Family and schools

If you are planning to bring your family to Sweden, they may also need a visa or residence permit, depending on the length of stay and their citizenship. You also need to make sure they have some form of healthcare coverage in Sweden.

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Resident permits or visas

Don't forget to read about the details about Permits for a family member of a person with a residence permit for studies at a university or university college.

Bringing children

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. Learn more about arranging schools, daycare and the Swedish education system here.

Schools and daycare in Linköping

Linköping has several international/English schools and daycare centres.
Further, 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. You can find international classes for new arrivals at the following schools:

  • Tiny Tots Preschool
  • Internationella skolan Atlas
  • Internationella Engelska skolan
  • Age 7-9: Bäckskolan
  • Age 7-12: Ånestadsskolan, Björnkärrskolan, Rosendalsskolan and Nygårdsskolan
  • Age 14-16: Rydskolan, Skäggetorpskolan and Ånestadsskolan

Children under 5 years old may attend an open preschool (Öppna förskolan), where children and parents can meet and share experiences and make new contacts. Open preschools provide lots of toys and fun activities for the children.

For more information on schools, daycare and preschools, contact Linköping municipality:

Administration: Education administration
Visiting address: Apotekaregatan 13 C
Postal address: SE-581 81 Linköping, Sweden
Telephone: +46 13 263800

Schools and daycare in Norrköping

Norrköping’s municipality also offers international classes for children who speak a language other than Swedish. There are, however, no schools or daycare centres that offer English programmes in Norrköping (April 2016). For more information contact Norrköping municipality (website only in Swedish):
Unit: Interkulturella språkenhetenVisiting address: Bråddgatan 11Postal address: SE-601 81 Norrköping, SwedenTelephone: +46 11 150000


It is only the admitted student who is covered by the FAS+ Insurance. Family members have to have their own insurance from their home country. 


If you have been offered a student room from LiU you should note that these are single rooms only. If you plan to bring any family members with you, please contact the International Office as we do not guarantee accommodation to families.


LiU's International Office offers practical support to admitted international students. Please contact them for more tips and support on bringing your family to Sweden.

Contact details

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International Student Reception

The International Office's student reception team offers support and practical advice to all admitted international degree students.

  • Zenit Building, Campus Valla

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