Application and Admission

A full list of courses and programs aimed for the international students at the Swedish universities is available at the university website where you can find the online course catalogue. Click on “Show only courses for international students” to see which courses and programs are given in English. Alternatively, you can contact ECTS counselors who will help you to get answers to your questions.

Usually, the program director or the course coordinator is responsible for providing students with all necessary information on their program/s or courses. Find their e-mails or phone numbers from the website of the university and contact them directly. You can also contact the international office the respective university to get necessary information. Alternatively, you can contact ECTS counselors who will help you with your questions.

Yes, international students, regardless of country (or university) of origin, can study one or more freestanding courses or a full-time study program. In this case, students coming from non-European countries must pay tuition fees. In order to be an exchange student there must be a formal student exchange agreement between your home university and the university in Sweden.

For Swedish universities the students should apply through universityadmissions.se, the national admission system. This system is open from October 16 to January 15 for autumn semester admission (course start middle of August) and from June 01 to August 15 for spring semester admission (course start middle of January).

All students are expected to arrive during the weekend preceding the Introduction Week, which starts in late August (autumn semester) and late January (spring semester). ECTS will provide pick-up service and accommodation assistance to the new comers. On the first day of Introduction Week there is a roll call and you will be introduced to your department as well as your fellow classmates. You will receive important information and guide about your studies and have the opportunity take part in social activities and get-to-know-you events during Introduction Week.

All students must fulfill the general and specific admission requirements for the program they are applying to.

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • Key dates for Spring semester 2020 (for admission in both Master’s and Bachelor’s programs)

Please note that all deadlines are midnight CET (Central European Time) on the dates indicated.

Online service opens: 01 June 2019

Application deadline: 15 August 2019

Deadline for receipt of application fee: 03 September 2019

Deadline for receipt of supporting documents: 03 September 2019

First notification of selection results: 18 October 2019

01 November 2019 – 15 January 2020: Visa processing period

Spring semester starts: About 20 January 2020

Key dates for Autumn semester 2020 (for admission in both Master’s  and Bachelor’s programs).

Please note that all deadlines are midnight CET (Central European Time) on the dates indicated.

Online service opens: 16 October 2019

Application deadline: 15 January 2020

Deadline for receipt of application fee: 01 February 2020

Deadline for receipt of supporting documents: 01 February 2020

First notification of selection results: 04 April 2020

01 June 2020 – 15 August 2020: Visa processing period

Spring semester starts: About 20 August 2020

As an international students you are encouraged to apply as earlier as possible before the application deadlines. This will allow you to receive admission decisions several months before the semester starts. You will have enough time to apply for and receive your resident permit (if needed), arrange for housing and have plenty of time to plan for your travel to Sweden.

In addition, you can find out much earlier whether you’ve been offered a place in a course or program in Sweden, thereby making it easier for you to prepare and plan for your studies.

Required Documents

When sending your supporting documents by post, we require certified copies. All copies of original documents must be clearly authorized as true copies of the original by the issuing institution or a notary public. Certified copies must be copies of original degrees, diplomas, certificates and other relevant documents. Copies of copies will not be accepted. University authorities in Sweden may check the authenticity of documents with the issuing institutions.

Procedure:

In order to certify document copies, you must present both the original and copy of the document to the person carrying out the certification. Each copy must be certified separately and clearly indicate:

  • The signature of the certifying officer
  • The stamp of the issuing institution or notary public
  • The name and address or provider/registration number (where applicable) of the certifying officer. This must be printed legibly (able to read) below the signature or in the stamp.

It must be possible to contact the certifying officer if necessary. A stamp stating only “True copy certified” will not be accepted.

All students must fulfill the general and specific admission requirements for the program they are applying to. For undergraduate studies, the selection is made based on high school/upper secondary school results.

Eligibility requirements include

  • A high school diploma (certified copy), which entitles the student to university studies in his/her home country.
  • Transcripts of completed courses and grades
  • Proof of English proficiency. See language requirements.
  • A copy of your passport (EU/EEA/Swiss citizens may submit a copy of a valid identity card which clearly states citizenship).
  • Letter of Motivation- Motivation letter should be no longer than 1000 words.

