If you have previous university studies, you may in some cases meet the English requirement for the course or programme you've applied to.

Can I just send in a certificate or letter from my university certifying my English proficiency?

No, that cannot be accepted with just two exceptions:

  • if you have 60 ECTS credits (or the equivalent) with English as the language of instruction from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland. (see below for more information)

  • if you have the equivalent of 60 ECTS credits with English as the language of instruction from USA, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, or English speaking parts of Canada. (see below for more information)

Any other certificates or letters will not be accepted. 

English as language of instruction

  • Students with a formal university transcript or degree certificate for their degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen), where it is clearly stated that the language of instruction for the programme was English, meet the requirement.

  • Students with a degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) that was awarded 10 years ago or less, from a university where English is the only language of instruction, meet the requirement. The university must be listed as only providing instruction in English in the edition of the International Handbook of Universities or the World Directory of Medical Schools that was current the year the degree was awarded.

Please note that if you need more than one degree to meet the requirement of a degree equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen (for example a 2-year Bachelor’s degree + a 2-year Master’s degree), both degrees must meet one of the two requirements above.

  • Students with at least a 1-year degree above the level required to be equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen (for example an additional master’s degree), where it is clearly stated in the official university transcript or degree certificate that the language of instruction for the programme was English, meet the requirement. 
  • Students with at least a 1-year degree above the level required to be equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen (for example an additional master's degree), from a university where English is the only language of instruction, meet the requirement. The university must be listed as only providing instruction in English in the edition of the International Handbook of Universities or the World Directory of Medical Schools that was current the year the degree was awarded.

English as the main subject

Students with a degree equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen where English is the main subject meet the English requirement. 

Please note that if an applicant requires more than one degree to meet the requirement of a degree equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen (for example a 2-year bachelor’s degree + a 2-year master’s degree), both degrees must have English as the main subject to meet the English requirement.

60 credits EU/EEA or Switzerland

Students with 60 ECTS credits (or the equivalent) from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland where the language of instruction of the course was English meet the English requirement. The language of instruction must be clearly stated on official documents. You can also document this by submitting a certificate/letter from your university in addition to the official documentation of your studies.

Please note that these credits cannot be from a preparatory programme, or introductory level English courses.

60 credits other countries

Students with the equivalent of 60 ECTS credits from USA, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, or English speaking parts of Canada meet the English requirement. The language of instruction must be English. You can also document this by submitting a certificate/letter from your university in addition to the official documentation of your studies.

Please note that these credits cannot be from a preparatory programme, or introductory level English courses.

African countries

Students with a 3-year bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) from the following countries meet the English requirement: Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

India and Pakistan

Students from India or Pakistan with a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) in Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Applications, Medicine, Pharmacy, Natural Sciences or Technology, unless it is documented that the language of instruction for the programme was a language other than English, meet the English requirement. Please note that there are two exceptions:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology will not meet the English requirement.
  • A Bachelor’s degree from Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST), will not meet the English requirement unless it is clearly stated in the official degree documentation that the language of instruction was English. Any other English language certificates or letters will not be accepted.

Turkey

Previously, Turkish students who had studied a 1-year preparatory class in English at a university could meet the English requirement. Starting with applications to spring semester 2019, a 1-year preparatory class in English at a university will no longer meet the English requirement.

For more information please see the country-specific information for Turkey.

Always check the country requirements

There are other countries where certain university studies can meet the English requirement. Check the specific requirements for the country where you studied to find out more.