Checklist for international programme students and students taking freestanding courses

Last changed: 13 April 2021

Below you as a new international programme student or a new student taking free standing courses at SLU find important information that will be useful before arriving to Sweden and while you are here as a student.

Pay the first tuition fee installment

If you are a student who is a citizen of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, you are required to pay an application and tuition fee. You will receive payment instructions from the SLU Admissions Team. You will not be able to apply for a residence permit for studies until you pay the tuition fee.

Information about tuition fees.

Apply for a residence permit in Sweden

If you will study at SLU for more than 3 months and you are NOT a citizen of an EU/EES country or Switzerland, you will need a residence permit for studies in Sweden. You will need to have paid the first installment of your tuition fee before you can apply for the residence permit. Read more and apply directly on the Swedish Migration Agency's website.

It can take between 1-3 months for a decision, so be sure to apply early.


SLU guarantees accommodation for exchange students and fee-paying international students. You do not need to apply separately for housing; the Housing Officer will contact you with your housing offer and contract.

Other students need to find their own accommodation. 

Note: If you have guaranteed accommodation through SLU, you are responsible for picking up the keys from your respective housing office during opening hours.  You may have to arrange your own accommodation for the first night if you cannot come during regular office hours to collect your keys.

Housing information by campus:


If you are a foreign student or doctoral student, exchange student, fee-paying student or Erasmus Mundus student, SLU provides various supplementary insurance policies. Your insurance policy will vary based on which category of student you are. Click the links below to read the full terms and conditions for each category:

  • Fee-paying and scholarship students: You are covered 24 hours/day by the FAS+ insurance and the Personal Injury Insurance for students.
  • Exchange students: You are covered 24 hours/day by the Personal Injury Insurance and the Student IN insurance.
  • Free movers and non-fee paying students: You are covered only on university premises and during the journey to/from university by the Insurance for Foreign Visitors (formerly known as GIF insurance) and the Personal Injury Insurance for students. Additional insurance is highly recommended.
  • Erasmus Mundus students: You are covered 24 hours/day by the Personal Injury Insurance for students and the Erasmus Mundus insurance.

Note: If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, make sure you have a European Health Insurance Card. The national health insurance provider from your country issues this card.

We also suggest that you visit SLU's web page on insurance. Additional information is available at Study in Sweden

We recommend you to look over your insurance coverage before you arrive in Sweden. If the insurances above are not sufficient, you should take out your own insurance policy.

Accept your offer

No reply required for First round

If you applied to the First round for the autumn semester, you do not need to reply to your offer. If you decide not to attend the course/programme in which you have been offered a place, please be sure to decline your offer. You can do this at Log in to your account, go to "Applications" and follow the instructions.

Reply required for Second round

If you applied to the second round autumn, you must reply to your first Notification of Selection Results in order to keep the places you have been offered, or to be placed on the reserve/waiting list for the second selection round.

For the second notification, you do not need to reply to courses you wish to keep, but should decline those courses you are not planning on attending. This makes those places available for students on the waiting list. Log into your account at and go to 'Applications' to decline your spot(s).

How to activate your student IT account

Students without a Swedish personal identity number

If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number, you will need to visit IT support to activate your account.  Please have your ID documents and admission decision with you. Or sent a mail to so we can send you infomation how to activate your account over video.

You can get your IT account by mid-August the earliest for courses starting in the autumn semester. And in January for courses in the spring semester.

Students with a Swedish personal identity number

Once you have received your second admission decision, you can activate your account at SLU. You can do this by mid-August the earliest  for courses starting in the autumn semester. And in January for courses in the spring semester.

Click on New account to activate your user account. You will be redirected to, where you can activate your SLU account using your login details for

Before you get an account, you should read the regulations that apply to the use of IT resources and accept them by checking the box.

If you encounter any problems, please contact IT support at your campus. Please have your ID documents and admission decision with you.

For questions about your IT account, email

Access card

Once you are registered in an SLU course, you will receive an email informing you that you can pick up your access card from the service centre. It can take up to two days from registration before you receive this email.

Check that you are registered as a student before you visit the service centre. You can check if you are registered at Ladok Student from the Student web start page.

When collecting your card, you will need to bring ID and sign a receipt for your access card. You will be given your personal access card, the terms of use, information about how the card works and the PIN for the card. The PIN is generated automatically by the system and cannot be changed.

First class and registration

At the first class, you will receive important information about the course and the requirements in relation to examination and grading. If you are unable to make the first class, contact the department responsible for the course in advance. Registration to the course is required to be able to attend classes, and will activate your insurance and student account.

If you are admitted to a programme

If you are admitted to a programme, registration will take place during your first class. For the following courses, you are usually able to register online one week before the course start. You will receive more information from your Program Director about online self-registration.

Online registration will be open in Ladok one week before the course starts. To be able to register online, you need to activate your student IT account first (See above in checklist).

If you are accepted to a freestanding course

If you are accepted to a freestanding course, you are usually able to register online. Online registration will be open in Ladok one week before the course starts. To be able to register online, you need to activate your student IT account first (See above in checklist).

If you can't register online

If you cannot register online, your teacher can also register you at the roll call/first lecture.

