Know more about Sweden education system and admission process

Sweden is an educational hub located in Northern Europe. In this article you will get information about the various aspects of educational system including the course system, famous educational institutions, requirements necessary to take various courses in Sweden.


Sweden gives importance to education and spends more money on higher education. Sweden has a great history of academic excellence with historical educational and research institutions as well as universities. Sweden has a student oriented education system which encourages creativity and personal involvement in education. Usually classes in Sweden are taught in Swedish but most of the universities are offering their courses in English. Courses in universities are structured according to the need and demand of the students in various fields like medicine, engineering, environment, law etc.

Educational system in Sweden

Preschool activities (PreSchool) starts at age 1-5. Förskoleklass-Preschool class starts at the age of 6 years. Grundskola-Compulsory school is in between the age of 7-16. Gymnasieskola-Upper secondary school is in between the age of 16-19. Higher education in universities or university colleges is 2-5 years. Post Graduate level of program-mes is above the higher education.

Types of educational institutions

In Sweden we find Universities, University Colleges, Self-governing and Independent Universities, Self-governing and Independent University Colleges, Independent organizations. In Sweden we find 22 University colleges, 14 public authority Universities, 9 independent University colleges, 3 self-governing independent Universities and 13 Independent organizations with the power to award qualifications. Universities and University colleges have Degree giving authority at First Cycle, Second cycle (one-year Masters' degrees) and entitlement to apply to Högskoleverket (Swedish National Agency for Higher Education) to award two-year Masters' degrees.
Lund University of Sweden
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Types of Degrees

These are the various types of Degrees awarded by University and university colleges for various courses in the following fields.

First cycle (University diplomas and Bachelors' degrees)

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences

Second cycle (one-year and two-year Masters' degrees)

  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Social Sciences

Third cycle (licentiate and doctoral degrees)

  • Licentiate Degree
  • Degree of Doctor
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Academic eligibility

The eligibility criteria for admission into various courses in Sweden education system were given below:

First cycle (University diplomas and Bachelors' degrees)

Candidates must have equivalent qualification of Sweden upper secondary education (Generally 12+).

Second cycle (one-year and two-year Masters' degrees)

Candidates must have equivalent qualification of Swedish Bachelor's degree (Kandidatexamen)

Third cycle (licentiate and doctoral degrees)

Equivalent qualification of bachelor's degree or higher in the chosen subject.

Academic year

Academic year for Autumn Semester is 15th January and for Spring Semester is 15th August.

Admission Process

Sweden has a pooled admissions system. A student can apply for multiple courses and study programs offered at different Sweden universities with a single application. The application form is available at the official website of Sweden higher education managed by The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education. Student who wishes to undergo Third cycle (licentiate and doctoral degrees) has to apply directly to the university. Student has to pay application fees to apply for various courses. Students who are applying various courses have to send their application form along with the required documents to National Admission office to Higher Education.

Cost of education in Sweden

Sweden Government charges a tuition fee for all students from non-EU/EEA countries with scholarship facilities. Tuition fee is less for all programs except for Master program. Approximately a student has to spend SEK 100,000 above per year for Master level programs and it varies according to the universities.

Accommodation facilities for students

Students can avail On Campus residence facility as well as Off Campus residence facility. Usually On Campus residence facility is limited to Research workers. Students can get flats and rooms easily with all facilities located close to the campus. Facilities like libraries, shopping centers and other amenities to serve ones daily needs can avail with this type of Off Campus residence. A student has to spend SEK 2000 to SEK 4500 monthly for this type of Off Campus residence. If the University is located in little towns, the cost to pay for Off Campus residence will be low.

Necessary admission requirements

The following documents are essential for seeking admission into Sweden Universities or university colleges.
  • Certificate documents from previous education are necessary in original. If the certificates other than in Swedish, English, French or German language, student has to produce documents in original language as well as Officially certified translation form.

  • A proof of English language skills like TOEFL or IELTS test scores. The minimum scores for TOEFL is 61-79 (iBT) (Depend upon course), IELTS is 6.0

  • If the University or university college requires Essay/Dissertation/ Recommendation Letter has to be sent directly to the University/University College.

  • A student has to possess a Passport copy with personal data and photograph.

Students who wish to get quality standard education with all up to date technological facilities at low cost can venture into Sweden for their higher studies.

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