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Working in Sweden

After graduation, why not launch your future career in Sweden?

Work during your studies

As an international student in Sweden, you are technically allowed to work alongside your studies. There’s no official limitation on how many hours you can work. However, it’s crucial to remember that your studies should be your top priority: the Swedish education system is a demanding one. Even though you might not have many classroom hours, you will still be expected to spend the equivalent of a full-time, 40-hour work on coursework, reading and assignments. This can make it difficult to combine studies with working in Sweden.

When you apply to extend your residence permit, the Swedish Migration Agency also demands proof that you have made progress in your studies and achieved acceptable grades. If your studies suffer because you work too many hours, you risk not being allowed to stay in Sweden any longer.

Some universities have careers services that can help you find a part-time student job. Many also offer services like employer fairs, CV checks and special events with companies. Websites like Academic Work, StudentConsulting or StudentJob can also be a good place to look for postings.

Work after your studies

Sweden is a great place to start your career and innovative, international companies are found throughout the country. Check Working in Sweden for more information on what to consider before starting your career, or running a business in Sweden.

You can apply to extend your residence permit for up to six months to search for a job or start a company. If you receive a job offer that meets certain conditions, you can then apply for a work permit. For more information on requirements and how to apply for an extension or a work permit, visit the Swedish Migration Agency’s website.




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