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English requirements

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Minimum English language requirements

Most Lund University degree programmes and courses require what is called English Level 6 (advanced level) language proficiency, which is most often demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • IELTS (Academic) total score 6.5 (with no section less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL paper-based score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575
  • TOEFL internet-based score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Note – TOEFL ITP results are not accepted.

See other accepted international tests and other ways to prove your English proficiency at the University Admissions in Sweden webpages

Exchange students should check with their home university for the required English proficiency level to be nominated on an exchange to Lund University.

Information for prospective exchange students

Do I need to sit an English language test?

Students who have previously studied in English may be exempt from submitting formal test results to show their English proficiency. Please note that the exemptions must be met exactly as stated on the University Admissions in Sweden website. 

Some programmes have higher English language requirements

Some programmes require a higher English language proficiency level, for example 'English Level 7'.

In addition, a small number of programmes (in the subject area of English language) demand that all students demonstrate a specific level of language proficiency through a particular test, regardless of previous studies or mother tongue.

Always check the individual programme's admission requirements for details on English requirements.

Deadline for proof of English proficiency

The deadline for proof of English language proficiency to arrive at University Admissions in Sweden is the same as the deadline for receipt of supporting documentation.

We strongly encourage you to plan early to ensure your test result will arrive before this deadline.

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.

You can also telephone +46 (0)46 222 9300 (select option 3), Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, between 10:00–12:00.

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