International students have two admission rounds to apply to each semester. Applicants from countries outside the EU/EEA are not encouraged to apply to the second round.

The First admission round - autumn and spring semesters

We encourage ALL international students to apply to these earlier rounds as the application deadlines and decisions come several months before the semester starts. This allows you to apply for and receive your resident permit (if needed), arrange for housing and have plenty of time to plan for your time in Sweden.

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

If you haven't completed your upper secondary studies

In order to be eligible for and compete for places in bachelor's level courses and programmes, you must have completed your upper secondary (high school) education and received your final school grades. If you're in your final year of studies, we suggest that you don't apply for admission to the First round autumn semester. Selection takes place in March/April and, as you won't have finished your studies, you won't have final grades and a merit rating to use to compete for places. 

What you can do is one of the following:

  • If you're a citizen of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you can apply for courses and programmes taught in English at the bachelor's level in the Second round. Because selection takes place in July, you should have your final school grades available so that you can compete for places.
  • Wait and apply for the First round for the following spring semester admission. Please note that there are fewer courses and programmes offered with a spring semester start.
  • Apply to the First round in next year's autumn semester admissions round.

The Second round - autumn and spring semesters

There are additional admission rounds, the Second admission rounds, available for students to apply to in the autumn and spring semester. These admission rounds occur later than the First admission rounds, with admission decisions coming just a short time before the start of the semester.

Students from a country outside the EU/EEA are not encouraged to apply to these admission rounds as they will most likely not have enough time to apply for and receive their resident permit before the start of the semester.

Course and programme availability

Universities publish the entire selection of international courses and programmes taught in English in the First round. 

For the Second round, universities can publish the courses and programmes they wish to have in that round. There is no guarantee that a course or programme that was available for application in the First round will be available in the Second. 

If you are interested in a course or programme published in the First round, you should apply for it then and follow all the deadlines. It is very possible that the course or programme will not be available again in the Second round.

Last updated: 08 April 2019