Startpage for Swedish National Agency for Higher Education

An authority for matters concerning institutions of higher education
Please note! The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education was closed down on 31 December 2012. Instead two new agencies have been established: the Swedish Council for Higher Education and the Swedish Higher Education Authority. This website will continue to operate as the new agencies will have links to information it contains.  

About the website is the official website of the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education.

Structure consists of seven main sections that include more information about:

Abot us

  • Tasks
  • Organisation
  • Publications
  • How to contact us

Higher education in Sweden

  • Information about the governance and funding of higher education
  • Current information about first, second and third cycle programmes
  • A word list of concepts in higher education

Laws and regulations

  • The laws and regulations that apply to the higher education sector
  • Regulations issued by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education
  • The Higher Education Expulsions Board (HAN)
  • The Higher Education Appeals Board (ÖNH)

Quality assurance

  • The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education's quality evaluations
  • Appraisal of degree-awarding powers
  • Quality procedures for gender equality and educational breadth

Qualifications recognition

  • Which qualifications are recognised and how they are assessed
  • The regulated professions and the authorities that assess relevant qualifications
  • Teaching qualifications

Other ways of navigating

In addition to the usual method of navigating the site also provides

  • a search engine
  • search help
  • a site map
  • an alphabetical list


This button takes you to the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education Swedish website. This presents information intended to meet the needs of Swedish speaking target groups and is not, therefore, a copy of the English website.

Copyright and content

All of the textual material on this website is copyright but you may copy it for your own use provided that the source is given. You must also identify the page from which the text was extracted and the date.
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Sweden Licence.

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No pictures or video clips may be copied or reused without written permission.

Questions about Copyright and content

If you want to publish or copy material from, please contact one of the web editors Karin Wrete, Lena Ernstson or Torkel Holmström (e-mail:

Tips for users


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External links

External links can be altered without our knowledge. We cannot be held responsible for information on the websites we link to.

External links to other websites always open in a new window. This is indicated in the alternative text displayed when you point to the link with your mouse.

Internal links

Links to pages in our own website,, always open in the same window. However, links to information in pdf-format open in a new window.


The file extension ".pdf" on a document indicates that is a PDF file (Portable Document Format). All of the National Agency´s publications are presented in this format. In order to read, download or print PDF files, you need Adobe's Acrobat Reader application. This costs nothing and can be downloaded from the Adobe website. If you have problems opening and/or reading these files, it may be because you need to upgrade your Acrobat Reader to a later version.
  • To open a document in pdf-format, click on the link.
  • To save a document on your own computer, point to the link with your mouse and right click, choose "Save link as ..." Give the file a name and choose where to save it.

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Ways of accessing the website

  • You can navigate through the website without a mouse using the keyboard only.
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Personal data and integrity

  • The information we acquire about visitors is not used to trace them. We use the information to register statistics on the numbers of visitors and to see which pages they visit.
  • The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education is a Swedish government agency. This means that all messages sent to us are public documents and can be disclosed in accordance with the principle of public access to official documents.
  • Users of the website are asked to give their name and address when they use certain web services. The personal details submitted are registered and processed in compliance with the Swedish Personal Data Act. This means that the information is stored no longer than necessary, no information is disclosed to any companies or organisations, nor is it used for any purpose other than that for which it was requested.

The Swedish Personal Data Act

The provisions of the Swedish Personal Data Act safeguard individuals from violation of their personal integrity. This law came into force in 1998 and is based on an EU directive and replaces the Swedish Computer Act. You can read more on the Swedish Data Inspection Board's website.

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Responsibility for the website

The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education's Information Officer, Agneta Rolfer (e-mail address:, has overall responsibility for the information on this website


If the printed texts issued by the Swedish National Agency (in reports for instance) differ from the texts published in pdf-format on the website, the latter are to apply.

The Swedish National Agency cannot be held liable for any errors in the information provided on websites it refers to.

Comments and questions

If you have comments on or questions about the contents of any page on the website, please contact the person responsible for the information (this information is provided at the bottom of each page).

We are continually working to improve our website. If you have comments or questions about the way the information is organised, how it functions, technical requirements etc., please contact Karin Wrete (e-mail address: You can also contact the Swedish National Agency's Information Department at or by phone on +46 (0)8-563 086 00.

Last updated: 2012-09-12
Contact: Karin Wrete, Email: