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.
The information provided here focuses on the process of applying for a residence permit once you have been accepted to a university or other higher education in Sweden. For general inspiration and information on the university admissions please visit Study in Sweden.
If you will be studying in Sweden for more than three months and you are not an EU/EES citizen, you need a residence permit. If you will be studying for less than three months, you may need a visa instead.
Guidance for international students outside EU/EES due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic
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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. Regardless of how you apply, your permit must be granted before you can enter Sweden.
The link to the application system as well as information on rules and documentation can be found on the Migration Agency website.
If you cannot apply online or wish to study at a different institution than at university or college, you present the application documents at the Swedish Embassy in person. The embassy will then forward the application to the Migration Agency. You need an appointment to visit the Embassy.
Make an appointment here.
Check the status of your application
A family member (e.g. husband/wife, common law spouse and unmarried children under 18) may be granted a residence permit for the same period as the student, on condition that they meet the requirements specified. Family members who are granted a residence permit also need a residence permit card.
Read more about residence permits for family members on the Swedish Migration Agency's website.
Residence permit card
If you are granted a residence permit, you will receive a residence permit card. It may take up to four weeks to process your residence permit card after your application has been granted and biometrics provided. It is NOT recommended for you to purchase any tickets before you received your residence permit card.
You can find more information about the residence permit card under How to receive your decision and residence permit card (Link) and the website of the Swedish Migration Agency.