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English requirements

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Minimum English language requirements

Most Lund University 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 at the University Admissions in Sweden webpages

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. 

Note regarding applications for autumn 2018 studies:

One of the exemptions listed on the University Admissions in Sweden webpages, is proof of 60 higher education credits from an EU/EEA country where the language of instruction of the courses was English (the language must be clearly stated on official documents), or 60 higher education credits from the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica or English-speaking parts of Canada. Due to a late change in this requirement, Lund University will continue to accept 30 higher education credits in the exemption situation mentioned above for applications to autumn 2018 studies (international application period 17 October 2017-15 January 2018). This proof must be received at University Admissions in Sweden by 1 February and only applies to applications to Lund University. Applications to spring 2019 and onward must be able to prove 60 higher education credits in the exemption situation mentioned above, or provide accepted proof of English proficiency as listed by University Admissions in Sweden on their website.

See exemptions based on previous university studies at the University Admissions in Sweden webpages

See exemptions based on secondary school studies at the University Admissions in Sweden webpages

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. 

Information about English proficiency tests at the website

Key dates and deadlines at the website

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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.

General study information
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