Students from a non-European Union (EU) or non-European Economic Area (EEA) country, require a residence permit or a visa in order to study at LiU in Sweden. Your tuition fee should be paid before you apply for residence permit.
Students staying in Sweden for longer than three months – Residence permit
As soon as you have been admitted to LiU, start organising your paperwork to make sure everything is in order in time for your arrival.
Step 1 – Pay your first tuition fee instalment. Your permit application will not be processed until this is complete.
Step 2 – Apply for a residence permit. Online applications via the Swedish Migration Agency’s website are recommended as the easiest and fastest method. It usually takes two to three months for an application to be processed. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you apply as soon as you have paid your tuition fee or received confirmation of a scholarship. At the latest, apply before 1 June to ensure that your application will be processed in time for you to start your studies.
Step 3 – You will be called for an interview at the Swedish embassy or consulate in your home country or the place you reside permanently.
For your application to be approved, you must:
- hold a valid passport
- be admitted for full-time studies
- for applications received by the Swedish Migration Agency on or after 1 January 2022, the living expense requirement is at least SEK 8,700 per month
- have a comprehensive healthcare insurance policy (if you have paid you tuition fee, the Swedish Migration Agency will receive information about your FAS+ insurance coverage from LiU)
More information about residence permits is available from the Swedish Migration Agency. Check out “useful links” further below to read more.
Distance learning with on-campus meetings – Visa
Students from outside the EU/ EEA enrolled in our distance programmes cannot receive a Swedish residence permit. If face-to-face meetings on campus are part of the distance programme, you should apply for a visa instead (if this is a requirement for citizens of your country).
You can obtain either a short-term visa for an unlimited number of short visits or a long-term visa that covers several repeated visits. The visas are administered by an embassy in your home country.
If you are studying 100% via distance, you cannot obtain a student visa to come to Sweden. You can instead apply for a tourist visa for shorter visits if you would like to visit Sweden. More information about visas is available from the Swedish Migration Agency.
Information regarding the coronavirus situation and residence permits/visas
Swedish Migration Agency
Government Offices of Sweden
List of foreign citizens who require a visa for entry into Sweden
Swedish Migration Agency
Information about residence permit and visa for university studies
Apply for your residence permit online
Swedish Tax Agency
Moving to Sweden