Family and schools

If you are planning to bring your family to Sweden, please note that you will need to find suitable accommodation yourself. Your family members may also need a visa or residence permit, depending on the length of stay and their citizenship.

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Resident permits or visas

Before you travel to Sweden, make sure that both you and your family members have your residence permits and visas in order. 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

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 website.

The Swedish education system in brief

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

  • Step 1: Contact our 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 a contact person who will help you arrange daycare or school that works for you and your child. They can also help you with applications to start your child's queue time before you arrive.


A few International/English schools and daycare centres are available in Linköping and Norrköping. Some Swedish schools also 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.

Daycare for children under 5 years old.

Once you have been admitted, paid your tuition fee and arranged for accommodation, you can apply for daycare in the city you are moving to. There is a queuing system for daycare placement, and the waiting time can be up to four months. Therefore, it is important to enrol your child as soon as possible. As you need to include preferred childcare units/neighbourhoods in your application, you need to have an address to where you will stay to be able to enrol your child.

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.


Schools, preschools and childcare in Linköping

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

Preschool & education at

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


Schools, preschools and childcare in Norrköping

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

School and childcare at
(Website only in Swedish)

Administration: Education Administration
Contact center 
Email address:
Telephone: +46 11 150000
Visiting address: Rosen, Trädgårdsgatan 21
Postal address: Norrköpings Kommun, Utbildningsnämnden, SE-601 81 Norrköping, Sweden


Admitted students are covered by the FAS+ Insurance. Family members however must have their own insurance from their home country. Make sure that you and your family have appropriate insurances for your stay in Sweden.


If you are a fee-paying student and have been offered a student room from LiU you should note that these are single household rooms 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 Student Accommodation below for useful tips.


LiU's International Office offers practical support to admitted international students. Please contact us if you have any questions or need support on bringing your family to Sweden.

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International Student Reception

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

  • Zenit Building, Campus Valla

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