Higher education

Where can I find information about studying in Sweden - admission, study programmes, scholarships etc?

A good starting point for information about studies in Sweden is the website studyinsweden.se which provides information about study programmes, a list of higher education institutions, information on living in Sweden and more. The Ministry of Education and Research cannot help individuals with information about study programmes, admission, scholarships or other ways of financing studies, etc.

There is no separate admission procedure for foreign students who want to study in Sweden. The applicant's education and eligibility are assessed by the higher education institutions on the basis of the information provided in the application and the documents attached. Questions about admission, eligibility for higher education and study programmes are dealt with by the higher education institutions. However, most higher education institutions in Sweden use a joint tool administered by the Swedish Agency for Higher Education Services (Verket för högskoleservice, VHS). You can reach this application site through universityadmissions.se which is the official website for applying to higher education in Sweden.

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Is financial assistance available for research projects?

Enquiries about financial assistance for individual research projects are referred to the higher education institutions. The Ministry of Education and Research can not provide financial assistance for individual research projects.

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Where do I address enquiries about visas and residence permits?

The Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) is the relevant authority for enquiries about residence permits. For more information please visit the website.

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Are international qualifications recognised?

The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) is responsible for recognising qualifications from abroad. For more information please visit the website.

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What do I do if my application is rejected?

The Higher Education Appeals Board (Överklagandenämnden för högskolan, ÖNH) is the government agency responsible for hearing appeals against decisions made in the higher education sector. The Higher Education Appeals Board is the final appeal body and its decisions may not be challenged. For more information please visit the website.

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Who is responsible for ensuring that higher education institutions comply with legislation?

The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) is responsible for ensuring that higher education institutions comply with relevant legislation and regulations. For more information please visit the website.

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Who is responsible for quality assurance?

The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket), reviews the quality of higher education. This work includes evaluating subject areas (main fields of study) and study programmes, and granting the right to award degrees. For more information please visit the website.

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Can I send a request for assistance to the Ministry of Education and Research?

According to the Swedish constitution neither the Ministry of Education and Research nor the Minister for Education have the jurisdiction to interfere in individual cases.

According to Chapter 11, Article 7 of the Instrument of Government (1974:152) no public authority, including the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) and the decision-making bodies of local authorities, may determine how an administrative authority shall decide in a particular case relating to the exercise of public authority vis-à-vis a private subject or a local authority, or relating to the application of law.

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