Congratulations on being accepted to Malmö University! Now it's time to prepare for your move to Sweden.

Applying for residence permits

Students with citizenship in countries outside the European Union (EU)/ European Economic Area (EEA) are required to have a residence permit. In order to get a residence permit in time for your studies, it is essential that you apply for one immediately after you have paid your tuition fee. 

EU/EEA citizens

As a citizen of a country within the EU/EEA, you have the right to reside and study in Sweden without a residence permit. For practical reasons, students who are studying for longer than one year are recommended to register with the Swedish Tax Agency in order to get a Swedish personal identification number

Non-EU/EEA citizens

To be granted a residence permit you must:

  • be admitted to full-time studies;
  • have paid your tuition fee (not applicable if you are an exchange student);
  • prove that you are able to financially support yourself throughout the planned study period; and
  • have a valid passport.

You apply for a residence permit at a Swedish embassy or consulate in the country you are living in. You must have a valid residence card before you travel to Sweden. You can apply for a student residence permit online at the Swedish Migration Agency's website.

Private insurance and health insurance

The insurance you are provided when studying in Sweden depends on your citizenship and whether or not you are an exchange student. On the Swedish Social Insurance Agency's website you can read more about medical care while studying in Sweden.

EU/EEA citizens

The European Health Insurance Card is a free card that gives you the right to immediate medical treatment equal to Swedish citizens. If you do not bring this card, you risk having to cover all eventual costs. The card is provided by your national health insurance provider.

Non-EU/EEA citizens

If you have a residence permit valid for at least one year

If you are a bachelor’s student or a two-year master’s student, you are entitled to the same health benefits as Swedish citizens. You must, however, register for a personal identification number at your local tax office as soon as you arrive in Sweden.

Medical insurance does not cover your journey to Sweden, or any time prior to relocating. Therefore, to be fully covered, you will need some form of travel insurance.

If you have a residence permit valid for less than one year

Fee-paying students on one-year master’s programmes or courses who hold residence permits for less than 12 months are covered by The Swedish State’s Insurance for Fee-Paying Students (FAS).

Exchange students

All incoming exchange students are covered for accidents, liability and legal expenses through the Swedish State’s Insurance for Foreign Students in Sweden (Student IN Insurance).

EU/EEA citizens are covered for emergency medical and dental care through their European Health Insurance Card. Make sure you bring your card with you when you come to Sweden.

Personal identification number and coordination numbers

Having a personal identification number gives you access to services offered by private companies and authorities, such as bank accounts and gym membership. You apply for a Swedish personal identification number by registering with the Swedish Population Register. To be eligible, you need to:

  • have a residence permit valid for at least 12 months; or
  • be admitted to more than two semesters of study.

You need to be registered as a student at Malmö University before you can apply. 

Read more at the Swedish Tax Agency’s website

Coordination number

A coordination number can be used to identify people who are not registered in Sweden and is useful if you are, for instance, applying for a gym membership. 

You can get a coordination number if you are a non-EU/EEA student and;

  • studying a one-year master's programme; or
  • accepted as an exchange student for more than one semester.

The University's International Office will contact you if you are eligible for a coordination number. 

Read more on the Swedish Tax Agency’s website

Housing information

We strongly recommend that students start looking for accommodation as soon as possible after sending in their application.

Malmö University cannot guarantee accommodation to students who are not on exchange and not paying tuition fees. There are a number of options when it comes to housing and accommodation. Most student apartments are available through the regional housing agency Boplats Syd. Many students choose to share a place with other students or sublet.

Advice and tips on finding student accommodation in Malmö

Fee paying students and exchange students

International students paying tuition fees during their studies are guaranteed housing from Malmö University. Exchange students will be offered accommodation according to availability.

More information for fee-paying and exchange students

Learning Support

If you have a condition such as dyslexia, ADHD or impaired vision, you can apply for support based on your individual needs. Support includes assistance with note-taking, time extensions and access to a computer during examinations. Temporary illnesses or injuries do not make you eligible for learning support. If you have any questions about Learning Support, please contact

How to apply

You must have a computer ID in order to apply for disability support. You apply online through the NAIS database where you provide information about your disability and how it affects your studies. You need to include a certificate verifying your disability.

Apply for a Malmö University computer identity

Apply for Learning Support through the NAIS database.

What happens next?

When your application has been processed, you will be contacted by a member of staff who works with educational support. After discussing your needs together, you will receive a decision outlining the support you're entitled to. 

How to get to Malmö University

Malmö's central train station is well connected within Sweden and internationally via links to Copenhagen. It boasts its own airport, Sturup, but for international travellers, it is best served by Copenhagen Airport — just a 20-minute train journey away. 

If you are arriving at Arrival day, student mentors wearing orange vests will be at the train station to help with luggage and directions. When arriving at Malmö Central Station, follow the signs towards the Anna Lindhs Plats exit. From there, it is a short walk to the Student Centre.

Arrival day

We recommend that all exchange students, as well as international students who have housing through Malmö University, arrive on the official Arrival Day to get the keys to their accommodation and receive welcome information. University staff, student mentors and landlord representatives will be on hand at the Student Centre throughout the day to welcome students and answer any questions.

Arrival Day for spring semester 2019 is January 10, between 09.00 and 17.00.

