If you’re curious about studying in Sweden next autumn but don’t know where to start, look no further: here’s your guide to the process.
1. Read about different programmes and universities
Your first step is to get acquainted with the Swedish university system and the different options you have available. See Higher education in Sweden – the basics for a basic overview of what it’s like to study here and Degree programmes for a more in-depth look at your options. Once you have an idea of the basics, read up on the different universities in Sweden and consider what type of school would suit you the best. And make sure to check out our student stories for inspiration on where your studies in Sweden can take you!
2. Choose a programme
Visit Universityadmissions.se to search the nearly 1,000 programmes at bachelor’s and master’s level that are offered in English in Sweden. You can also find programme listings at universities’ own websites. You can choose up to four master’s programmes or eight bachelor’s programmes to apply for in each application round.
The full list of programmes starting during the autumn 2017 will be available on 1 December 2016, though most universities post their programmes starting from 17 October. While you’re waiting for the full list, you can browse through last autumn’s offering to get an idea of what will be on offer.
3. Prepare your documents
Once you’ve chosen a few programmes that you’d like to apply for, it’s time to start preparing your application. At Universityadmissions.se you’ll find full application guidelines, including information on all of the documents you’ll need to include with your application.
If you’ll be proving your English proficiency with a TOEFL or IELTS test and haven’t yet taken the test, make sure to book a time well in advance of the application deadline so that you receive your results in time.
4. Read about scholarships
Many organisations offer scholarships for international students, as do most Swedish universities. If you’re looking for a way to fund your studies, it’s a good idea to start investigating options before you turn in your application so that you can be sure to meet any application deadlines. Some scholarships may only be offered for specific programmes – another reason to read about what applies before you turn in your application.
See Scholarships for a listing of scholarship options.
5. Turn in your application online by 16 January
The application deadline for programmes starting autumn 2017 is 16 January. It’s always a good idea to turn in your application a few days early to avoid last-minute stress! Supporting documents and your application fee (or proof of exemption) are due by 1 February.
6. Apply for Swedish Institute scholarships
There is a two-step application process for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships, which are available for for master’s students from developing countries. If you’re planning on applying for a Swedish Institute scholarship, make sure to apply during the first application step from 1 December 2016 – 16 January 2017 through an online application form. This is followed by a second step on 1 – 10 February 2017.
Keep in mind you will need to send in your programme application by the 15 January deadline.
7. Hold your thumbs!
Håll tummarna is the Swedish way of saying cross your fingers! If you apply by the 16 January deadline, you’ll receive your notification of selection results in late March 2017. Then comes the fun part: accepting your offer, getting ready and moving to Sweden!
Good luck – and let’s get started!