Study in Sweden for beginners: Guide to apply in “”


Written by Camilo

25 Dec 2019

Applying to universities in Sweden can be pretty difficult for some people at the beginning. However, it is not difficult at all in fact it is very easy and convenient.  This guide will try to explain you the steps you should follow in the webpage of University Admission  but of course It is not an official guide, it is a guide that can help you understand better and have everything in order.

What is University Admissions?

Is the official website for applying to studies in Sweden.

Screenshot of the University Admissions frontpage.
Start page at ↗️

If you want to apply to a bachelor or master you should do it via this University Admissions webpage.↗️

Searching Programmes

What you should do first is to search your target programmes. Is very easy in the image you can see the green bar, there you can search with keywords, or also you can select according to the area you are interested.

Screenshot of the University Admissions frontpage.
Start page at ↗️

For example I wrote “Master in Global Health”. The results show the programmes in different universities in Sweden.

Screenshot of the programme search on
Search fo a programme ↗️ on University Admissions

Do not forget to write in a paper or cellphone the codes of the programme, because there programmes with the same name but in different universities.

In the image you can see the master programme in Global Health in Karolinska Institutet the code is KI-D1002

Screenshot showing information about the Master Programme in Global Health at Karolinska Institutet

The programme of master programme in Global Health in Uppsala University is  UU-M3556

Screenshot showing information about the Master Programme in Global Health at Uppsala University.

Be careful with that!

Creating user account

It is very important to create an account because that is the way you can have access to all your application.

Create your account with an email that you use regularly, also write a password that you can remember. This is very important, because after creating an account you will be accessing the portal often (to upload documents, search information and others)

Screenshot of the University Admissions login webpage.
Where to log in to University Admissions ↗️

If you are not from Sweden or previously study or work here you don’t have a Personnummer, so you should select NO. If everything is ok and you start study in Sweden you will be able to update that information, dont worry. so, only with your mail is ok

Screenshot showing how to create an account on University Admissions.
How to create an account on University Admissions ↗️

After selecting NO, you will need to fill the form to create the account, be careful, try to review everything twice in order to not have problems.

Screenshot of personal information to insert when creating an account.
This is the information you need to fill in the form
Screenshot of final step of creating an account on University Admissions.
It is finished when you press the button “create account”
Screenshot of confirmation webpage.
This will appear after creating your account

Remember check you mail to confirm that is linked with university admissions

Ready to apply!

Now you are ready to apply! In the first step you learned how to search programmes, now you should do the same but you need to select the ones that you really want to apply.

Screenshot showing to select programmes to apply to.
you should select “Add” if is the programme you want.

You can select 4 programmes to apply (The application fee is general , you pay 900kr for the entire application it doesn’t matter if you select 1 or 4 programmes)

Screenshot showing to select programmes to apply to.
To the upper right, you will see in “My selections”, there is where your selection is saved

Rank your selection

After choosing the programmes you want to apply, you also need to rank them. This is very important especially if you want to apply for scholarships. In some universities they gave priority in scholarships to students that choose their programmes as first in ranking.

Screenshot of application ranking.
The arrows help you rank your programmes.

You can still doing changes after your first ranking selection, normally you received an email for every change (don’t forget to check you email often after application)

After being really sure about your choice you should submit your application

Screenshot of application instructions.
Read every advice carefully
Screenshot of user account, prior to when the application has been submitted.

Double check if the rank is fine then click “Submit”.

Application Fee

The application fee is 900kr (as I said before it doesn’t matter if you apply 1 or 4 the cost is the same) It is important understand that the money is not for Swedish Institute or for Universities.

There are some exceptions to pay application fee, try to be careful or also do not doubt in email them, they will reply with an exact answer.

In my experience I should pay, so I use a debit card from my country it works perfectly.

Of course you can wait to pay until be really sure, but be careful with deadlines (sometime the deadline for pay application tution fee is different)

Screenshot of webpage with application fee information.
Screenshot of webpage where the application fee can be paid.


This is the most important part, I suggest to you make a checklist before upload everything, also send and email if you have any question about documents. Remember that once you upload a document you cannot erase it.

Screenshot of instructions for uploading documents,
read carefully

Usually some master programmes ask for documentation extra, you have to upload it in the part of OTHER DOCUMENTS. Remember to write in the extradocument a name that the university can recognize (For example: Letter of intent Uppsala University)

 More suggestions

As you see it is not difficult, but you need to be careful and organized to have a perfect application, I would like to recommend you some other advices :

    • Upload documents in color, so the sign and stamp can be seen.
    • If you don’t have a Diploma in english, you should translate it in a authorized office. You should upload both version english and original language
    • Check the portal and your email often, sometime they send messages asking more information or to fix some document that is not clear.
    • after paying you can still making changes, but better if your do the application well since the beginning.
    • Check deadlines for everything
    • Please read every part of the portal, most of the time the answer of your doubts are there. Search for Q&A in the portal is useful too.
    • Don’t be shy, email university admission for any question you have, they will answer you. The same with universities, be sure of everything.

    I hope this guide can give you a better idea in how apply. As I said it is not an official guide, perhaps there are people that have a different experience. But this blog is for that, to help future students.

    Do you have any comment or suggestion? please leave your comment, help me help students.


    Written by Camilo

    25 Dec 2019