International Students

Welcome to Futuregames and Changemaker Educations!

Start your games career in Sweden at Futuregames!

We welcome international applicants to our full-time higher vocational degree programs at three sites in Sweden, Stockholm, Boden and Skellefteå. Here, our educations are taught in English by leading professionals from the games industry. At Futuregames, a quarter of your study will be on internships at top games companies! 

Why Sweden? 

As most gamers know, Sweden is a global epicenter for games development with a business worth almost EUR 3 billion. You don’t need to take our word for it that Sweden is where game careers take off, just check out the stats from The Swedish Games Industry where amongst other things you’ll discover that every eighth person in the world has played a game made by Swedes! 

Why Futuregames?

With almost 25 years of experience Futuregames has consistently ranked as one of the best game educations in the world and our former students make up over 11% of the Swedish games industry working across game art, game design, programming, game marketing and more.

  • 90% of our students find a job in the industry within 3 months of graduation
  • 11% of the Swedish gaming industry are former Futuregamers
  • 25% of the education is an internship at a top games company

So, whether you’re attracted by working in the capital city of Stockholm where 70% of games companies are located or at Futuregames North where innovative games entrepreneurs are developing totally new approaches to game design, we offer a range of exciting opportunities.

Apply

How do I apply to a program?

Admission process and dates

May 3: Deadline for application submissions
Feb 1 - May 6: Assessment of the qualifications
May 9 - 27: Assessment of the work samples
May 30: Written test sent out to the applicants
June 6 - 10: Assessment of the submitted written tests
June 12: Last day to submit any missing application documents
June 20: Admission notice to all applicants
August 22/September 5: Start of our Fall programs

Before applying

If you wish to get more information about the school, our programs or simply want to check if you have the basic requirements to apply, please contact us by sending an email to international@futuregames.nu.

Swedish and Nordic residents

Swedish and Nordic residents (residents of Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway) are government-funded. These students apply to our programs on our website via the application button on the program page they are interested in and not via the email international@futuregames.nu. But if you are a resident of Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway and have questions regarding the application requirements, i.e. English, please contact us via international@futuregames.nu.

To be considered a Nordic student who qualifies for a free YH education (Higher Vocational Education), you MUST hold a Nordic social security number AND fulfil at least one of the following criteria:

1) Be a citizen of Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Finland or any of the related territories.
2) Have permanent right of residence in one of the countries mentioned above.
3) Have temporary right of residence in Sweden for the full duration of the program you want to apply to. You may be asked to upload a proof of your right of residence.

Your right of residence must not be dependent on your studies at Futuregames. Please note that Futuregames is unable to provide immigration support of any kind to Nordic students.

Application process

Step 1. Application documents.

Once you are ready to apply, simply send us the following to international@futuregames.nu:

Choose a program
Please write the name of the program/s you want to apply to. You can apply to as many programs as you want!

Site preference
Don’t forget to mention which site/s you prefer to study at: Stockholm, Boden or Skellefteå.

Documents
Please attach the records of your qualifications from upper secondary school/high school or equivalent. The documents must include a diploma together with the transcript of your grades.

CV
Your CV
must also include your full address (street, postal code, town, country), your date of birth (format: day-month-year) and your phone number.

Personal letter
In your personal letter, explain what motivates you to study at our school, why you have chosen the specific program, what are your future goals after the graduation, etc.

Work sample
Please send us a work sample for the program you are applying to. Not all programs require a work sample. Make sure to visit the page of your program of interest to check if this is relevant for your application and to learn more about the work sample requirements.

Proof of English
All our programs are taught in English, therefore, we need to make sure that you will be able to follow the classes and communicate with your classmates. Find out how you can prove your English further down on this page.

Important: All documents must be submitted in English. School diplomas and transcripts of grades must have a certified translation in English. If your name/surname has changed since the last time you studied, please send us a document that proves it.

Step 2. Written Test.

Once we have received all of the above, we will send you a Written Test. The test is nothing you can prepare for in advance and it is in a form of a questionnaire. This test will help us be sure that we are the right school for you.

Step 3. Decision.

Once we have assessed your application, we will contact you with a decision about whether you have been accepted or not. We will guide the accepted applicants through the process of registration, payment of fees, visa application for non-EU applicants, finding accommodation and answer as many of your questions as we can about moving to Sweden!

Proof of English

There are several ways how you can prove your English:

English test. These are the tests we accept and the scores you must have: Duolingo (110), IELTS (6,5), TOEFL (87-109) and Cambridge test (C1 Advanced (CAE)).

English from a university. If you have previously studied at a university and had English courses, please attach your university diploma together with the transcript of your grades.

English-speaking school. If you have studied at an English-speaking school, please send us a document that proves this.

