Study Abroad: Kenya to Sweden

“Could study abroad be the answer to all your woes?”

Are you feeling down? Weary?

Someone just stole your lunch from your communal work fridge?

Or did you just graduate from that Bachelor’s degree and don’t know what to do next?

Then this post is for you!!!

My name is Anita Mureithi and I come from Nairobi, Kenya. The country where the sun never stops shining. You spend at least 6 hours in traffic where you can buy everything from fresh crisps, the daily newspaper to car wipers or meet the occasional lion that strayed from the National Park (okay this only happened once..ok..maybe twice..)

Life in the 254

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So imagine the shock when this Kenyan girl arrived at Landvetter airport after a layover in sunny Turkey to rain pounding my face and hearing that it’s still summer. After the rain came two weeks of ‘relative‘ warmth. But now autumn has slowly started to creep in and all the stories from previous Kenyan students mentally preparing me for the cold seem like a hazy dream.

Sunny Gothenburg

Taken in warmer times

Apart from adjusting to the weather, in my 60 days in Sweden I have made great new friends from all over the world. Eaten more meatballs than humanly possible. Went shopping for groceries in a language that I don’t understand (this is harder than you can imagine). Danced until my feet hurt. Walked in Delsjön forest and swam in Skagerrak (next to the North Sea) , all while studying what I love on a full scholarship.

Study Abroad

So what are you waiting for? This could be your study in Sweden story!

Applications are now open for International students for first admission round Spring 2017 on . Be sure to check out for scholarship information.

There’s no degree that’s too out there. They even have a course that focuses on Japanese comic culture at Malmö University. Yup! Comics! With a choice of over 35 Universities. I am sure you’ll find your perfect fit!

Keep checking in for more of my time here in Sweden including, my first Christmas, snowfall, Swedish class and my long term love hate relationship with Google Translate.

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From Sweden with Love!

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  • Suleiman ali • 6 Jul 2017 at 5.00 am Reply

    Your comment …how much is Sweden visa?

  • Daniel • 29 Jun 2017 at 8.25 pm Reply

    I just can’t stop reading this article… more anita
    Daniel-Muranga kenya

    • Anita
      Anita • 17 Aug 2017 at 10.24 pm Reply

      Thanks for the feedback Daniel! I will definitely be writing more in the future!

  • Peter Samburu • 31 May 2017 at 6.52 am Reply

    Hey, are you in Chalmers or Gothenburg university… I have met several Kenyans around but unfortunately not you. Am at Chalmers University of Technology.

    • Anita
      Anita • 31 May 2017 at 10.05 pm Reply

      Hi Peter,

      I go to Gothenburg University.



    • bernard cheres • 14 Jul 2017 at 11.26 am Reply

      hi peter

  • Rehema • 29 May 2017 at 11.17 am Reply

    Your comment …woow.i like it.Anita send me your Email please.i wish all of you the best and may God hear your prayer

  • Jassa • 15 Mar 2017 at 1.31 am Reply

    I would like to know how you finance your study in Sweden. Is it expensive. Did you get a scholarship, if so how and from where?
    I would appriciate your help. Thank you.

    • Anita
      Anita • 16 Mar 2017 at 5.11 pm Reply

      Hi Jassa,
      For me I am on the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship. If you’re interested in scholarship please visit there you will find great information on scholarships from the Swedish Institute as well as other organizations.

      All the best!


      • Mercy • 16 Aug 2017 at 4.44 am Reply

        Hi Anita,
        I plan on applying for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship, I would love to know if it is a full scholarship and if it covers Travel, accommodation and living expenses.
        Thank you. (Your blog posts helped me decide on applying to schools in sweden)

        • Anita
          Anita • 17 Aug 2017 at 10.24 pm Reply

          Hi Mercy,

          Great to hear that you’re interested in studying in Sweden. Here is a link for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship. . The costs it covers usually depend on the country you are coming from and the offerings for the year you apply. Hope this helps. Thanks for the feedback. Happy to help.

  • paul Boru • 22 Jan 2017 at 2.08 pm Reply

    Hi Anita…I would like to study clinical medicine if at all I can get scholarship.I’m from marsabit county, Kenya. I will be glad if you can help me find Admission costly is the application fees?

    • Anita
      Anita • 27 Jan 2017 at 4.29 pm Reply

      Dear Paul,

      Thank you for your question. The application phase for first round autumn intake for 2017 are currently closed. You can try again next round. The website is for scholarships you can look at .

      The application fee is SEK 900 which is roughly KES 10,500 using today’s exchange rate.



