Swedish school for new arrivals


University and college


Programmes at universities and colleges begin in the spring and the autumn. Full-time studies comprise approximately 40 hours per week. You can choose to study part-time – for example, half-time or quarter-time – in many courses. You will then study fewer hours per week and receive fewer credits. There are also lectures on evenings or weekends. This makes it easier for those who want to combine studies with work.

When are you qualified?

In order to get into a course or programme, an upper secondary school diploma that gives you the qualifications is required. There are two types: general entry requirements and specific entry requirements. For a number of programmes general entry requirements are enough, but many programmes also call for specific entry requirements.

Foundation year

A foundation year is for those lacking particular entry requirements for a programme at the university level. It is a one-year programme at the high-school level that does not earn any credits. On the other hand, this could entail the student getting a guaranteed place in the desired programme.

Another way of becoming qualified

Even those who did not attend upper secondary school can apply to universities and colleges. The actual skills of the applicant may be assessed as sufficient, if it can be verified. Actual skills can come from courses or from working life, club activities, or long stays abroad. Read more about where to submit your application for actual skills and exemptions at the Swedish Council for Higher Education website,antagning.se

Study and career guidance

At every university and university college there is study and career guidance. You can turn to them if you are interested in any programme they have, and they can also give you general guidance on studies at the university level. On the Swedish Council for Higher Education website studera.nu, there is information in various languages about university programmes and study and career guidance.