If you intend to study in Sweden for more than three months, you must obtain a residence permit.
You may apply to the following educational institutions/programmes:
- university or university college;
- upper secondary school or folk high school;
You may be obliged to pay tuition fees to study at a Swedish university or college, a part of which should be paid in advance to the institution. The university or college determines how much you must pay. You will not be able to obtain your residence permit until the required amount has been paid.
|Where and how to apply||Applications for a residence permit can be filed at the embassy or consulate of your country of origin or residence, or electronically on the Migration Agency’s website.|
To obtain a residence permit, you must:
Duration of validity of permits
You can get a residence permit for the period your studies require, but never for longer than your passport is valid. Even if you have been accepted for a study course lasting several years, you can usually get a residence permit for a maximum of one year at a time, or thirteen months for a first-time application.
As a doctoral student you can get a residence permit for studies for up to two years.
The length of the residence permit granted can also be affected if:
the actual study period is shorter than the permit period sought.Your permit may be withdrawn if, in your application, you provided incorrect information or did not mention something that was significant in regards to your residence permit.
The permit may also be withdrawn if the requirements for the permit are no longer met – for example, if you are no longer studying.
Exchange students and students pursuing studies which are not connected with a university/college or upper secondary school will be granted a residence permit of one year at the most. You can apply for an extension if you need to stay longer, e.g. for an exam.
If the Swedish Migration Agency refuses your application, you can appeal the decision within three weeks from the date when you were informed of the decision. Information on how to lodge an appeal can be found in your decision.
|Employment during the period of study|
If you are enrolled in a university/college, you do not need a work permit as long as your student residence permit is valid.
If you are enrolled in an upper secondary school/folk high school you cannot work without a work permit.
|Change of status|
If you are a university/college student and want to work in Sweden instead of studying, you must have a valid student residence permit and must have completed at least 30 ECTS credits or one semester/term of postgraduate education in Sweden.
You must file your application for a work permit before your residence permit for study purposes expires. The application can be filed from within Sweden.
A residence permit for studies is subject to a time limit.
Even if you have spent several years as a student in Sweden, you will normally not be permitted to become a long-term resident in Sweden.
If you are a family member of someone who has a residence permit for studies in Sweden at a university or university college, you can get a residence permit for the same period. If the permit is valid for more than six months, you can get a work permit. If you are a family member of someone who has a permanent residence permit in Sweden after four years of doctoral studies, you can get a permanent residence permit.
You should apply for the residence permit from your country of origin or other country outside Sweden where you have permission to live. The permit must have been issued before you travel to Sweden.
The following are counted as family members: wife, husband, cohabiting partner, registered partner and unmarried children under the age of 18. Cohabiting partner refers to couples who are not married but live together as if married.
- Higher education institutions in Sweden
- The degree programme database
- More on paying fees
- More on obtaining scholarships
- More on appeals
- More on studying in Sweden
- More on residence permits for students
- More on how to apply for undergraduate studies
- More on how to apply for a master’s degree
- More on how to apply for doctoral studies
- Swedish Migration Agency
- Ministry of Employment
- Ministry for Foreign Affairs
- Embassies and consulates
- Ministry of Justice
- Swedish Institute
- Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions