Checklist for international programme students and students taking freestanding courses
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.
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.
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 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 Universityadmissions.se. 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 Universityadmissions.se and go to 'Applications' to decline your spot(s).
How to activate your student IT account
Students without a Swedish personal identity number
To be able to register to your course and to get access to the student web, you will need a It-login at SLU. From 21 June, 2021, you can do the following steps to get your student login:
- Read and sign the It-login contract these are the rules that apply to your account and you accept them by acknowledgning the account.
- To get the login online, go to: https://join.video.slu.se/webapp/#/?conference=it-stod and check that the camera and sound is working on your computer. Make sure to have your identity card or passport ready.
- Call IT-support on +46 18-676600, touch tone 1. The it-support will be able to connect to the same video meeting and do an identification check. You then receive your user information. The it-support is available by phone weekdays 08.00-16.00 CET. You can book an appointment online by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +46 18 67 66 00. For the booked appointment, you will need a camera device and good internet to be able to be identified by the it-support. You need to confirm that you have read and accepted the terms in the it-login contract.
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 Antagning.se, where you can activate your SLU account using your login details for Antagning.se.
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 email@example.com.
Get started with SLU’s digital tools
Once you have gained access to your student account at SLU, you will have access to several digital tools, systems and programs for studies.
Log in and familiarize yourself with these before the course starts. To use some tools, such as the Zoom video tool, you need a camera, microphone, and headphones. Many courses use Zoom in teaching, so it is good to have tested that your technical equipment works before the course starts.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the digital tools.
With Zoom, you can study with your classmates over video, for example when you have group work. Zoom will also be used for distance lectures so it is good if you are familiar with the tool.
Please remember to always sign in to Zoom with your SLU account through Single Sign-On (SSO) when you are using Zoom. Type "slu-se" in the SSO box.
How do I get access to Zoom?
If you have an SLU-computer you can find the Zoom-client for PC in Software Center, or if you use Mac you find it in Self Service. If you are a student, you can find it here: studentsharet.
The first time you sign in, you will need to install the Zoom Client on your computer.
The first time you want to invite to your own meeting in ZOOM, you need to activate your Zoom account. You only do this once by following the steps below.
- Go to https://slu-se.zoom.us.
- Select Sign-in
- You will come to the page for the university's joint web login where you log in (Sign In with SSO). You have now activated your Zoom account.
- To use Zoom, you also need to install the client. Go to http://slu-se.zoom.us and select the Download Client option at the bottom of the page.
Zoom the client
- Start the program.
- Zoom client log in Click the Sign in with SSO button.
- Type "slu-se" in the Company Domain.
- Log in with SLU account; your username and password.
- The zoom client looks like below. If you want to start a meeting directly click on "New meeting", or if you want to plan a meeting in advance click on "Schedule".
You should also check your personal settings. In the web browser, you will land on the settings page when you sign in. From the Zoom Client you will reach the settings page under Settings-Advanced Features-Edit My Profile.
Make your Zoom meeting more secure
The Security icon in the meeting controls allows the host or co-host of a meeting to enable or disable options during a meeting to secure the meeting and minimize disruption during the meeting.
- Read more about the In-meeting security options
Help with Zoom
- Zoom Help Center https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us
- Getting started https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697
- Audio, Video, Sharing https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/201137166
- Meetings https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/201146643
- Joining a meeting https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting
Canvas learning platform
Canvas is a learning platform consisting of course rooms. Canvas has four features:
- Distributes materials, instructions, links and learning goals.
- Submission of work safely.
- Communication with your teacher and other students in the course.
- Tools for evaluations and examns.
Microsoft Office 365
As a student at SLU you can download and install the Microsoft Office 365 for free. 1TB of storage will allso be included.
This package includes:
- PowerPoint and many other applications.
Office supports PCs and tablet devices with Windows 7 or later, and Mac computers with Mac OS X 10.13 or higher. Office for iPad can be installed on the iPad plates with version 7.0 or higher.
Click here to download the program. Log on with your student identity.
The Adobe suite is available on the campus computers (computer lab and library). To get started read more here. If you are attending a design course you may be eligable to access Adobe from home. Please check with your teacher if this is the case. To install the Adobe suite on your own computer, please read more here.
As student at SLU you are eligible to install Autodesks softwares (e.g. AutoCAD, Revit etc). Visit the link below and click on Get started on the software you want to download.
Create an account with your student email address. You will get an email to verify the account, then you can sign in to download the software. Before the download starts you will get prompted to sign in with your student ID and password to verify license eligibility.
-Select Get certificate
-Select Certificate of Registration
-Check English and click Get
With SLU:s virtual study room you can access applications and personal documents from your own computer, tablet or smartphone.
Other free software
Since everyone does not have the opportunity to come to campus to get help with installing software on their private computers we have created a software share where you can download the software needed for your studies, you reach the share with your SLU e-mailadress and SLU password.
We only provide software that we have campus license for which are allowed to be installed in private computers. Software purchased by individual institutions are not listed on this program share.
There are also some applications specially designed for people with a disability. But some of them work very well for all users.
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.
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.
- 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 www.skatteverket.se. 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: www.skatteverket.se.
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
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 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 Ladok@slu.se. 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