Bachelor's level requirements

In order to be eligible for bachelor's courses and programmes taught in English, you must meet the general and specific entry requirements.

If you meet these requirements, you will then compete for a place with other eligible applicants.

General entry requirements

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

  • have successfully completed your upper secondary (high school) education (post-16), and

  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in English. The entry requirement for studies at the bachelor's level in Sweden is the equivalent of the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. See English Language Requirements for more information.

  • For students who received their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional mathematics requirement. The student must have successfully completed courses in mathematics equal to the Swedish courses Mathematics 1a, 1b or 1c. 

Specific entry requirements

Most courses and study programmes have specific entry requirements in addition to the general requirements. These are often linked to the area of study of the course or programme. For example, an economics course may require a higher level of upper secondary school mathematics.

These specific requirements are outlined in the individual course or programme descriptions which are found on the university's website. You can find a link to these description pages from both your search results and your application here at 

Understanding Swedish courses and subject levels

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

We've provided this guide to help you better understand the level of Swedish courses that are included in specific entry requirements. 

The equivalents listed are estimates

Because each country has different requirements, curriculum, and syllabi for their upper secondary programmes, it’s possible that what's required for studies in Sweden is different than what's listed here. We've provided estimates 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.

Courses included in specific entry requirements

Specific entry requirements include the upper secondary 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. Here 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. 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, classical 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, at a level from 1 to 7.

Last updated: 21 December 2020