How to apply for a residence permit for studies in Sweden
If you are to study at a university, university college, higher vocational education or folk high school at the post-secondary level in Sweden for a period of time longer than three months, you can apply for a residence permit for higher education. The permit must be issued before you travel to Sweden.
EU/EEA citizens and long-term residents
If you are an EU/EEA citizen or family member of an EU/EEA citizen, Swiss citizen or are a long-term resident, you cannot apply for a residence permit for studies. Different rules apply to you.
Rules for EU/EEA citizens, Swiss citizens and long-term residents
Stays of less than three months
If your total period of stay in Sweden is less than three months, you should not apply for a residence permit, but should instead apply for an entry visa. Citizens of some countries may stay in Sweden for up to three months without a residence permit or visa. During this period, it is permitted to study.
Countries whose citizens require an entry visa for travel to Swedenexternal link, opens in new window
If you intend to begin your programme in another EU country and conduct part of your studies in Sweden as a mobility student
If you are studying at a Union programme or a multilateral programme that includes mobility measures, you do not need to apply for a residence permit for higher education in Sweden to study at a Swedish university within the programme if you already have a residence permit for this in another EU country. You must instead notify the Swedish Migration Agency of your planned stay in Sweden.
This applies if you are to study at a Swedish university as a part of your educational programme.
Residence permit for studies in Sweden
If you are to study at a university, university college, higher vocational education or folk high school at the post-secondary level in Sweden for a period of time longer than three months, you can apply for a residence permit for higher education. This also applies to you if you will study in a mobility programme within the EU and will begin your studies in Sweden. The permit must be issued before you travel to Sweden.
Requirements for residence permits
For a permit, you must
have a valid passport
have been admitted to full-time studies in a programme or courses that require your presence in higher education (read more about studies in Sweden at studyinsweden.seexternal link, opens in new window)
be able to support yourself during the time for which you are applying for a residence permit
have paid a possible tuition fee before you send in the application (read more about tuition feesexternal link, opens in new window)
have, or have applied for, a comprehensive health insurance policy.
Requirements to use the e-service
In order to use the e-service, you need
copies of your passport that show personal data, signature, period of validity and if you have permission to live in countries other than your home country (read more about what the copies must look like)
admission decision from the higher education organiser in Sweden that shows that you are finally admitted to full-time studies in a programme or courses that require your presence in Sweden
a copy of documents that show that you have, or have applied for, a comprehensive health insurance policy that is valid in Sweden (if you are admitted to studies for less than one year) If you have an insurance policy through the higher education organiser, you can instead attach your admission decision as evidence of health insurance
an account statement that verifies that you have sufficient funds for your living expenses. If permission from a central bank or the equivalent is required to take out the money from your country, you must include such a permit, or
documents issued in your name that show that you have been granted a stipend or the like with information on the monthly amount and the period during which you will receive the money.
be able to pay a possible fee for the application with a credit card or charge card (fees for residence permits for studies)
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