Bachelor's degree studies
Lund University offers ten international Bachelor's programmes that are taught in English and are open to international students. In addition, we offer a wide range of stand-alone courses at Bachelor's level.
At Lund University, as at other universities in Sweden, most Bachelor’s programmes are taught in Swedish and proficiency in the Swedish language is required. However, Lund University offers ten full Bachelor’s programmes that are completely taught in English and to which all eligible international students are welcome to apply.
See the list of these ten programmes below with links to the respective programme webpage.
- Development Studies
- Economy and Society
- Fine Arts
- International Business
- Music, Performance Programme in Folk and World Music
- Music, Individual Programme
- Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Entry requirements to Bachelor’s studies
In order to meet the general entry requirements for Bachelor’s studies, you must have successfully completed your upper secondary studies. This means that you cannot be offered conditional admission and therefore cannot apply until you have graduated from your upper secondary studies and have your final transcripts.
In addition to the general requirements, each programme may have specific subject requirements, which you can find on each programme webpage. These requirements are set based on the Swedish upper secondary school system and can therefore be difficult to translate into the equivalent levels in other countries. You can find an overview of these requirements at the universityadmissions.se website.
Unlike in many other countries, transfers are not very common in Sweden. In general, students would need to apply to start a degree programme from the beginning. If you are admitted to the programme, you can then apply for a credit transfer for the course or course component that you have previously studied. Note that in order for this to be approved, you must be able to show that you already fulfil the learning outcome of that course or course component. This means that the syllabi of your previous course and the equivalent one that you are admitted to at Lund University, would generally need to overlap to a large extent. More information about credit transfers can be found on the page for current Lund University students:
When to apply to Bachelor’s studies
Our Bachelor’s programmes open for applications both in the international application rounds and in the later application rounds for Swedish residents and EU/EEA-students. Note that the Bacherlor's programmes only start in autumn.
The deadline to submit your final documents is 1 February in the international application round for studies starting in autumn of the same year. Therefore, you will generally not be able to apply in this application round the same year that you are graduating from your upper secondary studies. Many students applying to Bachelor’s studies, therefore, prefer to apply in the later application round. The document deadline in this application round (for autumn studies) is normally around mid-June.
Although all students are welcome to apply in either application round, we do not recommend non-EU/EEA students to apply in the later round, as they would usually not have enough time between receiving the admission results and arrival to complete all pre-arrival preparations, such as paying tuition fees, finding housing and receiving their residence permit for studies.
Note that the Bachelor’s in Music and the Bachelor’s in Fine Arts have other application dates.
Selection to Bachelor’s programmes
Sweden has a national application and admission system for Bachelor’s studies. This means that the applications are not processed by each individual programme manager, but through the centralised admissions organisation, University Admissions in Sweden.
Selection to the international Bachelor’s programmes is generally based on the applicants’ upper secondary school general average (GPA) only. As the credit and grading systems are different in different countries, the grades are recalculated into a so-called ‘merit rating’.
This standardised rating is used to compare grades from around the world and to do the selection to the programmes. The applicants with the highest merit rating will be offered seats on the programme until the places are full. The remaining eligible applicants will be placed on a waiting list.
In general, when applying to Bachelor’s studies, no extra programme-specific documents, such as a statement of purpose or recommendation letters, are required or considered. However, note that the Bachelor programmes in Music and the Bachelor’s of Fine Art do require additional application steps and/or documents.
- Selection to Bachelor’s studies – universityadmissions.se
- Bachelor’s in Music – Malmö Academy of Music website
- Bachelor’s in Fine Arts