Questions about entry requirements

If you haven't yet, be sure to check out our information on entry requirements and English requirements. A lot of your questions can be answered there.

Read about bachelor's entry requirements

Read about master's entry requirements

Read about the English language requirements

Common questions

All applicants to bachelor's studies are required to document their proficiency in English - even if the native language of their country of study is English.

Some completed upper secondary studies in certain countries are enough to demonstrate that you meet the English requirement. If your country is not one of them, you'll need to submit test scores from an internationally recognised English test.

It's also possible to meet the requirement with university studies.

You can find out exactly what is required for your country of study right here at Universityadmissions.se at the section on required documents. Just select your country from the list.

Required documents for bachelor's applicants

You can also read more about documenting your English proficiency at English language requirements

Please note: We are unable to answer questions or make a decision beforehand about whether you meet the English requirement. We ask that you wait until we complete the review of your application.

All students who wish to study a master’s programme in Sweden must document that they meet the English requirements for the programme. Even students with English as their first language must document that they meet the requirement for the programme they've applied for.

An option for all students is to submit a test score that meets the requirement from an internationally recognised test, such as TOEFL or IELTS.

In general, students who have completed a bachelor’s degree where the language of instruction was English, or where English was the main subject, do not need to submit test scores. You can even meet the requirement through upper secondary studies.

You can find out exactly what is required for your country of study right here at Universityadmissions.se at the section on required documents. Just select your country from the list.

Required documents for master's applicants

You can also read more about documenting your English proficiency at English language requirements

Please note: We are unable to answer questions or make a decision beforehand about whether you meet the English requirement. We ask that you wait until we complete the review of your application.

All admission rounds have their own special set of important dates for:

  • application deadlines
  • when transcripts and English test results must be received
  • when the application fee (if required) must be paid 
  • admissions decisions
  • deadline for replying to admission offers (if a reply is required).

Please see Key dates and deadlines to find your admission round and your key dates.

 

All applicants must demonstrate that they meet the English requirement. The same is true of Swedish students who apply for courses taught in Swedish - just having Swedish as your native language does not prove you have the skills in Swedish necessary to study at the higher education level.

There are three ways to meet the English requirement:

  • through certain upper secondary studies;
  • through certain university studies; or 
  • by a successful result on an approved English test. 

Please see English language requirements for further information.

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 will not 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 cannot download the pdf of their test taker score. Specific instructions can be found on your country information page.

In order to qualify for courses and programmes offered at the bachelor's level, you have to meet:

  • the general entry requirements, these are the same for all courses and programmes
  • the specific entry requirements for the specific course or programme you're applying for

To meet the general entry requirements, you must:

  • have successfully completed an upper secondary education
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in English

Most courses and programmes also have specific entry requirements. You can find out what they are by visiting the course description page at the university's website. You can find this link in the search results and at your application page here at Universityadmissions.se.

It's very important to find out what the specific entry requirements are - and to meet all the entry requirements - before applying for bachelor's level courses and programmes in Sweden. For more detailed information and instructions, please go to Bachelor's requirements

You can find out more about the English language requirement at English language requirements

In order to qualify for courses and programmes offered at the master's level, you have to meet:

  • the general entry requirements, these are the same for all courses and programmes
  • the specific entry requirements for the specific course or programme you're applying for

To meet the general entry requirements for master's level courses and programmes, you must have been awarded a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognised university.

All master's level courses and programmes have an English language requirement. Because the university decides what level of English is required, you must read the course description information on the university's website to find out what is required. In general, Swedish universities require a high level of English in order to be considered qualified.

More at English language requirements

Most courses and programmes also have other specific entry requirements. You can find out what specifically is required by reading the course description information on the university's website.

It's very important to find out what the specific entry requirements are - and to meet all the entry requirements - before applying for master's level courses and programmes in Sweden. For more detailed information and instructions, please see Master's requirements

There are several ways to meet the Swedish requirement, which is Swedish 3/Swedish B. Some take longer time than others, with the TISUS test being one of the faster ways. There are a few alternatives to consider:

  • You can study Swedish at an adult education school. Your Swedish municipality offers classes, there are also private adult education schools that offer courses.
  • Some universities offer courses in Swedish that, upon completion, will meet the entry requirement. You can search for them at Antagning.se and Universityadmissions.se.
  • You can postpone your higher education studies a bit and take the TISUS test the next time it’s offered.

Read more about the Tisus test

Will there be any exceptions granted?

In order to qualify for courses and programmes, you must meet the general entry requirements. We cannot grant an exception due to a cancelled test. 

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