English as a native language. If your native language is English, you don’t need to send us any proof, just mention this in your application.

Certificate from an employer. Have you worked at an English-speaking workplace for at least a year? Then simply send us your employer’s certificate and we will check if we can validate it as being sufficient.

 

Last updated: 2022-04-22

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for our programs and short courses

Programs (on-site educations):

Short courses (online):


Payment of the tuition fees for our programs

To secure your seat at our educations, a deposit fee of 400 EUR must be paid right after the admission confirmation. All students will be invoiced for all other outstanding fees in good time with deadlines for payment.

Full payment of the fees is made in two installments and the deposit fee is deducted from the first installment. The first installment must be made immediately after the commencement of studies. The second installment must be paid at the start of the second year of study. 

Payment of the tuition fees for our short courses

The tuition fee for our short courses must be paid at once and cannot be divided into installments. The full payment must be made before the start of the course.

A higher vocation degree diploma or course certificate can only be issued once all fees have been paid.

IMPORTANT: International payments from certain countries might be restricted. Please look at this list to make sure a payment from your country will be accepted.

 

Student financing

Some international students may have the right to Swedish student finance through The Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN). Different rules apply for EU and non-EU citizens, and you can read more about the possible eligibility on the CSN website. 

Swedish and Nordic residents (residents of Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway) are government-funded. They can also apply for the CSN support. These student applicants apply to our programs on our website via the application button on the program page they are interested in and not via the email international@futuregames.nu.

If you have any questions regarding CSN and your eligibility, please contact CSN directly.

 

Last updated: 2022-01-24

Merit Scholarships

Apply for our Merit Scholarships!

Futuregames wants to make a difference! Everyone from the whole world should have the chance to be part of our education, and to help with this we have four Merit Scholarships for international students. Every year, we grant one scholarship for our schools in Stockholm, Boden, Skellefteå and Karlstad.

The scholarships will cover the full (100%) cost for tuition for any full-time Futuregames’ program.

DEADLINE for application for the Fall term 2022 – May 3, 2022. Read more and apply here.

Residence Permit / Visa

Residence Permit / Visa

Information needed when applying for a Resi­dence permit and Visa

Although Changemaker Educations / Futuregames can provide with some guidance regarding the Swedish Migration Agency, it is the student’s own responsibility to ensure that they are eligible for a Swedish residence permit for the duration of the study and fulfil all migration requirements. As the process of application can take time, we encourage all successful applicants to begin the process as soon as their admission letter from the school has been issued.

Educations at Changemaker Educations/Futuregames are designated as Higher Vocation Educations’. For this reason, international students apply for a residence permit under the category Higher Education via this link: Resi­dence permit for studies in higher educa­tion – The Swedish Migration Agency. 

International students from certain countries may also need to obtain a valid visa for the duration of study. If uncertain if this is applicable for you, please visit this link: List of foreign citizens who require Visa for entry into Sweden.

Note: EU citizens do not need to apply neither for a residence permit nor a visa for study in Sweden. However, you will need to register with the Swedish Tax Agency upon your arrival in Sweden. More information can be found here.

Study hours

In order to comply with the guidelines from the Swedish Migration Agency all students will have approximately 20 hours of teacher-lead education per week over the course of their studyExact hours each week may vary in relation to any given course. Teacher contact hours can be in the form of lectures, mentoring, assignment reviews, individual counselling, guest lectures, industry contact, seminars, etc.

 

Last updated: 2022-01-24

Accomodation

Accomodation

For International students there are different possibilities and routines for student accommodation depending on the site. Please consult the relevant section for each site below for further information.

Student Accommodation in Boden 

All students studying in Boden will need to apply for accommodation in Boden separately from their application to the school. Boden business park offers student apartments available near the school. Guaranteed housing up until a certain date is communicated in the admission letter. Contact person at Boden Business Park regarding housing: Zara Karlsson, zara@bodenbusinesspark.se, 072-2457548.

Student Accommodation in Karlstad 

All students studying in Karlstad will need to apply for accommodation in Karlstad separately from their application to the school. KBAB offers different types of student housing in Karlstad: Student – Karlstads Bostads AB (kbab.se).

Student Accommodation in Skellefteå 

All students studying in Skellefteå will need to apply for accommodation in Skellefteå separately from their application to the school. Skellefteå municipality via Skebo (https://www.skebo.se/) provides the students at Campus Skellefteå with an accommodation guarantee. The students need to contact Skebo if they have any questions regarding the accommodation.

