Entry requirements

In order to be qualified for the courses and programmes you apply for, you must meet certain general and specific entry requirements.

These requirements differ depending on the level of the course or programme you have applied to – bachelor's or master's – and what is required of the university to which you are applying.

The requirements are a form of quality assurance that ensures that you will be able to benefit from the education that you have applied to.

It is very important that you submit all the required documents with your application. Read more about the application process on universityadmissions.se.

Bachelor's level requirements

In order to be offered a place in bachelor's (first cycle or undergraduate) courses and programmes taught in English, you must first meet certain general and specific entry requirements.

If you meet these requirements, you will compete with other students who are eligible for and have applied to the same course and/or programme in the selection process.

General entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for bachelor's level studies, all students must:

  • have successfully completed their upper secondary (high school) education (post-16)
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent. The entry requirement for studies at the bachelor's level in Sweden is the equivalent of the Swedish upper secondary course English 6/English B

For students who received their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows:

  • The student must have successfully completed courses in mathematics to reach the level of the Swedish courses Mathematics 1a, 1b or 1c / Mathematics A (approximately 10 years of mathematics studies).

Master's level requirements

In order to be offered a place in master's (second cycle or graduate) courses and programmes taught in English, you must first meet certain general and specific entry requirements.

General entry requirements

To meet the entry requirements for master's level (second cycle or graduate) studies, you must:

  • have been awarded a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognised university
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent. Check the website of the university where you would like to study for more information about language requirements as they determine what level is required for each course and programme at this level

Specific entry requirements

In addition to the requirements described above, there may be specific entry requirements for the course or programme. These specific requirements are outlined in the individual course or programme descriptions.

Students in their final year

Students who do not hold the required degree, but are registered for the last term of a programme leading to such a degree, may be accepted.

An official document stating that you are likely to be awarded the degree by the start of the Swedish programme must be sent in with your application. The document must be issued through and certified by a representative of the Academic Registrar's Office, the Examinations Office or equivalent of the institution. Certification from other staff members, such as faculty or college staff members, will not be accepted.

Prior learning (reell kompetens)

If you are a student who does not meet the entry requirements that are outlined in in the individual course or programme, but think you possess equivalent knowledge you can apply for assessment of prior learning. Prior learning can be practical experience or if you think that your work experience or previous studies enable you to benefit from the course or programme that you have applied to.

Contact the Student and Education Department for more information.

Exemptions from entry requirements (dispens från behörighetskrav)

If there are special reasons an exemption from the entry requirements may be granted to students who do not meet the entry requirements. In order to be granted an exemption, the university must assess if you can benefit from the programme/course even if you do not meet the requirements.

Contact the Student and Education Department for more information.