Other types of study

If you intend to take a course of study in Sweden that is not held at a university, a university college, an international upper secondary school or at a folk high school, you will need a residence permit if the course is longer than three months. This category also includes courses commissioned by outside bodies at universities and university collages. This permit must have been granted before leaving for Sweden.

If you are to support yourself with your own funds, you must submit your application no later than three months before the date you are applying for a residence permit from. This is because you will be able to show that you can support yourself close to the beginning of the study time and that your actions will not get too old. This does not apply if you will receive a scholarship to cover your means of support.

For studies that are shorter than three months, citizens in certain countries must have an entry visa. If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country special rules apply.

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The regulations apply in the case of courses that are not run at a university, a university college, an international upper secondary school, or at a folk high school. This could, for example, entail bible studies and similar religious studies, studies at Folkuniversitet or the World Maritime University in Malmö (WMU), supplementary courses for authorised professions and preparatory courses for authorisation to take a course of higher education. The regulations includes courses commissioned by outside bodies at universities and university collages.

Residence permit requirements

In order to be granted a residence permit, you must

  • have a valid passport
  • be accepted for full-time studies
  • be covered by fully-comprehensive health insurance that is valid in Sweden
  • have enough money to be able to support yourself during the period for which you are applying
  • have a consent from your parents or custodians if you are under 18 years of age. If so you must also enclose a certificate showing who is or are your parents/custodians and how you are related.

Normally, you cannot be granted a residence permit for studies that require you to be permanently resident in Sweden, for example studies at Komvux or at SFI (Swedish for immigrants).

You are not allowed to work during your period of study without a work permit.

Read more about applying for a work permit

Possibility for a residence permit longer than a year

You can be granted a residence permit for the period of study, but usually for one year at a time. For some courses that continue for more than a year you can however be granted a residence permit for a longer period, but for a maximum of one year at a time, or 13 months for a first-time application.

Courses where a residence permit normally is not granted for longer than one year:

  • Pupil exchange at an upper secondary school
  • Religious studies
  • Supplementary courses for authorisation to work within a profession that requires certification
  • Preparatory courses for authorisation to take a course of higher education
  • Language courses.

Courses where a residence permit can be granted for longer than one year in total:

  • IB courses at an upper secondary school
  • Courses at a folk high school
  • Courses commissioned by outside bodies and similar courses
  • Vocationally-oriented courses
  • Studies at WMU
  • Arts and cultural studies courses.

You must be able to support yourself

For applications submitted to the Migration Agency during 2017 the support requirement is a minimum of SEK 8,064 per month. For applications submitted to the Migration Agency on 1 January 2018 or later the support requirement is a minimum of SEK 8,190 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. If you can prove that you have free accommodation and/or food through the course organizer or an organization working for international exchange, the amount per month can be reduced. For applications submitted during 2017 the monthly amount is reduced by SEK 1,568 per month for free food and by SEK 1,568 per month for free accommodation. For applications submitted to the Migration Agency on 1 January 2018 or later the monthly amount is reduced by SEK 1,592.50 per month for free food and by SEK 1,592.50 per month for free accommodation.

You must show that you have funds for the period for which you are applying for. You must show that you have your support secured by means of verification of your own bank assets, a scholarship or similar means of support, such as a study grant from your home country.

Your own bank assets are money in an account that belongs to you and from which only you and your husband or wife, if you have one, can withdraw money. It cannot be considered as your own assets if you share the account with, for example, your parents or a relative. Nor does the Migration Agency accept that a sponsor (such as a relative or a company) covers your support while you are in Sweden, unless the funds are deposited into your own account. Credit, funds or shares are not counted as your own bank assets.

If you will be receiving a grant or similar, you must enclose a recently prepared document in your name with the details of the monthly or total amount. The document must indicate the period you will be receiving the grant for, and the total amount of money that you will receive to freely use for your living expenses during the study period in Sweden. 

