Passport & Visa
All students should have a valid passport for the period of their study in Jönköping.
If you need an entry visa depends on where you come from. The lists of countries whose residents require a visa can be found at the Government Offices of Sweden. You should also confirm possible visa requirements with the Swedish Embassy or Swedish Consulate External link, opens in new window. responsible for your home country.
Residence Permit for study (study permit) required
Citizens of non-EU countries
If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU and you are planning to study for longer than three months, you must have a residence permit. The permit must have been issued before you can travel to Sweden.
Note that unless you have a government/organizational scholarship or grant, you cannot apply for a study permit earlier than 4 months before the start of the studies.
Click on what you have been admitted to (according to your Letter of Acceptance).
- Bachelor or Master programme
- Pathway Intensive English Campus course (Summer) + bachelor or master programme
- Pathway Year or Pathway Semester
- Exchange student
Follow the instructions for how to apply for a residence permit on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website External link, opens in new window. or contact the closest Swedish Embassy or Swedish Consulate External link, opens in new window..
Admitted students with a residence permit for study are allowed to work in Sweden during their period of study. No additional work permit is required. However, be aware that it may be difficult to find a part-time job, especially if you do not speak Swedish. Please note that university studies are full-time and may be difficult to combine with work and that the Migration Agency has requirements for registration per semester and progress in the studies in order to grant an extension of a study permit.
Students with a Swiss citizenship need to apply for a residence permit with the local immigration authorities after their arrival in Sweden. More information can be found on the website for Residence permit for Swiss citizens.
Long-term residents of other EU countries
Persons who have lived legally in an EU country for an uninterrupted period of five years may apply for long-term resident status in that country. Persons who are granted long-term resident status receive a special EC/EU residence permit. This gives them certain rights, similar to those of an EU citizen.
Admitted students to JU with a long-term residence permit in another EU country can apply for a Swedish residence permit after arriving in Sweden External link, opens in new window..
See the information about which EU countries offer the possibility of a long-term residence permit at the Migration Agency's website for long-term residents External link, opens in new window..
Residence Permit not required
If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country you have the right to reside in Sweden. The term “right to reside" means that an EU/EEA citizen is permitted to stay in Sweden for more than three months without a residence permit. More information can be found on the Migration Agency website for EU citizens studying in Sweden.
Citizens of Nordic countries
Summer courses (and other short term studies)
If your total period of stay in Sweden is less than three months, you should not apply for a residence permit, but should instead apply for an entry visa. Citizens of some countries may stay in Sweden for up to three months without a residence permit or visa. During this period, it is permitted to study.
The lists of countries whose residents require a visa can be found at the Government Offices of Sweden.