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Education in Swedish

International students with Swedish language proficiency can apply for courses and programmes with Swedish as the language of instruction.

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Swedish-taught courses and programmes

Lund University offers 300 degree programmes and over 2,000 stand-alone courses with Swedish as the language of instruction. 

As with all courses and programmes at Lund University, applicants must fulfil the general admission requirements of the University as well as the specific admission requirements of the particular course or programme, to be eligible for studies.

Please note that even if you meet all requirements, admission to our programmes is highly competitive and there is no guarantee that you will be offered a place on the programme to which you apply.

Find Swedish-taught courses and programmes on our Swedish website

General requirements for studies taught in Swedish

Bachelor's level studies taught in Swedish:

  • have successfully completed upper secondary education (post-16) that gives access to universities in the student’s home country. (There may be some other country specific requirements)
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in Swedish by means of a recognised test (TISUS or Svenska B at Komvux).

Check the entry requirements for Bachelor's studies in Sweden at universityadmissions.se

Check the country-specific rules on how to prove your eligibility for Bachelor's studies in Sweden at universityadmissions.se

Master's level studies taught in Swedish:

  • have been awarded a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. (There may be some other country specific requirements).
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in Swedish by means of a recognised test (TISUS or Svenska B at Komvux).

Check the entry requirements for Master's studies in Sweden at universityadmissions.se

Check the country-specific rules on how to prove your eligibility for Master's studies in Sweden at universityadmissions.se

Specific admission requirements

Each programme or course has specific admission requirements related the subject being studied. At Bachelor's-level, this may include a required subject and/or achieved grade level at secondary school. At Master's-level, most programmes or courses require that you have completed an undergraduate degree in the same or related subject as the programme/course to which you will apply.

Swedish language proficiency test

Written and oral skills in the Swedish language are a general admission requirement. The following two Swedish language proficiency tests are accepted:

  • ‘Svenska B’ test at Komvux (Komvux provides adult education for local municipalities across Sweden and also provides the "Swedish for Immigrants" courses). 
  • TISUS Swedish proficiency test – The TISUS test is offered in several Swedish cities and is given twice a year at Lund University. You can do the TISUS test in 60 different locations around the world, on all continents. Passing the TISUS-test is equivalent to passing Svenska B/Svenska 3. According to the European standard for grading an individual's language proficiency, the TISUS-test in on C1-level.

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English language proficiency

Most programmes and courses taught in Swedish at Lund University require English language proficiency level English 6/English Course B (advanced level), which is the equivalent of completed English studies at upper secondary school level in Sweden. Check the programme or course description that you are interested in for the specific English language requirements. The accepted grade levels for the IELTS, TOEFL or other accepted tests and exemptions are detailed on the Swedish national application website, universityadmissions.se.

Read about the English language requirements at www.universityadmissions.se

Applying for programmes and courses taught in Swedish

There are two main application periods for Swedish-taught education:

  • Studies commencing in autumn (September): 15 March-15 April. Admission results are usually announced in mid-July.
  • Studies commencing in spring (January): 15 September-15 October. Admission results are usually announced in December.

If you plan to apply for Swedish taught studies during the above application periods, you will most likely need to have a Swedish residence permit already (i.e. currently be living in Sweden) or have EU/EEA citizenship, as there is not usually enough time between admission results and the start of the semester for the Swedish Migration Board to process a residence permit.

Visit the Lund University Swedish webpages for prospective students for more information on when and how to apply for studies in Swedish

Learning Swedish language

Lund University offers Study Abroad Swedish language programmes designed for non-European students who wish to come to Sweden for one or two semesters for a study abroad experience and study the language. There is a one semester programme focused on either beginner levels 1-4 or advanced levels 5-8. We also offer an intense two semester programme covering levels 1-8. Completion of level 8 (including a pass on the final test, equivalent to the TISUS test) will enable you to apply for studies taught in Swedish at a Swedish Higher Education Institution.

Read more about the Study Abroad Swedish Language Programmes

Go to the Study in Sweden website to find other options for learning Swedish in Sweden or abroad

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