 Example of the maintenance requirement

Study period

You must have at least

Your husband, wife or cohabiting partner must have at least

Support requirement per child

6 months


SEK 49,140 kronor (6 x SEK 8,190)


SEK 21,000 (6 x SEK 3,500)


SEK 12,600 (6 x SEK 2,100)


12 months

SEK 81,900 (10 x SEK 8,190)

SEK 42,000 (12 x SEK 3,500)

SEK 25,200 (12 x SEK 2,100)

13 months

SEK 90,090 (11 x SEK 8,190)

SEK 45,500 (13 x SEK 3,500)

SEK 27,300 (13 x 2,100)

How to apply

You can apply for residence permit online. You cannot enter Sweden until the permit has been granted.

In most cases you need to pay a fee.

Fees for residence permit

Before submitting your application

Check that the information given on the documents you enclose is clear. Important details, such as your name, must be given in the documents. The information in the documents should be as recent as possible. The documents should also be translated into Swedish or English by certified translators, if the contents are in another language. Copies of the original document must always be enclosed with translations of documents.

What to enclose with your application

You must enclose

  • copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the period of the passport's validity and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin
  • an admission decision stating that you have been admitted to full-time study
  • a copy of the document that proves that you have comprehensive health insurance that is valid in Sweden. The insurance must be valid for the whole period that you will stay in Sweden, and must cover the costs for emergency and other medical care, dental care and hospitalization. The insurance must also cover the cost of a possible return journey home because of medical reasons 
  • a bank statement showing that you have your own funds to support yourself. This bank statement should be dated in connection with the time of application and be translated into English, or
  • documents issued in your name to verify that you have been granted a scholarship or equivalent (e.g. student financial support) with details of the monthly or total amount payable and the period during which you will receive the money
  • a certificate to the effect that, after your preparatory course, you will be formally authorised to take the subsequent course of higher education (applies if you intend to study on a preparatory training course in order to obtain certification for a course of higher education)
  • a completed questionnaire (form number 105031W_A for a first-time application) if you apply online
  • a completed application form (form number 113011 for a first-time application) if you submit a paper application.

If the application concerns language studies that are given as part of obtaining a Swedish professional certification, you must have a profession requiring a certificate or certificate of competence and be formally authorized to pursue this profession in Sweden after completing supplementary education.

If you have an education from outside the EU/EEA you must enclose a decision from the National Board of Health of the examination of foreign education to your application for a residence permit. If you have an education from within the EU/EEA, you do not need such a decision from the National Board of Health, but you must be able to demonstrate that your professional qualifications are sufficient in your application for residence permit. Therefore, if you have an education from the EU/EEA, you must attach the following documents:

  • Diploma of the education in the EU/EEA
  • A certificate not older than three months indicating that you have not been prohibited from exercising the profession, such as the Certificate of Good Standing or the Certificate of Current Professional Status
  • Copy and translation of a certificate confirming that you comply with any of the Articles 23 or 24 of EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

Check the requirements of the Swedish embassy or consulate-general

Note that the embassy or consulate-general where you submit your application may require additional documents. You will find more information and contact information on the website of the relevant embassy.

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Your family can be granted a permit in certain cases

Your family can be granted a permit for the same period if you intend to study any of these courses:

  • Religious studies
  • Supplementary course to become authorised for work within a profession that requires full qualification
  • Preparatory education for a course of higher education
  • Language studies
  • Studies at a folk high school
  • Courses commissioned by outside bodies and similar courses
  • Vocationally-oriented courses
  • Studies at WMU
  • Arts and cultural studies courses.

The following are considered as family members: husband, wife, cohabiting partner, registered partner and unmarried children below the age 18.

In order for your family to be eligible for a permit, it is necessary that

  • the maintenance of the family is secured throughout the entire planned period to be spent in Sweden
  • the members of the family have valid passports.

The maintenance demand throughout the entire period of residence is SEK 3,500 per month for a husband, wife or partner and SEK 2,100 per month for each child.

