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Residence permit and next steps

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How to apply for a residence permit

Once you have been offered a place on a Lund University programme or course and paid the first instalment of your tuition fee (if you are a non-EU/EEA student), the next step is to apply for a residence permit. It is important that you do this as soon as possible, as the process can take several weeks. Please note that when accepted to studies in Sweden lasting more than three months, you should not apply for a visa to come to Sweden. Instead, you should apply for a residence permit for studies. 

You apply for a residence permit online at the Swedish Migration Agency websiteThe fastest way to get your residence permit application processed is to submit a complete application online.

You will also need to visit the Swedish Embassy in your home country to give your biometric data (fingerprints and photo). You apply online for both yourself and any accompanying family members (spouse and/or children).

Other important preparations

If you have been offered a place on a Lund University programme or course, the next steps are as follows (follow the links to read more about each step):

  1. Apply for housing (all accepted students)
  2. Activate your student account (all accepted students)
  3. Pay your tuition fee instalment (non-EU/EEA students)
  4. Apply for a residence permit (non-EU/EEA students)

Stay updated

It is also important that you check your email account for other pre-arrival updates from Lund University and read the information about preparing to come and your arrival at Lund University.

Read more about how to prepare for your studies at Lund University