If you will be studying in Sweden for more than three months and you are not a EU Citizen, you need a residence permit.
pply for a residence permit to study in Sweden
If you intend to study in Sweden for more than three months and you are not an EU citizen, you will need a residence permit.
If your intended study period is shorter than three months, you do not need a residence permit, but you may need a visa instead. Please check if visa is required at http://www.government.se/government-policy/migration-and-asylum/list-of-foreign-citizens-who-require-visa-for-entry-into-sweden/
The quickest and easiest way to apply for a residence permit for studies in Sweden is to apply online. Online applications can be made directly at the Swedish Migration Agency's https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Studying-in-Sweden.html and are given priority.
If you cannot, or do not want to, apply online, you instead need to submit a paper application at a Swedish mission abroad.
For more information on how and where to apply, please check under https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Studying-in-Sweden/Universities-and-university-college/How-to-apply-for-the-first-time.html
General information, required documents etc.
For general information about Residence permits for studies (https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Studying-in-Sweden.html), specific information on how and where to apply, which documents you are required to submit with your application, application fees, and frequently asked questions, please refer to https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Studying-in-Sweden/Universities-and-university-college/How-to-apply-for-the-first-time.html.
If you are interested in studying at university/college level in Sweden, you can find comprehensive information on Study in Sweden's website.
After you have applied
For information about what happens after you have applied and how to get your residence permit card, please see https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Studying-in-Sweden/Universities-and-university-college/After-the-decision-has-been-made.html.
Please remember to check the information that applies to you, depending on whether you have applied online or on paper.
When your permit is granted, for nationals who are visa free, you may leave your biometric at the Swedish Migration Agency in Sweden. Please book an appointment in Sweden https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Contact-us/Book-an-appointment-before-you-visit-us.html. A copy of the decision/approval may be needed, please collect it at the Embassy during our opening hours Monday to Friday 09.00 to 12.00 after being notified by the Embassy. No appointment is required. For identification purposes, please bring your ID or passport with you when collecting the decision.
If you have applied for a residence permit and your application has been refused, please see https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Studying-in-Sweden/Universities-and-university-college/After-the-decision-has-been-made/If-your-application-is-refused.html.
Residence permit card
- National who require visa to enter to Sweden
You need to visit the embassy to be photographed and fingerprinted for the card.
Please book an appointment with the Embassy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It can take up to four weeks for the card to be made in Sweden and delivered to the Embassy. Once the Embassy has received the card, you will be informed by email. You can collect it , no appointment is required on Monday - Friday (except public holiday) between 09.00 to 12.00. For identification purpose please bring your passport or ID with you.
- Nationals who do not require visa to enter into Sweden
After your application has been approved, you may leave your biometric at the Swedish Migration Agency in Sweden. A copy of the decision/approval made by the Swedish Migration Agency in Sweden may be needed. You will be notified by email and to collect a hard copy of the decision at the Embassy.
Please book an appointment in Sweden https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Contact-us/Book-an-appointment-before-you-visit-us.html