Studying in Sweden

Navigating your way through the process of coming to Sweden can be a little confusing. We've put together a guide to what you should do, when and where.

Step 1 - Inspiration

If you're a prospective student looking for inspiration - or just information about what it's like to study in Sweden - we suggest you start with There, you can find out more about:

  • the Swedish study experience
  • Swedish universities
  • the Swedish higher education system
  • study programmes
  • general info on the application process
  • scholarships
  • planned webinars and fairs

Find out more at

Step 2 - Learn more about the university

If you've found some courses and programmes you're interested in, your next step is to visit the website of the university offering them. It's good to find out all you can about the course/programme - and also the place where you'll be studying. 

You should definitely read the course/programme description to find out what's required and what the course entails before proceeding.

Study in Sweden's page about universities with contact information

Step 3 - The admissions application

Now that you've been inspired, know the general process, and know more about the university and the course/programme, it's time for the application. 

The application process is managed by the Swedish Council for Higher Education, the agency responsible for this website, in cooperation with Sweden's universities. This site focuses on the admissions application and will take you through the entire process - from creating an account to the admissions decision.

You're already here so welcome! Your first step is to create an account. Click on 'Log in' to get started. 

Step 4 - Scholarships

Now that you've applied, you may want to consider a scholarship. The Swedish Institute and universities have a number of scholarships available.

Find out more at our scholarship information page

Step 5 - Now that I've applied, I need to know more!

After applying, you may want to know more - maybe everything! - about actually studying in Sweden. We suggest you head back to where you can read student blogs and prepare yourself by reading about what to consider before you move to Sweden. You can also dig deeper at the websites of the universities you've applied to.

Read student experiences on their blogs


Find university contact information

Step 6 - Admissions results!

Now comes the really exciting part - finding out if you've been accepted to the courses/programmes you've applied for. Your selection results will be published in your account right here at 

Please note that if you're a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country, you'll need to apply for a residence permit at this stage of the process.

Step 7 - Preparing to move to Sweden

So you've decided to come to Sweden to study - fantastic! At this point, you must have a lot of questions. There are many places you can go to find out what you can do next.

Visit for an overview of practical information

Get advice from students at their blogs

Most importantly, visit the website of your university and check for emails and other contact from them. 

Welcome to Sweden!


Last updated: 19 September 2023