The following steps outline the application process for master’s programmes at Swedish universities. Applications are processed through the central application portal Universityadmissions.se.
Please note that for some programmes, mainly within the fine arts, application procedures and deadlines may vary. Always consult the university’s official website for programme-specific application guidelines.
1. Find your programme
The first step to applying for a master’s programme is finding the perfect one. Search programmes for the next application round under Programmes. You can also search for programmes directly at Universityadmissions.se. Programme listings are also offered directly at the websites of specific universities.
You can apply for up to four programmes per application round.
2. Check entry requirements and deadlines
Each programme is subject to general entry requirements and programme-specific entry requirements. Once you’ve decided on the programmes you’d like to apply for, check both sets of guidelines to determine your eligibility:
- General entry requirements for master’s programmes are available at Universityadmissions.se.
- Programme-specific entry requirements are given on each programme’s webpage, which you can access directly through the programme’s listing on this website or Universityadmissions.se.
Also check relevant application dates and deadlines for the upcoming semester. Application deadlines may vary but are usually set in mid-January for the autumn semester and in mid-August for courses starting in the spring semester.
3. Apply at Universityadmissions.se
Applications are made through the portal Universityadmissions.se, a central application service where you can apply for up to four different programmes at different universities around Sweden with one application.
The application will include the following:
- Online application form (accessed through Universityadmissions.se during each application period)
- Documentation of general eligibility
- Proof of English proficiency
- Documentation that you meet programme-specific entry requirements (see step 2 above)
Students who are not citizens of the EU, EEA or Switzerland are required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 along with their application.
Visit Universityadmissions.se for full details on how to apply and to submit your application.
4. Wait to receive notification of acceptance
After the deadline passes, your application will undergo a selection procedure determined by the individual university and based on various criteria, such as grades obtained and results of previous courses and degree projects. All of these will influence the outcome of your application.
The decision on whether to accept an applicant rests with the academic institutions themselves.
You will receive your admission results – the Notification of Selection Results – on Universityadmissions.se on the date relevant for your application round.
If you are accepted, you will need to confirm that you will attend the programme in question by answering yes to your notification.
If you are not a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland you will also be required to pay the first instalment of the tuition fee (often the first semester’s tuition) at this point.
5. 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 process for residence permits can be lengthy, 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.
6. Come to Sweden!
Once you’ve been accepted to a programme and your residence permit has been processed, check out our guide to living in Sweden for information on how to prepare for your stay. Your university’s international office can also offer tips and advice.
Read more at Universityadmissions.se
- “All you need to know”
- Application procedure
- Application deadlines
- Entry requirements
- Am I required to pay?
Please note that the Swedish Institute/Studyinsweden.se is not responsible for university or residence permit applications. If you have questions about your application, or other questions relating to a specific course or programme, please contact the relevant agency or university directly, as we are unable to help with these queries.