Sweden student visa

If you wish to study in Sweden and are a non-EU citizens, you must obtain a student visa in order to study in Sweden.

There are two types of student visas depending on the length of the study program:

Sweden student visa

Type C visas are short-term visas or travel visas that are valid for one or more entries and for a duration of up to 90 days.

 Type D visas, also known as ‘residence permit for studies’ is given for study programs that are more than six months long.

Documents required for Sweden study visa
  • Valid passport
  • Completed visa application form
  • Proof of having the required financial resources to cover your living expenses during your course of study which includes bank statements
  • Copy of medical insurance policy even if the university or college offers the insurance cover
  • Certificate of acceptance from the educational institution in Sweden

Language requirement to study in Sweden

While international students may enroll in English-taught courses, it is beneficial for them to learn Swedish. This will assist them in communicating with the local community and becoming acquainted with the culture.

For postgraduate and PhD courses, English study programs are available. Universities in Sweden recognize the following English language test scores:

  • Cambridge
Working while studying

If they have a work permit, students from non-EU countries can work here during their course. This necessitates a job offer from a Swedish employer. The permit can be applied for on your behalf at the Swedish Migration Agency by your employer.

What are the conditions to apply for a student visa in Sweden?

You must apply to a full-time university study program.

You must have written confirmation from the university that you have been accepted.

It is suggested that you pay the first tuition fee instalment (only if there is any tuition to be paid).

If you are staying for less than a year, you must have adequate health insurance.

Your passport must be valid for at least six months.

What is the processing time for residence permit for study in Sweden?

Most of the applications are processed within 2 to 3 months. Since the average wait time for a student visa/residence permit is 2–3 months, you should apply as soon as possible. You must also show the original copies of the relevant documents when applying for a visa at the local embassy.

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