Residence permits and visas for Citizens of non-EU/EEA/Nordic countries

If your studies in Sweden will last longer than three months, you’ll need a residence permit before coming to Sweden. To be eligible, you must be admitted to full-time accredited university studies in Sweden and have paid your first tuition fee instalment.

To apply for a residence permit for studies, you’ll need to:

  • Pay your first tuition fee instalment.
  • Prepare your supporting documentation. This includes copies of your passport and letter of admission as well as proving that you can support yourself financially during your time as a student in Sweden. If you’ll be staying in Sweden for less than one year, you’ll also need proof of comprehensive health insurance.
  • Submit the online application.
  • Pay the application fee.

The current waiting time for a residence permit for studies is three months or more, so be sure to submit your application as soon as possible after paying your first tuition fee instalment.

Visit the Swedish Migration Agency’s website for full details on applying for a residence permit for studies and to apply. Contact the Migration Agency directly with questions regarding your residence permit application.

Applying for bachelor and master’s level

The following links outline necessary steps for the application process for bachelor and master’s programmes at Swedish universities. Applications are processed through the central application portal Universityadmissions.se.

Please note that for some programmes, mainly within the fine arts, application procedures and deadlines may vary. Always consult the university’s official website for programme-specific application guidelines.

=> Bachelor’s level

=> Master’s level

Applying for PhD studies

In Sweden, admission to PhD programmes is handled by each university individually. Universities list PhD positions on their websites, usually along with other academic job vacancies. Check the websites of the universities you are interested in to find out more about their procedures for applying for PhD studies and to find available positions. Some departments have fixed application dates, while others admit students on an ongoing basis.

Generally speaking, to be admitted to a PhD programme, you must:

  • Hold a university degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or higher with a focus in the same subject as the intended field of study. In most cases, a master’s degree is required. Previous studies must have included a degree thesis presenting the results of independent research.
  • Have a good command of English. Skills in Swedish are also important in some subjects where lectures and seminars are conducted in Swedish.

Further specific admission requirements are set by the department that has advertised the position.
To find contact details for Swedish universities, see Universities.

Useful links

PhD postings

General information