Student Accommodation in Stockholm 

International students studying in Stockholm will need to rent accommodation privately. The rental market is highly regulated in Sweden and consists of ‘first-hand’ or ‘second-hand’ rental arrangements. ‘First-hand’ agreements generally require a Swedish personal ID number or guaranteed income, so, these will typically be off-limits to international students. Most students live in ‘second-hand’ rental apartments where the accommodation agreement is made directly between yourself and either the owner of the apartment or the holder of the ‘first-hand’ rental contract. Students must sign a paper contract as a proof of the arrangement. Students should be aware of potential fraudulent behavior, such as property owners asking for a deposit before the signing of a contract.

The school is unable to help directly in finding accommodation for students in Stockholm, but it is suggested that international students contact their classmates and the Stockholm student union, GameChangers, for advice and help.

 

Other useful contacts

General information on studying in Sweden from The Swedish Institute 

https://studyinsweden.se 

  

General information on studying in Sweden from Nordic Co-operation 

https://www.norden.org/en/info-norden/moving-sweden-abroad 

  

Useful apps for living in Sweden – Swish, Bank ID, etc. 

https://studyinsweden.se/blogs/2018/10/21/useful-apps-to-help-you-navigate-life-in-sweden/ 

 

Last updated: 2022-01-24

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to a program?

Before applying

If you wish to get more information about the school, our programs or simply want to check if you have the basic requirements to apply, please contact us by sending an email to international@futuregames.nu.

Swedish and Nordic residents

Swedish and Nordic residents (residents of Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway) are government-funded. These students apply to our programs on our website via the application button on the program page they are interested in and not via the email international@futuregames.nu. But if you are a resident of Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway and have questions regarding the application requirements, i.e. English, please contact us via international@futuregames.nu.

Application process

Step 1. Application documents.

Once you are ready to apply, simply send us the following to international@futuregames.nu:

Choose a program
Please write the name of the program/s you want to apply to. You can apply to as many programs as you want!

Site preference
Don’t forget to mention which site/s you prefer to study at: Stockholm, Boden or Skellefteå.

Documents
Please attach the records of your qualifications from upper secondary school/high school or equivalent. The documents must include a diploma together with the transcript of your grades.

CV
Your CV must also include your full address (street, postal code, town, country), your date of birth (format: day-month-year) and your phone number.

Personal letter
In your personal letter, explain what motivates you to study at our school, why you have chosen the specific program, what are your future goals after the graduation, etc.

Work sample
Please send us a work sample for the program you are applying to. Not all programs require a work sample. Make sure to visit the page of your program of interest to check if this is relevant for your application and to learn more about the work sample requirements.

Proof of English
All our programs are taught in English, therefore, we need to make sure that you will be able to follow the classes and communicate with your classmates. Find out how you can prove your English further down on this page.

Important: All documents must be submitted in English. School diplomas and transcripts of grades must have a certified translation in English. If your name/surname has changed since the last time you studied, please send us a document that proves it.

Step 2. Written Test.

Once we have received all of the above, we will send you a Written Test. The test is nothing you can prepare for in advance and it is in a form of a questionnaire. This test will help us be sure that we are the right school for you.

Step 3. Decision.

Once we have assessed your application, we will contact you with a decision about whether you have been accepted or not. We will guide the accepted applicants through the process of registration, payment of fees, visa application for non-EU applicants, finding accommodation and answer as many of your questions as we can about moving to Sweden!

Proof of English

There are several ways how you can prove your English:

English test. These are the tests we accept and the scores you must have: Duolingo (110), IELTS (6,5), TOEFL (87-109) and Cambridge test (C1 Advanced (CAE)).

English from a university. If you have previously studied at a university and had English courses, please attach your university diploma together with the transcript of your grades.

English-speaking school. If you have studied at an English-speaking school, please send us a document that proves this.

English as a native language. If your native language is English, you don’t need to send us any proof, just mention this in your application.

Certificate from an employer. Have you worked at an English-speaking workplace for at least a year? Then simply send us your employer’s certificate and we will check if we can validate it as being sufficient.

What kind of diploma do I get?

Once you have successfully completed one of our programs, you will receive a Higher Vocational Degree in your respective area of study.

After a successfully completed short course, you will receive a certificate issued by Changemaker Educations/ Futuregames.

Where can I find information about the application for a residence permit and a visa?

Information about the application for residence permit and visas can be found our our page for international students under the tab “Residence Permit/Visa”.

Will the school help with accommodation?

For international students, there are different possibilities and routines for student accommodation depending on the site. To learn more, please visit the section “Accomodation” our page for international students.

Can I use my previous study to compliment my education?

In some cases, previous study can be validated for particular courses.

Can I apply for a scholarship?

Yes. Futuregames grants four merit scholarships every year, one each for our schools in Stockholm, Boden, Skellefteå and Karlstad. Read more and apply here.

International Student Coordinator

Ieva Bimbiryte

Education Coordinator

ieva.bimbiryte@futuregames.nu
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