Residence Permit for Studying at Universities / University colleges

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If you an non-EU/non-Swiss citizen and planning to study at a university or university college in Sweden for longer than three months, you must have a residence permit. The permit must be in place before you travel to Sweden.

Application Process

  • Receive the Letter of Acceptance from the University/College you are enrolled in.
  • Pay the tuition fee, as applicable
  • Fill out the application and pay the fee
  • The Swedish Migration Agency processes your application
  • Visit the Embassy/Consulate to have your photograph and fingerprints taken.
  • Receive the decision followed by the residence card.

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 your fingerprints taken.

If you do not need a visa for travel to Sweden, as soon as possible after your arrival in Sweden you should visit the Migration Agency to be photographed and fingerprinted, taking the permit decision copy along.



12 month(s), can vary



60 Month(s)



110 USD (approx.)



48 Month(s)




Eligibility Requirements

4 Eligibility Requirements for Residence Permit for Studying at Universities / University colleges

  • You must hold a valid passport, with minimum validity of your permit.
  • You must be accepted on a course of full-time study at a university or university college. Please check the link to find your university in Sweden.
  • You must be able to support yourself during the period for which you are applying for.
  • You must have a comprehensive insurance policy.

Document Requirements

6 Document Required for Residence Permit for Studying at Universities / University colleges

  • Valid passport copy
  • Student card or certificate where you are enrolled
  • Certificate of admission or registration at an educational establishment for the purpose of attending academic
  • Letter of Acceptance confirming enrollment in the college /university.
  • Proof of financial means for the stay, like a bank statement. If sponsored, then proof of sponsorship
  • Documents like civil registry certificate, marriage certificate, birth certificate for children, etc, in case family and spouse also applying for residence permits along with you.

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