Application and admission

Application and admission

In these pages you will find useful information about how to apply for courses and programmes at Linnaeus University. Additional information can be found at universityadmissions.se.

How to apply

All applications for First and Second level courses and programmes (Bachelor's and Master´s level) at Linnaeus University are made online through universityadmissions.se. On that website you can also find detailed, accurate information about the application process, admission requirements, supporting documents and other information relevant to your application.

Make sure that you read the information on our web page and universityadmissions.se thoroughly before applying. If you have any questions regarding the application process, you are welcome to contact us by sending an email to admission@lnu.se.

Make sure your supporting documents meet the standards and send them on time to the following address:

University Admissions in Sweden
FE 20102
SE–839 87 Östersund
SWEDEN

Application dates

15 August: Application deadline for courses starting in the Spring semester.
16 January: Application deadline for courses and programmes starting in the Autumn semester.

Additional key dates and deadlines can be found at this address.

Late application

Some courses and programmes allow late applications after the deadline has passed. You will know a course/programme is still open when the "Add" button is present next to them. However, just because a course is still open does not necessarily mean that there are still available places.

Submitting a late application and being eligible for a course does not guarantee you a place. Your chances of being accepted depend on the number of students who applied before the deadline and accepted their place. Please note that late applications do not entitle you to apply for a scholarship anymore.

Exchange students, who take part in an exchange programme and whose studies are regulated by agreements between Swedish and foreign universities, are referred to the pages Exchange studies.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

The admission requirements differ depending on if you are applying for First level (Bachelor) or Second level courses and programmes (Master). Please read more about the requirements via the links to the left.

First level studies (Bachelor)

In order to be offered a place in First level courses and programmes, you must first meet certain general and specific entry requirements. If you meet these requirements, you will compete with other students who are eligible for and have applied to the same course and/or programme. Places are offered on the basis of eligible applicants' merit rating or grade average.

General entry requirements for First level studies

In order to meet the general entry requirements for Bachelor studies all students must:
• have successfully completed their upper secondary education
• be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, or the equivalent.

Specific entry requirements for First level studies

Most courses and programmes have specific entry requirements in addition to the general requirements listed above. These requirements are often linked to the area of study of the course and programme. For example, a course in Economics may require a level of upper secondary school maths achievement that is higher than the equivalent of Mathematics A (which is the general entry requirement).
The specific entry requirements for courses and programmes at Linnaeus University can be found in the course and programme listing.

Second level studies (Master)

Before applying to a Second level course or programme, it is important that you have read the information below and understood what you need in order to meet the entry requirements for the course/programme to which you intend to apply.
In order to be considered for admission to a Second level course or programme, you must fulfil both general entry requirements and specific entry requirement.

General entry requirements for Second level studies

You must have a Swedish degree at the First (Bachelor's) level of at least 180 higher education credits (ECTS), or an equivalent foreign degree. Degrees differ from country to country and lengths vary from 3 to 5 years.
The university you have studied at during the First level and/or Second (Master's) level must be accredited by either UNESCO and/or an accrediting body in your home country.
The applicant must also meet the specific requirements for the different courses and programmes. Please read the programme descriptions carefully for detailed information.

Specific entry requirement - English course 6

All of our Second level courses and programmes demand a good command in English. The requirement is English course 6 from the Swedish upper secondary school or its equivalent. The following levels are equal to English 6:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a result of at least 575 points including a minimum score of 4.5 in the written test (paper-based test) or 90 points including a minimum score of 20 in the written test (internet-based test).
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) with an Overall Band Score of at least 6.5 and no module below 5.5.

The specific requirements are outlined in the individual course or programme descriptions and can be found at the programme and course listing. You can also read more about that on universityadmissions.se.

Documentation

Documentation

When you submit your application, it is important that you enclose all the necessary documents to show your eligibility. The following documents should be enclosed:

  • Proof of proficiency in English. If this has not been obtained in upper secondary school, you need to pass an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, or an equivalent test. Read more about that under English language requirements.
  • Certificates and Diplomas from your previous education at university level.
  • Transcripts of Records, including a list of courses from all your years of study.
  • A copy of your passport or another document of identification .
  • and, if needed
  • Upper Secondary School Certificate, such as High School, Abitur, Baccalaureate, GCE-O/A-levels, etc. (certificates written in English, German, French and from the Scandinavian countries do not need to be translated).

All certificates in original language and copies of these supporting the application must be stamped and signed by the issuing institution, or a notary public. Officially certified translations into Swedish, English, French or German are required if the documents are issued in any other language. Please note that the authenticity of your documents will be checked with the issuing institution.

Note: For applications to Linnaeus University, no letters of recommendation are required. They will not be considered. Other universities might want you to submit those, however. Some master's programmes may require that you send in a Statement of Purpose, please have a look at the programme website to see if your programme requires it.