  • Christine • 4 Jan 2017 at 9.59 am Reply

    Hallo Anita,
    Ejoyed your blog. My question is, do you have to learn Swedish to study in Sweden?

    • Anita
      Anita • 16 Jan 2017 at 5.38 pm Reply

      Hi Christine,

      If you would like to study a Masters degree, majority of the courses are taught in English. Most Swedes speak english which makes life easier.

      Kind Regards,


      • geoffrey • 17 Jan 2017 at 11.01 am Reply

        hello Anita,please send me your number through +25472402270 I talk with you

  • Nathan kiptanuk • 20 Dec 2016 at 12.32 pm Reply

    Hi Anita pleasure to hear such an encouraging and motivating spirit am Nathan from kenya and i have a diploma and i want to do my undergraduate degree then masters and possibly phd can you please advice me thank u and havd amerry chrismass and prosperous 2017.

  • Louisa • 7 Dec 2016 at 11.44 pm Reply

    Hi Anita. This was a really good read. Enjoy your time in Sweden 🙂

    • Anita
      Anita • 22 Dec 2016 at 11.44 am Reply

      Thank you 🙂

  • Tabitha Thuo • 12 Nov 2016 at 9.05 am Reply

    Hi Anita, I just completed my barchelors from University of Nairobi, planning to come to Sweden for my masters. Could you kindly assist me with the information necessary in case I prefer applying to the schools directly. Am considering jonkoping, Stockholm or Gothenburg university. Did you work with Uniserve in Nairobi west lands? Or which channel did you use? And how did the visa application go?

    • Anita
      Anita • 13 Nov 2016 at 3.01 pm Reply

      Hi Tabitha. That’s great that you’d like to come to Sweden to do your masters.
      Your first website should be . You can do a course search there and they will have all the contact information for your universities if you would like to get more information.
      However, in Sweden unlike some countries. All university applications go through , they require an application fee from most international students. They are the body that takes in all applications and coordinates with the universities across Sweden, therefore you do not need to work with Uniserve.
      Once you receive your acceptance from the university the visa/residence card process is fairly straight forward, but it also depends on a case by case basis.
      I hope this helps you out.
      All the best and Happy Application!

  • Clara • 1 Nov 2016 at 2.43 pm Reply

    Hey Anita, I’ll be studying in Sweden too!(In January 2017) From Uganda so this was helpful..this blog helped me

    • Anita
      Anita • 4 Nov 2016 at 9.38 pm Reply

      Glad to hear it Clara! All the best with your studies in Sweden :)!

  • Mellissa • 31 Oct 2016 at 4.19 pm Reply

    Hi Anita…I really would like to study in Sweden for my masters…on a full scholarship…working on that ☺😊 Congratulations on your achievements thus far…all the best Anita…and I enjoy your posts☺ P.S. mentally sending you some warmth from sunny South Africa🌞🌼

    • Anita
      Anita • 31 Oct 2016 at 6.53 pm Reply

      Hi Melissa :)!Thank you for the warmth. All the best with your scholarship application!

  • Cathryn karanja • 27 Oct 2016 at 8.41 pm Reply

    Love it!!! Thoroughly enjoyed reading this!!

    • Anita
      Anita • 28 Oct 2016 at 2.00 pm Reply

      Thankyou Cathryn 🙂

  • Harriet • 27 Oct 2016 at 6.42 am Reply

    I am looking forward to study in Sweden in 2017 as well.

    • Anita
      Anita • 27 Oct 2016 at 7.51 pm Reply

      All the best with your application Harriet 🙂

  • muya ismael • 23 Oct 2016 at 3.44 pm Reply

    Nice to meet you anita. Next plan is to pursue my MA program abroad, a guide from you is very crucial. From TANZANIA am ismail muya.

  • Becky Berre • 19 Oct 2016 at 9.44 pm Reply

    Congratulations are in order. All the best!

    • Anita
      Anita • 22 Oct 2016 at 9.05 pm Reply

      Thanks Becky! I really appreciate it. All the best to you too.

  • Sentiyanger Jamir • 19 Oct 2016 at 8.38 pm Reply

    seems like you having a good times out there.. well, I too am planning to study in sweden next autumn hope it happens.. hehee.. well please do keep writing.. I like it.

    • Anita
      Anita • 22 Oct 2016 at 9.06 pm Reply

      All the best with your application. Thank you for your comment. Be sure to check in for more posts

      • Nathan • 3 Jan 2017 at 7.17 pm Reply

        Hi Anita Happy New thanks for the crucial information am working on it i want to study in Sweden seriously with your guidance iwill appreciate thank you and God bless

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