Admissions FAQ and contact
Here we list some of the most common questions and answers regarding admissions and studies at Stockholm University.
Questions and answers for students affected by the war in Ukraine
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Choosing your Courses and programmes
How do I find courses and programmes offered in English?
A full list of all courses and programmes at Stockholm University is available via the online the course catalogue. Choose “For international students” to see which courses and programmes do not require knowledge of Swedish.
Who can I contact to get detailed information regarding a course or programme?
We have a decentralised organisation at Stockholm University and everything concerning specific courses and programmes is handled by the individual department. Each department has a study counsellor who can answer questions related to the courses or programmes given by the department. You can find contact information on the webpage of the department:
There are also general study and career counsellors based in Studenthuset at the Frescati campus who can help you with general questions about studying at Stockholm University. The service is free of charge to prospective as well as existing students.
Where can I find information for exchange students?
If you want to study at Stockholm University through a formal student exchange agreement between your home university and Stockholm University, please visit su.se/exchange-students.
Can I study one or two semesters even though my university does not have an exchange agreement with Stockholm University?
In order to be an exchange student there must be a formal student exchange agreement between your home university and Stockholm University (if this is the case you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or visit su.se/exchange-students).
International students, regardless of country (or University) of origin, can apply to study one or more free standing courses or a full study programme.
Courses and Programmes for International Students
Stockholm University offers courses at both undergraduate and advanced level with English as the language of instruction. International students can choose between studying one or more free standing courses, that each may last between five weeks and one semester, or apply for a full programme. A full list of all courses and programmes at Stockholm University is available on the course catalogue. Choose the filter "for international students” to see which courses and programmes do not require knowledge of Swedish. All courses on the University Admissions search database are taught in English and directed to international students, and you can apply for any course that you find there, as long as you fulfil the eligibility requirements.
How do I become a teacher in Sweden?
On the website below, you will find information regarding teacher education at Stockholm University. The information is relevant for prospective and current international students interested in teacher education.
How do I apply?
- Search for and apply to courses and programmes.
- Find key dates and deadlines and information on how to submit your documents.
- Pay your application fee or document fee exemption.
Track your application and receive notifications of selection results.
When can I apply to Stockholm University?
There are two admissions rounds for application to the autumn and to the spring semester at Stockholm University.
For courses and programmes starting in the autumn semester, the first admission round is open between mid-October and mid-January. The second admission round is open between mid-March and mid-April.
For courses and programmes starting in the spring semester, the first admission round is open between early June and mid-August. The second admission round is open between mid-September and mid-October.
We encourage all international students to apply to these earlier rounds as the application deadlines and decisions come several months before the semester starts.
When is the next application period for international programmes?
The admissions round for our international programmes commencing in the autumn 2023 will be open between middle of October 2022 and middle of January 2023.
Can I submit a late application for the autumn semester 2023?
Some of the courses and programmes that have available places will open up for late application on January 18th on www.universityadmissions.se. The selection for the available places among the eligible applicants that submit late applications will be based on the date when the application is submitted.
Entry requirements and selection
What documentation do I need to submit?
In order to document your eligibility, you must provide University Admissions in Sweden with copies of your previous study information, as well as document your English proficiency. All documents should be sent to University Admissions in Sweden.
It is very important that you read the following sections on documenting your eligibility:
Whether or not you need to submit additional documents to those stated at www.universityadmissions.se is decided by the individual department responsible for the course or programme. If additional documentation is needed it will be stated on the course or programme website in our course catalogue:
What are the eligibility/entry requirements for master’s programmes?
In order to be eligible, you have to fulfil the general entry (eligibility) requirements as well as the specific requirements for the programme you are interested in.
The general eligibility requirement for all Master’s programmes is the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, corresponding to at least 180 credits in the European Credit Transfer System. The specific requirements vary between the programmes. Most programmes have requirements of a specific major subject in your Bachelor’s degree. Evaluation of whether the applicants fulfil the specific requirements is handled by the individual department. If you have questions on this you should therefore contact the department that gives the course or programme directly
English Language requirement
A very good command of English equivalent to Course English 6/B from Swedish Upper Secondary School is also required.
