Medical and health insurance
Before you arrive in Sweden, we recommend you review your insurance coverage. The insurance policies provided by Uppsala University may not cover all your needs, and therefore we strongly advise you read the insurance chapter thoroughly, so that you are aware of what insurance coverage you may need.
Personal injury insurance for doctoral students and employees
All registered doctoral students and employees at Uppsala University are covered by personal injury insurance during study/work hours and when travelling directly between the place of residence and the place where study/work hours are spent.
For university employees there is also a complementary personal injury insurance called PSA (Personal Injury Agreement, personskadeavtal). The insurance company AFA pays compensation for loss of income, expenses, and physical and mental suffering. Read the policy conditions at AFA Insurance.
Staying in Sweden more than one year
A personal identity number (personnummer) is normally given to anyone who will be staying in Sweden for one year or more. The number gives you access to reduced costs in the Swedish health and medical care system. All you have to do is provide your personal identity number whenever you visit a clinic or hospital. Read more about personal identity numbers in the section Register with the Swedish Tax Agency.
Staying in Sweden less than one year
EU/EEA citizens are strongly advised to bring their European health insurance card. The card gives you the right to necessary health care to reduced costs. For EU/EEA citizens who do not qualify for a European health insurance card, necessary health care will be covered by Uppsala University’s GIF insurance (see below). Please note that EU/EEA citizens on stipends are entitled only to necessary health care.
If you are a citizen from a non-EU/EEA country, the GIF insurance will cover costs for necessary health care during your stay in Sweden (see below).
Swedish State Group Insurance and Personal Insurance (GIF)
All international employees, scholarship holders, doctoral students and accompanying family members are covered by a group insurance policy, the Swedish State Group Insurance and Personal Insurance (grupp- och individförsäkring, GIF). The insurance policy covers accidents, sickness, dental care, emergency home transportation, liability, legal rights, and property.
The GIF insurance is mainly intended for persons staying less than one year in Sweden.