Sweden is known for its openness toward the international community – and its education system is no exception. International students from all over the world study in Sweden, where there are over 1,000 degree programs taught entirely in English. Unlike many countries, Sweden gives their international students the right to work in Sweden during their studies. If you're interested in working in Sweden - the innovation capital of Europe - after you complete your studies, you can apply for time to search for employment even if you're not from an EU/EEA country. Read on through this Study in Sweden guide to learn the practicalities of how to study in Sweden as well as get a glimpse into student life.
In order to meet the general entry requirements for bachelor's level studies, all students must:
have successfully completed their upper secondary (high school) education (post-16).
be able to demonstrate proficiency in English. The entry requirement for studies at the bachelor's level in Sweden is the equivalent of the Swedish upper secondary course English 6/English B. See English Language Requirements.
For students who received their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows:
The student must have successfully completed courses in mathematics to reach the level of the Swedish courses Mathematics 1a, 1b or 1c / Mathematics A (approximately 10 years of mathematics studies).
To meet the entry requirements for master's level (second cycle or graduate) studies, you must:
have been awarded a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognised university.
be able to demonstrate proficiency in English. You can do this by means of an internationally recognised test, such as TOEFL, IELTS, etc. Previous upper secondary studies or university studies completed in some countries can also meet the requirement. Check the website of the university where you would like to study for more information about language requirements as they determine what level is required for Master's course and programme.
Generally speaking, to be admitted to a PhD programme, you must:
Hold a university degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or higher with a focus in the same subject as the intended field of study. In most cases, a master’s degree is required. Previous studies must have included a degree thesis presenting the results of independent research.
Have a good command of English. Skills in Swedish are also important in some subjects where lectures and seminars are conducted in Swedish.