Sweden accepts IELTS

Applying to study in Sweden

Sweden's higher education landscape and level of education are considered extremely attractive. Hence it draws many international students every year for studying abroad with degrees such as bachelor's or master's degree or for a shorter stay in the country.

Interested parties have to overcome a number of hurdles before they can study in Sweden. One of the most important steps in doing this is that canditature. Once you have decided on a university and a course of study, the application process can begin.

Admission requirements for studying in Sweden

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Interested parties can get help when applying to study in Sweden.

Prospective students must meet a number of requirements in order to be considered for studying in Sweden at all. In general, that High School entitled to admission to a Swedish university.

The universities determine all other criteria autonomously. The admission requirements can even be met vary from course to course, for example if a certain grade point average, test results or work samples are required. But a rough guideline for the basic requirements can be defined:

  • Bachelor (First cycle): Abitur, sufficient knowledge of English
  • master (Second cycle): Bachelor's degree, sufficient knowledge of English (proven by an internationally valid test such as the IELTS, TOEFL or others)
  • promotion (Third cycle): Master’s degree, sufficient funds for the duration of the course

It is important to find out exactly about that beforehand to inform about individual requirementsso that there are no unpleasant surprises later. In addition, when choosing a course of study, applicants can already exclude programs that are not suitable for them due to a lack of admission requirements.


Procedure for applying to study in Sweden

Applications for studying in Sweden are now made via the central registration platformuniversityadmissions.se. Some universities also offer the opportunity to apply directly to them. Interested parties usually do this by e-mail, with the necessary documents being submitted by post.

It is of great importance to that Adhering to deadlines. For example, if you want to start your studies in the fall semester, your application at universityadmissions.se must be submitted by mid-January. This consists of the following steps:

  • Completing an online form
  • Proof of general university entrance qualification (Abitur)
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of English
  • possibly proof of program-specific admission requirements

The evidence is scanned and uploaded as a file.


After applying: preparation for studying in Sweden

After submitting the application to study in Sweden, the relevant university will check the content if the deadline for all applicants has expired. Criteria such as grades obtained by the student and results from other courses and projects are relevant. The final decision on admission is entirely up to the university of your choice.

The student is notified via the universityadmissions.se platform and can accept admission if the result is positive. He has to within a specified period otherwise the place will be forfeited.

As a rule, due to the large number of submissions, it takes several weeks to receive final feedback as to whether the applicant will be admitted to the course. Who is waiting for it should exercise patience, Multiple inquiries do not lead to faster processing.

Once you have been accepted, the preparations for studying in Sweden begin. Students must now

  • Clarify financing issues,
  • looking for accommodation,
  • Get travel documents and possibly flight tickets,
  • take out health insurance abroad and
  • prepare for the foreign culture.

Once everything is done, nothing stands in the way of an eventful and hopefully educational stay in Sweden.