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Entry requirements

General entry requirements

Bachelor's level studies:

To meet the general entry requirements for Bachelor’s level studies all students must:

  • have successfully completed their upper secondary education (post-16) that gives access to universities in the student’s home country. Note that for students who received their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics (visit the link below to find more information about this specific requirement at the University Admissions website) 
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent
  • there may be some other country-specific requirements

About entry requirements for Bachelor's studies on the website

Master's level studies:

To meet the entry requirements for Master's level studies, you must:

  • have been awarded a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent.
  • there may be some other country-specific requirements

Information for final year Bachelor's degree students 

Master's requirements on the website

Programme-specific entry requirements

In addition to the general entry requirements, you must meet the specific entry requirements as detailed by each programme. For example, many Master’s degree programmes require that your Bachelor’s degree has a particular major, or you may need to have completed certain subject credits within your Bachelor’s degree. The specific entry requirements for the programmes can be found under the programme webpages. Note that you may need to send additional documents with your application to show that you meet these specific requirements.

The programme webpages

About required supporting documents

English language proficiency

Most Lund University programmes and courses require English 6 (advanced level) language proficiency which is the equivalent of IELTS 6.5 (no section less than 5.5) or TOEFL 90. It is important that you check the programme or course as some programmes have a higher requirement for admission. There are different ways to prove that you meet the required English level.

English language proficiency requirements

Recognition of prior learning

Students who do not meet all the academic requirements of the specific studies they have applied for may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning where their prior (non-academic) experience will be assessed. More information can be found below.

Before making your application for Bachelor’s or Master’s studies, it’s important to make sure that you meet both the general and specific entry requirements of the programme or course you wish to study, as mentioned above. If you do not meet all the academic requirements of the specific studies that you are applying to, but believe that you have acquired the equivalent knowledge and skills in other ways (not through academic studies), you may be able to apply for an assessment of prior learning. This could be, for example, if you have gained the equivalent knowledge and skills through work experience, volunteering or non-academic courses.

Note that the recognition of prior learning is only related to your eligibility – it does not affect the competitiveness of your application or the selection process among eligible applicants. Most of Lund University’s international programmes are very selective and eligible students are not guaranteed admission. Also note that the selection to international Bachelor’s programmes is based on upper secondary school grades only (with the exception of the Bachelor’s programmes in Fine Arts and Music).

To apply for an assessment of prior learning, you need to first make your application to the programme or course that you wish to study at and submit the official documents, as well as pay the application fee (if applicable). After that, contact us at validering [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se (validering[at]stu[dot]lu[dot]se) to request an application form for assessment of prior learning. You need to complete the form, as well as submit a description of the relevant knowledge and skills that you wish to be considered. In addition, you will need to submit certificates and other official documents proving that you have acquired these skills. The application form and the above-mentioned documents should all be submitted no later than the application deadline.

Please direct any questions regarding recognition of prior learning to validering [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se (validering[at]stu[dot]lu[dot]se).

Admissions questions

University Admissions in Sweden
For official information regarding the application process, general entry requirements, document requirements and rules, English proficiency tests and exemptions, tuition and application fees and exemptions, visit

Programme coordinators
For information regarding whether a programme is right for you or to check specific programme/course content, it is best to contact the programme directly.

Find contact details with the programme/course descriptions

Lund University Admissions Office
University Admissions in Sweden's website provides all formal requirements and rules regarding admission. For further questions regarding a specific application to Lund University, contact the Lund University Admissions Office using the admissions office contact form.

The Lund University Admissions Office admissions office contact form

You can also telephone +46 (0)46 222 9300 during the following hours (with the exception of public holidays):

  • Mondays 10–11 AM
  • Tuesdays 10–11 AM
  • Thursdays 10–11 AM

General study information
For general information about studies at Lund University, you can submit your question using the contact form below (please also check your spam folder for our replies).

Contact form for questions regarding studies