Students from countries outside of the EU/EEA who plan to study in Sweden for a period longer than three months must have a residence permit.
It is essential that you apply for a residence permit as soon as you have received your letter of admission. To be sure of obtaining your permit in time, you should present your application and, if applicable, pay your tuition fee as soon as possible.
The fastest way to get a visa/residence permit is to apply online at the Swedish Migration Agency website. When your application is registered and you have received a control number, visit the nearest Swedish Embassy/Consulate in order to be photographed and take fingerprints for the residence permit card.
Note: Don't wait for the decision about your residence permit before visiting the nearest Swedish Embassy/Consulate, because it will delay the process.
All students at University West are insured by the state insurance company Kammarkollegiet during school hours, travels to and from the university, and during any activities performed by the university. This insurance covers emergency health care in case of an accident. This insurance does not cover emergency health care due to accidents during students' spare time, nor does it cover regular health or dental care.
Incoming exchange and fee-paying degree students registered at the university are covered by special insurances (Student IN and FAS) that are valid during study time and free time throughout the duration of studies, as well as two weeks prior to the start of studies and two weeks after the end of studies. More detailed information about the conditions as well as forms can be found at the Kammarkollegiet website.
This insurance offers medical and dental coverage, home transport, third party liability and legal protection. You will be charged a higher fee to see a doctor, but you can claim the cost from the insurance company by submitting a claim form signed by the International Office.
Please note that the insurance provided by the university does not cover loss of property. You have to buy your own insurance for this.
All students at University West are insured by the state insurance company Kammarkollegiet during school hours. travels to and from the university, and during any activities performed by the university. This insurance covers emergency health care in case of an accident. This insurance does not cover emergency health care due to accidents during students' spare time, nor does it cover regular health or dental care.
European degree students from countries in the EU/EEA are responsible for their own insurance outside school hours. If you have health insurance in another EU/EEA country, you will pay the same fee for a visit to a doctor or a nurse as Swedish citizens. The condition is that you are able to show a European Health Insurance Card, which you get from your local health authority free of charge (in your country of residence). For more information, visit the European Commission website.
If you need to talk to a nurse, you can call 1177 or +46 771 11 77 00 for healthcare advice, at any time of day or night.
You can also check the website 1177.se where you can find multiple articles about illness, symptoms, advice etc and also contact information to all clinics in Sweden.
At a health care center you can be examined and receive treatment for the majority of illnesses and conditions. You can contact them via phone to seek advice or book an appointment. They also offer drop-in hours sometimes.
You should choose the health care center closest to your home. For example: students living at Lantmannavägen and Lasarettsvägen can contact Lextorp vårdcentral; students living at Järnvägsgatan can contact Maria Alberts vårdcentral (their websites are only in Swedish but the phone number is in English too).
During weekends and evenings
When the vårdcentral is closed, you can contact an out-of-hours clinic (Jourcentral). Here are the contact information for the Jourcentral in Trollhättan (In Swedish only).