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Working in Sweden

Finding a part-time job alongside your studies is a great way to prepare for your future career.

As an international student in Sweden, you are allowed to work alongside your studies. There is no official limitation on the amount of hours you are allowed to work, though it’s important to keep your studies as your first priority. Even when you don’t have many classroom hours, you’re expected to spend the equivalent of a 40-hour work week reading and working on assignments.

Most universities have careers services that can help you with finding a part-time job during your studies. Many also offer services like employer fairs, CV checks and special events with companies.

It is possible to receive a work permit to stay in Sweden and work after completing your studies provided you meet certain conditions. You must have received an offer of employment and applied for your permit before your residence permit for studies expires. For more information on requirements and how to apply, visit the Swedish Migration Board’s website.

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The EURES programme, administered by the Swedish Public Employment Service, offers support for EU citizens looking for a job in another EU country.

Practical advice

Sort out the practicalities of day-to-day life in Sweden.


Get started with your search for housing as early as possible to increase your chances of finding your ideal student room or flat.

Cost of living

What can you expect to spend as a student in Sweden?

Social life

Students in Sweden have access to a wide range of leisure activities, from student societies to exploring the outdoors.

Health insurance and medical care

Health insurance should be arranged before you come to Sweden.