Admission rounds and spring semester availability

International students have two admission rounds - or periods - to apply to each semester. Find out more about what is offered and when, and when you should apply.

The First admission round

The first admission round was created specifically for international students and has many advantages:

  • the entire catalogue of courses and programmes taught in English is available in this round
  • the deadlines and admissions decisions come much earlier
  • applicants requiring a residence permit have the time they need to apply for and receive it
  • the extra time allows you to better plan for your studies in Sweden 

The Second admission round

The second admission round is actually the regular admission round for students living in Sweden - the Swedish round. The entire catalogue of courses and programmes taught in Swedish is available. 

Some universities offer courses and programmes taught in English in the second round - often when there are still places available after the first round.

International students are welcome to apply to this round, but there are a few things to consider:

  • many courses and programmes taught in English are no longer available for application
  • the admissions decision comes in July, providing less time to prepare for the move to Sweden
  • non-EU/EEA applicants who require a residence permit will not have time to apply for and obtain one

What does University Admissions recommend?

Here's what we can recommend regarding the two admission rounds:

  • We encourage ALL international students to apply to the first round
  • EU/EEA citizens are welcome to apply to the second round
  • Non-EU/EEA citizens should not apply to the second round as there will not be enough time to apply for and receive the required residence permit

Are you a bachelor's applicant in your last year of upper secondary studies?

In order to be eligible for and compete for places in bachelor's level courses and programmes, you must have completed your upper secondary education and received your final school grades.

If you're in your final year of studies, we suggest that you don't apply for admission to the first round for autumn semester. Selection occurs in April and, as you won't have finished your studies, you won't have final grades and a merit rating to use to compete for places. 

What you can do is one of the following:

  • If you're a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you can apply for courses and programmes taught in English at the bachelor's level in the second round. Because selection takes place in July, you should have your final school grades available so that you can compete for places.
  • All students can wait and apply for the first round for the following spring semester admission. Please note that there are fewer courses and programmes offered with a spring semester start.
  • You can apply to the first round in next year's autumn semester admission round.

Spring semester course availability

There are a limited number of programmes that start in the spring semester. The majority of bachelor's and master's programmes in Sweden begin in the autumn semester.

What about courses?

If you are planning on taking courses in Sweden, note that there are also fewer that start in the spring semester.

Scholarships not available for spring start

The Swedish Institute and Swedish universities have scholarships available for applicants to master's level programmes who apply for an autumn start. Please note that there are no Swedish scholarships available for those beginning their studies in the spring semester.

Last updated: 01 September 2020