Family and schools

If you are bringing your family with you to Sweden, there are some key things you need to know and certain steps you need to take to help your family have a smooth arrival so you can focus on your studies.

If you are planning to bring your family to Sweden while you study, you will need to find suitable accommodation, organise additional visas or residence permits, and depending on the age of any children you may be bringing, they may have to attend compulsory schooling. 

Accommodation

If you are a fee-paying student and have been offered a student room from LiU you should note that these rooms are for a single-occupant only. If you plan to bring any family members with you, please contact the International Office as we cannot provide housing for your partner or family. You need to search for accommodation on your own - check out our Student Accommodation article below for useful tips.

Insurance

Fee-paying students of LiU are covered by the FAS+ Insurance, however, your family members must have their own insurance from their home country. Make sure that you and your family have appropriate insurances for your travel and stay in Sweden, including health and home insurance.

Resident permits or visas

Before you travel to Sweden, make sure that both you and your family members have your residence permits or visas in order. In general, your family should apply for the same type of permit or visa as yourself. If you are a resident of an EU/EEA country and have right of residency in Sweden, this also includes your immediate family.

If you are from a country outside of EU/EEA, your family members will need to apply for a residence permit that will allow them to live and work in Sweden for as long as you have your student permit. Please note that you must also be able to support your family financially during your stay in Sweden for your application to be approved. Read more about the details of residence permits for family members of students at the Swedish Migration Agency website.
Permits for students’ family members

Bringing children to Sweden
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If you plan to bring your child/ren with you to LiU, there are two things you need to do to prepare: 

Step 1: Contact LiU’s International Office and let us know you are bringing children. We can help you with tips on finding accommodation and make sure you know who to contact next. 

Step 2: Make an appointment with Linköping or Norrköping municipality for when you arrive. You will receive contact information from our International Office. Your contact person at the municipality can help you arrange day-care or school that works for you and your child. 

If you have children, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the Swedish school system. Some schools have a long queue, so it is recommended that you apply for a place at a school in Linköping or Norrköping before you arrive in Sweden. You can read more about the Swedish school system at the Swedish National Agency for Education’s website (Skolverket).

The Swedish education system in brief

Childcare for children from 1 to 5-years-old

Once you have been admitted, paid your tuition fee (if applicable) and arranged for accommodation, you can apply for childcare in the city you are moving to (if childcare is required). 

In Sweden, the amount of childcare you can receive depends on what activities both parents are involved in such as work, study, parental leave and unemployment. Childcare is heavily subsidized. 

From the age of 1-year-old children can attend nursery school in Sweden (childcare before this age is only available privately and is not common in Sweden due to the generous parental leave system). There is a queuing system for childcare placement and the rules on how soon you can apply and when you can expect a placement will depend on what municipality you will live in. You will need to research and choose preferred childcare providers/neighbourhoods in your application. 

Children under 5 years of age may alternatively attend an open preschool (Öppna förskolan), where children and parents attend together for free. You are responsible for the care of your child, but the preschool has trained educators who direct the group in activities such as singing nursery songs, story time and morning or afternoon tea (fika). Open preschools provide lots of toys and fun activities for the children and chance for parents to make new contacts.

Schools

School is compulsory and free in Sweden. To apply you will have to have arranged accommodation first as you will need a registered address in Sweden. Parents should note that homeschooling is illegal. 

Six-year-olds in Sweden attend a transitional class between nursery school and primary (elementary) school called preschool class (förskolaklass). This is the first year of compulsory education in Sweden. 

Some Swedish schools have international classes for children between the ages of 7 and 16. The child is usually placed into an international class for a year to learn Swedish and then transferred to a regular Swedish class. If you are staying in Sweden for less than 3 years, your child is not guaranteed a place at an international school. In this case, your child may need to attend regular classes in Swedish.

Useful links about preschool and school
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Support for international students with families
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LiU's International Office offers practical support to admitted international students. Please get in contact if you have any questions or need support in bringing your family to Sweden.

Studenthuset fotat 19 mars 2019. Foto: Magnus Johansson Studnethuset fotat 19 mars 2019

International Office

The International Student Reception team welcomes and supports all admitted international students to LiU.

  • Studenthuset, Campus Valla

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