Mecenat Card (Mecenatkort)

As international students at SLU, you are eligible for a Mecenat card, free of charge. The Mecenat card is a student card which offers many student discounts, including for the public transportation and train companies throughout Sweden. This includes SL, UL, Skånetrafiken, SJ and more. In order to purchase bus/train tickets at the discounted student price, you must have a valid student ID from Sweden which shows the SL/UL logo on it. If you do not have the Mecenat card and you purchase the discounted bus/train tickets, you could be subject to a fine if you get caught by the ticket control.

Joining the student union is the easiest way to get the Mecenat card. If you want to join or are already a member of a student union at SLU, contact them for help getting your Mecenat card, as all student union members receive the card automatically. The student unions do not give out the physical cards, instead they use the Mercenatkort mobile app, and they will give you instructions on how to download your card. If you prefer to have a physical card however, you can request one once you have received your digital one. Please see the website of the Student Unions for more information. The digital card is sufficient all over Sweden for discounts, but if you travel abroad, the physical card is often preferred.

Service centres

  • Alnarp: Alnarpsgården, Sundsvägen 6
  • Uppsala: Ulls hus, Almas allé 8
  • Umeå: Skogishuset,  Skogmarksgränd 17

You can turn to the service centre (see addresses above) at each campus for any questions related to SLU and they will guide you to the right place.

What should you do when you are finished with your studies in Sweden?

If you move abroad from Sweden and plan to stay away for a year or longer, you should not remain registered in Sweden. In this case, you must notify the Swedish Tax Agency that you are moving abroad at least one week before departure. If you forget to submit the notification on time, you should send it as soon as possible. You will find the form SKV 7665b (Notification, Moving Abroad) for download at Please fill in as much information as possible, as it will ease the handling of your notification.

If you move to another Nordic country

If you move to another Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway), the regulations of that country determine whether you are entered into its population register. You must notify the authorities in the other Nordic country of your move there, and inform the Swedish Tax Agency that you are leaving Sweden. You will be removed from the population register in Sweden once the other Nordic country has decided to register you in its population register.

When do you cease being registered in Sweden?

When you move to another country, you cease to be registered in Sweden as of the day you move away, as long as you have reported your move no later than on that day. If the notification is received by the Swedish Tax Agency later than that day, you cease to be registered in Sweden as of the day that the Agency received your notification.

What should you do if you return to Sweden after being de-registered?

If you move back to Sweden for further studies, work or other reasons you should again notify the Swedish Tax Agency. You should then use your personal identification number that you received the first time you registered in Sweden.  You can find more information on the website of the Swedish Tax Agency:

Other important information about life in Sweden

Cost of living

It is good to be prepared for the cost of living in Sweden. Sweden is a relatively expensive country. You might expect living costs to be between SEK 8,000 and 9,000 per month.  Study in Sweden has good information about the cost of living and the average student budget.


For students staying in Sweden for less than six months, it is easier to make banking arrangements with your home bank than opening a bank account in Sweden. If you are staying in Sweden for one year or longer, you can apply for a Swedish personal identity number, which makes the process easier.

To become a bank customer, you need to be able to identify yourself, and answer questions about why you want to open an account.  The Swedish Bankers Association has more information about what the bank requires from you when you visit a bank branch: Becoming a bank customer

Swedish weather

Sweden has four distinct seasons: spring (March to May), summer (June to August), autumn (September to October) and winter (November/December to February/March). Sweden can have winter temperatures around -30 degrees Celsius, even if this is not common in the southern parts of the country. The average temperature during the winter in the southern parts of the country is around +2 degrees. Summer temperatures in Sweden can rise to 30 degrees Celsius, and everything in between.

To have appropriate clothes for every season can be costly. Second-hand shops often offer cheaper alternatives. Mittens, hat, a winter coat/jacket and padded boots are recommended if you are staying for winter. Rain clothes are also very useful even during summertime. Since Sweden is a long country, depending on if you are staying in Umeå, Uppsala or Alnarp, winter temperatures will differ and the spring will arrive later the further north you are.

Swedish weather and nature

Swedish personal identity number

If you have moved to Sweden from abroad and are planning to live in Sweden for one year or more, you need to register in the Swedish Population Register. You will then get a Swedish personal identity number from the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket). In order to register in the Swedish Population Register (become ’folkbokförd’), you must personally visit a Tax Agency office.

For more information, including what documents to bring to the tax agency office, please read the information on Skatteverket's website.

You can enter all your personal details in a digital form before your visit to the Tax Agency office. You need to print out the form and bring it to the Tax Agency office.

After receiving your personal identity number

When you have received your personal identity number, please send an email to This to make sure to update your temporary registration number in the SLU database of student records (Ladok).

In the email, please state:

  • Your name
  • Your current temporary student registration number listed in Ladok
  • Your new 10-digit Swedish personal identity number
  • Your study programme

Learning Swedish

Are you eager to learn some Swedish before you arrive? Here is a free online introduction course you can join: Learning Swedish.

You may also apply for a Swedish course for immigrants (SFI) from Hermods for free. Hermods also offers online courses.

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