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New PhD Students 2021

Congratulations on being admitted to SSE! We are looking forward to welcoming you at the school very soon. Below you will find the practical information you need in order to prepare your move to Sweden.

Before the start of the Program

Admission letter  
The admission letter you have received is the proof that you have been admitted as a PhD student at SSE. If you need a visa to come to Sweden, the Swedish Migration Office might ask you to provide the protocol of the decision to admit you to the program. This is standard procedure, and the decision will be sent directly from SSE to the Swedish Migration Office. Contact Elena Braccia in case you receive such a request. 

Depending on your country of origin, you might need a residence permit to come to SSE. Please, refer to the Swedish Migration Agency’s website to read what applies to your specific case.

Accompanying partner and children
Spouses/registered partners and children moving following a PhD student to Sweden are entitled to receive a residence permit based on the PhD student’s visa. In order to facilitate this process, it is important that the whole family applies for the visa at the same time.

At SSE we have a small housing office that offers rooms and apartments to some of our international students. See the menu on the right ("Housing") to view the available options, but please contact your department before you contact our housing office, as some arrangements might already have been made for you.

It is very important that you purchase a travel insurance that covers your trip and ensure that you have valid medical insurance covering you and any accompanying family members for the initial weeks in Stockholm before you have obtained your Swedish Personal Identity Number. EU/EEA students should make sure they bring a European Health Insurance Card from their home countries or, alternatively, bring the terms and conditions for a fully comprehensive private health insurance policy.

Questions regarding COVID-19?
If you want to know how SSE is dealing with COVID-19, click here.


We are welcoming all our newly admitted PhD students at SSE with a full day of activities on August 23rd. The introduction day is mandatory for all students and it is officially your first day at SSE, so please mark your calendar already now.

Depending on which program you have been admitted to, you will also receive an invitation to introduction activities for your specialization. 

Academic calendar:
Academic Calendar 2021.pdf

Confirm that you are done with your Master's degree

If your Master's degree is not from SSE:

  • Unless you have attached it to your application, send a copy of your official Master’s transcript and diploma as soon as possible by email to Elena Braccia.
  • If you are not done with your degree yet, make sure to send us your final official Master's transcript and a certificate from your home university that you are done with all the Master's program requirements by August 21st. Don't forget to send the copy of your official Master’s transcript and diploma as soon as you receive it.

For SSE MSc students or graduates (except parallel enrollment): 

  • You must be done with all the MSc courses required for the degree by the start of the program. We will check your eligibility ourselves prior to the registration. 

Let's stay in touch!

For general questions regarding SSE, such as registration to the program, immigration, being a student at SSE, introduction day on August 23th and more, feel free to email Elena Braccia.

For questions specific to your program, like for instance courses, introduction days for your specialization or specific questions about the department you have been accepted to, please contact

Business Administration: Agneta Carlin
Economics: Rasa Salkauskaite
Finance: Jenny Wahlberg Andersson

Networking events and pre-departure meetings
Due to COVID-19, our physical network mingles and pre-departure events had to be cancelled.

Would you like to learn Swedish before your studies begin?

Then download the app “Learning Swedish” now! This app has been developed in Sweden by the Swedish Institute, a public agency, together with a group of experienced Swedish teachers and partners. "Learning Swedish" is a free course in Swedish course for beginners with material for self-study aimed at adult learners.

It is your fast track to learning Swedish wherever you live. The course gives basic spoken and written knowledge of the Swedish language, as well as an insight into Swedish culture and society. All instructions are given in English. Once you have downloaded the app, it is also available offline:

Google Play: swedn.me/LearningSwedishAndroid
App Store: 

In addition, feel free to check out the following Swedish courses as well: 

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