Welcome to Stockholm, your new academic hometown!
Are you an international student who has been admitted to a programme or course at Stockholm University starting in the autumn semester 2020? This page is for you!
We know there is a lot to think about before moving to a new country for studies, that's why we have collected some useful information that will help you make sure everything is in order before your departure to Sweden. Please note that this information is for international students who have applied to Stockholm University through Universityadmissions.se, exchange students should follow the instructions they receive from their international coordinator instead.
Questions and answers about the new coronavirus are continuously updated on Stockholm University’s website. Newly admitted students are recommended to keep themselves updated by visiting the webpage on a regular basis.
Questions and answers about the new coronavirus
Pre-departure to-do list
1. Check the information provided by your department
Check if you need to confirm that you want to keep your seat
Some programmes require you to actively accept the seat you have been offered. Be sure to follow the instructions of the department that is responsible for the programme you have applied to.
The instructions are usually sent via email to admitted students, so remember to check your spam folder in order to ensure you receive all important information. It is always important that you notify your Department if you do not wish to attend the programme or course you have been admitted to. By doing so, you will leave your place to someone on the waiting list.
Unsure about which department is yours? The responsible department is always specified on the programme- or course-page on Stockholm University's course catalogue.
In your final year of your bachelor’s programme and conditionally admitted?
If you have been conditionally admitted because you are in the final year of your bachelor’s programme, you will need to show the final transcript and diploma in order to register at you department. Be sure to verify how and when you must document that you have completed your bachelor's studies with your department, if you are not able to do so by the date set by your department, your admission will be withdrawn.
2. Apply for a scholarship (optional)
Apply for a Stockholm University Scholarship (for non-EU/EEA students)
Students coming from countries outside of EU/EEA/Switzerland and who are required to pay tuition fees for studies are eligible for applying for the Scholarship Scheme at Stockholm University.
3 APRIL: Students eligible for the scholarship will be sent an electronic application form via email during the late afternoon and early evening of April 3 (Swedish time).
6 APRIL: Deadline for application to the Stockholm University scholarship.
24 APRIL: Scholarship recipients and other applicants are informed of the results via email during the late afternoon and early evening of April 24 (Swedish time).
If you have already applied to a Swedish Institute (SI) scholarship
If you have applied to a Swedish Institute (SI) scholarship, you will be able to see the results of the selection in the afternoon on 24 April 2020. If you receive a scholarship offer, you are required to accept or decline the offer within the deadline indicated in the offer.
Applying for other scholarships
On studyinsweden.se, you can find a list of scholarships for students from a variety of countries as well as country-specific scholarships to which you can apply.
3. Pay the first instalment of the tuition fee (for non-EU/EEA students)
You will receive instructions on how to request an invoice from the Student Services at Stockholm University once you have been admitted, be sure to follow the instructions that will be sent to you. The tuition fee is paid by making an account deposit via a bank transfer. Note that you must have paid the first instalment of the tuition fee before handing in your application for a residence permit.
24 APRIL: Scholarship results announcement.
In the days following the announcement of scholarships, admitted students who have not received a scholarship will receive an invoice for the payment of the first instalment.
1 JUNE: Deadline for payment of the tuition fee.
4. Check your insurance status
The ”FAS - The Swedish State’s Insurance for Fee-Paying Students”, is a health insurance that covers all international fee-paying students at Stockholm University.
The FAS Insurance is accepted by the Swedish Migration Agency as a comprehensive health insurance. Note that your Notification of Selection Results (that you can download from Universityadmissions.se) can be used as an insurance certificate, when applying for the residence permit at the Migration Agency.
If you have questions about FAS, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EU/EEA/Swiss/Nordic Citizens should bring the EHIC card
If you are a citizen of any of the EU/EEA countries or Switzerland, you should register for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in your home country before coming to Sweden. This card gives you the right to medical care at the same cost as Swedes.
5. Apply for a residence permit (for non-EU/EEA students)
You apply for a residence permit at Migrationsverket, the Swedish Migration Agency. On their website, you will find a step-by-step guide on how to apply for the first time. Do not apply more than three months before the start of your residence permit period. You can for example apply for the residence permit for studies starting in the autumn semester 2020 at the earliest from the beginning of May.
