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Master's level - how to apply

How to apply for a master's programme in Sweden.

The following steps outline the application process for master’s programmes at Swedish universities. Applications are processed through the central application portal

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 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

Admission to each programme is based on 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:

Be sure to check relevant application dates and deadlines well in advance of the semester you’d like to start your studies. Application deadlines are usually set in mid-January for the autumn semester (August) and in mid-August for courses starting in the spring semester (January).

3. Apply at

Applications are made through, a central application service where you can apply for up to four different programmes at different universities around Sweden with one application.

The application includes the following:

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 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, results of previous courses and degree projects and other documentation the university has asked you to submit. All of these factors will influence the outcome of your application. Each individual university makes its own admissions decisions.

You will receive your admission results – called ‘Notification of Selection Results’ – on on the date relevant for your application round.

If you’re not a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland you’ll also be required to pay the first instalment of your tuition fees (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 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.

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 and the Study in Sweden blog to get an idea of what life as a student here is like. Your university’s international office can also offer tips and advice.

Please note that the Swedish Institute/ 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.


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