After placing an online application directly through University admission, students should upload/send all supporting documents within 2 weeks, or by the latest, or by the deadline for receipt of supporting documents, to be considered if places are still available.

  • If you are applying to multiple Swedish universities and using universityadmissions.se, you have until February 1 and 3 September for documents to be received for autumn and spring semesters, respectively. 
  • See Admissions for more information or contact us at www.ects-global.com

The deadline for when the documents and test results must have arrived is February 1st or September 3rd when applying in the January admissions round or August admissions round, respectively. Unfortunately, no late documents or test results are accepted. All courses and programs at the Universities require proof of proficiency in English and the admissions regulations at University do not admit acceptance of applicants who do not fulfill the English requirement.

Yes, there is a selection process if the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available. Applicants are grouped into categories and then ranked on the basis of their qualifications/merits. The highest-ranking candidates are admitted.

Yes, if you apply for programs in business studies (some specific universities for example Stockholm University).

Yes, it may be possible to transfer credits once you have arrived in Sweden and started a program.  For more information, contact Study Counseling once you have arrived to the university.  It is not possible to pre-assess your specific situation and transfer credits before starting up.

Universities require a letter of motivation from all applicants for undergraduate and master’s programs.

  • The motivation letter should be no longer than 1000 words.
  • Work experience that relates to program is considered as an asset.
  • Neither CV nor letter of recommendations are required, however a letter of recommendation is required as a part of the scholarship application.

Language Qualifications

All applicants are required to meet the “Standard English language” requirements corresponding to English 6, or English course B in the Swedish upper secondary school system.

Accepted tests and minimum results required:

  • TOEFL* (We do not accept TOEFL ITP)
  • Paper-based:
  • Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 575
  • Internet based:
  • Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90
  • IELTS Academic:
  • An overall score of 6.5 and no section below 5.5.
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment:
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments:
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), minimum score of 90
  • University of Michigan, Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL):
  • Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) or Cambridge ESOL Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International, Level C1
  • Pearson PTE Academic**:
  • Score of 62 (writing 61)

*The TOEFL test result cannot be older than two years.

** Pearson PTE Academic test results must be made available to Sweden by the testing center.

English Language Test Exemptions

If you can document any of the following, you are not required to submit a formal English test:

  • Applicants with an upper secondary/ high school degree where English is the only language of instruction. Evidence must be provided showing the student’s upper secondary tutoring language. NOTE: Upper secondary English instruction in some countries qualifies as equivalent to English 6/English B in Sweden.

Check here to see if you meet the English requirements based on your upper secondary/ high school studies.

  • Students with a formal university transcript or degree certificate for their Bachelor’s degree where it is clearly stated that the language of instruction for the program was English meet the requirement.
  • Students with a Bachelor’s degree from a university where English is the only language of instruction meet the requirement. The university must be listed as only providing instruction in English in the edition of the International Handbook of Universities or the World Directory of Medical Schools that was current the year the degree was awarded.
  • Students with a completed 1-year degree at the master’s level or higher from a university where English is the only language of instruction meet the requirement. The university must be listed as only providing instruction in English in the World Higher Education Database (WHED). The degree must have been completed within the last 10 years.
  • Students with a Bachelor’s degree where English is the main subject meet the English requirement.
  • Students with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, computer applications, medicine, pharmacy, science or technology (taught in English) from India or Pakistan.

The English language test is only used to demonstrate proficiency in English.

  • For IELTS:
    A regular copy is sufficient, as we can verify your result online.

TOEFL:
A regular copy is sufficient as long as we get access to your result via our institution code: 8487.

  • Cambridge:
    A certified copy is required.

Please see Language Requirements.

If I do not meet the English requirements, can I be admitted on the condition that I take an English course in Sweden to compensate?

No, you must meet the English requirements when applying for a program, otherwise your application will be rejected.

No. All instruction is delivered in English. Within Universities and in Sweden most people speak English very well. However, it is recommended that students who may want to work and live in Sweden after their studies learn some Swedish.

