The nail-biting, waiting and stressing is over… Today, selection results for master’s applicants are announced! Head over to University Admissions as fast as your fingers can type, and find out whether you will be moving to Sweden this summer!
If you got admitted: CONGRATULATIONS! You can officially start jumping up and down, doing victory dances, calling your grandma and best friend to tell them the news and… get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Scroll down for practical tips from us.
If your status is “reserve”: You are on the waiting list for your degree programme or course. Don’t panic: you could still get admitted. This will depend on several factors.
If you didn’t get admitted: We’re really sorry to hear that. Sweden is a popular study destination, and many highly qualified students tend to apply. But don’t give up! On 1 June, application opens for studies during the spring of 2020 – why not try again?
(If you’re confused about your selection result, this guide can help you interpret things.)
8 tips on what to do next
For all of you lucky ones who will be coming to Sweden, here are 8 tips on your next steps:
1. Start paying your tuition fees
Double-check whether you are required to pay tuition fees. If you are, your university will contact you to explain how to pay. To apply for a residence permit, you need to have paid the first installment of your tuition fee
2. Apply for a visa and residence permit
Are you from outside the European Union? Then you need to apply for a residence permit to come study here. See Residence permits and visas for the basics, then head to the Swedish Migration Agency’s website to apply.
3. Find housing
It’s never too early to start looking for a place to live in Sweden. We’ve summarised the various housing options available to students on our Accommodation page. Your first point of contact should be your university’s housing office. They can tell you whether they can provide housing for you, how you can apply for a student room, or how you can search for housing elsewhere.
4. Arrange health insurance
Make sure you are covered by health insurance during your time in Sweden, so you don’t need to worry in case you fall ill. Read our Health insurance and medical care guide to see what applies to you.
5. The practicalities
How does public transport work in Sweden? What time zone is the country in? Should I get a Swedish SIM card? How about an international driver’s license? You probably have many questions about Sweden – find the answers in this practical guide!
6. Connect with your classmates
Why not start making friends before you arrive in Sweden by contacting your new classmates? There might be specific Facebook groups for your programme, or maybe your university runs a Facebook page for international students. Do some investigating on social media and say hi to your new gang!
7. Börja learn some svenska
The majority of Swedes speak excellent English, so you will have no problem surviving in Sweden without Swedish. But why not try to pick up a few phrases before your move? Impress your future Swedish friends with a hej, godmorgon and hur mår du through an online Swedish course.
8. Get a feel of life in Sweden
Can’t wait to find out what your life will be like from August onwards? Follow our Digital Ambassadors on their blog, Instagram and YouTube for an inside look of what to expect. You can even mail them if you have a specific question.
Welcome to Sweden!