Applying to a master’s programme can seem overwhelming, so we’ve broken the process down into four steps:
1: Find your programme
The first step to applying for a master’s programme is finding the perfect one. You can search our database of over 600 master’s programmes given in English at www.studyinsweden.se/course-search. You can also search for courses and programmes at Universityadmissions.se.
Once you’ve identified which programme/s you’d like to apply for, use the application instructions available at www.universityadmissions.se. Universityadmissions.se is a central application service where you can apply for up to four different master’s programmes at different universities around Sweden with just one application.
Please note that students who are not citizens of the EU, EEA or Switzerland are required to pay an application fee of SEK 900.
Application deadlines may vary but are usually set in mid-January for the following autumn semester, and in mid-August for courses starting in the spring semester. More information can be found at Universityadmissions.se.
Please note that a few universities (mainly in the field of fine arts) may have different deadlines and application procedures.
Some programmes have specific entry requirements which applicants also need to satisfy. If that is the case, the exact application process will be explained in the programme description. Information on specific entry requirements, and finding links to the programme description, can be found at Universityadmissions.se.
3: Wait to receive notification of acceptance
After the deadline passes, your application will undergo a selection procedure determined by the individual university and based on various criteria, such as grades obtained and results of previous courses and degree projects. All of these will influence the outcome of your application.
The decision on whether to accept an applicant rests with the academic institutions themselves.
You will receive your admission results - the Notification of Selection Results - on Universityadmissions.se, after logging in to your account.
If you are accepted, you will need to confirm that you will attend the programme in question by answering yes to your notification.
If you are not a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland you will also be required to pay the first instalment of the tuition fee (often the first semester's tuition) at this point.
4: Apply for a residence permit
As the application process for residence permits can be lengthy, you should apply as soon as you have received your notification!
Generally speaking, in order to obtain a residence permit for studies you will need to show that you:
- have been accepted to a full-time study programme (if you are not a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland this includes paying the first instalment of the tuition fees)
- can support yourself financially throughout the entire period of study (you must show proof that you have access to or funding of 7,300 SEK per month of your stay)
Specific information about application for student visas and residence permits, as well as application forms, can be found at the Swedish Migration Board.
Note: students from the Nordic countries and the EU/EEA do NOT need to apply for residence permits, but should rather (in the case of a non-Nordic EU citizenship) register with the Swedish Migration board upon arrival. Find out more on this page.
5: Come to Sweden
Once you’ve been accepted to a programme and your residence permit has been processed, check out our guide to living in Sweden for information on how to prepare for your stay. Your university’s international office can also offer tips and advice.
Helpful links at Universityadmissions.se:
Please note that the Swedish Institute/Studyinsweden.se is not responsible for university or residence permit applications. If you have questions about your application, or other questions relating to a specific course or programme, please contact the relevant agency or university directly, as we are unable to help with these queries.