You must enclose

  • copies of those pages from the passports of your family members which give personal details, a photo, signature, passport number, country of issue, period of validity, and whether they are eligible to live in countries other than their own home countries. If their passports are about to expire, they should extend them since they cannot be granted a permit for a longer period than that for which their current passport is valid
  • documents, for example bank statements, confirming that the maintenance of the family is guaranteed
  • copy of marriage certificates or equivalent (applies to married couples and registered partners)
  • national registration certificate, rental agreement, proof of purchase for a house or flat or some other document which shows that you have lived together in your home country (applies to cohabiting partners)
  • birth certificate or equivalent document on which the parents' names appear
  • consent from the child's other guardian for children under 18, if the other guardian is not coming to Sweden, or proof of sole custody. This can for example be a court decision, or a death certificate if the other parent is deceased. The consent has to state that the child is allowed to be in Sweden during the planned period of residence. Copies of passports or other identification documents for the legal guardian who has signed the consent also have to be included.
  • adoption documents if the child was adopted.

Read more about how your family can make their own online application

Shorter processing time for complete applications

To enable the Migration Agency to make a decision on your case, all details must be complete and all the necessary documents must be enclosed. This means that the processing time is shorter if everything required is included from the start, rather than having to provide additional information afterwards.

Please note that the Migration Agency may in some cases need to investigate your application further, even if all details are complete and all documents are provided.

Time to a decision

To get an idea of how long you will need to wait for a decision, you can visit the site Time to a decision. Please note that the average time shown on the site is calculated on the basis of previous cases in the same category. The time may vary from one application to another.

Once we have received your application

If you obtain a permit for more than three months, you will also receive a residence permit card. The card, which is proof that you have the right to be in Sweden, contains your photo and fingerprints.

If you need a visa for travel to Sweden, you should go to the embassy or consulate-general as soon as possible to have your picture and fingerprints taken. Not all embassies or consulates-general have the possibility to take your picture and your fingerprints. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before your visit for more information.

If you do not need a visa for travel to Sweden, you should visit the Migration Agency to be photographed and fingerprinted as soon as possible after your arrival in Sweden. However, your permit must be granted before you travel to Sweden.

Read more about residence permit cards

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Check if your application has been registered or if a decision has been made in your case

After the decision has been made

The decision will be sent to the embassy or consulate-general you selected in your online application. Take your passport along when picking up your decision.

The Swedish embassy or consulate-general will hand over or send you the residence permit card as soon as it is ready. Don't forget that it might take up to four weeks to make and send the card to the embassy or consulate-general after you receive your decision. When you enter Sweden, you must show your residence permit card along with a valid passport. 

If you do not need a visa for travel to Sweden, you should be able to show a copy of the decision when you enter Sweden. As soon as possible after you have arrived in Sweden, you should book an appointment to be fingerprinted and photographed. When your residence permit card is ready, it will be sent to your address in Sweden.

The residence permit card will be produced at the time the decision is made, but no earlier than three months before the residence permit becomes valid. We cannot speed up the production or delivery of the card.

Check if your application has been registered or if a decision has been made in your case

Book an appointment at the Migration Agency in Sweden to be fingerprinted and photographed if you can travel without a visa

Useful links if you have recently moved to Sweden and have a residence permit

The permit validity period

You can be granted a residence permit for the time required for your studies but never for longer than the validity of your passport.

General permit validity periods

Study period

Permit validity period

One autumn term

1 August–31 January the following year

One spring term

1 January–30 June

Two terms, starting in the autumn term

1 August–30 June the following year

Two terms, starting in the spring term

1 January–31 January the following year

Longer period than two terms, starting in the autumn term

1 August–1 September the following year

Longer period than two terms, starting in the spring term

1 January–31 January the following year

The periods presented in the table are general. The validity period for your residence permit will be stated in the decision from the Migration Agency.

