Residence Permits, Visa and Insurance Guide

There is much to think about before you arrive in Sweden at LiU for your new life here. This is a beginners guide to important things you need to know about residence permits, visas and insurance.

When you study abroad you become a resident of the country in which you are studying. Different rules might apply in terms of insurance or the right of residence, depending on the country you come from. Some foreign nationals must have a visa in order to enter Sweden.

List of foreign citizens who require a visa for entry into Sweden

Different rules apply to non-EU/EEA students who come within the framework of an exchange agreement. For more information, please contact the exchange student coordinators at: intco@liu.se.

Students from non-EU/EEA countries

Apply for a residence permit or visa before coming to Sweden

Students staying in Sweden for longer than three months

If you are going to study in Sweden for longer than three months, you must apply for a residence permit at the Swedish embassy/consulate in your home country. 
Online applications are recommended. You should apply as soon as you have paid your tuition fee or received confirmation of a scholarship. We strongly recommend that you apply before 1 June to ensure that your application will be processed in time. It usually takes two to three months for an application to be processed.

Distance learning with face-to-face meetings

If face-to-face meetings on campus are part of the distance course, you should apply for a visa rather than a residence permit. 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.

Health insurance

Make sure that your health insurance is valid throughout your stay in Sweden. Medical services in Sweden are expensive if you are not covered by health insurance and a doctor’s appointment, for example, may cost around SEK 1700. Price with insurance is SEK 150-300.

If you are a citizen of Algeria, Australia, Israel, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Québec (Canada) or Turkey, you benefit from a reciprocal agreement for public medical services. The agreements often only apply for urgent medical care but you should check with countries health care authority. You may only need to show your passport and a certificate from the social insurance office in your home country to receive care in Sweden. 

FAS+ Insurance

Fee-paying students are insured with FAS+. This is the Swedish State Insurance for fee-paying students with property cover. The insurance includes cover for emergency medical/dental care, home transport cover, accident cover, property cover, liability cover and legal expenses cover. For further questions about FAS+ insurance, contact our master's student coordinators on admitted@liu.se

Read more about the terms and conditions for FAS+

Please note: If you bring family members to Sweden they will NOT be covered by FAS+ and they will need their own insurance from your home country. 

Students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland

Health insurance

You receive the same medical services as Swedish citizens for urgent medical care,* if you have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Contact your local health authority and make sure you receive your EHIC before coming to Sweden. Medical services in Sweden are expensive without any health insurance, and a doctor’s appointment, for example, may cost around SEK 1700.

*Care at a primary healthcare centre, specialist doctor or emergency room prompted by illness. Planned medical care (e.g. planned operations) will need to be postponed until you return to your home country. Note that dental care is not subject to the same discounts as other types of medical care.

Further information

Swedish personal identity number

If you study here for one year or more, you are required to be registered in the Swedish Population Register. Once you have been registered you will be given a Swedish personal identity number (“personnummer”). This facilitates your contacts with Swedish authorities and banks, lets you search for part-time jobs, and enables you to receive medical services under the same conditions as Swedes. When applying, take an identity document, certificate of registration at the university, health insurance valid for a year, and residence permit (if applicable).

Apply at your local Swedish Tax Agency office (Skatteverket):
- Linköping: Kungsgatan 27
- Norrköping: Spiralen, Drottninggatan 59

A certificate from the Swedish national database (“personbevis”) will be mailed to your postal address, or you may collect it at a tax agency office. Note that it can take a few weeks to process. Once you have received a personbevis, present it at the Student Service Desk. It is important for us to replace your T/P-number for our contact with other institutions and authorities.

Personal injury insurance

All LiU students who are registered in the Student Records System (Ladok) are covered by a personal injury insurance from the Legal Financial and Administrative Service Agency (Kammarkollegiet). This insurance is paid for by Linköping University. It is only valid during study hours spent at the university or on work placements in Sweden, and when moving directly to and from your accommodation in Sweden. It is very important that you acquire complementary insurance before leaving for Sweden.

Terms and conditions for personal injury insurance 

Travel and home insurance

It is recommended that you have travel insurance that covers your travel to and from Sweden, plus the time you spend in Sweden before registering at the university and after your courses have finished. You should also arrange home insurance to protect your personal belongings and avoid costs related to property damage, such as those caused by fire, flooding or plumbing failures - in Sweden property damage is the tenant's responsibility. Check with your landlord if home insurance is included in the rent or not.

Working in Sweden

Working and studying at the same time can be quite challenging, as full-time studies at LiU require 40 hours per week and classes are scheduled during the day. Most jobs require knowledge of Swedish, and part-time work is limited.

However, students from Nordic and EU/EEA countries have the right to work in Sweden, as do students from other countries who have obtained a residence permit for studies. Please check with the Swedish Migration Agency for more information about the right to work in Sweden.

After graduation, students from non-EU countries are allowed to stay in Sweden and look for work for up to six months.

For more information about the job market, visit the Swedish Public Employment Services.

For more information visit