I am in my final year of my bachelor’s studies, can I apply to a Master's degree?
If you do not hold the required degree but are registered for the last year of a programme leading to such a degree, Stockholm University permits conditional admission if you can provide:
- transcripts from your second last year, and
- an official document stating that you are likely to be awarded the degree by the start of the Swedish programme. The document has to be issued through and certified by a representative of the Academic Registrar's Office, the Examinations Office or equivalent of the institution.
University Admissions in Sweden has created a form which you can use to get certification from your current university:
How can I meet the English language requirement?
You can demonstrate that you meet the English language requirement through certain upper secondary (high school) studies, certain university studies, or an internationally recognised English test. Note that Duolingo is not one of the English language tests that you can use to show your eligibility regarding the English language requirements.
Please note that some programmes have compulsory language tests with higher scores than the general English language requirement (for example some programmes offered by the Department of English) - make sure to read the specific requirements for the programmes you are applying for carefully.
Can I send my English test result after the deadline for submitting supporting documents?
Unfortunately no late documents or test results are accepted. All courses and programmes at Stockholm University require proof of proficiency in English and the admissions regulations at Stockholm University do not admit acceptance of applicants who do not fulfil the English requirement.
Can I take preparatory English courses if I do not fulfil the English language requirement?
Stockholm University does unfortunately not offer preparatory courses in the English Language.
My English test has been suspended or cancelled due to the coronavirus, what can I do to document my English proficiency?
It now possible to document your English through the TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition Test. The test is a possibility for students to take their test at home rather than at a test center.
TOEFL iBT Home Edition
What is the selection between applicants based on?
Stockholm University does not have a minimum GPA used for admission: If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, there is a selection process. Applicants are grouped into categories and then ranked on the basis of their qualifications. The highest-ranking candidates are admitted. For more information please visit the website of the respective course or programme.
For master’s programmes in business (only!) the selection is based on GMAT or GRE test scores. See next question.
Do I need to submit a GMAT/GRE result?
Yes, if you apply for programmes in business.
GMAT/GRE is not a requirement for eligibility but a way to enhance your chances in the selection process if you apply for programmes in business. The admission of the study places is based on the GMAT-result or the GRE-result (GRE-results are converted to GMAT-scores). If there would be more study places than applicants with GMAT/GRE results the selection of applicants for the remaining study places is based on the number of academic credit points. This means that it is possible but very difficult to be accepted without a GMAT /GRE score.
Stockholm University has no central admission to postgraduate studies. Prospective research students wishing to join or work with us should contact the department(s) of interest directly. It is a good idea to contact the department to discuss your plans before you submit your formal application. This gives you an opportunity to form an idea of how research is carried out at the department, what projects are being conducted or planned for the future and if funding is available.
I have previous university studies and I would like to apply for credit transfer, what should I do?
You can find information about credit transfer of studies from a university abroad for students who have been admitted to, or completed, a course or programme at Stockholm University on our webpage.
Costs, fees and scholarships
Once you have been admitted
How can I apply for a residence permit?
If you need a residence permit you can find information on required documentation and how to apply on our webpage: Residence permits for studies.
How do I apply for a Swedish personal identity number?
I have been admitted but want to postpone my studies – can I apply for deferral?
If there are extenuating circumstances a student admitted to a course or programme may apply for deferral of the commencement of their studies.
I have been offered a place but would like to decline it. What do I need to do?
It's important that you decline your place as soon as you know you will not be taking that course or programme as this makes the place available to applicants on the waiting list. In that case, you should decline your offer on your pages on Universityadmissions.se.
Career, work and part-time jobs
Can I work alongside my studies? How do I find a job?
You’re allowed to work alongside your studies, there is no official regulation on number of hours.
If you do want to work during your studies you need to find a job yourself, Stockholm University can unfortunately not provide students with part time jobs. Websites like Academic Work and StudentConsulting can be good places to look for postings on part time work. You can also join MyCareer - Europe’s largest career network for students. You use your university account to register.
If you are considering starting a company or selling your services in Sweden, you can find useful information for international entrepreneurs on Verksamt.se.
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Last updated: August 31, 2023
Source: Student Services