Swedish school for new arrivals


Vocational school


At a vocational school, people train for a profession after upper secondary school. There are hundreds of occupations to choose from. The programmes are most often between one and three years long, and weave theory in school with practice out at workplaces. Sufficient knowledge of Swedish to manage the programme is a requirement; the school determines whether it is sufficient. A number of schools provide extra support in vocational Swedish.

You can apply to vocational school if you:

  • have an upper secondary school degree from an upper secondary school or municipal adult education (Komvux)
  • have a Swedish or foreign education that corresponds to an upper secondary school degree
  • have the conditions for managing the programme through Swedish or foreign education, practical experience or in some other way.

When you don’t meet the formal requirements

People who do not meet the formal requirements for qualification can still be accepted into a programme. The schools sometimes make exceptions, if they believe the student can manage the programme and work within the profession the programme leads to. Contact the school and ask what applies there.

How to apply

Each school handles admissions to their programmes themselves. Contact the school directly, so you know which rules apply there.