New entrants to higher education
Entry requirementsEveryone studying at higher education institutions (HEIs) in Sweden must fulfil the general entry requirements. In effect, this means successful completion of upper secondary education in Sweden or abroad. For some courses and study programmes there are specific entry requirements. In effect, applicants must have achieved specific grades in specific subjects at upper secondary level.
SelectionIf the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, there is a selection process. Applicants are grouped into categories and then ranked on the basis of their qualifications. The highest-ranking candidates are admitted.
Selection criteriaAt least one third of all places are allocated on the basis of final school grades and at least one third on the basis of the scores from the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test. HEIs are allowed to allocate a maximum of one third of places based on, for example, prior learning and experience, proficiency in specific areas and interviews.
Swedish Scholastic Aptitude TestThe Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test measures knowledge and skills and provides an indication of the ability to succeed in higher education.
Högskoleverket (Swedish National Agency for Higher Education) is responsible for the implementation and development of the test. The test is held twice per year, is arranged by HEIs and is offered at various locations in Sweden. The test is only available in Swedish.
For more information about applying to higher education go to universityadmissions.se.
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