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      FAQ for newly admitted international students

      You have been admitted and are looking for answers? We have put together a FAQ with some handy information for you mainly relating to study start.

      As a newly admitted international student, we recommend you follow the steps in the checklist for students admitted through UniversityAdmissions.

      Frequently asked questions

      • I am admitted to the University of Skövde this spring. When should I arrive?

        Congratulations and welcome to our University!

        It is important that you apply for residence permit and search for accommodation as soon as possible.

        If you are admitted to a campus programme we recommend you to apply for a residence permit and try to reach Skövde for the Introduction Programme for all our international students which starts on Wednesday, 12 January 2022.

        Registration for students admitted to a campus programme through UniversityAdmissions.se will take place between 10 and 14 January. The last day for registration is 17 January at 10.00.

        Read the information and follow instructions on the registration webpage.

        The official spring semester 2022 starts on 17 January, 2022.

      • What is the Notification of selection results?

        The Notification of Selection Results is your admission letter/acceptance letter. This is an official document that states which courses/programmes you have been admitted to. This document should be used whennever you need to present an official copy of your selection results (e.g. when applying for a residence permit or D-visa).

        You can also find your Swedish Civic registration number printed on your Notification of Selection Results, called "Personal code no". The number looks like this: YYYYMMDD-LNNN (e.g. 19950205-T436).

        Read about more about the Notification of selection results (external link).

      • When and where will I receive my admission letter?

        Your admissions results are posted in your account at Universityadmissions.se after an admissions selection. You should receive a notification by email as soon the admissions results are published. You can always check your results by logging into your account at Universityadmissions.se.

        Your Notification of selection results is available online as a printable pdf file on My pages at UniversityAdmissions.se; no hard copy is sent by regular mail. You can reach the letter by logging in to your account.

      • What happens if I don’t pay the tuition fee for the first installment?

        The first installment of the tuition fee must be paid by the date stated on the invoice you receive from the university, otherwise your study place will be cancelled. The payment can not be split into smaller installments. You will not be able to apply for your residence permit for studies until the payment of the tuition fee is paid.

      • I am a tuition-fee paying student, can I apply for a refund if I cannot start my studies as planned?

        You will not to be allowed to start your studies after 17 January, 2022. If you cannot be on campus by 17 January 2022, you should apply for tuition fee refund. As long as you have informed the University by 17 January 2022, you will receive a full refund of your tuition fee. If you inform the University on 18 January 2022 or later and your refund is granted, there will be an administrative fee of SEK 8000 according to our Guidelines regarding tuition fees.

      • I am a tuition-fee paying student, can I apply for a refund after having started my studies?

        Refund of tuition fees may occur if special reasons exist or if special conditions for refund are met.

        If you are unable to continue with your studies after the start of your programme at the University, you may apply for refund of tuition fee. Please see in our Guidelines regarding tuition fees the valid reasons or conditions for refund. Decision regarding your request for tuition fee refund are taken through individual assessment of each particular case.

        If your refund is granted after the start of your programme, the University will charge an administrative fee of 8000 SEK.

      • Can I defer my studies to the next semester?

        Applications for deferment are assessed individually and are usually based on special circumstances that are out of your control which hinder you from beginning your studies, e.g. as illness and parental leave. (A deferral due to the Covid-19 pandemic is not automatically valid. Special circumstances related to Covid-19 are closed borders or other travel restrictions only.)

        The following reasons are, for example, not valid reasons for deferment:

        • Insufficient economic founds
        • Rejection or delay in D-visa processing
        • Rejection or delay in residence permit processing
        • Not receiving the residence permit card on time
        • Not finding available flights
        • Flight cancellations
        • Campus studies temporarily offered by distance learning

        Deferments are granted for the next time the programme starts, which for most of the programmes will be autumn 2023. Deferment of studies may only be approved if you have paid your tuition fees by the deadline. Note that if you are conditionally accepted and cannot fulfill the entrance requirements before the beginning of the semester, you are not eligible for the deferment of studies.

      • Can I keep my University of Skövde – Masters Scholarship if I get a deferment granted?

        The scholarship cannot be deferred. It is only valid for start of studies in the spring 2022. You will need to reapply for the scholarship again. If you have not been selected for a scholarship for the spring 2022 you will need to pay the tuition fee for your first semester.

      • I have not yet received any notification from the Migration Agency regarding my residence permit

        If you have not received a positive reply with the decision letter on your residence permit by the start of the programme 17 January 2021, we recommend to apply for tuition fee refund. As long as you have informed the University by 17 January 2022, you will receive a full refund of your tuition fee. If you inform the University on 18 January 2022 or later and your refund is granted, there will be an administrative fee of SEK 8000. Before applying for tuition fee refund you must decline your study place at UniversityAdmissions.se.

      • Can the University contact the Migration Agency or the Embassy of Sweden regarding my residence permit application?

        The Migration Agency and the Swedish Embassy work under secrecy policy, which means that no information can be disclosed to third parties (or to the universities). The University of Skövde is therefore not able to contact or affect the embassy about status updates, application for residence permit/D-visa or times for interviews. You will need to do this yourself.

      • My residence permit has been granted but I am waiting for my residence permit card?

        If your residence permit is granted about one or two weeks before the start of the programme, we strongly recommend you to apply for a D-visa immediately so that you can travel to Sweden as soon as possible. Please note that it takes about 4 weeks until you receive the residence permit card via post, with a D-visa, you will be able to travel to Sweden without the residence permit card. Please ask for information at the local Swedish Embassy about the procedure and cost for the D-visa. You submit your Notification of Selection Results when applying for D-visa. This is an official document and contains information about start and end dates of the programme, as well as information about the last day to start your programme.

      • What happens if I cannot get my residence permit in time to begin my studies?

        The last day to start your programme is 17 January 2022.

        If it indeed turns out that you will not be able to start your studies, we recommend you apply for a refund. You have the right to apply for tuition fee refund. As long as you have informed the University by 17 January 2022, you will receive a full refund of your tuition fee. If you inform the University on 18 January 2022 or later and your refund is granted, there will be an administrative fee of SEK 8000. Before applying for tuition fee refund you must decline your study place at UniversityAdmissions.se.

        Rejection or delay in residence permit processing or not receiving the residence permit card on time are not valid reason for deferment.

      Published: 10/15/2021
      Edited: 11/24/2021
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