Residence Permits and Visas

It is highly important that if you plan to enter Sweden, you are legally allowed to do so. Before you arrive, you must have a residence permit or visa in place if you do not have right of residence in Sweden.

If you are going to study at Linköping University (LiU) for longer than three months you will need a residence permit or a right of residence. Students need to apply before 1 June for the permit to be processed in time. Different rules might apply in terms of the right of residence, depending on the country you come from. Some foreign nationals must have a visa in order to enter Sweden.

Are you an exchange student? 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

Fee-paying students
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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.

Students staying in Sweden for longer than three months – Residence permit

You must apply for a residence permit. Online applications via the Swedish Migration Agency’s website are recommended, as the process is easier and processing time is shorter. 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
  • be able to show that you can support yourself during your studies (the maintenance requirement for 2019 is SEK 8,370 per month) 
  • have a comprehensive healthcare insurance policy. 

You should apply as soon as you have paid your tuition fee or received confirmation of a scholarship. We strongly recommend that you apply as soon as you have paid your first tuition fee instalment. At the latest 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. 

More information about residence permits is available from the Swedish Migration Agency. Information about insurance is linked to at the end of this article.

Distance learning with on-campus meetings – Visa

Students from outside the EU/ EEA enrolled in distance programmes cannot receive a Swedish residence permit. If face-to-face meetings on campus are part of the distance course, 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.

Useful links

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

Swedish Migration Agency - Apply for your residence permit online

Non-fee-paying students
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Students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland

If you are a citizen or long-term resident of a country within the EU/ EEA and Switzerland, you do not need a visa to visit Sweden. If you are an EU/EEA citizen, you also have a right of residence to study in Sweden if you have sufficient means to support yourself. This means that you are allowed to study in Sweden without a residence permit. Swiss citizens must apply for a residence permit if staying in Sweden for longer than three months, but the permit is free of charge. Residents of EU/EEA countries should confirm their status by reading more at the Swedish Migration Agency website.

Useful links

Swedish Migration Agency - Swedish residence permits for long-term residents of another EU/EEA country

Swedish Migration Agency - More information for citizens of EU/EEA and Switzerland

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