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 quickest and easiest way of applying for a residence permit to study at universities and colleges in Sweden is to apply online. Online applications are given priority.
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.
You need to make an appointment. The Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria handles applications for residents of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Angola.
Rules and required documents
To find out which rules apply, which documents are required and how you apply, look in the menu on the left.
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.