Sweden & China

Exchange Students

The Embassy of Sweden in Beijing and the Consulate-General of Sweden in Shanghai have the authority to make decisions in applications for exchange studies, provided that the intended period of study is less than a year.

Therefore, the processing times will sometimes be shorter if you apply directly at the Embassy or Consulate-General than if you apply online, in which case your application will be decided by the Swedish Migration Agency. However, please note that we can in no way guarantee that the processing times at the Embassy or Consulate-General will be faster than if you apply online.

If you apply online, please follow the instructions on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website for which documents you need to submit, as their requirements differ from those of the Embassy and Consulate-General.

If you hand in a paper application at the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing or the Consulate-General of Sweden in Shanghai, you need to submit the following documents:

  • Form no. 113011, First-time application for residence permit for students and doctoral students, completed and signed by the applicant.
  • A photocopy of the identity page in your passport. If you have valid visas or residence permits to other countries, please provide photocopies of these as well. Non-Chinese applicants must hand in a photocopy of a valid Chinese residence permit.
  • A letter of admission from a Swedish educational institution. The letter should be printed on paper with the educational institution’s official letterhead, have an official signature from the educational institute, and must be handed in in original. It needs to state your full name, date of birth, and the start and end dates of your study period.
  • A letter of introduction in English from your Chinese school. The letter should be printed on paper with the school’s letterhead, have an official stamp and signature from your school, and must be handed in in original. The letter should state that you are a student at the school, your major and your year of study. It should also include the address of your school, the name of a contact person at your school, and contact details for this person.
  • A document that shows that you have a comprehensive health insurance valid in Sweden for the entirety of the intended stay. If the admission letter states that you will be covered by health insurance through the educational institution, you do not need to provide additional proof of insurance, unless you intend to stay in Sweden beyond the study period specified in the admission letter. Please note the Embassy and Consulate-General accepts documents in Chinese.
  • Proof that you can support yourself financially during your stay in Sweden. There are three ways to do this:

1. A bank statement in English or Chinese from a bank account in your own name that shows that you have enough money to support yourself during the entire study period. The bank account should not have a co-sponsor/applicant/owner other than yourself, the applicant. The statement must be stamped by the issuing bank. The sum requested is at present SEK 8190 per month. If you have been admitted to studies for 10 months or more, the outgoing balance of your bank statement must show that you have the equivalent of at least SEK 81900 at your disposal.

   ◾Note: The bank statement needs to show that the outgoing balance on the last transaction day is sufficient to cover your stay. The bank statement must be dated close to the date of application (preferably only a few days prior) and must be stamped by the issuing bank.

   ◾Note: Certificates of deposit are only acceptable if the end date of the deposit is before your intended date of entry to Sweden.

2. A document issued in your name showing that you have received a scholarship or a student grant sufficiently large (see above) to cover your stay in Sweden. The document must include information about the monthly sum and the period during which you will receive such funds.

3. A document proving that you have been awarded an educational grant (only applies to doctoral students) or have been employed as a doctoral student, with information regarding the amount and the period during which you will receive such funds.

Information for students under the age of 18

The documents required listed above.

  • Both of your legal guardians must sign the application form.
  • At least one of legal guardians must accompany you to the Swedish Mission Abroad when you hand in your application. If both guardians are unable to do so, they must write a power of attorney to another person over the age of 18 who will accompany you to the Swedish Mission Abroad.
  • A Notary Certificate in original stating that your legal guardians agree that you go to Sweden to study. It also needs to state the specific period during which you will be studying in Sweden.
  • A Notary Certificate in original of your birth certificate.

How to apply at the Embassy in Beijing

How to apply at the Consulate-General in Shanghai