Yes, all programs offered to international students are taught entirely in English.

Tution Fees

Students having citizenship in a country outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland will be required to pay a 900 SEK (Swedish kronor) application fee. They also need to pay tuition fee that will vary depending on the type of course or program. The tuition fee per academic year for studies within the Humanities/Social Sciences/Law is SEK 90,000 and within the Sciences SEK 140,000. Some programs have special prices in the range of SEK 90,000-140,000 and a few programs offered in collaboration with two or more universities have higher tuition fees.

When you search for a course or program in the course catalogue you can see the price by clicking on “Tuition fees only concern citizens outside the EU, EES and Switzerland”. If you’d like to know how much a certain amount of SEK is in your own currency, we suggest you use one of the currency converters available on the internet, such as XE Universal Currency Converter. Please note that these are approximations and that currencies change in value each and every day. For further assistance, please contact ECTS who will help you to answer questions related to the specific tuition fees for your program.

Application Fee

During the central Swedish admission period, the application fee is paid through universityadmissions.se when applying.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are always paid to the university directly. The payment is divided into equal installments; one payment per semester. The first installment of the tuition fee must be paid in order for the Swedish Migration Agency to start processing your application for a resident permit for studies. You pay for one semester at a time in advance.

If the Migration Board would not grant you a residence permit for studies, the tuition fee will be reimbursed to you in 100%.

  • It is important that students reply to their offer on their Notification of Selection Results at www.universityadmissions.se (http://www.universityadmissions.se). When students have accepted their offer they will receive an e-mail from the university containing an invoice and information on how to pay the first instalment of tuition fees.

    Students will be able to pay their tuition fee with: Payment by bank transfer

Citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. More information can be found here. (https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/All-you-need-to- know1/Applying-for-studies/Fees-and-scholarships/Am-I-required-to-pay/)

The tuition fee does not include accommodation costs, course literature and living expenses. The Swedish Migration Board estimates the cost of living in Sweden for a student to be SEK 7,974/month. For more information regarding cost of living in Sweden, please visit Study in Sweden (http://www.studyinsweden.se/Living-in-Sweden/Cost-of-living/) and the Migration Agency (http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Studying-in- Sweden/Universities-and-university-college.html) under the heading “You must be able to support yourself”.

No. You do not need to pay for the same course again even if you need to retake it. 

Yes. The installments must be paid before every semester in accordance to the invoice, regardless if you meet the requirements to continue to the courses in the coming semesters or not. 

A confirmation of your payment will be sent to you via e-mail from the University.

Scholarship

Most of the universities in Sweden offer partial scholarships to students attending a master’s program at the university. The scholarships consist of partial tuition fee waivers, which may cover up to 50% of the tuition fee. The amount is deducted from the tuition fee when you receive the invoice. The scholarships are competitive, and granted on the basis of academic merit. The scholarships can only be awarded to tuition fee paying students. Please note that you must be able to finance the rest of the tuition fee yourself, and to cover all living expenses during your stay in Sweden. More information about scholarships.

You can also apply for other types of scholarships, such as the Swedish Institute (SI)’s scholarships.

No, unfortunately not. According to the Guidelines on the administration of scholarships for students required to pay tuition fees, if you are already admitted or enrolled/registered as a master’s student in Sweden, you are not eligible to apply for UHR Scholarships at the same program. These scholarships are only awarded prior to the commencement of studies.Resident

Permit

  • Do I need a residence permit to study in Sweden?
  • Yes, citizens of countries outside of the EU/EEA region need a valid residence permit to study in Sweden.

To be granted a residence permit for studies, you must:

– be admitted to a full-time on-campus study program or course at a university

– have comprehensive health insurance that covers the entire period you are studying in Sweden

– be able to support yourself financially for the planned period

– have a valid passport

– have paid the tuition fee

No, you must have your residence permit granted before you travel to Sweden. You should always bring along the “decision” from the Swedish Migration Agency, a letter in Swedish called “Beslut”.Please note that students with citizenship in certain countries requiring a valid  visa to travel to Sweden, will need to have their residence permit card in hand before travelling to Sweden.

