Undergraduate studies – The Högskoleexamen (diploma) is awarded after a completion of at least 120 credits. The Kandidatexamen (bachelor’s degree) is conferred after the completion of at least 180 credits, equivalent to three years of full-time study. Professional degrees in medicine, pharmaceutical studies, psychology, dentistry, architecture, civil engineering and law could last between four to six years.
Master’s studies – There are two kinds of masters’ courses leading to two different degrees. The Magisterexamen lasts for one year and the Masterexamen lasts for two years. Apart from these academic degrees, there are some 60 professional degrees (Yrkesexamen / Qualification), which vary in length depending on their field of study.
Doctoral studies – Doctoral studies (Licentiat/Doktor) usually last four years. They combine taught course work and research for a thesis.
All foreign students should apply directly to the higher education institutions for each course and programme. Foreign student counsellors and the admissions offices can provide the necessary information and forms.
Although tuition, in almost all cases, is free, students should take into account living costs in Sweden. Scholarships are primarily managed by the Swedish Institute (Svenska Institutet), which administers over 500 scholarships for students and researchers coming to Sweden. However, SI scholarships for students applying to English language programmes in Sweden are for Master’s level studies or advanced/research studies only. More information at www.si.se