EU/EEA citizens – no residence permit
EU/EEA citizens and their family members no longer need residence permits to stay in Sweden for more than three months. EU/EEA citizens should instead register their right of residence. This can be done after arriving in Sweden during the University Introduction Programme. For more information, see the Swedish Migration Agency’s website.
If you are a citizen of any of the EU/EEA countries or Switzerland, you should register for a European Health Insurance Card in your home country before coming to Sweden. This card gives you the right to medical care at the same cost as Swedish citizens. Please read the information available on the Study in Sweden website.
Swiss citizens who are admitted for studies lasting more than three months must apply for a residence permit. You do not need to wait for your application to be processed, and can begin studying immediately.
Citizens of the Nordic countries do not need a residence permit.
Non-EU/EEA citizens – you need a residence permit
International and exchange students from outside the EU/EEA who will be studying in Sweden for more than three months must apply for a residence permit for studies. You must have applied for – and also been granted and received – a residence permit before entering Sweden.
You can find information about the required documentation and how to apply at the Swedish Migration Agency's website. You can apply for a residence permit online, providing information about yourself and your studies during the application process. You should attach the necessary documentation, and in most cases you will have to pay a fee.
For studies shorter than three months, an entry visa is required for citizens from certain countries.
Exchange students should submit their residence permit applications as soon as they receive notification of their selection results, as it can take 16 weeks or more for the application to be processed. Exchange students are covered by Student IN insurance. Please check the website Kammarkollegiet.se: Terms and conditions Student IN
If you are liable to pay tuition fees
Note that students who are liable to pay tuition fees in Sweden need to wait for payment confirmation for the first instalment of tuition fees before applying for a residence permit for studies. Fee-paying students are covered by FAS insurance. Please check the following website for terms and conditions: FAS.
Important information for 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 Swedish Migration Agency’s website for detailed information about the maintenance requirements.
Information about health insurance and medical care
Please read the information available on the Study in Sweden website.
Information about working in Sweden after studies
Please read the information available on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website.