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.
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