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Studying in Sweden

Studying in Sweden is different. Swedish universities have an open climate, with a strong focus on group work. This will give you valuable skills for the future. The global job market values ambitious, innovative and perceptive team players. Swedish universities foster these qualities through a forward-thinking culture where you’re close to the latest ideas and trends.

Swedish Higher Education System

A good place to start in your search for information about studying in Sweden is to learn some basics about how the academic system here works. In this section, we've chosen some important areas for you to find out more about.

Academic year

The academic year is split into autumn and spring semesters. The majority of courses and study programmes start in the autumn.

The autumn semester starts at the end of August and continues until mid-January of the following year. The spring semester usually starts in January and finishes at the end of June.
Between the spring and autumn semesters, many universities have a short summer session. A student may be awarded a maximum of 15 credits for courses taken during the summer session.

Courses or Study Programmes

When applying to study in Sweden, you may choose to apply for self-contained (individual) courses or full study programmes.

If you choose to study a self-contained course or a range of courses, you are awarded credits on completion of these courses. It is possible to be awarded a diploma or degree if you accumulate the appropriate number of credits in appropriate combinations.

Alternatively, you may apply for a full study programme. Study programmes are made up of courses, some of which are compulsory (required) and some of which are optional. Some of the study programmes lead to professional or vocational qualifications. Study programmes vary in length from two to eleven semesters.


The entire catalog of international courses and study programmes is available for application in the January (autumn semester) and August (spring semester) admission rounds. We encourage ALL international students to apply to these earlier rounds. Not only is their better availability of courses, the application deadlines and decisions come several months before the semester starts. This allows you to apply for and receive your resident permit (if needed), arrange for housing and have plenty of time to plan for your time in Sweden.

There are additional admission rounds - April for the autumn semester and October for the spring semester. These admission rounds occur later, with admission decisions coming just a short time before the start of the semester. While this affords EU/EEA students the time they need to arrange for their studies in Sweden, students from other countries are not encouraged to apply to this admission round as they will most likely not have enough time to apply for and receive their resident permit.