English language requirements
To be eligible for university studies in Sweden, you must show that you meet the English requirements for the course or programme.
What is the requirement?
For courses and programmes at the bachelor's level, the general entry requirement for English is studies equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.
For most master's level courses and programmes, the requirement is also the equivalent of the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. There are some master's level courses and programmes where English 5 or English 7 is the requirement. Always check the course description page at the university's website to find out exactly what the requirement is.
How can I meet the requirement?
All applicants can meet the requirement with the required score on an internationally recognised English test. Upper secondary and university studies in some countries can also meet the requirement.
Can I meet the Bachelor's requirement with my upper secondary studies?
There are many countries from which you can meet the English 6 requirement with your upper secondary studies.
Can I meet the Master's requirement with my upper secondary studies?
The English requirement for most master's programmes is the equivalent of English 6, while a few have a higher or lower requirement.
- First, find out what exactly is required at the course description page on the university's website. You can find a link in the search results or your application here at Universityadmissions.se
- Next, find out if upper secondary English from your country of study can meet the requirement. Find your country of study at the required document page
If you have previous university studies, you may meet the English 6 requirement for the course or programme you've applied to in either of the following ways.
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.
60 credits with English as language of instruction from an EU/EEA country, Switzerland or certain other English speaking countries
Students with 60 ECTS credits (or the equivalent) from one of the following countries meet the English requirement, if the language of instruction of the credit courses was English.
- EU/EES country or Switzerland
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- English speaking parts of Canada
- Dominican Republic
- New Zealand
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Kingdom
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 your official study documentation.
Please note that these credits cannot be from a preparatory programme or introductory level English courses.
Bachelor's degree from African countries
Students with a bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) from the following countries meet the English requirement:
- The Gambia
- Sierra Leone
You can demonstrate your English proficiency with an internationally recognised test. University admissions accepts a number of different tests, with minimum score requirements. We've provided the required results for the tests we currently accept as guidance.
We only accept IELTS Academic, IELTS Online and IELTS UKVI (Academic)
Please note that we do not accept IELTS General Training or IELTS Indicator.
For English 7: an overall score of 7.0 and no section below 6
For English 6: an overall score of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
Submitting your IELTS test results
You can upload a scan of your original IELTS Academic Test Report Form here at this website. You can also send a copy of your test results to us using regular mail.
Your results will be verified online so the copy of your test results is sufficient documentation. If your score cannot be verified, it won't be accepted.
How long are IELTS results valid?
According to IELTS, test results are valid for 2 years. Please note that University Admissions can accept older test results as long as they're available online for verification.
We accept the TOEFL iBT, TOEFL iBT Home Edition and TOEFL iBT Paper Edition.
Please note that we do not accept TOEFL ITP, TOEFL iBT MyBest, Institutional TOEFL, TOEFL Essentials, or the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test (available 2017-2021).
For English 7: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 100
For English 6: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90
Please note: TOEFL Examinee Score Records are not accepted.
Submitting your TOEFL test results
Submit a copy of your test taker score to University Admissions, either by uploading a scan of the original document or through regular mail.
University Admissions will then be able to verify your score online. If your score cannot be verified, it won't be accepted. The TOEFL test can be verified for up to 2 years after the test date.
Please be aware that we handle a large number of applications. It may take us some time to get to yours, so make sure the result is valid for a while after you send it to us.
If you need to an pay an application fee, you must have done so before we are able to process your test result.
Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments
University of Michigan, Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) is required for English 6
Submitting your Michigan test results
You can upload a scan of your original, official certificate issued by the University of Michigan here at this website. You can also send a copy of your test results to us by regular mail. Your test results will be verified online.
Pearson PTE Academic or PTE Academic Online
For English 7: Score of 68 (writing 61)
For English 6: Score of 62 (writing 61)
Submitting your Pearson results
Please submit a copy of your Test Taker Score Report.
Having your Pearson test results accepted requires the following steps:
- Submit a copy of your test results to University Admissions, either by uploading a scan of the original document or through regular mail. Test results from PTE Academic Online should be uploaded.
- Your test scores must be verified. Using your PTE account, assign your test result to “University Admissions in Sweden”. This will enable University Admissions to verify your test score online. Send your PTE score report to us as soon as you have your test result. University Admissions will not accept results that can’t be verified.
University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL)
For English 7
- C2 Proficiency (CPE), minimum overall score 200 (points awarded since 2015), or
- Cambridge English: Proficiency
For English 6
- C1 Advanced (CAE), minimum overall score 180 (points awarded since 2015), or
- Cambridge English certificate level C1, minimum score 180, or
- Cambridge English: Advanced
Please note that a First Certificate in English does not meet the criteria, regardless of the result.
Submitting your Cambridge English test results
- Submit a scan of your Certificate or Statement of Results.
- Make sure you are registered at Cambridge Candidate Results Online portal so we can verify your results. Share your results with the Swedish Council for Higher Education (University Admissions in Sweden).
Can I just send in a certificate or letter from my school/university?
No, a certificate or letter from your school or university verifying your proficiency will not be sufficient to meet the English requirements.
There is one exception. A certificate/letter is acceptable if you have the equivalent of 60 ECTS credits (university credits) with English as the language of instruction from one of the countries listed on this page under “60 credits with English as language of instruction from an EU/EEA country, Switzerland or certain other English speaking countries”.
Check the information for your country of study
You can find out if studies from your country of study meet the English requirement at the required documents page.
Select your country of study at required documents for master's
Select your country of study at required documents for bachelor's