Required documents

If you wish to apply for a residence permit to study in Sweden, you need the documents below.

Documents required by all students

You need:

  • If you are not applying online, form no. 105031, Application for residence permit for students and doctoral students.
  • Notarized copies of the pages in your passports showing your personal data and the validity of the passport. If you have permission to be in a country other than your country of origin, you must send a notarized copy of these pages as well. If you apply in person, you may bring your original passport to the Consulate to get a notarized copy. 
  • Statement of admission or letter of acceptance showing that you have been admitted to a fulltime course of studies.
  • A bank statement confirming that you have money of your own to support yourself with. The bank statement that you attach with the application should be dated at the time of your application.

or

  • A document issued in your name showing that you have received a scholarship or a similar means of support (e.g. a student grant) and describing both the monthly sum and the period during which you will receive the money.

or

  • A document showing that you have received a training grant (applies to doctoral students) or a studentship, with details of the amount(s) and the period concerned

The application fee of $120 should be paid in the form of one money order or certified bank check, payable to the Consulate General of Sweden. If you are applying in person at the Consulate, the application fee can also be paid in cash. 

Students at university or university college

If you wish to study at university or university college, you need:

  • The documents required by all applicants (see above)
  • A copy of the document showing that you have comprehensive health insurance valid in Sweden (if you will be studying for less than a year).The Migration Agency requires the exact dates of coverage, policy with no termination (as long as the premium continues to be paid) are not valid. If you are covered by insurance from the university or university college (institute) concerned, you must send a certificate showing this.

Students at folk high school and upper secondary school

If you wish to study at a folk high school or an upper secondary school (Gymnasium), you need:

  • The documents required by all applicants (see above)

Other studies

If you wish to pursue a course that is not associated with a university, a university college, an upper secondary school or a folk high school, you need:

  • The documents required by all applicants (see above)
  • Contact the Consulate or the Embassy for more information on specific requirements

Documents required by your accompanying family

If your family is accompanying you to Sweden, you can apply on their behalf in your own application.

Family members need:

  • If you are using a paper form, or if the family will be applying at a later date, form no. 135011, Application for co-applicants to students/doctoral students.
  • Notarized copies of the pages in the passport that show your identity, your citizenship and the passport’s period of validity. If you apply in person, you may bring your original passport to the Consulate to get a notarized copy. 
  • Documents that confirm your relationship. Documents issued by public authorities in your country of origin are to be submitted together with a translation by an authorised translation agency (if not in English or Swedish).
  • A document such as a bank statement proving that the family member has sufficient means of support (in English).

Exchange students

In the case of exchange students, other rules and documents apply.

Read more on the page ‘Pupil exhange’ on the Swedish Migration Agency website