Admissions support

First admission round, spring semester

The following is a short guide and checklist for applications to the first round, autumn semester. This should give you an idea of what to expect and what steps you should be taking throughout the application process.

Throughout the process:

Check for instructions regarding your documentation regularly, from submission of your application until you receive your Notification of Selection Results. You can do this under the 'Messages' tab in your account.

1 June – 15 August

Apply at and pay your fee online (if required)

The best and safest way to pay your application fee is with a bank/credit card (Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, MasterCard Maestro or JCB) after submitting your application.

1 June – 1 September

Send in supporting documents and pay application fee (if you haven't already done so)

All applicants need to send in supporting academic documents. If you need to pay an application fee, we recommend that you pay the fee online. You can also pay by bank transfer. See our special information page.

If you do not need to pay a fee, you must document this. See our information page on how to do so.

See Key dates for more specific information on the document and fee deadline.

Middle to end of October

Check your selection results

You will receive your Notification of Selection Results at this time. This will tell you if you've been offered a place or placed on reserve (waiting list) for the courses and programmes you've applied to.


Plan your accommodation

Once you get a better idea of where you're going to study, you should read up on accommodation possibilities at relevant universities. This should be done as soon as you can, as housing can be limited in some Swedish cities. Good places to start are and the website of the university where you've applied.

Decline your offer

While we really want all of our international applicants to choose Sweden, it can happen that you decide to attend elsewhere. If this is the case, it is very important - at any time from now until January - that you let the university know you won't be accepting your place by declining your offer here at You can do this by logging into your account and following the instructions under the 'Applications' tab. This will free up your place to someone on the waiting list.

November – December

Pay tuition fee first instalment

For citizens from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland, the university where you've been accepted will contact you regarding payment of the first instalment of your tuition fees. You should pay these fees as soon as possible. You won't be able to have your residence permit for studies approved until you've done so.

Apply for residence permit

Citizens from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland have to apply for a residence permit if they are planning on studying in Sweden for longer than three months. Once you have paid the first instalment of your tuition fee, you should immediately apply for your residence permit. The fastest and easiest way to apply for a residence permit is to use the online application at the Swedish Migration Agency's website.

See the Swedish Migration Agency for more information and to submit your application.


Semester starts

The semester starts in January. Contact your university for exact dates for registration and introduction seminars.

Last updated: 08 April 2019