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Eligibility through validation of prior learning

If you do not fulfill the entry requirements through formal qualifications you can apply to get your eligibility evaluated based on knowledge acquired in other ways. This is also known as a validation of prior learning. Stockholm University will then assess whether you have the proficient skills and knowledge required to pursue studies at the course/programme you wish to apply for.

What is prior learning?

By prior learning is meant your accumulated knowledge and experience, which may have been acquired in different ways, for example through formal education, work experience, staff or other kind of training or activities in citizens associations. You can apply for a validation of prior learning to fulfill both general and specific eligibility.

How to apply

  1. Apply for courses and programmes at
  2. Fill out the form Ansökan om bedömning av reell kompetens/att undantag görs, then print it to be able to sign it, then scan the signed form.
  3. Write a personal letter in which you explain in detail how you fulfill the eligibility requirements based on other knowledge and experience than formal education.
  4. Prepare relevant documentation to support your application.
  5. Upload the application form, the personal letter and supporting documents on by the application deadline at the latest.

Application for validation of prior learning at Stockholm University (232 Kb)

Apply by the application deadline

Your application for a validation of prior learning must be complete by the last date of application at the latest. Late applications will not be considered.

See the application dates

Please note that if you submit a late application it is not possible to apply for a validation of prior learning.

Important! Submit a complete application

It is important that your application for a validation of prior learning is complete, thoroughly put together and submitted by the application deadline. In order for an application to be considered complete it must include a personal letter and it must be evident for which of the courses or programmes applied for you wish to have a validation of your prior learning. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

When will I be notified of the results?

The Admissions Office at Stockholm University is responsible for the assessment of your application. The results will be communicated on your Notification of Selection Results on We will not be able to give you a notification in advance. If you are found not to be eligible, you have the right to appeal this decision. Information on how to appeal is found on the Notification of Selection Results.

Compete for a study place

If the number of eligible applicants exceed the number of study places on a course or a programme the applicants will have to compete for a place in a selection based on their merit rating. Please note that a recognition of prior learning for eligibility does not give you a merit rating. This means that a recognition of prior learning does not necessarily mean that you will be offered a study place. 

Read more about the selection process

One way to get a merit rating is by taking the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (Högskoleprovet). Your result on the test becomes your merit rating if you apply to courses and programmes for beginners (undergraduate level). The test is only given in Swedish.

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