If you’re interested in bachelor’s studies, find step-by-step instructions on how to apply to University Admissions.
Short overview, bachelor’s
Sweden is unique in that we have a coordinated admissions system. This means that you can apply for courses and programmes at all universities on the same application.
Convenient electronic application and process
All of our international applicants apply electronically for courses and programmes. Here at Universityadmissions.se, you can:
create a user account
search for courses and programmes
fill out and submit your application
pay your application fee, if required
upload your required documents
follow your application
receive and print out your Notification of Selection Results
Follow the steps in this section on applying to complete your application quickly and correctly.
One set of supporting documents
Students must submit academic documentation as part of their application. These documents can include upper secondary school transcripts, university transcripts and English test results. The documents you upload or send in to University Admissions in Sweden are scanned into our electronic admissions system. In that way, no matter where an admissions officer is in Sweden, they can bring up your record and review your application information and documents.
Your application will be registered and checked in several steps and by different institutions. If there’s anything more you need to provide, University Admissions will contact you and let you know.
Please note that we don’t contact students if everything is correct with the application. If you don’t hear anything, you can assume we have what we need to complete the review.
We review applications right up until the very last week before selection.
Create a user account
Before you apply you must create a user account. This user account provides access to your admissions application and your personal data.
You can search for interesting courses and programmes right here at Universityadmissions.se. Use the search box on the start page, or click ‘Find courses’ for more search options.
Courses and programmes from all Swedish universities
Here at Universityadmissions.se, Sweden’s universities have provided us with their course and programme listings which we make available as a searchable database. You can for example search:
for a specific programme or course,
for courses in a specific subject area,
in various regions of Sweden
for courses at a specific university you’re interested in.
Several ways to search
You can use the search box on the homepage to search for courses or programmes that interest you. Your search words can be a subject area, the name of a course or even a course code.
You can also be more specific about your search by using the filter option. You can skip directly to the filter options by simply clicking on ‘Find courses’ without entering any search words.
How many selections can I make?
If you wish to apply for master’s programmes, you can select up to four (4). At the bachelor’s level, you can select up to eight (8) courses and programmes.
Are you currently enrolled in a programme?
If you’re currently enrolled in a programme at a Swedish university, you can search for the courses specific to that programme by:
logging in to your account here at Universityadmissions.se
clicking on ‘Find courses’ in the search box on the start page
finding options for programme students in the filter
If you still don’t have access to your courses after logging in, please contact your university for assistance.
Rank your selections
After you’ve selected the courses and programmes you are interested in applying to, the next step is to rank them in your order of preference.
Ranking your selections is really important!
The order that you rank your choices is very important as you can only be offered a place in courses or programmes for a total of 45 credits. You’ll be made an offer first for the ones you’ve given the highest ranking to where there is a place available and you meet the entry requirements.
This means that you’ll be evaluated for your first choice first, then your second choice, and so on – up to 45 credits. Any choices you’ve ranked lower, that make your total more than 45 credits, will be deleted.
How many selections can I make?
At the bachelor’s level, you’re allowed to select up to eight (8) courses and programmes.
If your first choice is a course that’s 15 credits, your second choice is a course that’s 7.5 credits, and your third choice is a programme for 30 credits, the programme will be deleted if you’re offered a place in the first two courses. This is because offering you a place in the programme would give you a total of 52.5 credits, which is more than the 45 maximum.
You have until the application deadline to change your ranking order.
Changing ranking, adding and deleting courses after the deadline
After the application deadline, you can’t change the ranking order of the courses and programmes you’ve already applied to.
You can, however, delete courses and programmes and add them back to your application with a different rank. You can also add courses and programmes and place them anywhere in the ranking order. Note that this will create a late application for those selections. They’ll only be considered by the university if there are places available after admissions selection.
Before making any changes to your application, make sure that the course or programme you wish to delete and add back has the status “Open for late application” in the course search.
We suggest you consider carefully before deleting and re-ranking courses and programmes.
If you have citizenship from a country that is not an EU/EEA country (or Switzerland), an application fee is required for your admissions application to be processed.
The application fee process
An application fee of 900 SEK (Swedish kronor) must be received by the deadline indicated in order for your application to be processed. Any payments received after the deadline will result in your application status being changed to late. Late applications are only processed at the discretion of each university, if there are places available.
One application fee per semester
Students pay one application fee for each semester they submit an application for. It doesn’t matter how many courses or programmes you’ve applied to in that semester, or if you’ve applied to different admissions rounds in that semester – you pay 900 kronor just one time.
There are three ways for you to pay your application fee:
The best method is to send in your payment electronically on this website, using a credit or bank card. It is the quickest and most secure way of getting your payment to us.
Applicants who don’t have a credit or bank card available can pay their application fee by transferring funds from the bank of their choice to University Admissions in Sweden. We do not recommend that students who have access to a card use this method as it takes longer, is more complicated, and is less secure.
If you’re living in Sweden and are required to pay the application fee, you can use your Swedish bank account and pay via BankGiro.
If you have citizenship in a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country*, or Switzerland, you must document your citizenship in order to be exempt from application and tuition fees.
Documenting your EU/EEA or Swiss citizenship
You’re required to provide documentation of your citizenship status in order for your application to be processed. Please provide copies of one of the following documents in order to verify your status:
Valid passport. For the passport to be considered valid, your copy must reach us a maximum of 3 months after the expiration date has passed. (For example, if the last valid day is 5 May, your copy must reach us by 5 August.)
Valid identity card which clearly states citizenship and the card’s expiration date. For the ID card to be considered valid, your copy must reach us a maximum of 3 months after the expiration date has passed. (For example, if the last valid day is 5 May, your copy must reach us by 5 August.)
Official document. Citizens of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland who do not have a valid passport or ID card which contains information about both citizenship and expiration date can instead submit an official document which certifies their citizenship. This document must be certified, stamped, and must reach us a maximum of 3 months after the expiration date has passed. (For example, if the last valid day is 5 May, your copy must reach us by 5 August.) Please note that this official document must be officially translated to English, French, German or one of the Nordic languages if it’s been issued in a different language.
It’s important that we receive your documentation by the deadline indicated; otherwise, your application will be considered late and will only be processed if time permits and there are places available.
Please see the following sections for information regarding applying for courses and programmes if you’ve previously created an account and applied for admission to Sweden.
All submitted academic documents are saved in the electronic admissions system. If you’ve previously applied for courses or programmes in Sweden, and sent in a complete set of supporting academic documents, you only need to submit:
new documents that are relevant for the courses and programmes you are applying for now, or
documents that were incomplete or missing from your former application.
Check the requirements for transcripts, diplomas and degree certificates to find out how you should prepare and submit them.
Be sure to visit the website of the university to which you’re applying to make sure you meet the current admissions requirements.
Proof of citizenship for application fee waiver
You also need to submit a copy of your passport or identity card in order to verify your citizenship in an EU/EEA country (or Switzerland) – even if you’ve submitted a copy previously. This is so that you can be exempted from paying the application fee.
When logging in, you must use the same user account as you did when you previously applied for university studies. Please contact us if you can’t remember your username or password. Applicants are only allowed to have one user account. Do not create a new one.
Although you should submit your application as early as possible, late applications may be considered for some courses and programmes.
Submitting a late application
After the last day to apply has passed, it’s possible to submit a late application to courses and programmes that are still open for application.
It’s of course best to submit a completed application by the deadline in order to ensure you’ll be considered for the courses or programmes you’ve applied for. However, universities do process a number of late applications and, if time permits, your application will be considered. Your chances depend on the number of students who applied on time and accepted their spot after admissions selection.
Late additions to an application
If you´ve submitted your application on time, you can still add courses and programmes that are open for late application. These additions to your application are considered late and are processed if places become available.
You can´t change the ranking of the courses you´ve already applied to before the deadline. However, the new, late courses you apply for can be placed anywhere in that order.
