Applications & Admission to Study in Sweden

How to apply to study in Sweden

Closing Dates/Deadlines for applications in Sweden

Typically, mid-January is the application deadline for autumn semester studies in Sweden and mid-August the deadline for submitting applications for spring semester. However, it’s important to consult the website of the university that you will be applying to in order to verify deadlines.

It’s also important that you apply for your student visa/residence permit as soon as you receive your acceptance notification to your university. Wait periods can be lengthy, so get ahead of the curve by applying for your visa as soon as possible.

Necessary requirements for admission to study in Sweden


Candidates must:

  • Have graduated from their upper secondary school (high school)
  • Be proficient in English
  • Must have passed courses in mathematics to reach Swedish courses Mathematics 1a, 1b, or 1C / Mathematics A. Generally that means 10 years of math studies.


Candidates must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an internationally recognized university.

  • Be proficient in English.


Candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher with a focus in the same subject as the intended field of study. Depending on the university and program, a master’s degree may be required. Candidates must have written a degree thesis.
  • Be proficient in English and sometimes Swedish depending on the program you choose.

How to Apply for a Bachelor’s Degree Program in Sweden

The first step to studying your Bachelor’s degree in Sweden is to choose which program or programs are right for you. In addition to the general requirements for study above, different universities and departments within the university have different requirements, student life, and benefits to your future career. Browse a list of programs in Sweden to find the best program for you. Once you’ve researched the best program for you, you’ll use a Swedish university portal where you will complete an application including transcripts and other documentation showing that you meet the requirements to study at a certain degree level as well as specific program. Interested in learning all the details? Read a step-by-step guide with helpful links to complete your application.

Learn how to apply for a Bachelor Degree

How to Apply for a Master’s Degree Program in Sweden

As with Bachelor’s Programs in Sweden, applying for a Master’s program in Sweden involves selecting the university where you would like to begin your studies as well as the program you are interested in studying. In addition to fulfilling the general requirements above, you will also need to check that you meet the requirements of your program. You’ll use the national Swedish university application portal as a central hub to send your application and documentation. Read the Swedish Master’s Program Application Guide below to learn all the details of applying for Master’s studies in Sweden.

How to Apply for a PhD Program in Sweden

Unlike Master’s and Bachelor’s degree programs, candidates to PhD programs apply at universities independently of the Swedish university admissions website. There are no universal start dates for Swedish PhD programs, as some universities have set application dates while others admit candidates on a rolling basis.

Learn more about program requirements, how to apply to doctoral programs in Sweden and browse a list of websites that universities use to advertise PhD positions at the link below


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