All documents should be sent to the postal address below or uploaded on www.universityadmissions.se. Documents sent directly to Linnaeus University will not be considered.

University Admissions in Sweden
FE 20102
SE–839 87 Östersund
SWEDEN

Note also that there might be special requirements for documents from your country. For more detailed information, please follow the links below:
Country specific documentation (Bachelor level)
Country specific documentation (Master level)

You are responsible for sending the required documents and making sure that they are certified as requested. Photocopies which are not stamped and signed in the required manner will not be accepted. If your application is incomplete, you will be informed about which additional documents you need to submit.

All documents should be sent to this postal address. Documents sent directly to Linnaeus University will not be considered.

Frequently asked questions

Do you have any questions regarding your studies in Sweden/at Linnaeus University? Check out our FAQ list.

Application procedures

How do I apply?
What programmes do you offer?
Do you have any MBA courses?
How can I apply for a scholarship?
How do I apply for a PhD?

Admission and payment

Conditionally admitted, what does that mean?
Can I pay the tuition in euro or dollars?
Will I be receiving any confirmation that my fees have been paid so that I can prove this in order to obtain a visa?
The embassy asks for my proof of payment, when will I get it?

Health and insurance

When and how can I obtain a personal identity number (personnummer)?
Do I have to take medical insurance in my home country?

Work

Will I be able to work during my studies?
Will I be able to work in Sweden after my studies?

How do I apply to Linnaeus University?

All applications to Swedish universities are to be made online through the website www.universityadmissions.se. On this site you can search for programmes and courses within specific subjects/fields of study and also find information about how to apply etc. The application period for programmes starting in the autumn term opens around mid-October and the application deadline is January 15.

What programmes do you offer in English?

If you are interested in what programmes are offered at our university, have a look at this link: http://lnu.se/education/programmes?ec_vt=English&l=en#l=en&ec_vt=English. By clicking on each programme you will get more specific information about prerequisites, tuition fees, etc.

How do I apply for a PhD?

Doctoral student positions, PhD's, in Sweden are officially announced jobs. Any vacant doctoral student positions will be announced on the university's website (check here regularly: http://lnu.se/about-lnu/jobs-and-vacancies?l=en).
In other words, first there has to be an announcement, then you have to apply, then you will be interviewed, etc. – it is like a job application.
If you check page 27 in this e-brochure, you will find more information and some useful links about third-cycle studies.

Do you have any MBA courses?

No, Linnaeus University does not offer any MBA courses, but there are courses and programmes within the field of business. Please check out the full list on our website: http://lnu.se/education/programmes?ec_vt=English&l=en.

Conditionally admitted, what does that mean?

As a fee-paying student you get conditionally admitted until you have paid your tuition fees. This means that you are not allowed to register/enroll on the programme until you have paid your tuition fees.

How can I apply for a scholarship?

Information about scholarships and what needs to be done in order to apply for one can be found here. There are also scholarship opportunities powered by the Swedish institute, which can be used to pay for living expenses. For more information, go to www.studyinsweden.se and perform a search for scholarships.

Will I be receiving any confirmation that my fees have been paid so that I can prove this in order to obtain a visa?

Once you have paid the tuition fee, the computer system will automatically send a notification to the Swedish Migration Board. In other words, they will be able to see that you have paid and can continue handling your visa application.

The embassy asks for my proof of payment, when will I get it?

Once you have paid the tuition fee, it should only take a few days to get the confirmation of payment.

Can I pay the tuition in euro or dollars?

The tuition fee can be paid in either euro or dollars, whatever suits you best.

When and how can I obtain a personal identity number (personnummer)?

You cannot apply for a personal identity number ('personnummer' in Swedish) until you are in Sweden and is able to prove that you are going to be in Sweden for at least 12 months. Once you can prove that you will be in Sweden for 12 months or longer you can apply for a personal identity number at the Swedish Tax Agency ('Skatteverket' in Swedish).

Do I have to take medical insurance in my home country?

All students admitted to Linnaeus University are covered by a general health insurance for the entire period of study. You will receive more information about this in an email from the admissions office.

Will I be able to work during my studies?

As an international student in Sweden, you’re allowed to work alongside your studies – there’s no official limitation for how many hours you can work. However, it’s important to keep your studies as your first priority – even when you don’t have many classroom hours, you’re expected to spend the equivalent of a 40-hour work week reading and working on assignments.

Will I be able to work in Sweden after my studies?

After having completed your studies you can apply to extend your residence permit for up to six months to search for a job or start a company. If you receive a job offer meeting certain conditions you can then apply for a work permit. For more information on requirements and how to apply for an extension or a work permit, visit the Swedish Migration Agency’s website. Most jobs in Sweden require that you know some Swedish, so if you intend to work in Sweden make sure to take a Swedish language course.