New PhD students 2023
Before the start of the studies
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 a 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. If you need a residence permit, note that you can get a permit that is valid from August 1st, which allows you to come to Stockholm a little earlier and settle down. Make sure you fill in the application properly so you don't miss this possibility.
The Swedish Tax Authorities' website also offers useful information about moving to Sweden, including webinars in English that explain the process and what one should think about. The webinars are free of charge, but have a limited amount of spots and registration is needed.
Accompanying partner and children
Spouses/registered partners and children moving and following a PhD student to Sweden are entitled to receive a residence permit based on the PhD student’s visa. The residence permit for spouses/registered partners allows them to work, and once registered in Sweden children gain the right to go to school here. In order to facilitate this process, it is important that the whole family applies for the visa at the same time.
For spouses/registered partners to SSE PhD students there is also the possibility to become a member of the Stockholm Dual Career Network, which is a non-profit network for partners and spouses of international talent in Stockholm. SDCN supports expat partners with professional events, career-related advice and by building a social network in their new hometown.
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 months 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.
We are welcoming all our newly admitted PhD students at SSE with a full day of activities on August xx, 2023. 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.
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 xx, 2023. 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 the registration to the program, immigration, being a student at SSE, introduction day on August xx, 2023 and more, feel free to email Elena Braccia.
For questions specifically linked 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
Would you like to learn Swedish before your studies begin?
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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:
In addition, feel free to check out the following Swedish courses as well: