Residence Permit for Studies
Non-EU/EEA citizens who are planning to study in Sweden for more than three months must apply for a residence permit for studies.
Students outside the EU need to apply for residence permit for studies and receive the residence permit before they travel to Sweden. Students may have to pay an application fee.
The application for the residence permit for studies must be done online on the Swedish Migration Agency’s (Migrationsverket) website. In case you have questions, please contact the Swedish Migration Agency directly here.
Note that students liable to pay tuition fees in Sweden need to wait for the confirmation of the payment of the first installment of the tuition fee before applying for a residence permit for studies.
Tuition-fee paying students are covered by the insurance FAS. Please check the following webpage for its terms and conditions: FAS.
Exchange students should submit the residence permit application as soon as they receive the Notification of Selection Results, since it can take 16 weeks or more for the application to be processed.
Exchange students are covered by the insurance Student IN. Please check the following webpage for its terms and conditions: Student IN
All non-EU/EEA citizens
Please note that it has come to our attention that many students have been denied residence permits due to a lack of funding. Please check the following webpage for detailed information about the maintenance requirements.
Students with a residence permit valid for less than one year are not included in the Swedish social welfare system. It is therefore very important, if this applies to you, that you ensure some form of private insurance prior to your arrival in Sweden. There are some reciprocal agreements between Sweden and other countries, where all costs for medical care are covered. Please check with your local authorities to determine if these agreements apply to you. If there is no reciprocal agreement, it can not be stressed enough how important it is that you acquire private insurance. Medical care is very expensive in Sweden. Discuss with your individual insurance company what type of coverage (i.e. health, accident, travel, theft etc.) would be the most beneficial for your stay in Sweden.
For application forms and rules and regulations concerning visa requirements, see the home page of the Swedish Migration Agency.
Check with the Swedish Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information on migration regulations prior to your departure to Sweden, as they can be changed with only short notice.
Information about Health Insurance and Medical Care
Read carefully the information available on Study in Sweden website.
Working in Sweden after studies
EU/EEA citizens and their family members no longer need residence permits for staying in Sweden for more than three months. EU/EEA citizens shall instead register their right of residence. This can be done after your arrival in Sweden during the University Introduction Programme. For more information, see the home page of the Swedish Migration Agency.
Citizens of the Nordic countries do not need a residence permit.