Studying at universities or university colleges

If you are planning to study in Sweden at a university or a  university college for a period longer than three months, you require a residence permit.

For studies that are shorter than three months, citizens in certain countries must have an entry visaexternal link, opens in new window.

If you are a citizen in a EU country, special rules apply.

Requirements for a residence permit

In order to obtain a permit, you must:

  • have a valid passport
  • be admitted to full-time studies
  • be able to support yourself for the planned study period
  • have an comprehensive health insurance if you are admitted to studies for less than one year.

Make sure to extend your passportif it is about to expire — you cannot obtain a permit for longer than your passport's period of validity.

You must be admitted

You should be admitted to full-time studies that require your presence at a university or university college You cannot obtain a residence permit if you are not definitely admitted to the course. If you are obligated to pay tuition fees, you are not regarded as definitely admitted until the portion of the tuition fees that the university or university college takes in advance has been paid. The university or university college will notify the Migration Board when the payment has been made.

In order to obtain a permit you need to be admitted to full-time studies at a program or courses. You cannot obtain a residence permit for part-time studies or for distance education.

You must be able to support yourself

The support requirement is at present a minimum of SEK 7,300 per month. If you intend to study for one year or more you must show that you can support yourself for 10 months per year. See fact box below. If you can prove, for example, that you have free accommodation and/or food, this monthly figure can drop. The monthly amount drops by SEK 1,500 per month for free food and by SEK 1,500 per month for free accommodation.

You must show that you have funds for the whole planned study period already the first time you apply for a residence permit. You must show that you have your support secured by means of verification of personal bank assets, a scholarship or similar means of support, such as a study grant from your home country.

You must enclose a bank statement showing that you have your own bank assets available in an account belonging to you. The Migration Board do not accept that you share an account with another person, for example, if you have access to your parents account. Nor do we accept that a sponsor (such as a relative or a company) covers your support while you are in Sweden, unless the funds are lodged in your own account.

Examples of support requirements
Study period You must have at least Your husband, wife or common law spouse must have at least Support requirement per child
5 months SEK 36,500 kronor (5 x SEK 7,300) SEK 17,500 (5 x SEK 3,500) SEK 10,500 (5 x SEK 2,100)
12 months SEK 73,000 (10 x SEK 7,300) SEK 42,000 (12 x SEK 3,500) SEK 25,200 (12 x SEK 2,100)
18 months SEK 109,500 (15 x SEK 7,300) SEK 63,000 (18 x SEK 3,500) SEK 37,800 (18 x SEK 2,100)

If you are admitted to studies for less than one year

You will not be registered in Sweden, which means that you will not be eligible for social benefits if you are admitted to studies for less than one year. If you don't have insurance through your institution, you must take out insurance yourself for the period of time that you intend to stay in Sweden. Make sure to have an insurance policy that will cover any costs that may arise in connection with illness, injury, etc. The insurance must also cover the cost of a possible return journey home because of medical reasons.

More information about how to apply for a residence permit.

Is your institution a university or a university college?

A list of institutions that count as universities or university colleges can be found on the website Studyinsweden.seexternal link, opens in new window.

Last updated: 29 October 2014