Prior to your studies at Swedish Red Cross University College

Once you have been accepted to your exchange studies at the SCRUC there are a few preparations that need to be made. On this page you find information about the most important things that you need to do prior to your exchange. Please remember that it is important that you send us any documents that might be asked from you in time, since some of the bureaucratic processes are drawn-out.

Flight tickets and transportation

As soon as you have booked your trip to Stockholm please send an e-mail to the international office at the Swedish Red Cross University College at ic@rkh.se and inform us when you are coming!

Students from countries outside Europe  will get picked up at the airport by taxi. European students are responsible to arrange for their transportation to their housing (see Travel arrangements and housing).

Students that will get their flight tickets arranged by the SCRUC, must send a passport copy, including an indication of first, middle- and surname, as soon as they have been elected for studies with us. Please send this information to ic@rkh.se. 

Visa

Students that are not from an EU/EEA country must apply for a visa at a Swedish embassy or consulate in their home country prior to departure. Please note that issuing processes may be long, which is why it is important to start the visa application as soon as possible after you receive the notification of your acceptance to the Swedish Red Cross University College. More specific information on documentation requirements can be found on the Swedish Migration Board’s (Migrationsverket) website.

For Swedish diplomatic missions abroad, see Sweden Abroad.

For a list of foreign embassies and consulates in Stockholm, visit Embassies Abroad.

Insurance

The SRCUC insurance coverage for incoming exchange students is limited to general liability insurance and accident insurance during study hours at the Swedish Red Cross University College.

The student must arrange for her/his own insurance coverage, including: health, accident (outside study hours) and housing. All incoming exchange students are responsible to make sure that they are appropriately covered by insurance during their study period at our university college and they will be asked to show insurance coverage before arrival to the Swedish Red Cross University College.

Important! Electronic ID

At your clinical placement, you will need an electronic ID issued by the Stockholm City Council, that will be ordered before your arrival. In order to obtain the electronic ID, we need to receive a passport copy from you, with its authenticity confirmed by a witness signing the copy, at least 5 weeks prior to your arrival.

This is what you need to do:

  • Copy the photo page of your passport
  • Ask your international coordinator (or someone else) to write for example: THIS COPY IS TRUE TO THE ORIGINAL, and sign their name on the copy  
  • Scan the witnessed copy (photos of copy are not valid), and send by e-mail to ic@rkh.se.
  • Only if we receive your e-mail five weeks before your arrival, you will get your e-ID on time.

You will then receive information about how to book an appointment in order to collect your e-ID. A mentor student will assist you personally and it is important that both you and the mentor bring your identifications to the appointment.

Health clearance

A Health Clearance is required of all students attending  placement on a healthcare programme within Stockholm County Council (SLL). The international office at SRCUC will send you instructions about this  before your exchange studies. 

Upon arrival in Stockholm you will bring your health clearance to  the Student Health Centre at Karolinska Institutet (KI) where you will also make a MRSA test. Click here for more information about MRSA and MRSA-screening.

Student mentors

Other practical aspects

  • Bring warm clothing, especially if you will study in Sweden during the winter. Although not that common, the temperature can drop to about -20 degrees Celsius!
  • Bring an electronic adapter to make sure you can use your electronic devices while you are in Sweden
  • Sweden is a multicultural society and although Swedish is the main language, you might also benefit from knowledge in, for instance, Arabic, Persian and Turkish