English language requirements

In order to be eligible for university studies in Sweden, you must demonstrate that you meet the English requirements for the course or programme.

What is the requirement?

Bachelor's level

For courses and study programmes at the bachelor's level, the English language general entry requirement is studies that are the equivalent of the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. 

Master's level

For most master's level courses and programmes, the requirement is also the equivalent of English 6, though a few may require a lower or higher level of English.

How can I meet the requirement?

Everyone can meet the requirement by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised English test. Completed upper secondary and university studies in some countries can also fulfill 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.

Find out more at the required documents page for your country of study.

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. Your first step is to check what is required at the course description page on the university's website. 

There are a number of countries with upper secondary courses that meet the English requirement.

Find out more at the required documents page for your country of study.

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?

In the majority of cases, a certificate or letter cannot be accepted.

There is, however, one exception. A certificate/letter is acceptable if you have the equivalent of 60 ECTS credits with English as the language of instruction from:

  • an EU/EEA country
  • Switzerland
  • USA
  • English-speaking parts of Canada
  • Jamaica
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom

Any other certificates or letters will not be accepted. 

English as language of instruction

The following meet the requirement. Please note that if you need more than one degree to meet the degree requirement (for example a 2-year Bachelor’s degree + a 2-year Master’s degree), both degrees must meet one of these requirements:

  • Students with a formal university transcript or degree certificate for their degree where it is clearly stated that the language of instruction for the programme was English. The degree must be the equivalent of the Swedish kandidatexamen.

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

The following also meet the requirement:

  • Students with a degree of at least 1-year that's above the Swedish kandidatexamen level (for example a 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. 
  • Students with a degree of at least 1-year that's above the Swedish kandidatexamen level (for example a master's degree), from a university where English is the only language of instruction. The university must be listed as only providing instruction in English in the edition of the International Handbook of Universities/World Higher Education Database (WHED) or the World Directory of Medical Schools that was current the year the degree was awarded.

The Swedish kandidatexamen is the degree received after completing studies at the bachelor's level (first cycle). Students with foreign qualifications need the equivalent of the Swedish Bachelor's degree (kandidatexamen) in order to be eligible for studies at the master's level (second cycle).

Please note that if you've received your university degree in Bangladesh, having English as a language of instruction will not be sufficient unless the degree-awarding university is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

Read more about what's required at the Bangladesh required documents page

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.

The Swedish kandidatexamen is the degree received after completing studies at the bachelor's level (first cycle). Students with foreign qualifications need the equivalent of the Swedish Bachelor's degree (kandidatexamen) in order to be eligible for studies at the master's level (second cycle).

60 credits from an EU/EEA country 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 your official study documentation.

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

60 credits from other countries

Students with the equivalent of 60 ECTS credits from the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, or English speaking parts of Canada meet the English requirement. The language of instruction must be English. You can  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.

The Swedish kandidatexamen is the degree received after completing studies at the bachelor's level (first cycle). Students with foreign qualifications need the equivalent of the Swedish Bachelor's degree (kandidatexamen) in order to be eligible for studies at the master's level (second cycle).

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 a few exceptions:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology will not meet the English requirement.
  • A Bachelor's of Technology from Pakistan will not meet the 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.

The Swedish kandidatexamen is the degree received after completing studies at the bachelor's level (first cycle). Students with foreign qualifications need the equivalent of the Swedish Bachelor's degree (kandidatexamen) in order to be eligible for studies at the master's level (second cycle).

You can always 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 most frequently submitted by applicants as guidance.

IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI

Please note that we do not accept IELTS General Training or IELTS Indicator.

Academic modules

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 later be verified online, so the copy of your test results is sufficient documentation. If your score cannot be verified, it won't be accepted.  

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TOEFL iBT

We accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test.

Please note that we do not accept TOEFL ITP, TOEFL iBT MyBest, Institutional TOEFL, or the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test (introduced 2017).

Paper-based

For English 7: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 600
For English 6: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 575 

Internet-based

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.

Are you living in China?

Students in China can't download the pdf of their test taker score. Go to the required documents page for China for specific instructions

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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.

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Pearson PTE Academic

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.
  • Your test scores must be verified. Contact Pearson and arrange for them to assign your test result to “University Admissions in Sweden”. This will enable University Admissions to verify your test score online. Please note that this process can take some time, so arrange this as soon as possible if you already have test results to report. University Admissions will not accept results that can’t be verified. 

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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

Submitting your Cambridge English test results

  • Submit a scan of your Certificate or Statement of Results.
  • Your test will be verified with Cambridge so be sure to share your results with Swedish Council for Higher Education (University Admissions in Sweden).

Check the information for your country of study

You can find out what specifically meets the English requirement for your country of study 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

 

Last updated: 02 September 2020