Stockholm University Admissions 2021-2022: Deadlines, Acceptance Rate, Entry Requirements & Visa Process

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    As one of the leading universities in Sweden, Stockholm University offers unprecedented access to teaching and research facilities to students from more than 50 countries. Admissions at Stockholm University take place during Autumn and Spring season. Annually, the university enrolls more than 20,000 students to its independent courses and full-time degree programs.

    As per the university enrollment stats, around 85% international students planning to study in Sweden opt for the Stockholm University masters program in Humanities and Social Sciences. Talking about the application process, the university has kept it straightforward and uniform for both domestic and international students. All a candidate has to do is complete an application via the central Swedish application and pay the non-refundable application fee of 900 SEK. 

    • Decisions on Stockholm University Admissions are based on academic and other scores submitted by applicants.
    • International students are offered 4 UG and 75+ PG programs- all taught in English.
    • Submission GRE or GMAT score is mandatory for a few master's programs such as Economics.


    Application Portal Central Swedish Application System
    Application Fee 900 SEK (non-EU/ EEA applicants only)
    Mode of Payment Credit Card/Bank Transfer/BankGiro
    Academic Calendar Semester-based
    Intake Season Autumn and Spring
    English Proficiency Requirement IELTS/TOEFL/PTE
    GRE/GMAT Required for some business programs
    Contact Information +46 (0)8-16-49-89 |

    Stockholm University Acceptance Rate

    Stockholm University is one of the top 6 universities in Sweden that offer the highest acceptance rate for international students.

    • Standing #4th in the list, SU has an average acceptance rate of 24%. 
    • In the current year, according to the records, around 33000 students are receiving higher education in the varsity. 
    • Applications for courses starting in August 20201rose to 14,904 from 12499 in 2020. This shows a rise of about 19.2%.
    • With the high number of applicants applying each year, the acceptance rate is likely to slim down. 

    Stockholm University Admission Deadlines

    The admission process at Stockholm University begins during the autumn and spring season. The following table indicates the application deadline for international students:

    Semester Application Deadlines Supporting Documents Deadlines
    Round 1 January 15 End of January
    Round 2 April 16 Middle of June
    Round 1 August 15 September 1
    Round 2 October 15 December 1
    Note: Non-EU applicants are encouraged to apply during the first round due to visa and immigration complications.

    Stockholm University International Admissions 

    All international students, irrespective of the nationality, have to follow the same Stockholm University Admissions process:

    1. Find a course/program you wish to apply for.
    2. Verify the entry requirements, both the general admission requirements and program-specific requirements.
    3. Complete the central Swedish application form and submit 900 SEK application fees.
    4. Arrange for student supporting documents to be sent to Sweden.
    5. Track your application and wait for the admission decision.

    English Proficiency Requirement for International Students

    For Stockholm University admissions, international students must have completed upper secondary level English studies- which is equivalent to Sweden English 6. For this, students can attempt various English proficiency tests like PTE, IELTS, or TOEFL and fulfill the minimum score requirements tabulated below:

    Test Name Minimum Score Required
    IELTS 6.5
    TOEFL-iBT 90
    TOEFL-PBT 575
    PTE 62

    Sweden Visa Process for International Students

    International students enrolled in a program of longer than three months duration are required to apply for a Sweden student visa (referred to as Sweden Residency Permit) through the Swedish Migration Agency’s website.

    As part of the visa process, students have to submit the following documents:

    • Essay on “Why you want to study in Sweden?”
    • Academic transcripts of previously completed qualifications
    • Copy of valid passport along with two passport-size photographs
    • Proof of financial support in the form of bank statement, sponsorship letter
    • Letter of Acceptance from Stockholm University
    • Evidence of English Language proficiency
    • Proof of good health insurance

    Stockholm University Country Specific Requirements

    Stockholm University is a world-renowned international university that welcomes applicants from around the world. SU proudly supports international students to become global citizens and provides a rich environment for excellency for students of all races and cultures. 

    Given Below are the country-specific admission requirements for international applicants:

    Country Requirement
    India Applicants must submit an upper secondary Examination Certificate with Statement of Marks issued by a nationally recognised Board If an applicant graduated after 2009, a passing grade in Mathematics is required to meet the general entry requirements for bachelor’s level studies.

    GCE Advanced level Examination + GCE O level Examination, or
    Polytechnic diploma: GCE Ordinary level Examination + Polytechnic Diploma + Academic Transcript.

    Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate Examination or Intermediate Certificate Examination with a diploma in Commerce, Engineering or Nursing
    Sri Lanka 

    Applicants must submit the following documents:Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (O-level) and Advanced level (A-level).
    If an applicant graduated by 31 December 2001 at the latest, the requirement is a minimum of 4 A-levels, and 6 O-levels.
    If an applicant graduated by 1 January 2002 or later, the requirement is a minimum of 3 A-levels and 6 O-levels.


    School Leaving Certificate (Grade XI & XII after 2017), Intermediate Certificate, Higher Secondary Certificate or Proficiency Certificate.
    Documents required: Officially issued School Leaving Certificate Examination (Grade XI & XII), Higher Secondary Academic Transcript with all subjects and grades + Provisional Certificate, Intermediate Certificate Examination or Proficiency Certificate (Academic Transcript).

    Stockholm University Undergraduate Admissions

    International students are currently offered only four English taught undergraduate programs at Stockholm University, of which one is available in only distance learning mode. These fours programs are:

    • Latin American Studies with Specialization in Spanish
    • Latin American Studies with Specialization in Portuguese
    • International Business and Politics
    • Earth Sciences (Distance learning)

    The application process and admission requirements are similar for all four undergraduate programs. Also, the complete program fees for the Stockholm University undergraduate courses is 270000 SEK.

    How-to-Apply: Swedish Central Application
    Application Fee: 900 SEK 
    Academic Requirements: 

    • Completed English 6, Mathematics 3 and Social Studies 1 or equivalent in high school
    • Minimum average grade of 67% in upper secondary school leaving certificate
    • At least 33% in Swedish national university aptitude test

    Admission Requirement:

    • Evaluation of upper secondary qualifications by the Council of Higher Education (UHR) or Högskoleverket
    • Authorized translations of the documents into Swedish or English
    • Proof of proficiency in English language- Minimum Sweden English 6 

    Stockholm University Graduate Admissions

    Over 75 masters programs are available at Stockholm University, all with English as the language of instruction. The master's programs comprise one or two years of full-time studies that correspond to 60 or 120 credits respectively.
    All the full-time PG level programs require- a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, excellent command over the English language, the fulfillment of specific admission requirements.

    How-to-Apply: Swedish Central Application
    Application Fee: 900 SEK 

    For program-specific admission requirements for a few Stockholm University graduate courses are given in the following table: 

    Requirements Economics IT Project Management Physics Mathematics Accounting and Management Control
    Academic Requirements 60 ECTS credits in Economics with at least 30 ECTS credits at an intermediate level 15 ECTS credits independent degree project/thesis;
    at least 60 ECTS credits in Computer and Systems Sciences, or equivalent
    Bachelors degree with at least 90 ECTS in Physics 180 ECTS credits in bachelors degree 60 ECTS credits in Economics with at least 30 ECTS credits at an intermediate level
    Transcripts Required Required Required Required Required
    GMAT/GRE Recommended Not Required Not Required Recommended Recommended
    English Language Score

    IELTS: 6.5 (6.0);
    TOEFL-iBT: 90 (20);
    TOEFL-PBT: 575

    IELTS: 6.5 (6.0);
    TOEFL-iBT: 90 (20);
    TOEFL-PBT: 575
    IELTS: 6.5 (6.0);
    TOEFL-iBT: 90 (20);
    TOEFL-PBT: 575
    IELTS: 6.5 (6.0);
    TOEFL-iBT: 90 (20);
    TOEFL-PBT: 575
    IELTS: 6.5 (6.0);
    TOEFL-iBT: 90 (20);
    TOEFL-PBT: 575
    Program Fees 180000 SEK 135000 SEK 280000 SEK 280000 SEK 280000 SEK

    Stockholm University admissions office ensures that the admission process is conducted smoothly and without any discrepancies. All the submitted applications are reviewed holistically- from academic scores to the applicant’s extracurricular activities, from language test scores to work experience, everything is taken into consideration. While the university tries to announce admission decisions at the earliest, the notification is released generally in around 3-4 weeks after the submission of the application.

    Stockholm University FAQs

    Ques. What are the upcoming deadlines for Stockholm University admissions?

    Ans. The university is now conducting admissions for Spring 2021. Since admission applications are invited in two rounds, there are two deadlines- August 15 (Round I) and October 15 (Round II). 
    International students are recommended to apply for admission in Round I, which is currently ongoing. The application process for Round II will begin from September onwards.

