Entry and Language Requirements for Master's Programmes
- A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognised university.
- Proficiency in English. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test, see below for more information.
- The specific requirements stated for each programme.
Students who do not hold the required degree, but are registered for the last semester of a programme leading to such a degree, may be accepted.
An official document stating that you are likely to be awarded the degree by the start of the Swedish programme must be sent in with your application. The document must be issued through and certified by a representative of the Academic Registrar's Office, the Examinations Office or equivalent of the institution. Certification from other staff members, such as faculty or college staff members, will not be accepted. The degree certificate has to be presented after registration by 1 November.
Information for Swedish applicants on how to apply for such a document can be found on the Swedish site.
Applicants also have to meet the specific requirements stated for each programme. Please check the programme website carefully for detailed information.
The specific requirements will be assessed as not fulfilled if:
- the average grade is in the lower third of the grading scale used in the country where the degree was awarded, i e grades have to be above average/pass level (equivalent to the Swedish grade “G”).
- the degree does not qualify for admission to equivalent master’s programmes in the country where the degree was awarded.
English Language requirements
Applicants must have documented skills in English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English B/ English 6). For applicants who have not studied in Swedish upper secondary education, skills in English are normally attested to by means of an international language test, such as:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in the written test with a total score of 575
Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in the written test with a total score of 90.
TOEFL Examinee Score Records are not accepted. All TOEFL tests must be sent straight from Educational Testing Service (ETS).
International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)
Academic modules, an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
University of Cambridge (ESOL Examinations)
Certificate of Proficiency in English/CPE
Certificate in Advanced English/CAE.
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
Minimum score of 90 points.
Pearson Test of English
English B / English 6: Score of 62 (writing 61)
English C / English 7: Score of 68 (writing 61)
Previous university studies
Students who have studied at the university level may be exempt from submitting formal test evidence of their English abilities (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge).
The following is a list of exemptions – if you can document any of the following, you are not required to submit a formal English test (granted you don’t meet the English course requirement from your upper secondary (high school) studies):
- Students with a Bachelor's degree from a university where English is the only language of instruction, in accordance with the recommendations in the edition of the International Handbook of Universities that was current the year the degree was awarded.
- Students with a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) where English is the main subject.
- Students with a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) in Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Applications, Medicine, Pharmacy, Science or Technology from India or Pakistan.
- Students with 30 higher education (HE) credits from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland where the language of instruction of the course is English. The language of instruction must be clearly stated on official documents.
- Students with 30 higher education (HE) credits from Great Britain, Ireland, Malta, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, or English speaking parts of Canada. The language of instruction must be clearly stated on official documents.
- Students with a formal transcript or degree certificate where it is clearly stated that the language of instruction was English. Other documentation regarding language of instruction will not be accepted.
- Turkish students who have studied a 1 year preparatory class in English at a university. The class must be listed on the transcript and the student must have received a passing grade.
Other documentation of language of instruction will not be accepted.
Required documentation for all applicants
In order to complete your admissions application, you must submit the following documents after submitting your online application for courses and programmes.
Please do not submit documents that are not listed here.
- Cover sheet
- Certificates and diplomas from previous studies at an internationally recognized higher education institution (university or university college)
- Transcripts of completed courses and grades for each semester (including course list). If possible, sort them in reverse chronological order, i. e. the most recent on top
- Proof of English language skills
- Proof that you meet the specific entry requirements
- In order to expedite the processing of your application, we require a copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photograph, or some other identification document
Please note: If you are from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland and are required to document your citizenship status in order to be considered exempt from paying application and tuition fees, your passport copy must be certified. For more information, please see: EU/EEA students exempt from fee.
If you are not a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, certification of your passport copy is not required.
Please check the following link for more information:
Please note that applications not supported by officially certified documents will not be processed. All copies of original documents must be certified as true copies of the original. This means that they must be stamped and signed by the issuing institution, or a notary public. If you submit documents that are not certified, your application will not be processed.
There are special requirements for documents from prospective students from certain countries. Please, check the following link for more information:
All documentation is to be sent by post to University Admissions in Sweden, FE 1, SE-833 83 Stroemsund, Sweden. This includes Letters of Intent and TOEFL test results.
Last updated: 2013-02-20