Questions about submitting your application

You've decided to apply to studies in Sweden - fantastic! - and are ready to submit your application. We've gathered the most frequently asked questions - we hope you'll find your answers here.

Common questions

Most likely, University Admissions is currently running admissions selection. Much of the application and selection process in Sweden is completed electronically. During the electronic selection process: 

  • all courses and programmes are closed for application so that applications cannot be changed during the process
  • students are unable to add any courses or programmes to their application 
  • students are unable to change the ranking order of their course selections

After the selection process is completed (right before the Notification of Selection Results are published), students can apply for courses and programmes again that are open for late application.

Bachelor's applicants can apply for up to 8 courses and/or programmes. You can be accepted to a maximum of 45 credits per semester.

Read more at ranking your selections

Master's applicants can apply for up to 4 study programmes, but will be offered a place in just 1.

Please note that ranking your selections is very important. If you're offered a place in a higher ranked programme, the ones that are ranked lower will be deleted. 

Read more at ranking your selections

In Sweden, you apply for all courses and programmes on one application. When the time comes for selection, the first course/programme on your list - the one ranked first - is the first that will be considered. If you're offered a place in that programme, your next ranked selection will only be considered if you have not reached the maximum credits you can be accepted to, which is 45.

For example, if your first ranked selection is 15 credits, you will have 30 credits left. Your second selection will then be considered until you've been accepted to 45 credits. All lower ranked courses will then be deleted.

It's very important that you put the programme/course you most want to study as your top choice, then the next, and so on. Once you've been offered courses up to 45 credits, your lower-ranked selections will be deleted.

You can read more at ranking your selections

In Sweden, you apply for all courses and programmes on one application. When the time comes for selection, the first course/programme on your list - the one ranked first - is the first that will be considered. 

For the master's level, you can only be accepted to one master's programme. Once you've been offered a place in a programme, all programmes you ranked lower will be deleted and not considered. 

It's very important that you put the programme/course you most want to study as your top choice, then the next, and so on. Once you've been offered a place, your lower-ranked selections will be deleted.

You can read more at ranking your selections

The most likely reason is that you did not actually submit your application. Your best solution is to enter your application information again and be sure to click on the button to submit. Please note that students always receive an email confirming that their application was received.

If you've discovered this after the application deadline, keep in mind that you can submit a late application to many courses and programmes here on Universityadmissions.se.

Universityadmissions.se has an integrated, online application process. You can apply to all courses and programmes offered at Swedish universities with one electronic application. Start with searching for courses that interest you, then add them to your application. It's that easy!

You can apply for up to 4 master's programmes. At the bachelor's level, you can apply for up to 8 programmes and courses.

Remember they don't have to all be from the same university, but it's perfectly OK if they are!

In order to complete your admissions application, there are several things we need from you:

  • Documentation of your previous studies
  • Proof of English skills
  • Payment of the application fee (if required)
  • Documentation of your citizenship status in an EU/EEA country (if you're a citizen)

For more information, please see the following links:

Bachelor's studies documentation requirements

Master's studies documentation requirements

English language requirements

Paying your application fee

Documenting your EU/EEA citizenship

International students have two different admissions rounds they can apply to for the autumn semester:

  • the First admission round with an application deadline in January
  • the Second admission round with an application deadline in April.

There are also two admission rounds for the spring semester.

Many universities place courses and programmes in both admission rounds, however, the entire catalogue of courses and programmes for international students is available in the First admission round. Many international courses and programmes are not available for the second round.

It's also important to note that the admissions results for the Second round are published in July, much later than the results for the First round. This means that students who require a residence permit for studies in Sweden - non-EU/EEA citizens - will not have enough time to have their residence permit application processed and approved before the start of the semester. We do not recommend that you apply for the Second round if you are not a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland.

Read more about two admission rounds for each semester

Remember that all of these admission rounds have different deadlines and decision dates. You can click on 'Show more' in the search results and then follow the link to the course description on the university's homepage to find out which admission round the course can be found in, and what dates apply.

We have information regarding important dates for the different admission rounds right here on Universityadmissions.se. Read more at Key dates and deadlines.

Much of the application and selection process in Sweden is completed electronically. During the electronic selection process: 

  • all courses and programmes are closed for application so that applications cannot be changed during the process
  • students are unable to add any courses or programmes to their application 
  • students are unable to change the ranking order of their course selections

After the selection process is completed (right before the Notification of Selection Results are published), students can apply for courses and programmes again that are open for late application.

During important dates in the admission process - especially application deadlines - a lot of visitors enter the website at the same time. This can make a process that normally take a few seconds go more slowly. Do not refresh the page or go back - please be patient and wait a few minutes. Your application should go through after this brief wait.

Your application is considered late if:

  • you apply for courses and programmes after the application deadline
  • you submit your supporting documentation after the deadline for submitting documents
  • you submit your application fee (if required) after the deadline.

If there are places available after the selection process, you may still have a chance to be offered admission. Individual universities themselves decide how they want to handle late documents.

Key dates and deadlines

For the most part, citizens of an EU/EEA country and Switzerland follow the exact same application instructions and procedures as all other students. There are a few things to consider if you're an EU/EEA citizen:

  • You're not required to pay application or tuition fees, but you must document your citizenship in order to be exempted from paying
  • Because you won't require a residence permit to study in Sweden, you can apply to both the First and Second round. 
  • Please note that the entire catalogue of international courses and programmes taught in English is available in the First round, while the Second has a limited selection available
  • EU/EEA students should apply to the First round to have all courses and programmes available for application. If you wish, you can take a look at what's available in the Second round and apply for them as well.

Find out more about documenting your citizenship

Find out more about the First and Second rounds

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