    Ques. Does the university offer any preparatory English language course, if a student is unable to fulfill the language requirement?

    Ans. No, unfortunately, the university doesn’t offer any English language course/certificate at present. If you want to be considered for admission, you must have at least Sweden English level 6 proficiency.

    Ques. Is the GMAT/GRE score mandatory for all postgraduate level business programs?

    Ans. Submission of GMAT or GRE score is not an essential part of the university’s eligibility criteria. Rather it is a way of enhancing the chances of your selection to the applied business program.
    In previous years, it is observed that due to n number of qualified applications, the selection committee tends to favor applicants with a good GMAT/GRE score.

    Ques. Are there any Stockholm University scholarships available for international students?

    Ans. Presently, the university offers one scholarship program to international students- the Stockholm University scholarship scheme. This scholarship will contribute towards the tuition fees only, all the other expenses of traveling and staying in Sweden are to be borne by the recipients only.

    Ques. Can I defer my studies at Stockholm University​ to 2021 due to COVID 19 outbreak?

    Ans. The Swedish government and Stockholm University have specific guidelines regarding the grounds of deferral- medical situation, legal situation, or other severe situations making it impossible to commence studies. Since classes are conducted in online mode, the university doesn’t consider coronavirus a reasonable ground for deferral. 

    Ques. What is the Swedish National Aptitude Test? Is it mandatory for undergraduate program applicants at Stockholm University​?

    Ans. Swedish National Aptitude Test is a standardized test required to secure admission in all universities in Sweden. Yes, it is mandatory for all the students to take this test. Undergraduate applicants seeking admission at Stockholm University must secure at least 33% in the aptitude test.

    Ques. Will studies be conducted on-campus or distance based during spring semester 2021?

    Ans. Detailed planning for instruction in spring 2021 is done by the departments. Planning for the first half of the spring term should be communicated to the students via the department’s website as soon as possible, and on 15 December at the latest.

    Ques.  How do I find courses and programs offered in English?

    Ans. A complete list of all courses and programs at Stockholm University can be found online in the course catalog. Choose "International Students" to see which courses and programs do not require knowledge of Swedish.

    Ques. Whom can I contact to get the detailed information regarding a course or program at Stockholm University​?

    Ans. We have a decentralized organization at Stockholm University and everything related to specific courses and programs is handled by individual departments. Each department has a study counselor who can answer questions related to the courses or programs provided by the department. You can find contact information on the department's website.

    Ques.  Where can I find information for exchange students at Stockholm University​?

    Ans. If you are interested in studying at Stockholm University through a formal student exchange agreement between your home university and Stockholm University, please visit students.

    Ques.  When is the next application period for international programs?

    Ans. The next round of international admissions for courses and programs starting in the autumn semester of 2021 is open between 16 October 2020 and 15 January 2021.

    Ques.  Can I submit a late application for Autumn 2020 at Stockholm University​?

    Ans. Some of the courses and programs with places available will be open for late application on 15 July at The selection of available places among the eligible applicants who submit late applications will be based on the date of submission of the application.

    Ques. What documents do I need to submit at Stockholm University​?

    Ans. In order to document your eligibility, you must provide a copy of your previous study information to the University Admissions in Sweden and document your English proficiency. All documents should be forwarded to the university admissions office in Sweden.

    Ques.  How can I meet the English Language requirements at Stockholm University​?

    Ans. You can demonstrate that you meet the English language requirement through certain higher secondary (high school) studies, certain university studies, or an internationally recognized English test. Note that Duolingo is not one of the English language tests that you can use to demonstrate your eligibility for the English language requirements.

    Ques. Can I send ELP results after the deadline of submitting documents to Stockholm University​?

    Ans. No late documents or test results shall be accepted. All courses and programs at Stockholm University require proof of proficiency in English and the Stockholm University admissions regulations do not permit the acceptance of applicants who do not comply with the English requirement.

    Ques. How are candidates selected at Stockholm University​?

    Ans. Stockholm University does not have a minimum GPA for admission: if the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, a selection procedure is in place. Applicants are grouped into categories, then ranked on the basis of their qualifications. The highest-ranking candidates have been admitted. For more information please visit the respective program or course website. For master program in business (only the selection is based on GMAT or GRE test scores. See the following question.


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