Please also note that your accommodation will not be available before Arrival Day. Should you arrive earlier, you can find information about youth hostel and hotels here. 

What happens on Arrival Day?

  • There will be student mentors at the Malmö Central Station to guide you to the University and the Student Centre.
  • Once at the Student Centre, you will be called by a staff member to get your 'welcome package' and some practical information. Coffee and snacks will be available while waiting for your turn.
  • If you are taking the intensive Swedish course (for exchange students only), you can buy the required course book (300 SEK).
  • You will also have the opportunity to buy a bus card (220 SEK).
  • Finally, you will get a ride to your accommodation where you will meet your landlord, sign your contract and get the key (if you have housing through Malmö University). Please note that you will be asked to show a photo ID when signing your contract.

The Introduction Programme starts the following day with a welcome meeting. 

Arriving late or after Arrival Day

If you arrive in Malmö later than 17.00 on Arrival Day, or at a later date, you will need to make an appointment with the Housing Office by emailing

The International Office does not have access to your keys, so it is very important that you make arrangements with the Housing Office beforehand if you are arriving in the city after Arrival Day or later than 17.00 on Arrival Day.

Introduction Programme

All new international students are invited to take part in the University's Introduction Programme starting on January 11. The programme consists of lectures and activities that are designed to help you become acquainted with university and student life in Malmö. It is also a great opportunity to get to know your peers and make new friends. 

The Introduction Programme for spring 2019 begins with a welcome meeting and is followed by a series of practical, academic and social activities. The programme is limited to a few activities every day. You are welcome to attend all activities, or just the ones you find relevant. 

All activities are free of charge, but to some activities we advise that you bring some cash if you would like to purchase something.

Introduction programme 2019

Friday, January 11


Time: 09:45 – 10:00 
Location: Niagara lobby, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1 

Welcome Meeting

Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Location: Room B0E15, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1

Welcome to this introductory session where we will provide you with information to get you started at Malmö University and acquainted with Malmö and Sweden. You will meet the staff of the International Office, representatives from the Student Union and the Erasmus Student Network.

Mini fair: Meet the student organisations and your international coordinator

Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Location: Lobby, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1

Meet with the Student Union and take the chance to chat with their different student organisations. Maybe you’ll get some ideas on what to do with your spare time while in Malmö. You will have a chance to meet your international coordinator and get your documents signed.

ESN Games

Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Location: Lobby, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1

Bond with your new fellow students by participating in the ESN Games.

Saturday, January 12

Living on a small budget – Grocery shopping tour

Time: 11:00 – 13:00
Location: Café Rönnen entrance, Rönnbladsgatan 1A

Let Sanjay show you where to find the best and cheapest groceries around Malmö.

Sunday, January 13

Brunch with a twist

Time: 11:00 – 13:00
Location: Student Union Building, Kölsvinet, Norra Neptunigatan 5

Come hungry and enjoy brunch with ESN. If you’re feeling brave, bring your bathing suit and a towel. You won’t regret it!

Monday, January 14

Safety and Security

Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Location: Room D131, Orkanen, Nordenskiöldsgatan 10

If any lecture has it all, this one does: emergency evacuation information, Swedish laws you are probably unaware of and get the chance to meet a real Police Officer. Don't miss it!

Computer Introduction and Library Information

Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Location: Room D131, Orkanen, Nordenskiöldsgatan 10

Being able to find your way in the book collection and library system will be essential in order for you to succeed in your studies. During this session, you will get an introduction to the most important features of the university library as well as guide you through the virtual world of Malmö University and teach you how to log onto the university computers, use the printers and much more!

Tuesday, January 15

Dairy Product Tasting

Time: 10:45 – 12:00 
Location: Student Union Building, Kölsvinet, Norra Neptunigatan 5

You will also soon come to realize that Swedes are crazy about dairy products – the dairy section (mejeri) of any grocery store is a world of its own! For you to be able to navigate in a confident way through milk, buttermilk, yoghurt, sour cream and so on, we offer a sample tasting session in the wonderfully weird world of Swedish dairy products. Vegan and lactose-free options will, of course, be available!

Wednesday, January 16

Introduction to the Swedish Academic System

Time: 10:00 – 12:00 
Location: Room D131, Orkanen, Nordenskiöldsgatan 10

Coming from another academic culture, adjusting to the Swedish academic system can be quite a challenge. This session gives you an insight into the Swedish university culture, the student-teacher relationship, work and examination forms, and the student's rights and responsibilities. Essential knowledge for your university studies!

Friday, January 18

Love, Work and Play

Time: 13:00-14:30 
Location: Orkanen D131

The Student Health Service together with Career Service invites you to join this fun and interactive workshop about how to get the best out of your studies in Malmö,

Welcome Reception

Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Meeting place: Orkanen Lobby, Nordenskiöldsgatan 10

It’s time to wrap up the introduction programme with a buffet, some games and possibly some singing!

Party at the Student Union!

Time: 19:30 – late
Location: Student Union Building, Kölsvinet, Norra Neptunigatan 5

Party all night with fellow students at the Student Union! Free entrance.

Check out photos from previous years

Registration for international students studying a programme at Malmö University

If you are an international student studying a programme, i.e not an exchange student, you can register for the introduction programme following this link. Deadline for registration is January 7.