Health and insurance
It is essential that you have taken out an insurance if you intend to stay in Sweden less than a year. The Swedish authorities require you to provide evidence of insurance when applying for a residence permit..
If you are a European student you must bring your European Health Insurance Card, or E128 form, that is issued on request in your home country. You are then entitled to use the public medical services on the same conditions as Swedish citizens for emergency medical care.
If you come from a country outside of the European Union you have to buy a private medical insurance in your home country. There are reciprocal agreements for public medical benefits between Sweden and Australia and the province of Quebec in Canada. However, you should still consult with your insurance company on an adequate insurance policy.
As you will be staying in Sweden for some months, we recommend a medical check-up before you leave your home country. If you use medication, make sure that the prescription is valid for your whole stay. There are generally no vaccination requirements for entering Sweden. Temporary regulations may sometimes apply to travellers from specific countries.
Student In – Swedish State’s Insurance for Foreign Students In Sweden
Karlstad University offers a basic insurance in case of emergency for all exchange students, called the Student In (Swedish State’s Insurance for Foreign Students In Sweden). The insurance provides reimbursement for costs in connection with emergency visits and additional coverage for accidents that may occur during leisure time. The insurance also covers liability and legal costs. This insurance is free of charge.
All students from abroad who are registered in the national student record system, Ladok, at Karlstad University are covered by Student In provided that there is an exchange agreement between Karlstad University and the student’s home institution. Students who are not enrolled in a formal exchange programme may join the Student In programme individually.