Rules for visas and residence permits for international students in Sweden vary depending on country of citizenship. Below you’ll find guidelines for each of the three main categories: EU/EEA citizens, Swiss citizens and non-EU/EEA citizens.
EU/EEA stands for the European Union and the European Economic Area. If you’re not sure if your country belongs to the EU/EEA, check Universityadmissions.se’s list of EU/EEA countries.
Citizens of non-EU/EEA/Nordic countries
Stays of less than three months
If you’ll be staying in Sweden for less than three months, you’ll need a visa if the country that issues your passport is on this list. If your country of citizenship is not on the list, you generally can enter Sweden without a visa.
Read about how to apply for a visa at the Swedish Migration Agency’s website.
Stays of more than three months
If your studies in Sweden will last longer than three months, you’ll need a residence permit before coming to Sweden. To be eligible, you must be admitted to full-time accredited university studies in Sweden and have paid your first tuition fee instalment.
To apply for a residence permit for studies, you’ll need to:
- Pay your first tuition fee instalment.
- Prepare your supporting documentation. This includes copies of your passport and letter of admission as well as proving that you can support yourself financially during your time as a student in Sweden. If you’ll be staying in Sweden for less than one year, you’ll also need proof of comprehensive health insurance.
- Submit the online application. (Applying online ensures your application is dealt with as fast as possible.)
- Pay the application fee.
On the Migration Agency’s website, you can see the current waiting time to get a residence permit. Make sure to apply for a residence permit as soon as possible after paying your first tuition fee instalment!
Visit the Swedish Migration Agency’s website for full details on applying for a residence permit for studies and to apply. Contact the Migration Agency directly with questions regarding your residence permit application.
Citizens of EU/EEA/Nordic countries
Citizens of EU/EEA/Nordic counties can live and study in Sweden without a residence permit or visa. If you’ll be staying in Sweden for more than twelve months, you should register with the Swedish Tax Agency.
Citizens of Switzerland
Swiss citizens can enter Sweden without a residence permit or visa. However, if you’ll be studying in Sweden for longer than three months, you’ll need to apply for a residence permit for studies.
Visit the Swedish Migration Agency’s website for information on how to apply for a residence permit as a Swiss citizen.