If you wish to delete any of the courses that have already been processed, you can contact the university that you applied to. It’s up to them to decide if they’ll delete the course/programme. In most cases, this will not be possible.
If you wish to delete a course you’ve been offered a place in, you can decline your offer here in your account. Declining your place as soon as you know you won’t be attending is important as it lets the university know of your plans and frees up the place for another student.
How and when will I be notified if I’ve been offered a place?
Those who applied on-time are considered first and receive an admissions notification. Those who don’t wish to accept their place decline it here on Universityadmissions.se.
After this, universities consider applicants on the waiting list (reserve), and then late applicants.
If you’ve submitted a late application and are then offered a place, you’ll receive an email from University Admissions and an admissions notification. In most cases, the university will also notify you directly.
It’s impossible for us to say when – and if – you’ll be notified that you’ve been offered a place.
What are my chances of getting in if I apply late?
Universities keep courses and programmes open for late application for different reasons. It should be noted that, just because a course can be applied to late, this doesn’t necessarily mean that places will become available in the course. At the same time, there are a number of universities who do offer places to students who apply late.
The majority of universities in the world accept more students than they have places for. This is to guarantee that the course will be filled after an expected number of qualified and accepted students choose a different course or programme.
It’s possible that your application will be reviewed and your eligibility for the course determined – you may even be offered a reserve place – but again, this does not guarantee that you’ll be offered an actual place in the course.
For students who received their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional mathematics requirement. The student must have successfully completed courses in mathematics equal to the Swedish courses Mathematics 1a, 1b or 1c.
Specific entry requirements
Most courses and study programmes have specific entry requirements in addition to the general requirements. These are often linked to the area of study of the course or programme. For example, an economics course may require a higher level of upper secondary school mathematics.
These specific requirements are outlined in the individual course or programme descriptions which are found on the university’s website. You can find a link to these description pages from both your search results and your application here at Universityadmissions.se.
Understanding Swedish courses and subject levels
In order to meet the specific entry requirements for most Swedish courses and programmes, you must have studied certain subjects at a certain level.
We’ve provided this guide to help you better understand the level of Swedish courses that are included in specific entry requirements.
The equivalents listed are estimates
Because each country has different requirements, curriculum, and syllabi for their upper secondary programmes, it’s possible that what’s required for studies in Sweden is different than what’s listed here. We’ve provided estimates and guidance to give you a better idea if you’re likely to meet the specific entry requirements.
Even though you have the equivalent number of years of studies in a subject, you may still not meet the requirements.
Courses included in specific entry requirements
Specific entry requirements include the upper secondary level Swedish courses you must have the equivalent of from your previous studies. Swedish upper secondary courses have a number after them; the higher the number, the higher the level of that subject you must have studied. Courses can have different number ranges – some go up to 7, while others to 2. Here are some examples for specific subject areas.
In Sweden, you can study upper secondary mathematics from level 1 to 5. The higher the level, the more advanced mathematics required. For Mathematics 1, it is usually enough to have passed mathematics at an upper secondary school. For Mathematics 4 or 5, you would need to have specialised in mathematics. Note that even then, you may not meet the requirement.
In the Swedish upper secondary school, Natural Science 1 and 2 are general science courses that are at a lower level and studied by most students. They include various science subjects.
Students can also study the science subjects Biology, Chemistry, and Physics at the 1 and 2 level. All of these courses are at a higher level. In order to have the equivalent, you usually must have specialised in the subject in upper secondary school. Note that even then, you may not meet the requirement.
In Sweden, students can study Social Studies 1 and 2, and History 1 and 2 in upper secondary school. In order to meet the requirement, you must have studied social studies or history, respectively, or one or more general subjects within the fields of humanities/social science that to a large extent contain the required subject (Social Studies or History).
Studying modern languages at upper secondary school in Sweden means studying a language that isn’t Swedish, English, classical Greek, classical Latin or sign language. You can study a modern language from level 1 to 7 – the higher the number, the more advanced the level attained. Some bachelor’s courses in Sweden require the equivalent of a Swedish modern language course, at a level from 1 to 7