In order to meet the specific entry requirements for most Swedish courses and programmes, the applicant must have studied certain subjects at a certain level.

How to use this guide

We've provided this guide to help you better understand the level of Swedish courses that are included in specific entry requirements. We hope you'll gain a better understanding of what is required to be eligible for the course or programme.

The equivalents listed on this page are estimates

Because each country has different requirements, curriculum, and syllabi for their upper secondary programmes, it’s possible that what is required for studies in Sweden is different than what is listed below. We have provided estimations and guidance to give you a better idea if you’re likely to meet the specific entry requirements. Even though you have the equivalent number of years of studies in a subject, you may still not meet the requirements.

Check the course description page on the university’s website

The course description page will tell you what previous studies are required in order to be eligible for a course.

Courses included in specific entry requirements

Specific entry requirements are the upper secondary (high school) level Swedish courses you must have the equivalent of from your previous studies. Swedish upper secondary courses have a number after them; the higher the number, the higher the level of that subject you must have studied. Courses can have different number ranges – some go up to 7, while others to 2. The following are some examples for specific subject areas.


In Sweden, you can study upper secondary mathematics from level 1 to 5. The higher the level, the more advanced mathematics required. For Mathematics 1, it is usually enough to have passed mathematics at an upper secondary school. For Mathematics 4 or 5, you would need to have specialised in mathematics. Note that even then, you may not meet the requirement.


In the Swedish upper secondary school, Natural Science 1 and 2 are general science courses that are at a lower level and studied by most students. They include various science subjects.

Students can also study the science subjects Biology, Chemistry, and Physics at the 1 and 2 level. All of these courses are at a higher level. In order to have the equivalent, you usually must have specialised in the subject in upper secondary school (high school). Note that even then, you may not meet the requirement.

Social Sciences

In Sweden, students can study Social Studies 1 and 2, and History 1 and 2 in upper secondary school. In order to meet the requirement, you must have studied social studies or history, respectively, or one or more general subjects within the fields of humanities/social science that to a large extent contain the required subject (Social Studies or History).

Modern languages

Studying modern languages at upper secondary school in Sweden means studying a language that isn’t Swedish, English, classical Greek, Latin or sign language. You can study a modern language from level 1 to 7 – the higher the number, the more advanced the level attained. Some bachelor’s courses in Sweden require the equivalent of a Swedish modern language course, from a level of 1 up to 7.

Last updated: 08 April 2019