Extending your permit

If you plan to continue studying in Sweden after your permit has expired, you must apply to extend your permit. You can be granted a permit for the intended study period or for maximum one year at a time. You cannot be granted a permit for longer than your passport remains valid.

How to apply

You apply for extension of your permit online.

You will probably be required to pay an application fee.

Fees for residence permits

Enclose the following documents with your application:

  • Copies of the pages in your passport where your identity, citizenship and the period of validity are indicated. Your passport must be valid in order for the Migration Agency to be able to grant you a permit. If your passport is about to expire, you must apply for a new one in your home country or at your home country's embassy.
  • A certificate stating that you have been admitted to full-time study.
  • A document from the course organizer showing that you have made acceptable progress in your studies.
  • Copy of the document that proves that you have comprehensive health insurance that is valid in Sweden. The insurance must be valid for the whole period that you will stay in Sweden, and must cover the costs for emergency and other medical care, dental care and hospitalization. The insurance must also cover the cost of a possible return journey home because of medical reasons.
  • A bank statement showing the history of your account during the last three months. The statement must show that you have had enough money to support yourself and that you have enough money to support yourself for the remaining study period. In case you have several bank accounts, for example, one in Sweden and one in your native country, then please submit bank statements for both accounts, or
  • a document in your name confirming that you have been receiving a grant or similar (for example, study assistance), with the details of the monthly or total amount and the period during which you will receive the money.
  • A written consent from your parents/custodians that you are allowed to study in Sweden if you are under 18 years of age, and a certificate showing who is or are your parents/custodians and how you are related.
  • A completed questionnaire (form number 105031W_B) if you apply online.
  • A completed application form (form number 115011) if you submit a paper application.

Appendix for application for residence permit for students and doctoral students. Questionnaire B – application for extension, form number 105031W_BPDF

Read more about what documents you should attach if you submit a paper application

When we have received your application

If you have submitted an application for renewal before your previous permit expires, you have the right to remain in Sweden until the Migration Agency has made a decision.

If you travel abroad when your permit is about to expire, it may be difficult for you to enter Sweden before your new permit is granted. You may need to wait for a new decision outside Sweden.

If you are granted a permit, you will be given a residence permit card. The card is proof that you have permission to remain in Sweden and contains your fingerprints and a photo of you. You should, therefore, book a time to have your photograph and fingerprints taken as soon as possible. You need to do this even if you have had a residence permit previously, as your photograph and fingerprints cannot be saved.

Check if your application has been registered or if a decision has been made in your case

Book an appointment at the Migration Agency for a residence permit card

Read more about residence permit cards

After the decision

The decision will be sent to your home address in Sweden. When the residence permit card is ready it will be sent to your home within approximately one week.

If the Migration Agency refuses your application

If the Migration Agency refuses your application, you can appeal the decision within three weeks from the date when you were informed of the decision. Your decision contains information about how to do so.

Read more about what happens if you are in Sweden and the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application

If you do not apply online

If you are not able to apply online, you must fill out the form First-time application for a residence permit for students and doctoral students, number 113011, if you apply for the first time. If you are applying for an extension of your permit you must fill out form Application for the extension of a residence permit for students and doctoral students, number 115011. 

Submit your application to a Swedish embassy or consulate-general in your country of residence. The application form specifies which documents to enclose. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before you submit your application.

First-time application for a residence permit for students and doctoral students, form number 113011 (in English)PDF

Application for the extension of a residence permit for students and doctoral students, form number 115011 (in English)PDF

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If there is no possibility to submit an application in your country, you must apply at the embassy or consulate-general closest to your country of residence. Contact the embassy or consulate-general before you submit your application for further information.

If you are applying at an embassy or consulate-general, you pay the fee when you hand in your application. For more information about the fee, contact the embassy or consulate-general where you are applying, as they do not have the same fees and terms of payment as the Migration Agency.

Last updated: 2018-06-20

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