 000 SEK each, are awarded based on the applicants' cumulative grade point average. Around 10 to 20 scholarships are offered each year.
Additionaly, Chalmers offers other specific scholarships for current students.
Student Portal - Scholarships for current students (webpage in Swedish)
- What happens to my scholarship if I change my programme after I come to Chalmers?
As scholarships are programme-specific, even if you are successful in your application for switching programmes, you are not guaranteed to keep your scholarship. If you as a scholarship holder can transfer to your desired programme, an assessment will be made whether you can retain the scholarship. Naturally, if you cannot retain the scholarship, we will notify you so that you may decide whether you still wish to go through with the transfer.
- Am I required to pay fees?
Application and tuition fees are applicable only to students who are not citizens of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland. If you hold a certain kind of residence permit, you may also not be required to pay fees. Please read more here:
Fees & Scholarships - Chalmers
Fees & costs - Study in Sweden
- How much is the tuition fee?
The amount of money that is to be paid as tuition fees is dependent on the master's programme. Most programmes cost SEK 70 000/semester, except for the Architecture programmes that cost SEK 95 000 per semester.
Tuition fees at Chalmers
- MasterCard and Visa credit cards are rarely used in my country. Is it possible to pay online with other credit cards?
We would advise you to apply for a MasterCard/Visa credit card in advance. It will make your life much easier when you pay the application fee, tuition fees and other costs in Sweden later on.
- How much can I expect to spend in terms of living costs?
The amount of money you spend as living costs is extremely dependent on the lifestyle you live. Rent for an apartment can cost somewhere between 3000 to 5000 SEK per month depending on location, size and other similar factors. The Swedish government recommends around 80000 SEK per year to cover the cost of living which is also a pre-requisite for application for a residence permit.
Cost of Living
Requirements and application for residence permit (the Swedish Migration Agency)
- Does Chalmers guarantee accommodation for incoming students?
Chalmers guarantees accommodation only for international students who pay tuition fees (if you have been awarded a scholarship, either from Chalmers or from the Swedish Institute, you count as a fee-paying student as well) and for students within some study agreements.
Read more about accommodation and the different student categories here
- I need to find accommodation. Does Chalmers have dormitories for its students?
Accommodation in Gothenburg is not in the form of dormitories, rather it is in the form of student apartments. Chalmers University of Technology does not own any apartments, but Chalmers collaborates with 3 different housing companies: SGS Studentbostäder, Chalmers Studentbostäder and Boplats Göteborg to make this possible. There are different kinds of student apartments varying in size, location, facilities and amenities, number of rooms, rent and so on. All such details are explained on the contract for each room and can be found out by visiting the respective websites.
Accommodation - Student Housing
- I'm a non-fee paying student. Does Chalmers help me with accommodation?
If you are a student from within the EU/EEA region you are not guaranteed any accommodation by the university. You will have to find accommodation on your own.
Accommodation - Student Housing
Student Portal - Accommodation during your exchange period
Be aware of scams for accommodation! There are many fake advertisers on several of the websites that you may find by using Google. Scammers generally use premises such as not being in the country and having an attorney send you the keys after you have deposited money in a bank account. Please do not transfer any money to any account before you actually receive a contract and you have ensured its veracity.
- Do I need a residence permit to study in Sweden?
Citizens of EU/EEA countries do not need a residence permit to study in Sweden. Citizens of countries outside of the EU/EEA region need a residence permit to study in Sweden for more than 3 months.
Residence permit for studies and work
- How soon should I apply for a residence permit?
We recommend that you apply for a residence permit as soon as you have been admitted. The waiting time can take two months or more and you will need to come to Sweden before the semester starts. You are advised to take average waiting time for obtaining a residence permit (The Swedish Migration Agency) into consideration.
- I have been waiting a long time for my residence permit and I do not have much time left before the semester starts. Could Chalmers expedite the process with the Swedish Migration Agency?
No. Usually it is the Swedish Migration Agency who handles your application and makes a decision regarding your residence permits. You are advised to contact the Swedish Migration Agency directly. Chalmers and the Swedish Migration Agency exchange information on a regular basis, but they are organizations independent from each other and cannot influence each other’s work.
- I applied for a residence permit for two years, but I received a permit valid for only one year. Why?
You are granted a residence permit for only one year at a time. At the end of the first year, you may apply for an extension. You do not need to travel back to your home country in order to apply for an extension.
- Can I survive in Sweden without learning Swedish?
Yes. Almost everybody in Sweden speaks fluent English.
- So you mean I do not to need to learn Swedish at all?
You don’t need to, but learning some Swedish will definitely help you understand the culture better and it will increase your chances to get a job in Sweden, if that is what you want.
- How can I learn Swedish before I come to Sweden?
There are different ways to learn Swedish outside Sweden. For tips, take a look at the Study in Sweden web page.
Study in Sweden – Learning Swedish
- Does Chalmers help me learn Swedish?
Chalmers offers all its fee-paying students a free six months beginner’s course in Swedish at Folkuniversitetet. Other students are offered a 20% discount on the Swedish language course fee.
Student Portal - Swedish Courses
- Other than Folkuniversititet, what are my Swedish learning resources in Gothenburg?
When you arrive in Sweden and get your personal identity number, you will be able to register to a free Swedish course called Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) provided by the Swedish government.
Göteborg Stad - Swedish for Immigrants (Webpage in Swedish)
- How can I get a personal identity number?
Individuals who plan to stay for one year or more must apply with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) to be entered into the Swedish Population Register (Folkbokföring). A successful application results in a personal identity number being generated for that individual and the number is sent to the Swedish postal address of that individual. More information on how to get a personal identity number, document requirements and so on can be found on the website of the Swedish Tax Agency. To be able to get a part time job, you will need to have a personal identity number.
- How do I start a bank account?
Normally you need a Swedish personal identity number if you want to open a bank account in Sweden. If you do not have a personal identity number or cannot get one you can go to the SEB bank. Chalmers has an agreement with SEB, enabling you to open a bank account without having a personal identity number.
Student Portal – Open a bank account without Swedish personal identity number in SEB
- How does the public transportation work in Gothenburg?
Gothenburg is very well connected by public transport. If you want to transport between the airport and the city center, you are advised to use the Airport Coaches (Flygbussarna). Public transport in Gothenburg and a few surrounding regions is managed by Västtrafik. On their websites you can find information on prices, discounts, offers and so on.
- How does it work with health care?
Students who have a personal identity number or an European health care card are entitled to the same health care benefits as Swedish citizens. In case of a medical requirement, all you need to do is to take yourself to or call the nearest clinic (Vårdcentral) and the personnel there will be able to instruct you further. Here is more information about the Swedish Health Care system.
European students are encouraged to ensure to carry their European Health Card with them when they come to Sweden.
Health care: Equal access — key to keeping Sweden healthy
The Local - Swedish healthcare: all you need to know
The European Health Insurance Card
Health care in Sweden for foreign students
- How can I spend my free time?
Chalmers International Reception Committee (CIRC) and the Chalmers Student Union often have a lot of events that you can attend. You can follow them on Facebook and get updated. You can also explore the city with Göteborg & Co.
Göteborg & Co