Working in Sweden

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

Work during your studies

As an international student in Sweden, you’re allowed to work alongside your studies – there’s no official limitation for how many hours you can work. However, 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. Websites like Academic Work and StudentConsulting 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.

You can apply to extend your residence permit for up to six months to search for a job or start a company, and if you receive a job offer meeting 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.




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.


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