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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 of interest

    The most important step in the admissions process is choosing the programme that is right for you. Use our online education catalogue advanced search 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 and at the completion of a programme the student will have earned a specific degree. A programme has usually between 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 and decisions and timelines and deadlines, and then carefully review the admissions requirements for your specific programme(s) of interest. Programme eligibility requirements are found under the  "Application and eligibility" section on the specific programme page.

  • 3. Complete the online application

    Use the national online admissions site - - to complete the application. 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

    In order to document your eligibility*, you must provide University Admissions in Sweden documentation of your previous study information, as well as document your English proficiency. There is a special section at specifically for information regarding the documentation of your eligibility.

    Send your supporting documents to:

    University Admissions in Sweden
    FE 20102
    SE-839 87 Östersund

    *Separate Portfolio Requirements:
    Programmes in Architecture, Design and Fine Arts have separate instructions regarding the submission of portfolio documents. Please refer to the information on the specific programme page.

  • 5. 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 SEK 900 (approx. €95) application fee or proved that you are exempt from paying.
    More information about fees

  • 6. Follow your admission status

    Students will receive two Notification of Selection Results from University Admissions, one after each of the two selection rounds. The results of these selection rounds will be presented in your Notifications.

    Detailed information

  • 7. Reply to your offer

    If you see the term 'Admitted' after the title of your study programme or course, congratulations! This means that you have been offered a place in the course or study programme.

    You will need to reply and accept the offer to hold your place. This is done by logging in to 'My Pages" at and following the instructions for Notification of Selection Results.

    For the second Notification, you do not need to reply to programmes you wish to keep, but should decline if you are not planning on attending.

    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. Go to Declining your offer on University Admissions and follow the instructions.

    Deadlines and important dates

    Additional documents are:

    1. Any other required documentation that is requested in the course/programme information in the online education catalogue.
    2. Documents that can be used in a selection process such as proof of work experience, practice, or a Resume/Curriculum Vitae. Note that letters of recommendation or letters of intent will not be considered by Umeå University.
    3. Thesis or Essay - If specifically requested in the specific entrance requirements that are stated by the university and/or the department in the course/programme information in the online education catalogue may be sent directly to Umeå University. Check the programme description(s) carefully for detailed information
  • 8. Apply for a residence permit

    Students who are citizens of countries outside of the EU/EEA planning to study in Sweden for at least three months 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.

    See Residence permits and visas for more information on applying for a residence permit for studies in Sweden, as well as information for citizens of EU/EEA/Nordic countries and Switzerland.


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