International Student Guide
International Student Guide
Welcome to Blekinge Institute of Technology’s International Student Guide, designed to support you throughout your journey, from applying for one of our Master’s programmes to preparing for your arrival in Blekinge, Sweden.
Below, information about the crucial steps you must take before arriving, such as applying for accommodation, and residence permit, and paying the tuition fee, is provided. You are always welcome to contact the programme managers for questions regarding the programme and its courses.
Are you admitted to one of our programmes? Please visit Newly admitted students to get all information you need and go through our checklist to find out what you need to do next.
Fees and documentation
Not sure if you are required to pay the application fee or provide any specific documentation? Visit the University admissions website for more information.
Visa and Residence permit
We encourage you to apply for a residence permit as soon as possible. In general, all students from non-EU/EEA countries have to apply for a residence permit.
Start looking for accommodation as soon as possible after receiving your admission letter.
We have eight master’s programmes. Most of them are two-year programmes consisting of 120, including:
We also have one one-year Master’s programme consisting of 60 credits:
Additionally, we have two programmes targeted towards professionals who are already working in the industry and want to develop their skills, including:
On the programme pages on our website, you can read more about the programmes, the entry requirements, tuition fees, courses, and everything else you need to know.
The easiest way to apply is to find the programme you are interested in on our Master’s programmes and courses page. When you are on the programme page, you click on the blue button “Apply now”. You will then be directed to the University admissions website where you can use their guide to complete the application.
The current tuition fee for full-time studies is 60 000 SEK per semester which includes 30 credits. This means that one year (two semesters, 60 credits) will cost 120 000 SEK and two years (four semesters, 120 credits) will cost 240 000 SEK. EU and EEA students are not required to pay.
Please note, there might be additional costs.
Included in the tuition fees are studies and study-related issues such as study administration, study/career counselling, access to the student health professionals at BTH (nurse, counsellor, etc.), library access, study and computer labs, assistance in finding accommodation and in opening a bank account, etc.
Keep in mind that there are different rules depending on what country you are from. Read more about this as well as general information regarding tuition fees here.
After receiving the Notification of Selection Result from University Admissions, you must log in to your BTH tuition fee account at the following web page: https://tas.student.bth.se/
Here, you will find the deadline for payments, the amount you need to pay as well as instructions on how to pay. Please note that BTH is not sending any invoices.
Please note! You must pay as soon as you can after receiving your admissions notification. Otherwise, you might not have time to receive your resident permit. This is because the Migration Office does not process residence permit applications until the fee is paid.
BTH has no student accommodations and cannot make reservations for students. To find accommodation, you have to make an online application or contact the housing companies or private landlords available in Blekinge. On Karlskrona municipality’s website, you can find a list of all property owners and landlords.
We recommend that you start looking for accommodation as soon as possible. If you have not applied for housing before your arrival, you may have to stay a considerable time in a hostel before you can get a student room which can be very expensive.
When you apply for an apartment, remember to check:
How much to pay in rent
What is included in the rent (internet, electricity, etc.)
If you are allowed to live together with friends or not
If the apartment is furnished or not
Remember to read the contract carefully before signing.
If you need more support, you can contact the Student Union at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Accommodation coordinator at email@example.com. The Student Union also invite you to join their Facebook group “Student accommodation in Karlskrona” where you can find accommodation possibilities.
Pay the rent on time and keep the accommodation clean.
Usually, the landlord expects the accommodation to be quiet after 10 pm on workdays and 11 pm on weekends. If it’s not stated in the contract, please contact the landlord and clarify what times are stated.
If you are planning to study in Sweden for one year or more, you must notify the Swedish Tax Agency and be registered in the Swedish Population Register. You can do this by using their online service Moving to Sweden.
If you use their online service before going to the Swedish state service centre, your visit will go much quicker and smoother. Don’t forget to bring all the necessary documents with you.
When you are finished with the process and have been listed in the register, you will be given a Swedish personal identity number and be able to apply for a Swedish ID card.
The Swedish Tax Agency offer online webinars about moving to Sweden to study. Visit their website for more information.
Please note that the waiting time is longer than usual, between 4-18 weeks or longer, so make sure to do it at your earliest convenience.
Don’t forget to notify the agency before your departure when you have finished your studies and it’s time to leave Sweden.
Many of our alumni are currently working in successful industries such as Ericsson, Volvo and SAAB. At BTH, we aim to work closely with industries to provide you as a student with the best possibilities for the future. You can read student testimonials here.
There are also possibilities to continue within academia and apply for a PhD after graduation. You can read more about this and watch our PhD interviews here.
There are many possibilities for you if you want to stay and work in Sweden after graduation. There is currently a lack of competent engineers and IT professionals in Sweden, so you are much needed!
To improve your chances of getting a job after graduation, we recommend that you start preparing for the future as soon as you begin your studies here at BTH. For instance, you should focus on being committed, attending all lectures even when it is not mandatory, and taking every chance to network with industries. Throughout the year, BTH invites industries to campus to help the students meet and connect with potential future employers.
Other things that we recommend that you focus on are time management and having good routines. Further, we recommend that you start thinking about different thesis subjects during your first semester as this might be your gateway into professional life. Many industries look for students who are interested in writing their thesis together with them. Visit industries websites that are relevant to you, such as Volvo and Ericsson, and look for thesis openings. Why not take the chance to ask the industry representatives about this when they come to campus? Keep an eye out for these events to improve your chances and don’t forget to network!