Your application status
Once you have applied to a programme or course at Lund University, your application goes through several processing steps before the admission results are announced. This page is to explain what happens with your application.
This webpage is divided into the following key parts:
- University Admissions in Sweden process your documents
- Our programmes evaluate your appliction
- Understanding your application status while waiting for admission results
Reminders and other important messages will be sent from University Admissions to your account during the application period. It is therefore important to log in to your account regularly.
Your supporting documents are submitted to University Admissions in Sweden, either by uploading or by regular post (or a combination of both, depending on the country you are from). For documents sent by regular post or delivery service, the parcels are date-stamped on arrival to University Admissions in Sweden. Once opened, your documents are scanned into a central system where university admissions staff and university programme staff will be able to access your application. Please note that tens of thousands of parcels arrive at this centre – most of them arriving very close to the document deadline. You can check your account to see when document parcels have been delivered, however you cannot see which specific documents they are. You will not get a message to confirm your application is complete – it is up to you to ensure you have submitted all required documents.
Before any documents are processed further, University Admissions in Sweden checks to see if you are required to pay an application fee or not. Applications cannot be processed further until either the application fee has been paid if you are a citizen outside the EU/EEA; or until you have provided the documentation of your EU/EEA status to prove you are exempt from paying. If neither has been received, your application will not be processed further.
Your supporting documents are checked for legitimacy by authorised admissions officers. The admissions officers check to see if uploaded documents are true and correct scanned originals, or sent documents are correctly certified. They also check to see if documents from your country and education institution are recognised and accepted as being eligible for studies at a Swedish university. Documents are checked to see that there is the correct proof of meeting the English language proficiency requirements, either in the form of an international English language proficiency test, or through one of the exemptions connected with previous studies.
Issues with documents – you will receive a notification in the 'messages' tab in your university admissions account if there is a problem with the documents you submitted. For instance, a translation or original language document is missing, if transferred courses and credits are not documented correctly, if the correct certification is missing, etc). These messages can often be generic due to the very high volume of applications. If it is not clear what is wrong, we encourage you to contact our local admissions office to find out what is missing. It is important to resolve any missing or incorrect documentation as quickly as possible, since the corrected documents must still be received before the document deadline. If it is not resolved before the document deadline, your application will be considered late.
If all documents are correctly submitted on time and you meet the entry requirements for studies in Sweden, your application can then be passed on to the programme(s) at Lund University to which you have applied.
- Key dates and deadlines at universityadmissions.se
- Late applications
- Contact the Lund University admissions office (link to contact form)
The programmes check your application to assess whether you meet the specific admission requirements to their programme (e.g. do you have a degree in the right subject, have you studied specific courses required for this programme).
If your application does not meet the specific requirements, you will not be considered for admission to that programme. Although you may be considered ineligible for one programme, you may still be eligible for another programme(s) to which you may have also applied.
Eligible students for a programme are then evaluated for selection. This includes evaluation of your academic grades and English language proficiency. If the programme also required additional documents, they will also evaluate those (e.g. a statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, a CV, thesis, writing sample or a portfolio).
The programmes use a merit ratings evaluation. This is an internal working tool during their evaluation process, however these numbers may be visible through your university admissions account during the selection process. This can cause confusion and incorrect assumptions when students try to interpret what their rating means. The merit rating scales are unique for each programme at each university. You cannot compare a merit rating from one programme to another, or from one university to another. In general a high merit rating for a specific programme is better than a lower one, however it is not possible for you to know what scale is being used by that programme. For example, the top end of the scale could be 300, 600, 900 or another figure, depending on the programme. This information can also change during the application process, since the merit rating can be calculated in several steps, increasing the value of the rating as each step is completed. We strongly discourage you from trying to interpret the merit ratings. Please wait for the actual admission results!
When you made your application, you were able to choose up to four programmes and rank them in your order of preference. However, applicants can only be given one offer of admission. Once a programme has identified their preferred applicants, they must wait for the merit ratings and complete processing of applications from the other programmes you ranked ahead of theirs, before they know if they can offer you admission. For instance if you are offered admission to your first-choice programme, the second-, third- and fourth-choice programmes will be deleted. Given that applicants can apply for up to four programmes (for Master's level studies) from any Swedish university in the one application, the selection and admission process takes time.
During the document processing and programme evaluation process, applications are generally considered as unqualified, until proven otherwise. Accordingly, the status of your application on your page at universityadmissions.se may show 'unqualified' at various stages of the application and selection process until the relevant documents or evaluation steps determine that you are qualified.
If you see the 'unqualified' message, it could be for a few reasons:
- It could be that you are unqualified. Although you may have supplied all documents correctly, your application does not meet the entry requirements for admission to Lund University or for the specific programme. In this case, your application is deleted and you will not be able to be considered for admission.
- It could be that there is a problem with your documentation (e.g. missing document, incorrectly submitted document, lack of English language proficiency proof), which means that until proven otherwise, you are considered unqualified for admission to the university or programme. If you are able to rectify the problem before the document deadline, then your application can be reviewed again, and if appropriate, your status can be changed to reflect the new information.
- If you are a final-year Bachelor’s student, you will most likely receive the 'unqualified' message which correctly reflects the fact that you have not yet completed the full degree, required for admission. However if you supplied the official document from your University confirming you are registered for the final year of studies and associated transcripts thus far, then you may still be offered a conditional admission, if the programme selects you.
- During the merit rating process, a programme may still be in the process of evaluating applications in various steps. Until your application has been evaluated at that particular step, your status may again show unqualified until it is determined you do meet that particular requirement for admission.
Note that although you may be considered 'unqualified' for one programme, you may still be eligible for another programme(s) to which you may have also applied and to which your application is still waiting to be evaluated.
Best of luck in the selection process!
Admission results are published in your universityadmissions.se account.