FAQ - frequently asked questions

A selection of frequently asked questions gathered from all support and service contacts at the University of Skövde.

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QuestionDo I have to pay tuition fee?

Students with citizenship in countries not within the EU/EEA or Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies in Sweden. Please consult University Admissions to find out more application and tuition fees, and if you are required to pay them.

QuestionHow do I pay my tuition?

You will receive an invoice to the e-mail address you used in your application at universityadmissions.se. Payment is made with bank wire transfer to the University’s bank account stated on the invoice. You need to state your invoice number when making the payment.

QuestionCan I pay the tuition fee with a credit card?

No. You pay the tuition fee through bank wire transfer to the University’s bank account stated on the invoice. You need to state your invoice number when making the payment.

QuestionHow do I know the payment has gone through?

A confirmation of your payment will be sent to you via e-mail from the University of Skövde. 

QuestionWhat happens if I do not pay the tuition fee on time?

If you do not pay the first instalment, you will lose your study seat at the University of Skövde. If you do not pay any future instalment, you will be suspended until the payment is made.

QuestionDo I need to pay the tuition fee if I do not pass my courses?

Yes. The instalments must be paid before every semester in accordance to the invoice, regardless if you meet the requirements to continue to the courses in the coming semesters or not. 

QuestionDo I have to pay additional tuition fee for courses I need to retake?

No. You do not need to pay for the same course again even if you need to retake it. 

QuestionCan I pay the tuition fee in one instalment?

Yes, it is possible.  

Scholarships

 

QuestionAre there scholarships available?

The University of Skövde offers partial scholarships to students attending a master's programme at our university. The scholarships consist of partial tuition fee waivers which cover 50% of the tuition fee. The amount is deducted from the tuition fee when you receive the invoice. The scholarships are competitive, and granted on the basis of academic merit. The scholarships can only be awarded to tuition paying students. Please note that you must be able to finance the rest of the tuition fee yourself, and to cover all living expenses during your stay in Sweden. More information about scholarships.

QuestionAre there scholarships available from sources other than the University?

You can also apply for other types of scholarships, such as the Swedish Institute (SI)’s scholarships. To find out if you can apply for this scholarship and for more information about SI's scholarships, please contact the Swedish Institute directly.

QuestionWhy do I have to answer whether or not I am planning on staying in Sweden or another EEA country?

We only ask you this question for statistical reasons. Your answer does not affect your possibility of being granted a scholarship at all. As the University of Skövde receives scholarship money from the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR), the University has to send an annual report to UHR with countries of origin of the applicants and the total amount of the scholarships. We never inform UHR on an individual basis. They never receive the names of the students, only how many students per country. We also have to inform UHR the answers to the question about students' intentions to stay in Sweden or in another EEA country at the time of their application for a scholarship. This has to do with the Swedish Government's statistics to calculate the Swedish foreign aid budget.

QuestionAre there scholarships for students taking a bachelor's programme?

No, unfortunately the University of Skövde does not have scholarships available for bachelor's students. Please check scholarship possibilities in your home country or scholarships offered by various organisations around the world.

QuestionI am currently studying at a master’s programme in Skövde and I have not been granted a UHR scholarship. Can I apply for a scholarship for my future semesters?

No, unfortunately not. According to the Guidelines on the administration of scholarships for students required to pay tuition fees, if you are already admitted or enrolled/registered as a master's student at the University of Skövde, you are not eligible to apply for UHR Scholarships at the same programme. These scholarships are only awarded prior to the commencement of studies.

 
Residence permit

 

QuestionWhat are the requirements to be granted a residence permit for studies?

To be granted a residence permit for studies, you must:

- Be admitted to full-time on-campus studies at a university
- Have comprehensive health insurance that covers the entire period you are in Sweden
- Be able to support yourself for the planned period
- Have a valid passport

For detailed information about visas, please go to the Swedish Migration Agency's website.

QuestionCan I apply for a residence permit after I arrive in Sweden?

No, you must have had your residence permit granted before you travel to Sweden. You should always bring along the decision from the Swedish Migration Agency, a letter in Swedish called "Beslut".

Please note that students with citizenship in certain countries which need a visa to travel to Sweden, will need to have their residence permit card in hand before travelling to Sweden.

Your arrival date must not be earlier than the date on your residence permit. You should submit an online application directly to the Swedish Migration Agency. It is recommended that you apply directly to the Swedish Migration Agency instead of through the Swedish Embassy in your country.

QuestionDo I have to pay for my residence permit?

You may be required to pay an application fee. Information about the residence permit application fees, at the Swedish Migration Agency website.

QuestionI am from an EU/EEA country. Do I need a residence permit?

No, if you are an EU/EEA citizen, you can move to Sweden without applying for any kind of permit. After your arrival, you must register your right of residence. Please note that you cannot register before coming to Sweden. More information about EU-citizens studying in Sweden, at the Swedish Migration Agency website.

QuestionWhat is necessary to extend my residence permit to my second year of studies?

You need to meet the requirements from the Swedish Migration Agency. Please note that you cannot leave Sweden while waiting for a decision on your application for residence permit extension.

QuestionCan I extend my residence permit after my studies to search for a job?

You cannot extend your residence permit for studies after you finish studying. However, you can apply for a new residence permit after studies to seek employment or examine the possibility of starting your own business. Information about Residence permit after studies, at the Swedish Migration Agency.
Please note you still need to be in Sweden when you apply for this type of residence permit. Your application may be refused if you have left Sweden after completing your studies.

Student life

 

QuestionHow is the study year divided in Sweden?

A study year at the University of Skövde usually starts at the end of August and ends at the beginning of June. There are two breaks – one over Christmas and the other over Easter.

QuestionHow are the points (credits) calculated?

Full-time students at Swedish universities give 60 ECTS credits (points) per year (or 30 ECTS credits per semester).

QuestionWhat are the facilities for the students at the University like?

The University is open until midnight from Sunday to Thursday, and closes slightly earlier on Fridays and Saturdays. We have many labs designated for student groups with special equipment needs. The school also has a good library with good reading facilities and a very good selection of books and journals. Furthermore, if you run into problems with your studies, a special study support center will aid you with your needs, including language, computer usage, study techniques, etc.

QuestionWhere can I live?

You will find information about accommodation here.

QuestionWhat is the town of Skövde like?

Skövde is a municipality with approximately 50,000 inhabitants. You can get more information about Skövde on the official municipal website.

QuestionCan I study Swedish?

Yes, we offer several courses in Swedish that you can study in parallel with your normal studies.

QuestionCan I bring my children to Sweden?

Yes, if you can prove to the Swedish Migration Board that you can provide for your children as well. See the Migration Board website for more information.

QuestionCan I get daycare for my children?

Everyone in Sweden has the right to 15 hours of daycare per week. For the child to receive full-time daycare, both parents must be working or studying. If this condition is met, daycare placement is usually not a problem.

QuestionCan I bring my wife/husband to Sweden?

Yes, if you can prove to the Swedish Migration Board that you can provide for your spouse as well. See the Migration Board website for more information.

CONTACT

Questions about admission?
Phone: +46 (0)500-44 82 00
admission@his.se

Questions about admission for exchange students?
Phone: +46 (0)500-44 82 00
exchangestudent@his.se

Contact a student and career counsellor?
http://www.his.se/contactacounsellor

Contact the Student Accommodation Service?
bostadsformedling@his.se

Contact International Office?
international@his.se  

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