6. Start looking for accommodation in Stockholm
In the beginning of the semester, it can be quite difficult to find accommodation in Stockholm and we strongly recommend students to start looking well in advance. All admitted students are encouraged to sign up at SSSB (Stockholms studentbostäder, a student housing provider in Stockholm) to start collecting queue days for student accommodation provided by SSSB.
Since SSSB’s queue is quite long, make sure to start looking for accommodation on the private rental market also. The Housing Office provides some general advice regarding housing in Stockholm, as well as a list of links to websites with housing ads.
7. Make your travel arrangements
Verify the registration dates
Before making any travel arrangements remember to verify when and how you need to register at the department before you book your trip, as the registration may take place some days before the start of the course or programme. Your department will provide you with the relevant details. If you have not received information about registration you can contact your department directly.
Check the dates for the Welcome activities
Be also sure to check out the dates for the Welcome activities. You may take advantage of our airport pick-up service at Arlanda, which is provided for two days (in connection to the start of the semester) by the University.
8. Once in Sweden - apply for a Swedish Personal identity number
International students who study in Sweden for 12 months or longer must apply for a Swedish personal identity number (“personnummer” in Swedish) at the Swedish Tax Agency (“Skatteverket” in Swedish). Students with a Swedish personal identity number have the legal duty to report changes of address within Sweden and to notify when they are moving from Sweden.
9. Still wondering over something?
Join our webinars for admitted students! We will focus on topics such as registration, university account, insurance, living costs, arrival service and accommodation. You will also have the chance to ask us all your questions via the chat.
Checklist for all admitted students
You will find the information you need to get started with your studies (including how to activate your university account and other important steps) on our checklist for admitted students
Relevant information for new students at Stockholm University is available on our website.
Preparing for your life in Stockholm
Stockholm is a cultural hub and economic centre, with many green areas and surrounded by water. The ideal place to enjoy an exciting and pleasant student life!
Getting to know Stockholm and Sweden
Visitstockholm.com is the official guide of Stockholm where you can find information and get inspired.
Stockholm’s public transportation, “SL”, provides travel by commuter trains, underground, buses and ferries throughout the greater Stockholm area. Underground stations are marked with a blue ’T’ and commuter train stations with a blue ’J’. Students who are studying at least 22.5 credits per semester can buy a student travel card that gives a discount on the cost of travel. The student travel card can be bought at all major SL ticket agents such as Pressbyrån and at SL Access ticket machines at underground and commuter rail stations. When travelling with a student travel card you must always be able to prove that you have the right to do so by showing your student union member discount card “Campuskortet”. For more information about the discount visit the Stockholm University Student Union webpage.
If you are not a frequent user of the transport system you can buy a single ticket that is valid for one hour, but it should be noted that this is the most expensive option. Further information, prices and a trip planner (which you can use to find the quickest route between two addresses or stations) can be found at: sl.se/english
Even though it is very easy for international students to get by with English only, learning Swedish could be a great advantage. Students at Stockholm University are offered various possibilities for learning Swedish while studying in Sweden. And for those who can't wait to start there are free courses available online!
Connect with other Swedish and international students
Take the chance to find friends and connect with new students and friends from around the globe through the many groups, associations and networks available to new students.
Facebook group for new international students
The purpose with the group is to find friends and discuss questions related to the move to Stockholm. The group is not moderated by Stockholm University.
Student unions and faculty associations
The purpose of a student union is to represent the common interests of students and guarantee that students are able to influence their own education. In fact, student unions also have a major role in the social aspects of university life. Stockholm University has two student unions: one large called Stockholm University Student Union and one departmental student union: DISK for students at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences. Membership in a student union is optional.
SUS works closely with the student run faculty associations on campus. The faculty associations organise weekly events where you will find everything from movie nights to dinners and pubs. Your SUS membership can give you automatic access to a membership of one of the faculty associations, SF (Social Sciences), HumF (Humanities) or NF (Natural Sciences), at no extra charge.
FAQ and contact
Last updated: May 5, 2020
Source: Student services