If you are going to stay in Sweden for more than 3 months you need a residence
permit (uppehållstillstånd). Citizens of EU countries and Switzerland
apply for their residence permit after their arrival in Sweden at the local
Office of the Swedish Immigration Board (Migrationsverket), Bolandsgatan
10, phone 0771 - 235 235 (switchboard), 010-485 82 82. Scandinavian citizens
do not need a residence permit.
You can download an application form for a residence permit or visa at
www.migrationsverket.se if you are a non-EU/EEA or non-Swiss citizen.
Please note that there is a separate application form for doctoral students.
In order to get a residence permit you must prove that you have a health
insurance policy, either the insurance policy provided by Uppsala University
or from your own country (see page 24). You must also prove that you
have been admitted as an exchange or visiting student at Uppsala University
and fill out a form confirming
that you have enough money for your study
period in Sweden.
If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU, Switzerland or Scandinavia
you must have your residence permit (also if received electronically)
stamped into your passport before entering Sweden. You apply for a residence
permit at a Swedish Embassy or Consulate in your home country.
Otherwise you may not be allowed entry into the country. In some non-European
countries Sweden may be represented by the Embassy or Consulate
of another EU country (for instance, Finland or the Netherlands).
IMPORTANT: After receiving a letter of acceptance you should apply for
a residence permit online or at the Swedish Embassy or consulate in your
home country without delay, unless you are an EU or Swiss citizen.
This is due to long waiting time. There is normally a non-refundable
visa application fee for non-EU citizens (approximately SEK 1,000).
All students coming to Sweden must be covered by a valid medical insurance.
EU citizens should bring the European Health Insurance Card provided
by their local authorities. Exchange students only, but not other international
students, are also covered by an insurance policy taken by Uppsala University
at a national agency, Kammarkollegiet. Please check the International Student Guide.
An introductory orientation programme introducing you to Uppsala University and to student life in Uppsala will be arranged through The Student Union, read the Programme here.
Exchange students under formal exchange agreements, will
be offered housing by the University. You will have to fill out a Housing
Application Form and return it properly filled out and signed to your host
department or the International Office.
Please note that payment of rent in Sweden takes place on a monthly basis.
However, your first rent will be for the second half of August or January
together with the following month. Your last rent will be for the first half of
January or June together with the preceding month. Rent must be paid by
the last weekday of any month, to cover the rent for the following month.
Payment of rent can be made either via a bank account with Internet access
(free of charge) or at a bank (which charges a fee).
Arrival by air
Stockholm International Airport, Arlanda, is situated 35 kilometers
south of Uppsala. Special airport buses take you to Uppsala. The trip costs SEK 90 and takes 50 minutes (tickets inside the airport). Trains from the airport to Uppsala take 20 minutes and cost SEK 90-140. Going by taxi to Uppsala would cost you approximately SEK 445 (ask for the fixed price). Taxi can be paid by card.
Arrival by train
There are several trains from the continent that have Stockholm as their final destination. In Stockholm, however, you can change to the local train to Uppsala, which departs at least twice an hour. The train ride takes about 40 minutes.
IMPORTANT: Try to arrive on a weekday, during office hours to pick up
the key for your room and to meet your contact person. Please note that the
various housing offices have different opening hours.
Arriving in Uppsala
On your arrival in Uppsala, please first go to the relevant housing office to sign your housing contract and to receive your keys. If you have not been informed by early August about where you have been allocated a room, please contact the University Housing Office.