7 steps to studying in Sweden

If you’re curious about studying in Sweden next autumn but don’t know where to start, look no further: here’s your guide to the process.

1. Read about different programmes and universities

Your first step is to get acquainted with the Swedish university system and the different options you have available. See Higher education in Sweden – the basics for a basic overview of what it’s like to study here and Degree programmes for a more in-depth look at your options. Once you have an idea of the basics, read up on the different universities in Sweden and consider what type of school would suit you the best. And make sure to check out our student stories for inspiration on where your studies in Sweden can take you!

2. Choose a programme

Visit Universityadmissions.se to search the nearly 1,000 programmes at bachelor’s and master’s level that are offered in English in Sweden. You can also find programme listings at universities’ own websites. You can choose up to four master’s programmes or eight bachelor’s programmes to apply for in each application round.

The full list of programmes offered autumn 2016 will be available on 2 December 2015, though many universities post their programmes starting from 16 October. While you’re waiting for the full list, you can browse through last autumn’s offering to get an idea of what will be on offer.

3. Prepare your documents

Once you’ve chosen a few programmes that you’d like to apply for, it’s time to start preparing your application. At Universityadmissions.se you’ll find full application guidelines, including information on all of the documents you’ll need to include with your application.

If you’ll be proving your English proficiency with a TOEFL or IELTS test and haven’t yet taken the test, make sure to book a time well in advance of the application deadline so that you receive your results in time.

See How to apply – bachelor’s level and How to apply – master’s level for general information on the type of documents required, and visit Universityadmissions.se for specific details.

4. Read about scholarship opportunities

Many organisations offer scholarships to international students, as do most Swedish universities. If you’re looking for a way to fund your studies, it’s a good idea to start investigating options before you turn in your application so that you can be sure to meet any application deadlines. Some scholarships may only be offered for specific programmes – another reason to check out what applies before you turn in your application.

See Scholarships for an extensive listing of scholarship options.

5. Turn in your application online by 15 January

The application deadline for programmes starting autumn 2016 is 15 January. It’s always a good idea to turn in your application a few days early to avoid last-minute stress! Supporting documents and your application fee (or proof of exemption) are due by 2 February.

6. Apply for Swedish Institute scholarships in February 2016

If you’re planning to apply for a Swedish Institute scholarship, the application period will open in February 2016; you’ll turn in your programme application by the 15 January deadline before then applying for the scholarship. Application instructions will be posted on each scholarship page before the application period opens.

7. Hold your thumbs!

Håll tummarna is the Swedish way of saying cross your fingers! If you apply by the 15 January deadline, you’ll receive your notification of selection results in late March 2016. Then comes the fun part: accepting your offer, getting ready and moving to Sweden!

Good luck – and let’s get started!

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