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Residence permit

When you are admitted, you can start your application for a residence permit for studies. If you come from a country outside the EU/EEA and you are planning to study for longer than three months, you need to have a residence permit to study in Sweden. As an EU/EEA citizen you have the right of residence in Sweden and may study without a residence permit. ​The application has to be made directly at the Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket).

Read more about residence permits on the Swedish Migration Agency website​

In order to receive your residence permit in time for your travel to Sweden before the semester starts, it is important that you submit the residence permit application as soon as possible after you have been admitted and paid the first instalment of the tuition fee. The most efficient way to make an application is online at the Swedish Migration Agency website, but please ensure you have all documents ready so you can make a complete and full application.

Applying for a residence permit for studies

To be granted a residence permit you must intend to study and:
  • be admitted to full-time studies at Chalmers. Your admission results/notification of results or letter of acceptance is necessary in order to start the application process and for the Swedish Migration Agency to complete it.
  • have comprehensive health insurance that covers the whole period you are in Sweden if you plan to study for less than one year
  • you need to demonstrate that you have enough money to support your living costs during the planned study period
  • have a valid passport. Check that your passport does not expire during the duration of your studies​

Proof of health insurance

If you are admitted to more than one year of studies, you don’t have to submit any separate proof of health insurance when you apply for your residence permit. You must attach the Notification of selection result (admission lresult available at your account at universityadmissions.se instead.

Read more information about this on our Insurance page​

Residence permit for work, during and after studies

Admitted students with a residence permit for studies are allowed to work according to Swedish law, but a prerequisite for this residence permit is full-time studies on a programme or course.

Chalmers’ Master's programmes require you to study full-time, day-time (the rate of study is 100%). This can be difficult to combine with work, as students are required to be present at the university to participate in lectures, labs, project assignments and examinations. Many courses in the master's programmes are mandatory and the schedules are fixed. Certain courses are only offered once a year.

If you are a citizen of a non-EU country and would like to stay in Sweden and work after your studies, you can apply to extend your residence permit for up to 12 months to look for a job or examine the possibilities of starting your own business. You must apply for this residence permit while you are still in Sweden.

Residence permit (the Swedish Migration Agency)                   
Rules for working in Sweden during and after studies (studyinsweden.se)
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Page manager Published: Wed 05 May 2021.