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How to apply

Follow this step-by-step guide to completing your application - from creating an account to replying to your notification of selection results.

Your step-by-step guide

1. Select your programme or course of interest

The most important step in the admissions process is choosing the programme or course that is right for you. Use our online education catalogue to find out what is available with English language instruction.

The difference between a programme and a course
A programme is made up of a set number of courses. At the completion of a programme you will have earned a specific degree. A programme is usually comprised of 60–180 credits (1–3 years of full-time study).

A single-subject course can never lead to a degree. The standard course is 7.5 credits (5 weeks of full-time study).

IMPORTANT: 30 credits comprises full-time studies for an academic term. If you need a residence permit to Sweden, you need to be admitted to full-time studies in order to obtain one.

2. Review admissions criteria, eligibility, requirements and deadlines

Read the sections on general admissions criteria, eligibility, timelines and deadlines, and then carefully review the admissions requirements for your specific programme(s) or course(s) of interest.

Eligibility requirements are found under the 'Application and eligibility' section on the specific programme or course page.

3. Complete the online application

To complete the application visit the University Admissions website - the Swedish national online admissions website. Before you apply you must create a user account. This user account serves as a link between your application and your personal data.

4. Assemble your supporting documents

After submitting your electronic application, the next step is to submit documentation to demonstrate your eligibility for the courses and programmes you have applied for. The documentation must include your previous studies and your English proficiency.

On the University Admissions website you can find more information about which documents are needed to prove your eligibility for studies.

Programmes in Architecture, Design and Fine Arts, have separate instructions regarding the submission of portfolio documents. See the specific programme page for details.

5. Pay the application fee

With a few exceptions, all citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees for education at the undergraduate and advanced level.

It is important to know that your application will not be processed until you have paid the application fee or proved that you are exempt from paying.

Tuition fees and funding

6. Follow your admission status

After the admissions selection, results are posted on the University Admissions website, both in the 'Applications' tab and in the pdf document Notification of Selection Results on your account.

Visit the University Admissions website also if you need help with understanding your results.

7. Reply to your offer

First round

If you applied to the First round for the Autumn or Spring semester (application deadlines 15 January and 15 August), you do not need to reply to your offer at the University Admissions website.

Second round

If you applied to the Second round Autumn or Spring semester (15 April and 15 October application deadlines), you must reply to your first Notification of Selection Results in order to keep the places you've been offered, or to be placed on the reserve/waiting list for the second selection round.

For the second Notification, you do not need to reply to courses you wish to keep, but should decline those courses you are not planning on attending. This makes those places available for students on the waiting list.

Reply to your offer

You reply to your offer on the University Admissions website

If you've been offered admission in a course or programme but have decided not to attend, it's important that you decline your offer so that waiting list students can be awarded a place.

8. Apply for a residence permit

If you are a citizen of a country outside of the EU/EEA and are planning to study in Sweden for at least three months, you will need to apply for a residence permit for studies in Sweden. As the application processing time can be long, you should apply as soon as you have received your Notification of Admission.

On the website you can read more about residence permits and visas. When you visit the website, please check that your nationality is shown in the upper right corner of the screen so that you receive the right information. 

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