How to Apply to Study in Sweden

It’s that time of year again. Time to make decisions about what you want to do for the rest of your life. Which means, time to apply to university programs in Sweden for the year 2012-2013. The application period began December 1 and the deadline for both Masters and Bachelors students is January 16.  If you would like to be a student in Sweden next year, it is time to start working on your application.

Sweden has many international master programs that cover a wide range of subjects. So whether you are interested in finance or environmental management, there is something to interest everyone. There are also many universities to choose from. It is possible to study in some of Sweden’s oldest university towns like Lund and Uppsala or, if you prefer the hustle and bustle of a city, you can choose Sweden’s capital, Stockholm.

Doing lots of research is important to finding the place that is perfect for you. I would suggest first searching for schools that have the program you are interested in. StudyInSweden has a degree database that can help you find the universities that offer the program you want. If you are more interested in the city you will study in, than looking at a list of Swedish universities may also help.

This could be you! Photo By: Wrote (CC BY-2.0)

After finding a program it is time to fill out and send in an application, which can be done at Once you have filled out an application and payed the application fee, you will need to send in documentation; this can include transcripts, English language tests, and other program specific documents. Some programs could require a personal interest letter, a letter of recommendation or even proof of another language, so it is important to check which documents you need for your program. The deadline to send in these documents is February 1.

After deciding which university and program are best for you, it’s good to get an idea of what student life is like. Every university has a student union with lots of information for international students. Also, most schools have bloggers who write about everyday life as an international student. Checking out websites like these can help get a feel for what university life will be like.

You will be notified of the results for your application around the middle of March. If you receive an offer, it is important to reply before April 2 in order to keep your position in the program.

After you have accepted your place in the program its time to start getting ready. Applying for a student visa and planning your trip are just a few of the first steps to moving to Sweden.  For more information on applying to school in Sweden check out Overview of Application Process and StudyInSweden Application Guide.

  • Lorane Favreau


    J’ai passé pas mal de mois en Suède, en 2010, 2011, 2012 et j’adore ce pays et j’y ai trouvé l’homme de ma vie il y a 7 mois
    J’aimerais donc rejoindre mon fiancé suédois qui habite à Västerås et étudier là-bas afin de pouvoir trouver un emploi ou continuer les études. Je veux m’expatrier là-bas, vivre avec mon amoureux et pouvoir avoir un avenir professionnel là-bas.
    Je suis allé jusqu’à la fin de ma terminale STG CFE, mais je n’ai pas passé mon bac. Savez-vous s’il est possible pour moi d’être admise à l’université Mälardalen (sans le bac donc) pour suivre Scandinavian Studies ? Je parle très bien anglais, je connais les bases des bases en suédois mais vraiment pas grand chose (et je connais surtout les gros mots haha). Mais ces cours sont en suédois de toute manière et permettent d’apprendre la langue (ainsi que d’étudier leur histoire, culture, etc) et à la fin de Scandinavian Studies 3, on obtient une maîtrise de la langue égale au TISUS qui permettrait d’étudier dans n’importe quelle université de Suède ou de travailler, si j’ai bien tout pigé.
    J’aimerais savoir comment être admise là bas et si j’ai besoin de diplomes particuliers ou autre.
    Pouvez-vous me renseigner s’il vous plait ?
    Merci d’avance.

  • Blessing

    I’m Blessing a Nigerian,
    I want to come and study in Sweden,Somebody please help me on how to go about it.

  • Bilal_khattak99

    First of all my name Bilal khattak, i”m from pakistani. sweden is beautiful country. my aim is i want to come and study in sweden. i hope to seeyou again in sweden. i am waiting your reply ok i am the collge student