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Studying in Sweden

If you will be studying in Sweden for more than three months and you are not an EU citizen, you need a residence permit.

If you will be studying for less than three months, you may need a visa instead.

List of countries whose citizens need a visa

The quickest and easiest way of applying for a residence permit to study at universities and colleges in Sweden is to apply online. Online applications go directly to the Swedish Migration Agency and are given priority.

Online application on the Swedish Migration Agency website

If you cannot or do not want to apply online, or wish to study elsewhere than at university or college, you present the application documents at the Swedish Embassy in person instead.

Increase your chances of receiving a decision on your residence permit for studies application before the semester begins at the University.

To study in Sweden, students are required to apply for a residence permit for higher education. Here are some quick tips on how to increase individual’s chance of getting a decision on a residence permit before the semester begins.

  1. Once acceptance letter is received from the higher educational institution identify whether the tuition fees is required to be paid to the higher educational institution.

  2. After the fees structure has been identified, apply for residence permit for higher education at the Swedish Migration Agency without delay. Applying application well on time gives Migration Agency more time to process the application and thus, increases the chance that decision will be notified before the start of the semester.

  3. The easiest way is to apply for a residence permit for higher education is via the e-service for residence permit to study at higher education, available at the Migration Agency website.

  4. At the time of application submission apply with all the important and required documentation.

  5. Before applying make sure that passport is valid for as long as you plan to apply for residence permit for studies.

Rules and required documents

To find out which rules apply, which documents are required and how you apply, click here.

If you are interested in studying at university/college level in Sweden, you can find a full range of information on the Study in Sweden website.

If you are planning to study in Sweden, the web site Studyinsweden.se is your one-stop information centre for higher education studies in Sweden. The purpose of Studyinsweden.se is to provide international students wishing to study in Sweden with a convenient and comprehensive information resource. It contains general information on the opportunities open to international students, admission procedures and other practical details.

The service is designed for students at all levels. It provides information on undergraduate courses, Master's programmes and opportunities for researchers.

Furthermore, reasons to study in Sweden can be read on Study in Sweden.