Sweden Student Visa Requirements And Procedures

Sweden is a lovely country to call home with its friendly residents, first-rate public services, and business culture that supports a healthy work-life balance.

Sweden is the largest of the Nordic countries, with a population of about 9.5 million. It borders Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark via the Öresund (Öresundsbron) bridge.

The Baltic Sea lies east of Sweden, and the Gulf of Bothnia separates Sweden from most of Finland. The northernmost part of Sweden belongs to the Arctic.

Documents Required to Get a Student Visa

While filling out the visa application process, you need to be ready with the following documents. Each of your documents should be in PDF format, and none of the files should be over 2 MB in size.

  • Tuition Fees Paid Receipt (First Installment).
  • Passport (First & Last page in a single PDF file).
  • Notification of Selection Results (Admission letter).
  • Bank Statement (A cover letter and Statement from the bank, which can be merged into a single PDF file).
  • Health Insurance.
  • Scholarship Letter.

Documents required for Studies Visa

Depending on the purpose of your travel, different types of visas will apply to the occasion. Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study, or work and reside there permanently, you will have to apply for a different visa accordingly.

Here is the list of additional documents required if you would like to travel for the purpose of studying, training, research, or other types of internship programs:

Proof of Means of Financial Support Instructions

  • Your bank statements for the past four to six months.
  • A bank draft in convertible currency.
  • Pay stubs.
  • An employment letter, where applicable.
  • Proof of assets or business.
  • Proof of payment of tuition and accommodation fees.
  • Tax reports, declarations, or statements.
  • Proof of a student/education loan from a financial institution.
  •  A letter from the person or institution providing you with money.
  • Proof of funding paid from within the country if you have a scholarship or are in a country-funded educational program.
  • Proof of the country bank account in your name if money has been transferred to the country.
  • List all your bank (chequing and savings) and investment accounts, the account numbers, the dates each account was opened, and the balance of each account over the past six months.
  • List all outstanding debts, such as credit cards and loans,
  • The list must be printed on the financial institution’s letterhead and include your name and the financial institution’s contact information (address, telephone number, and e-mail address).

Letter Of Acceptance

  • You must provide the letter of acceptance you received from the educational institution that you will be attending.
  • A letter of acceptance is issued by the country’s educational institution on official letterhead and shows the exact amount of tuition fees you are required to pay, the anticipated starting and finishing dates, and the date by which you need to register.
  • If you are a returning student, please request the country’s educational institution to issue you a “Letter of Enrolment/Registration.” The letter should include how long you have been studying at that institution and, if applicable, your expected graduation date.

General Documents That Must Be In Your Application Includes:

Proof of Means of Financial Support Guide

  • Your bank statements for the past four to six months.
  • A bank draft in convertible currency.
  • Pay stubs.
  • An employment letter.
  • Proof of assets or business.
  • Tax reports, declarations or statements
  • A letter from the person or institution providing you with money.

A Passport Guide

  • Showing your birth date, country of origin, etc.; and
  • Any pages with stamps, visas or markings.

Proof Of Financial Resource Of Sponsor (if applicable) Guide

  • Sponsors bank statements for the past four to six months.
  • A bank draft in convertible currency.
  • Pay stubs.
  • An employment letter.
  • Proof of assets or business.
  • Tax reports, declarations or statements.
  • A letter from the person or institution providing you with money.

Proof Of Relationship (if applicable) Guide

  • Marriage certificate.
  • Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union.
  • A birth certificate (If your child is inviting you).
  • An official document naming you as a parent (If your child is inviting you).
  • A copy of the inside back cover of the inviter’s passport showing the inviter’s parents, if applicable.

Purpose of Travel – Other Guide

  • Your flight ticket departs the country (return ticket – reservation only until visa has been issued).
  • Your travel itinerary (e.g. places you will visit or stay, such as hotel booking).
  • Proof of a medical appointment. (where applicable).

Family Information 

  • Children details.
  • A birth certificate.
  • An official document naming you as a parent.

Invitation Letter Guide

  • You must provide a letter of invitation from the person inviting you to the country. The host must write the letter and should have specific information about the host and invitee.
  • The letter should state the purpose and length of the visit, the nature of the relationship between you and the host, the host’s contact information, etc.
  • Suppose you are being invited to conduct business in the country. In that case, a letter of invitation should be printed on the company’s letterhead and include the host’s full name, title and business contact information.
  • Brief summary of the reason for the invitation, including details of the business or trade to be undertaken.
  • The full names of all employees from your company who your host is inviting.
  • The intended duration and a detailed itinerary of the visit.
  • A  statement specifying who will be responsible for all travel-related expenses

Travel History Guide

  • You must provide information on your valid visa from the United States/United Kingdom/Canada as well as previous travel history. 
  • This can include copies of your previous passports and/or visas (used within the last 10 years to travel outside your country).
  • Entry and exit stamps.
  • Study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside of your country (if applicable).
  • Expired or valid visas.
  • Boarding passes.
  • If you hold a valid visa from the United States/United Kingdom, Canada or Europe, provide a clear, scanned copy of your visa.
  • If you are living outside your country of citizenship, please submit a copy of your immigration status document for the country where you currently reside. This could be a work permit, study permit, visa, or any other document that authorizes you to be in the country where you are living.

How to Apply for Sweden Student Visa in Nigeria | Step by Step

Here is a thorough but simplified guide on how to apply for a Sweden Student visa in Nigeria:

Gain Admission/Gather Documents

Apply to be admitted to the school you want to attend in Sweden. After you have secured your admission, you should download the residence permit visa application form. Fill out this form honestly and gather the other necessary documents.

Checklist / Procedure for Visa Application

  • Filled out and signed visa application form.
  • Original, signed Nigeria passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity.
  • Passport-type photograph.
  • Photocopies of the passport and ID card. The applicant must provide photocopies of the original passport and ID card, including copy of all visas (valid and expired).
  • Visa application form. Visa application form filled out in detail (block letters) and signed by the applicant.
  • Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or confirmed itinerary.
  • Medical travel insurance.
  • Bank Statement. Copy of a recent bank statement showing proof of sufficient funds (at least $60 per day).
  • Employment Letter. A letter from your employer/school (on business letterhead, with contact details), stating that a leave of absence has been granted and that you will be returning to your current job. If you are self-employed, include a copy of your business license and tax return. If you are retired please submit proof of your retirement fund.
  • Hotel Reservations. Copy of confirmed hotel reservations.
  • Host’s Bank Statement. If you will be receiving financial support from a host or other sponsor in the country, please provide a copy of that individual’s bank statement.
  • The invitation letter from your host should specifically state the types of support they will be providing (financial, accommodations, etc).

Book An Appointment

  • Pay the visa application fee. 
  • Afterwards, book an appointment to submit your documents using this email address; bookings.abuja@gov.se.

Submit Application/Attend Interview

  • Go to the Embassy of Sweden in Nigeria to submit your documents. You may be asked to provide other information or documents. 
  • Your biometric data will be collected. Also, you may have to attend an interview.
  • Collect your passport

Wait for the result of your visa application and you may track your visa application online. When your visa application has been processed, you will go back to the embassy to collect your documents and visa.

Sweden Embassy In Abuja

41 T. Y. Danjuma Street
Asokoro District


We hope students find this article useful, especially those wishing to study in Sweden. We encourage you to follow each step above closely; if you do, your study visa requirements will be easy.

We wish you success in all your academic pursuits.

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