Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a visa to study in Sweden, and if so, how do I apply?
If you are a citizen of a country outside of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA), you need to apply for a visa to study in Sweden. This includes both exchange students and fee-paying Master's students. Visas are organised through the Swedish Migration Board, Migrationsverket. For information on how to apply, visit Migrationsverket.
If you are a citizen of an EU and EEA country, you do not need to apply for a visa to study in Sweden. However, you will need to apply for a residence permit within three months of your arrival in Sweden. Residence permits are organised through the Swedish Migration Board, Migrationsverket. For information on how to apply, visit Migrationsverket.
Will SLU organise accommodation for me or do I need to organise it myself?
If you are a fee-paying Master's student or attending SLU as part of an exchange programme, accommodation will be organised on your behalf. Speak to your exchange coordinator or email our study and career advisors for details.
All other students, including non-fee-paying Master's students, are responsible for organising their own accommodation. For information on accommodation options, visit Accommodation.
How do I collect my room key?
If you are an exchange student or a fee-paying Master's student, accommodation will be provided for you by SLU. Lodging details and instructions on how to collect your room key, will be sent directly to you by SLU. If you have any questions please contact your exchange coordinator or our study and career advisors.
Does SLU offer scholarships?
There are scholarships available for non-EU/EEA students through both SLU and the Swedish Institute (SI). To find out how to apply for scholarships visit Fees and Scholarships or the Swedish Institute.
What date will I need to arrive in Sweden?
International students must arrive in Sweden in time to start their orientation programme. It is very important that you attend orientation and the first week of classes. During this period you will be given essential information about your stay in Sweden and your studies at SLU. You will also register for classes.
Will SLU arrange airport pickup for me?
SLU does not provide airport pickup for international students. However, SLU Alnarp has an Arrival Day for new students, and provides transportation from Malmö Central Station to SLU's Alnarp campus. If you are an international student and will be studying at Alnarp, visit Orientation for details.
Where can I find information about the orientation programme?
It is essential that all new students attent orientation. For information about the orientation programme, visit Orientation.
Where can I find my class schedule?
Information about your programme and courses, including your class schedule, is found on your programme's webpage. You can also find this information by searching under Courses and finding the course website. If the information is unavailable please contact the programme/course coordinator.
Where can I find information about the course literature?
Information about your programme and courses, including a list of the course literature, Is found on your programme's webpage. You can also find this information by searching under Courses and finding the course website. If the information is unavailable please contact the programme/course coordinator.
Can I get assistance and advice from a current student?
SLU's student union has a buddy system for new students. This allows you to make contact with an older student for guidance and support. To participate in the buddy system students will first need to become a member of the student union. For more information, visit Student Union.
Can I get the contact details of other international students and fellow countrymen?
Unfortunately, SLU is unable to release the personal information of students. However, joining the student union, participating in student activities, and reading through SLU's Facebook page will greatly increase your chances of meeting other international students.
Students can also become a member of SwedenInTouch, the official community for international students. Organised by the Swedish Institute, the aim of the community is to allow international students to make contact and stay connected with each other, even after the have left Sweden. Registration is free, and you can sign up before you arrive in Sweden. To become a member, visit SwedenInTouch.