Your arrival date must not be earlier than the date on your residence permit. You should submit an online application directly to the Swedish Migration Agency. It is recommended that you apply directly to the Swedish Migration Agency instead of through the Swedish Embassy in your country.

You can apply for a residence permit as soon as you have received the admission letter, the notification of selection result from your account at universityadmissions.se. The expected time for the Swedish Migration agency to process the resident permit is six to eight weeks. Universities have no way to facilitate or expedite the process. ​

No. You are advised to contact the Swedish Migration Agency directly. The university and the Swedish Migration Agency exchange information on a regular basis, but the university admission officers have no way to facilitate or expedite the process.

You need to meet the requirements from the Swedish Migration Agency. Please note that you cannot leave Sweden while waiting for a decision on your application for residence permit extension.

Usually, you can’t extend your residence permit for studies after you finish studying. However, you can apply for a new residence permit after finishing your studies to seek employment or examine the possibility of starting your own business.

Information about Residence permit after studies, at the Swedish Migration Agency.

Please note that you still need to be in Sweden when you apply for this type of residence permit. Your application may be refused if you have left Sweden after completing your studies.

You are granted a residence permit for only one year at a time. At the end of the first year, you may apply for an extension. You apply for the extension while you are still here in Sweden.

Student Life

Most of the universities in Sweden offer partial scholarships to students attending a master’s program at the university. The scholarships consist of partial tuition fee waivers, which may cover up to 50% of the tuition fee. The amount is deducted from the tuition fee when you receive the invoice. The scholarships are competitive, and granted on the basis of academic merit. The scholarships can only be awarded to tuition fee paying students. Please note that you must be able to finance the rest of the tuition fee yourself, and to cover all living expenses during your stay in Sweden. More information about scholarships.

You can also apply for other types of scholarships, such as the Swedish Institute (SI)’s scholarships.

No, unfortunately not. According to the Guidelines on the administration of scholarships for students required to pay tuition fees, if you are already admitted or enrolled/registered as a master’s student in Sweden, you are not eligible to apply for UHR Scholarships at the same program. These scholarships are only awarded prior to the commencement of studies.Resident

Permit

  • Do I need a residence permit to study in Sweden?
  • Yes, citizens of countries outside of the EU/EEA region need a valid residence permit to study in Sweden.

To be granted a residence permit for studies, you must:

– be admitted to a full-time on-campus study program or course at a university

– have comprehensive health insurance that covers the entire period you are studying in Sweden

– be able to support yourself financially for the planned period

– have a valid passport

– have paid the tuition fee

No, you must have your residence permit granted before you travel to Sweden. You should always bring along the “decision” from the Swedish Migration Agency, a letter in Swedish called “Beslut”.Please note that students with citizenship in certain countries requiring a valid  visa to travel to Sweden, will need to have their residence permit card in hand before travelling to Sweden.

Your arrival date must not be earlier than the date on your residence permit. You should submit an online application directly to the Swedish Migration Agency. It is recommended that you apply directly to the Swedish Migration Agency instead of through the Swedish Embassy in your country.

You can apply for a residence permit as soon as you have received the admission letter, the notification of selection result from your account at universityadmissions.se. The expected time for the Swedish Migration agency to process the resident permit is six to eight weeks. Universities have no way to facilitate or expedite the process. ​

No. You are advised to contact the Swedish Migration Agency directly. The university and the Swedish Migration Agency exchange information on a regular basis, but the university admission officers have no way to facilitate or expedite the process.

You need to meet the requirements from the Swedish Migration Agency. Please note that you cannot leave Sweden while waiting for a decision on your application for residence permit extension.

Usually, you can’t extend your residence permit for studies after you finish studying. However, you can apply for a new residence permit after finishing your studies to seek employment or examine the possibility of starting your own business.

Information about Residence permit after studies, at the Swedish Migration Agency.

Please note that you still need to be in Sweden when you apply for this type of residence permit. Your application may be refused if you have left Sweden after completing your studies.

You are granted a residence permit for only one year at a time. At the end of the first year, you may apply for an extension. You apply for the extension while you are still here in Sweden.